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    zesty_ruffles reacted to Lorna from Canada in The BEST non scale victory ever...   
    Awww - that's the best! I've read this a couple of times that W30 helped someone conceive! Congratulations!!! I suspect the improved hormonal regulation does the trick. I hope you have a healthy, happy pregnancy!
     
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to mistysickmeier in The BEST non scale victory ever...   
    I'm finally pregnant!!! 
    Before going into this I had completely given up trying. While only actively trying to conceive for about 8 months, I had really become discouraged. I wanted a change in my life as far as weight and food management goes, so I gave this a try. I ended my Whole30 on Tuesday February 5th. I dropped 15lbs, felt better, had more energy, was healthier, and two days later also got a positive pregnancy test!!!
    They said the Whole30 would change my life and it did in the best way imaginable. I 100% believe that what this whole eating did for me was make my body a better place for a baby to grow. 
    Thank you Whole30!!!!
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    zesty_ruffles got a reaction from Jihanna in Super Slow Reintro   
    Also, on the plus side. By continuing Whole30, adding an item then rolling back, while doing the super slow re-intro I’m continuing to lose weight, at a slower rate but I’m hoping to reach my target oh 55KG and stabilise/maintain it moving forward.
    I started at 59.4 KG on December 29 
    I was 56.8 KG on January 31st
    And now I’m 55.5 KG as of February 20
    Dairy coming up this weekend starting with Cheese and Yoghurt, and milk on Monday. I’m worried! 
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    zesty_ruffles got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Super Slow Reintro   
    I re-introduced Quinoa on Saturday. And Saturday night i had intense pain in my sides, under my ribs. But then I also drank about 2 litres of sparkling water. So I don't know if it was wind from that. Very strange ... I was not well. 
    But in general I'm also not missing so many foods @SchrodingersCat so I think Ill keep to mostly Whole30 in general but minimise meat and up the legumes. 
     
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    zesty_ruffles got a reaction from GraceMelodie in "Who's starting 1/1?" Reintro Group   
    Hi all!!! We are week into the re-intro - some of us actually have another chat about super-slow re-intro 
     you can find it here. 
    Well i only lost 1KG @Reese15 @GraceMelodie (i'm now at 57kg) and my NSV are
    looser fitting clothes feel like ive lost water weight/retention - i feel it in my fingers (rings), hands (the bangles i've worn for 10 years are slipping off) ankles etc love handles are almost gone my skin is better, less pimples and no rosacea flair out during january My non-victories  , which I was kind of hoping for are
    still no luck going number 2 on a regular basis stomach pains and cramping still somewhat regular, even if they were less frequent more bloaty/gassy than usual Regarding the re-intro. Taking it slow as per above thread. Started with legumes, which as someone else mentioned, although they made me feel a little bloated and gassy (beans... beans...) it definitely gave a kick to my system and helped things move, in my book that's a good thing! So ill keep on those for now... next is processed soy - soy milk, tofu as it's widely available in Singapore where I live and I'm sure digested differently to just beans, peanuts & chickpeas! 
    It's not over yet... 
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    zesty_ruffles got a reaction from GraceMelodie in "Who's starting 1/1?" Reintro Group   
    Hi all!!! We are week into the re-intro - some of us actually have another chat about super-slow re-intro 
     you can find it here. 
    Well i only lost 1KG @Reese15 @GraceMelodie (i'm now at 57kg) and my NSV are
    looser fitting clothes feel like ive lost water weight/retention - i feel it in my fingers (rings), hands (the bangles i've worn for 10 years are slipping off) ankles etc love handles are almost gone my skin is better, less pimples and no rosacea flair out during january My non-victories  , which I was kind of hoping for are
    still no luck going number 2 on a regular basis stomach pains and cramping still somewhat regular, even if they were less frequent more bloaty/gassy than usual Regarding the re-intro. Taking it slow as per above thread. Started with legumes, which as someone else mentioned, although they made me feel a little bloated and gassy (beans... beans...) it definitely gave a kick to my system and helped things move, in my book that's a good thing! So ill keep on those for now... next is processed soy - soy milk, tofu as it's widely available in Singapore where I live and I'm sure digested differently to just beans, peanuts & chickpeas! 
    It's not over yet... 
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to megbeveridge in Who's starting 1/1?   
    First reintroduction: dairy. I had a latte with skim milk at lunch time and I feel the bloat! I took my digestive enzymes with it, but it doesn't seem to be helping all that much. I also didn't have a lot of coffee during W30 (and when I did it was decaf) so that's causing me to sweat! Gross! I'm definitely not going to be doing dairy very much in the future. I'll try out Greek yogurt and other low-lactose foods, but for now it's looking like a no-go for me! 
    Anyone else have reintro insights?
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    zesty_ruffles got a reaction from megbeveridge in Megan's First Whole30!   
    Excited to follow your re-intro plan
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to megbeveridge in Megan's First Whole30!   
    Day 30(!!!) Breakfast:
    2 mini cucumbers
    Potato hash
    Banana
     
    Day 30 Lunch:
    Mango pieces
    Baked chicken breast
    Vegetable medley (steamed)
    Pistachios
     
    Mood:
    I feel great today! While work is definitely boring and I'd rather not be here, I'm not anxious or down at all. Yesterday was hard and my mood declined into the afternoon, but since it picked up again in the evening I've been doing well. I got chores done last night and this morning so I'm not overwhelmed. It's a good day for the last day!
     
    Physical:
    My stomach is much better today, but I still feel the headache lurking. I don't know what triggers it to come back, but I'm hoping today I will avoid whatever it was. Perhaps it was a sugar crash after having the Rx Bar? I'll definitely have to be careful about that in the future. I don't think I mentioned it before, but I sometimes struggle with hypoglycemia, which causes headaches, nausea, and shakes. I used to just eat more sugar when it started, but my new strategy will be to eat only low levels of sugar and have more complex carbohydrates to keep my blood sugar stable.
     
    After today I'll be moving on to a reintroduction log! I intend to keep it updated at least for the first few weeks, but hopefully I come back to it for longer than that. It's been really helpful logging my symptoms and experiences along the way and I think it can only benefit me to continue.
    Almost there!! Just 12 hours left!
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    zesty_ruffles got a reaction from Heathermarie74 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    @NZ Robin you can find our slow intro discussion here https://forum.whole30.com/topic/56138-super-slow-reintro/?tab=comments#comment-501765 
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to Heathermarie74 in Super Slow Reintro   
    @zesty_ruffles Yea that's what I was thinking - one item reintroduced per week and then mostly w30 on the other days. But I have a feeling it will unfold a bit more organically, with me eating the things as they present themselves instead of having it so strictly regimented. The calendar is just a guideline to help me keep it under control. Basically, this is a way for me to stretch out my whole30 while I slowly explore my reintroduction so that I can continue to reap the health benefits of eating clean and hopefully not lose control and resort to eating pasta 3-4 times per week again 
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to NZ Robin in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello all,  I’ve haven’t checked in for a while, but am progressing right along.  My energy is good until right after lunch and the I really, really need a nap. 20 minutes later and I’m off and running. Anyone else experiencing odd energy ups and downs?
    I last wrote about my exasperated hot flushes  I am pleased to say that these have abated!
    Also, I started Whole30’s in hoping to alleviate my achy joints. It started quite suddenly about 1 and a half years ago. My doctor tested for inflammatory markers and found none. So unexplained pain. My only relief came from last summer’s 18 day passage sailing from Osaka, Japan to Dutch Harbor, Alaska.  No alcohol, constant movement, a very small appetite and lots of stress. My break from joint pain lasted about a month (full of unhealthy eating and drinking). Now almost four weeks into Whole30’s and only a slight decrease in joint pain. Kind of bummed, but I plan to continue well beyond 30 days. 
    I am also interested in following those of you who are planning a slow re-introduction of foods. 
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Maybe try adding in some probiotics.  I eat sauerkraut and drink Kombucha.  Whole Foods has a lot of foods with probiotics in them.
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to megbeveridge in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Also digestive enzymes! You can search them in the forums to see what other people have tried.
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to Junebug2015 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I had the same tiger blood experience / timing as you! It quieted down after I reintroduced a heavy workout routine last week, so I'm hoping that as my body adjusts to the extra physical activity, the energy burst will come back.
    For me, bloating and gassiness happens after I've been eating a lot of cruciferous and / or raw vegetables. Maybe try cooking your veggies more or straying from broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts (unfortunately, my favorite ones...).
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    zesty_ruffles got a reaction from Heathermarie74 in Super Slow Reintro   
    Thanks for sharing. Sorry for the delay as I have been travelling. 
    I like how you've broken it down, on my side since I have a strong feeling gluten/dairy affect me, I would rather start with the legumes as recommended by the Whole30 re-intro but maybe breaking it down further:
    LEGUMES
    Beans: peas, kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils  "Prepared" Soy beans: tofu, tempeh Peanuts - im not sure I need to split this, but why not - i like peanuts and peanut butter NON GLUTEN GRAINS
    Rice: has to be number for me, I live in Asia and I need to be able to re-intro rice pretty fast Quinoa: is my next go-to grain as I have a Peruvian partner and it's easy enough to get  Corn: I don't see how corn as a vegetable (steamed, on the cobb) could be bad but worth checking, then following with cornflower/cornstarch/maize products DAIRY
    Cheese: this is key for me, i also understand it's processed differently so i would start with fresh "natural" cheese - not processed or what I call 'plastic cheese' Yoghurt: same, simple plain yoghurt with probiotics, no sugar Milk: i'm pretty much off milk almost totally, but I'm curious to see how I will react to a glass of fresh milk GLUTEN
    Wheat: Bread, whole wheat pasta (no cakes or baked good at this stage coz of the sugar) Barley: I want to try it separately from wheat just coz... Beer: I'm starting the 'mildest' alcohol here as it falls under gluten and hopefully by then I've figured out if gluten is an issue - if it is, I won't bother introducing beer ALCOHOL
    White Wine: celebrate with bubbles ;-)  Red Wine Spirits: gin & rum are what I drink more of in terms of spirits, and i can try it neat/ice/soda  @Heathermarie74 I see you're also planning a week between re-introductions. Do you plan to eat these items one day then 6 days back on Whole30?
     
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    zesty_ruffles got a reaction from Heathermarie74 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Thanks @megbeveridge and @Heathermarie74 feeling better already!
     
    @Heathermarie74 I’m def keen to discuss  a slow re-intro process and bounce ideas! I want to get to the bottom of my forever stomach aches, cramps, constipation etc etc so i want to do a slower and more broken down re-intro (include alcohol reintroduction, especially wine as think I may be intolerant to sulphites)! 
    How can we do that? Haha unless everyone wants to read our discussion, is there private messaging available on the forum? 
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to Heathermarie74 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    @zesty_ruffles I am really sorry to hear this. I did something similar actually, we use cast iron pans for almost all of our cooking and I realized just yesterday that I've been seasoning them with crisco which is soybean oil  There is nothing we can do about it now and its not worth ditching the entire program over something like this. All we can do is keep going and be more vigilant going forward. I think its a good idea to add some time, maybe a week, before you reintro. It won't be as hard as it sounds because you're adding it at the end, after you've had all of this practice and your body has gotten more used to eating whole foods. I am actually planning to reintro super slow this time around so I may end up quasi-whole30 for a few months. Reach out anytime if you want a reintro buddy!
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to megbeveridge in Who's starting 1/1?   
    @Jihanna and @mfustos I had a dream last night about cheese! I subconsciously took some shredded cheese and ate it while making tacos at my mom's house. Then for the rest of the night I binged on cheese because I had to start over anyway lol. I was so scared my partner would be mad at me because we're doing this together! Luckily I woke up and realized it wasn't real.
    @zesty_ruffles can you check with the restaurant to see if they do add Parmesan to their pesto? Sometimes they don't! It's a long shot, but it might be worth looking into. Either way, don't worry too much about the tiny bit of Parmesan that's in a traditional pesto. Like others have said, add time as you see fit and do this your way! Good luck
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to megbeveridge in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I had a bit of a breakfast/lunch fail today. Last night I intended to decide what to have for lunch today and went to bed before I actually prepped anything. This morning I made my breakfast, but realized my work pants needed to be steamed and ironed, so I ate the eggs and avocado, but only half my veggies. I have to go to the grocery store or find somewhere with a compliant salad nearby for lunch. I've been really determined not to buy lunch and have only gone out to eat once in the past two weeks (for dinner), so this is disappointing. I guess I was bound to have a day like this eventually.
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    zesty_ruffles got a reaction from Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    @Jihanna wow! Same happened to me today, but not a dream, at lunch! 
    I reached for my boyfriends smoothie to try it and as soon as it hit my tongue I yelled: “Ah! It’s got yoghurt!” And ran around the corner to spit it out (sincere apologies to any passers by!) Oooops 
    other than that glad day 13 is over. I’m generally feeling ok aside from still being very bloated and * cough* gassy every time I eat :-(
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    zesty_ruffles got a reaction from CAB88 in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi Everyone, 
    My name is Elise, I'm 33 and I started on 1/1 like all of you! I'm finding it OK so far. I live in Singapore, have been cutting out gluten on and off for 2 years now and I don't have a sweet tooth (lucky me!). The hard part, like previous people have mentioned is the alcohol with friends. I've found sparkling water with lime a great substitution (for now), and in full-on party mode it looks like Gin & Tonic or Vodka Soda ;-) . I'm saving so much money at the moment hahaha (alcohol is CRAZY expensive in Singapore!)
    Oh and Cheese!!! I miss cheese! 
    But now I'm starting to find things bland, or lacking flavour (i've done salads, SO MANY SALADS! Meatballs, grilled veggies/fish/chicken) but if anyone has some flavourful easy recipe suggestion I'm down! 
    My other big concern is travelling to Vietnam in 10 days. And aside from stuffing my face on eggs and bananas at breakfast and bringing a giant packet of almonds, I have no idea how I'm going to keep the Whole30 up! Tips, thoughts, suggestions hugely appreciated. 
    Day 10 onwards and upwards
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to ShannonM816 in Constipation/bloating   
    @zesty_ruffles sorry you're not feeling great. 
    Are you drinking plenty of water? Aim for 1/2 oz of water per pound of body weight, so a 120-lb person needs at least 60 oz. This can make a big difference if you're not getting enough.
    Some probiotics work better than others, and some may work better for some people than other people, so definitely be sure you're getting a high quality version and if it's not helping, you could look into other brands. You could also consider adding food-based probiotics through fermented vegetables like sauerkraut, kimchi, or some pickles. Some people find kombucha helpful as well (here's more about finding a compliant version, though since your profile says you're in Singapore, I don't know how helpful it will be since it's based on US labeling information:  https://whole30.com/2016/08/kombucha/). 
    As for vegetables, it's hard to tell how much you're really having each day, but you should be aiming for 2-3 cups of vegetables at each meal, even breakfast. (Check the meal template for more details: https://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/). Try to have at least one fist-sized serving of a starchy vegetable like sweet potato, potato, other root vegetables like carrots, beets, parsnips, or turnips, winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash or pumpkin, or plantains. It's okay to have more than that, but try to have at least that much. Then have a variety of other vegetables. 
     
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    zesty_ruffles reacted to Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Happy day 10, everyone!
    Welcome, Elise  Glad to have you on board with us!

    re: food becoming bland... the thing I'm finding works best for me is variety, in the foods and the spicing. So if I know I've got a ton of carrot and celery sticks to get through, I'll mix up a few different dips so I have some quick options (and it really takes no time at all to throw some compliant mayo and spices into a bullet-style blender to whip together a new dip). For meats, the same thing, variety -- like not doing three nights in a row of ground meat dishes, because it's all ground meat even if it's actually turkey, then beef, then chicken (so instead, maybe I'll do a ground meat skillet dish one night, then a meatloaf the next, followed by patties for the third night). Changing the presentation helps with veggies too, sometimes, even if the seasoning will be the same. My family's actually excited about trying out veggie noodles; instead of roasting the batch we got from the market yesterday, I spiralized them instead and I'm going to use them tonight.
    re: traveling compliantly... I've done very little of this, so hopefully someone with more experience can chime in. I did want to give a few ideas of things that have fared well with travel for me in the past. First, raw veggies - I'd go ahead and cut them into whatever shape and size I need to make them most snack-able, so I could grab those before the nuts. Apples and almond butter are a winner in my book, too, but I try to do less fruit than veggies, as a general rule. Boiled eggs get boring, I know, so I will often dice mine and toss them in with some mixed greens; throw a dressing on top and you've got a quick salad (all of which can be carried in good quality baggies, so it's helpful when trying to make the best use of room for packing). If you're flying, make sure your carry-on is insulated so you can properly keep foods cool while on board. For me, it's usually worth having a few fruit-flavored tea bags on hand, too (the kind without anything added to sweeten), so I'm able to drop them into water if it doesn't taste good by itself.
    I hope that helps, and good luck!