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    BeginnersMind got a reaction from Italican in Whose a fan of canned wild caught sardines?!   
    Delectable!!! First time I have tried sliced radishes before....thanks whole30!
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    BeginnersMind got a reaction from Anhe in Whose a fan of canned wild caught sardines?!   
    I love giant salads, and I find myself craving them more now...I am a HUGE fan of canned wild caught sardines (I am waiting for the next Costco deal that they run on the Season Brand Wild Caught Sardines). Sardines are arguably one of the world's healthiest and nutrient dense food sources. I just love them. Fortunately for me I can get by the smell (although I tend to avoid bringing them to work to spare my co-workers). But several handfuls of salad greens topped with sardines, salt, pepper, balsamic, avocado, and olive oil just hits the spot!!! And it takes under 1 minute to prepare....what REALLY takes it over the top is adding citrus - today I did lemon juice and slices of grapefruit topped with some paprika and cayenne for heat. I know...the flavor combo sounds odd...but don't knock it until you've tried it!!!
    Comment back here if you're a sardine lover!!! Sardines unite!
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    BeginnersMind reacted to W30CoachErinn in Day 24   
    I agree with Jihanna's advice! If you have been able to identify that your cravings picked up because of the date almond butter from a week ago, then I would consider eliminating fruit and nuts/nut butters altogether for at least the remainder of your Whole30 elimination and reintroduction phases. Sugar is sugar is sugar to the body/brain, so if you've been allowing yourself to continue relying on the dried fruit/nuts to get you through those sweet tooth cravings throughout the first 24 days of your Whole30, then it's like you never really gave it up as far as your sugar dragon is concerned. You're so close to the end of your elimination phase and have put in so much work already, it would be a bummer to get to the end and feel like you have a raging sugar dragon you can't control. Best of luck! Finish strong!
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    BeginnersMind reacted to Jihanna in 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.
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    BeginnersMind got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Anyone for a group start in the next week? Repeat offender headed for Rehab. ;)   
    That is so frustrating, particularly when you feel like you had some good momentum going - I remember attempting the W30 a few months back and was foiled but a different event, and felt pretty bummed....and eventually got around to thinking that I at least built up my W30 muscle (like with any practice) and got through (arguably) the toughest days of the W30, which is often the first half...
    So holding the dialectical approach - it sucks...AND you just spent a solid 16-17 days giving a the great gift of nourishment and care to your body!
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    BeginnersMind got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Anyone for a group start in the next week? Repeat offender headed for Rehab. ;)   
    @C_Cezeaux Glad to know I'm not the only one!!! This makes meal prep crucial.....lesson learned.....
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    BeginnersMind got a reaction from MercedesColortyme in First timer - started this morning!   
    I'm new too! Today is...day 11 for me...so I don't have too much wisdom to offer .....but I do have support to offer!
    One thing that has helped me remain excited is to try a new vegetable or dish 1x/week (or more for bonus!) For example, I tried radishes for the first time last week and tonight I'm meal prepping eggplant "steaks". I've found that investing some time and getting excited about researching fun recipes has kept me engaged! Looking forward to following you on your journey!
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    BeginnersMind reacted to C_Cezeaux in Anyone for a group start in the next week? Repeat offender headed for Rehab. ;)   
    I missed my post last night - gotta get better at that. But I am faithfully recording in my companion book. I do have a NSV to report for the first week. The eczema that shows up when I am not eating right has disappeared.  
    I am actually feeling pretty accomplished this evening. Been a crazy couple days at work, my husband is down with heat exhaustion, frustrated over not getting things done - but I am sitting in my recliner after dinner, NOT SNACKING. I actually went and looked in the cabinet, told myself I was NOT hungry and came to check posts for distraction.  That is a big step back on the right path for me.
    I am doing this! 
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    BeginnersMind reacted to kirbz in Whose a fan of canned wild caught sardines?!   
    Mel Joulwan (author of the Well Fed cookbook series) has a recipe for pan-fried sardines that is absolutely amazing! It's super fast to prepare and oh-so-good. I do struggle a little bit with uncooked ones directly from the can, but these fried ones are phenomenal! I could eat them every day!
    Sadly, it's not one of the recipes she has online. But, if you have her cookbooks, check it out! Though I can't remember if it's in Well Fed or Well Fed 2.... 
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    BeginnersMind got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Whose a fan of canned wild caught sardines?!   
    I love giant salads, and I find myself craving them more now...I am a HUGE fan of canned wild caught sardines (I am waiting for the next Costco deal that they run on the Season Brand Wild Caught Sardines). Sardines are arguably one of the world's healthiest and nutrient dense food sources. I just love them. Fortunately for me I can get by the smell (although I tend to avoid bringing them to work to spare my co-workers). But several handfuls of salad greens topped with sardines, salt, pepper, balsamic, avocado, and olive oil just hits the spot!!! And it takes under 1 minute to prepare....what REALLY takes it over the top is adding citrus - today I did lemon juice and slices of grapefruit topped with some paprika and cayenne for heat. I know...the flavor combo sounds odd...but don't knock it until you've tried it!!!
    Comment back here if you're a sardine lover!!! Sardines unite!
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    BeginnersMind reacted to Lorna from Canada in Whose a fan of canned wild caught sardines?!   
    I have always loved sardines and kippered herring. Sooooo good - nice to see you promote it here!
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    BeginnersMind reacted to C_Cezeaux in Starting June 10th - 30 days til my brothers wedding   
    I'm guessing the same people who can actually eat a 1/4 c serving of grain free granola and be happy with it? ;D
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    BeginnersMind got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Starting June 10th - 30 days til my brothers wedding   
    Haha. This is the exact reason why I have been slipping on my health journey! It's those darn nuts and nut butters - I mean, honestly, who can actually just eat one spoonful of almond butter????? 
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    BeginnersMind reacted to JulieAW in Starting Now   
    Well actually tomorrow, but getting prepped now.
    I’m e cited to change my life regarding food and all things related to food.  Have been in a never- ending downward cycle since I had to quit running 4 years ago.  Over the four years I have experienced depression, a 50 lbs weight gain, inflammation, and a whole list of other not fun things.
    I want my life back.  I wanna energy back.  I want my health back.
    Anyone else starting this week?
     
     
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    BeginnersMind reacted to Rojobro in Anyone for a group start in the next week? Repeat offender headed for Rehab. ;)   
    R1D8  One week completed.  Since day 2, I'm not hungry.  I thought I had a sugar dragon,  but it's only reared it's ugly head when I was packing candy bars in my husband's lunch box.  Mindlessly, I almost opened one.  Day 4 I dreamed I ate a brownie,  so maybe the sugar dragon is messing with my subconscious.  My "chicken skin" on my upper arms and the rash on my stomach are gone.   I can breathe better through my nose and taste my food without taking my daily allergy medication.   I have more energy,  but yesterday my body told me it needed a nap,  so I listened.  I'm cooking up a storm and doing a lot of dishes,  so other areas of my life are getting less attention.  How was your first week?  Any NSVs?
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    BeginnersMind reacted to CHING in back again and starting June 17!   
    Thanks for the supportive words. Feel better already! Might try that mustard as well.
     
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    BeginnersMind reacted to CHING in back again and starting June 17!   
    Sounds good! Just reviewing the guidelines- just found out most Dijon mustard is out- no big deal- so it's week 2 for you guys.. I'm worried that I forgot I have 2 weddings in 2 weeks! If it doesn't work out.- I'll just start over!
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    BeginnersMind reacted to C_Cezeaux in Anyone for a group start in the next week? Repeat offender headed for Rehab. ;)   
    End of week 1! That's the hardest part of the timeline for me. Not that the rest is super easy, but nothing like the groggy fatigue of week one. 
    Going to have to heavily rely on pre-prepped veg from the local grocery store - thank goodness they have a good produce dept. The dairy free coleslaw was quick, easy, and tasty, so it goes in my lunch again this week. I can alternate shrimp and eggs to make it more of a salad, have avocados at the ready. Boom. Lunches planned.
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    BeginnersMind reacted to C_Cezeaux in Anyone for a group start in the next week? Repeat offender headed for Rehab. ;)   
    Spend a good amount of time looking at yourself in a full length mirror. Be honest, but do not allow yourself to speak negatively of what you see there. Accept what is and if you don't like it, plan what you will do to change what is changeable. (Sorry, some things are just marks of life experience). It's a good body, it's carried you this far.  Encourage yourself like you would a daughter or a friend.
     
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    BeginnersMind reacted to C_Cezeaux in Starting June 10th - 30 days til my brothers wedding   
    Good job on making it through the family outing, those can be tough!
    Mindless eating and the no brakes are ones I struggle with as well. Had been doing really well with it until I had surgery last fall, then picked up the habit of eating in my recliner again during recovery.  I do much better if I sit down at the table for regular meals.
    My no brakes foods have at least been healthy foods, but it didn't do me much good when I could munch through a bag of nuts instead of my handful.
    Looking forward to Week 2!
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    BeginnersMind got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in back again and starting June 17!   
    @CHING would love to join you on your journey! We'll be a few days off since 6/16 is Day 5 for me, but I am looking to grow my online support system in this process! It's my first reset!
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    BeginnersMind got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Anyone for a group start in the next week? Repeat offender headed for Rehab. ;)   
    I'm a sucker for sweets!!! I have a feeling I will be in a similar position, as I have so much difficulty eating "just one". I hope that I will be able to feel more self-confident and empowered by this process. What recommendations do people have to cultivate self-love and address issues with body image?
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    BeginnersMind got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Starting June 10th - 30 days til my brothers wedding   
    @C_Cezeaux Glad to hear you've made it through the fatigue! I don't necessarily feel tired, but I don't feel super energized, if that makes sense. Today is Day 5 for me, and it was my first social/family outing. I had a fleeting thought "oh maybe I should join in with everyone for the celebration" and was thankful that my husband was around to support my health decisions and remind me of my goals. Prior to beginning the Whole30, I wasn't eating terribly unhealthy foods, but too much in quantity. I'm still working on the overeating issue - it's only when I'm alone in the home, and I catch myself mindless eating or having difficulty with no-break foods! It's gotten a little better this week through practicing mindful eating, but I'm still playing around with what foods tend to increase my cravings....no surprise it is often carb dense foods, including sweet potatoes or starchy vegetables...sometimes I use the test "would you eat boiled chicken" to detect whether it's true hunger or desire to avoid feelings of stress/boredom/anxiety/sadness.
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    BeginnersMind got a reaction from C_Cezeaux in Anyone for a group start in the next week? Repeat offender headed for Rehab. ;)   
    Today is Day 1 for me, and it's my first time committing to the Whole30! I generally eat healthy foods, but not in a healthy way....dried fruit and dates anyone? Almond butter on dates? Yes, these are the things I know have continued to feed my sugar dragon, which at times feels too big to slay. This is my first time joining the online forum, and I know support has been a big influence over my ability to commit to healthier ways of living, so I am hopeful this community will help me on my quest!