W30CoachErinn

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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Hey Emma! I read your recap of Day One and I just wanted to say congratulations on completing your first day! It sounds like you did exactly what you were supposed to do...you stuck to Whole30 the entire day! That's something to celebrate!
    Give yourself some grace when it comes to snacking. No one is perfect, and you took the time to reflect on it after the fact. You chose a Whole30 compliant choice over beer or wine, I call that a win!
    Change is always hard. But you're doing it!
    I could so relate when you said that you wanted to exercise and planned to go the night before but then didn't get up in time etc. That was me for so so long. I had the best of intentions, but I didn't plan for success. Can I share what finally worked for me? I definitely agree with prioritizing sleep, so I finally realized that if I wanted to get up an hour earlier to get to the gym...I had to go to sleep an hour earlier! (Obvious, I know...but it took me a long time to put that into practice!)
    I also realized that I was way more likely to follow through on my gym plans if everything was ready and laid out ahead of time. So I started filling my water bottle and sticking that as well as my pre-workout snack and prepped breakfast in the fridge the night before so it was ready to go. I laid out my workout clothes and shoes, had my outfit for work ready to go, coordinated with my husband so that he would stay with my son until I got back, and set my alarm. All of this simple prep work, combined with getting to bed earlier, made it so that I literally had no excuse NOT to go when my alarm went off in the morning.
    Most of us go out of our way to keep commitments we make to our partners, kids, friends, family etc...but we don't think twice about bailing on plans we've made with/for ourselves. The biggest thing my first Whole30 taught me was that I CAN keep a promise to myself. Whether it's successfully completing a Whole30, going to the gym when I said I would, keeping the plans I made with myself to take a bath or go to yoga or spend ten minutes meditating...it's so, so important that we keep the promises we make to ourselves. Doing so helped me build so much confidence in myself and my ability to finish what I start and take myself seriously!
    Anyhow....sorry for the long rant  I hope some of it was helpful for you. I want you to know I am cheering you on from afar and I know you can do this! One day, one meal, one bite at a time! Don't break this Whole30 promise to yourself. You are worth it! 
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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from Latterdayhippie in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    You're absolutely on the right track! Reading your response made me think about how reintroduction provides an opportunity to pay close attention not just to how food affects us physically (bloating, tired, skin reactions, etc) but maybe even more importantly -- how it affects us mentally and emotionally (cravings, anxiety, feeling depressed, feeling out of control, guilt, shame, etc.) It is super hard to lean into that process in the moment and really be present and willing to be honest about that with ourselves, but I think it's so valuable! 
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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from Cynthia L in 100 plus pounds to lose!   
    Hi Lisa!
    So happy to have you here  It sounds like you are really ready for a big change at this point in life, which is amazing! I am so excited for you! I have completed multiple Whole30's myself and one of the biggest things I have learned is how important the planning and preparation phase is to one's success! If I am understanding correctly you'll be in Las Vegas this weekend for your birthday (Yay! Happy Birthday!), and you are thinking you want to start today and try to begin your Whole30 while in Vegas? I think it is so amazing that you are so motivated and ready to make a change, but I cannot imagine starting my first few days of a Whole30 while in Vegas, or really anywhere besides home and in my own kitchen. If I were you I would personally decide to enjoy the birthday trip (which doesn't have to mean gaining ten pounds or going over the top a every meal, you can still begin practicing being mindful) and then begin once I am home and have had a chance to thoroughly learn the rules of the program, meal plan, prep some food to get me started, and be able to begin strong.
    I can't imagine it would be easy for anyone (seasoned Whole30 vet/certified coach or whole30 newbie!) to navigate eating out at every meal in Vegas and being sure that every single ingredient, including the oils proteins are cooked in and all of those specific nitty gritty details, are compliant. I wouldn't put that kind of pressure on yourself, especially one days one and two!
    I know you mentioned you have a weigh in with your doctor on August 6th, but even if you're only at Day 25 or 28 at that time you will still see massive results!! (Although please keep in mind that you're not allowed to weigh yourself during a Whole30, so your doctor will have to keep those results to him/herself until you've completed your round  ) I know weight loss is a big goal for you, and many people who come to the Whole30 program, but what makes this program so different (and SO effective) is that it's about so much more than that. It will truly heal your relationship with food and change your habits forever, if you let it!
    Best of luck in whatever you decide to do...but my biggest advice for anyone and everyone considering beginning a Whole30 is to make sure you have fully read and understand all of the rules and then create a detailed plan (at least for your first week!) and make sure you have prepped ahead of time. Change like this is hard, so everything you can do to fully prepare to succeed is helpful. You're going to do great!
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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from foodmonster in Ghee-Heavy Feeling?   
    Have you read the Whole30 day by day guide or looked at the timeline online? I love both! So helpful in reminding us that much of what we experience during a Whole30 is totally normal.
    https://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/
    In my experience (personally and working with clients) I have found that it is super normal to feel bloated/gassy/heavy/full, at least for the first ten days or so. Typically on a Whole30 we are eating SO much more healthy fat and satisfying veggies than we normally do, and sometimes we experience some digestive distress before it gets better. It's a big change for our systems and it takes some getting used to. My advice would be to stick with what you're doing and just give it some more time. You definitely don't want to cut out all of those healthy fats or under eat. Keep on keeping on!  
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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from LindsayO in Ghee-Heavy Feeling?   
    What a bummer! I have felt that way after using too much ghee as well...I usually just use a touch of avocado oil to cook my eggs in now. That seems to work better for me. Did you lay the bacon on a paper towel for a second before placing it into your container? That should help soak up just a bit of the excess grease. I definitely think it is important to start your day off with protein + some healthy fats....so don't get discouraged that today was a bit off, you're on the right track! Switch it up tomorrow and see if less ghee or a different oil helps. You could also try hard boiled eggs (possibly with a dollop of whole30 mayo), some sliced avocado, and bacon/sausage instead and see how that feels. Good luck!
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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from BeginnersMind 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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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from BeginnersMind 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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    W30CoachErinn reacted to Baozi in Sesame oil and Bone broth   
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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Absolutely! And yes, accountability is SO important in staying the course during a Whole30. I've done Whole30s solo and also with the support of a friend and group and holy cow it is so much easier and more enjoyable when you have someone or some way to "check in" each day. 
    I loved reading your commitments for the day, I think planning ahead is really important and valuable (I try to do it each day morning as well just to keep me focused!)...however, you totally beat yourself up about how well you met those commitments when you wrote your update for Wednesday evening! GIRL! Give yourself some dang credit!  
    I always tell my coaching clients, your ONLY job is to eat Whole30, period. Everything else is a bonus. Snacking is understandable, especially so early on in your program. Is two fruit and nut bars ideal? Probably not. But was it Whole30 compliant and a better choice than popcorn? Heck yeah! So celebrate that little victory and be proud of yourself for sticking to your Whole30 commitment for the day! The meditating and stretching and personal to-do list stuff is all great, and I know some of it (like yard work) is just necessary life stuff you have to do at some point, but try not to pick apart every single thing you do/don't get a chance to do perfectly. Whole30 is hard enough all on its own. If you're eating Whole30 food then you are killing it (in my opinion  )
    As far as not having a plan for lunch and not always having leftovers, I think that is super common when you're feeding not just yourself but your whole family. I would suggest continuing to eat the same dinner you prepare for everyone else so you can all enjoy that family time together and you're not having to cook two separate meals. The fact that there are no leftovers is a great sign that it must be tasting delicious!!
    What I personally do for lunches when I am Whole30ing is try to batch cook/prep a few easy things at the beginning of the week (or once on Sunday and once on Wednesday) that I can then grab for lunch each day and throw together easily if I don't have leftovers from the night before. For me this looks like always having a batch of hard boiled eggs on hand. I like to eat them with Whole30 mayo (healthy fat!) or some guacamole/avocado. I'll make a big batch of Whole30 compliant chicken salad (you could also do egg and/or tuna salad). I'll eat this on lettuce cups or put a scoop on my salad. Speaking of salad, I always have lettuce and some veggies (bell peppers, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber etc) washed/cut up/ready to eat so I can easily throw a salad together....and then just add some leftover protein, my chicken/egg/tuna salad, or sometimes I will just quickly cut up and sauté a chicken apple sausage or some other easy protein option to add on top. Compliant deli meat is another good option to have on hand.
    Another idea that might work for you if you don't mind eating the same thing a few times is planning an extra meal or two for the week, and cooking it just specifically for you to eat at lunch for a few days. I often do this with soup, chili, crockpot meals, and casserole type dishes. Whatever you decide to do, I think your point about having a meal plan is SO right now. "Fail to plan, plan to fail" right?!  Can't wait to hear what you plan to do for lunches going forward. 
    Yay for completing another day successfully! You're doing it!! (And woohoo checking in on the forum rather than drinking a glass of wine!)
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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Isn't the universe funny!? You get yourself to the gym and then it's closed! How annoying. I am sure that was frustrating but I'm glad to see you came up with a plan B for yard work and stretching. There's always tomorrow for the gym! 
    How did sticking to your Whole30 commitment on a holiday go for you? 
    I think eating a lot of similar meals, especially at the beginning of a Whole30, is super common. Survival! Right?! But as I am sure you know from past rounds, boredom will inevitably set in (probably for you and your kiddos)...so when you're meal planning for next week try to throw in a few simple, new recipes/flavors/veggies etc to keep yourself interested! 
    So glad you're feeling well so far...so interesting about the coconut oil!
    Good luck on day 4!
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    W30CoachErinn reacted to Darcy18 in Whole30 newbie and more than a little nervous   
    I, too, am a newbie to Whole30, and I just found this forum last night after receiving my Whole30 book in the mail after ordering it the day before. (Love Amazon Prime!) I have also had gut issues, to the point of needing and having surgery to remove my entire large intestine (called a total colectomy). This was three years ago. I developed three hernias along that incision line last summer and had hernia surgery in Nov 2018. I am type one diabetic for 37 years and have worn an insulin pump for the past 26 years. Time to get myself back to good health after the last few years of difficulty, weight gain, and poor diabetes control. I saw a thread on this forum of people starting their thirty days on Monday 7/8, and I thought that would be perfect for me too. Gives me time to read more and prep my mind, husband, food, and kitchen. Hope to have buddies on this journey. I teach third grade, and this last month of summer is the perfect time to do this! 
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    W30CoachErinn reacted to LizzyDu in Whole30 newbie and more than a little nervous   
    Hi there. I’m Liz and I’ve suffered from GI issues and anxiety for as long as I can remember. I’ve always made excuses — it’s just stress, I just ate too much, it must’ve been old food. I even went GF for a year, documenting how much better I felt for it, and now (back to my old ways) still won’t admit the difference because I love ____________. I do. I love to have a glass of wine in the evening or beers with friends on the weekend. I love to bake and enjoy every form of biscuit/bread/cookie/cake under the sun. I love to treat Aunt Flo to a poptart. But I feel like crap. Now I’m (begrudgingly) coming to the realization that it’s time to be a grown-up and stop trading my health and well being for the temporary pleasure of something delicious. I’m committing to the Whole30 to test for food sensitivities on a physical level, but also to heal my relationship with food on a psychological level. I’m scared. I’ve cried wolf many many times, to the point where I don’t want to tell my friends and family for fear of their reactions: “another diet??” And they wouldn’t be unjustified. My motivation lasts approximately 2 weeks and then I decide that things were perfectly fine the way they were and I shouldn’t deprive myself at the family BBQ where my sister-in-law brought her legendary booze-infused cupcakes. I’ve never had anyone to take me by the shoulders and give me a good shake and shout “the cupcakes aren’t worth the (insert nasty GI symptom here)!!” I feel like no one will understand that this isn’t about losing weight, or following a trend. I don’t discuss my issues and prefer to “suffer in silence”. I’m hoping that I will find a community here to support and understand me, because you’ve all done it. You’ve all had your reasons for committing to the Whole30, and even if they weren’t the same as mine are now you know that the struggle is real. I’m hoping that you will be my strength, my tough love, and my victory cheer. Because I certainly applaud all of you who’ve made this incredible sacrifice in the name of health (even if you really loved doughnuts). 
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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Hey Emma! I read your recap of Day One and I just wanted to say congratulations on completing your first day! It sounds like you did exactly what you were supposed to do...you stuck to Whole30 the entire day! That's something to celebrate!
    Give yourself some grace when it comes to snacking. No one is perfect, and you took the time to reflect on it after the fact. You chose a Whole30 compliant choice over beer or wine, I call that a win!
    Change is always hard. But you're doing it!
    I could so relate when you said that you wanted to exercise and planned to go the night before but then didn't get up in time etc. That was me for so so long. I had the best of intentions, but I didn't plan for success. Can I share what finally worked for me? I definitely agree with prioritizing sleep, so I finally realized that if I wanted to get up an hour earlier to get to the gym...I had to go to sleep an hour earlier! (Obvious, I know...but it took me a long time to put that into practice!)
    I also realized that I was way more likely to follow through on my gym plans if everything was ready and laid out ahead of time. So I started filling my water bottle and sticking that as well as my pre-workout snack and prepped breakfast in the fridge the night before so it was ready to go. I laid out my workout clothes and shoes, had my outfit for work ready to go, coordinated with my husband so that he would stay with my son until I got back, and set my alarm. All of this simple prep work, combined with getting to bed earlier, made it so that I literally had no excuse NOT to go when my alarm went off in the morning.
    Most of us go out of our way to keep commitments we make to our partners, kids, friends, family etc...but we don't think twice about bailing on plans we've made with/for ourselves. The biggest thing my first Whole30 taught me was that I CAN keep a promise to myself. Whether it's successfully completing a Whole30, going to the gym when I said I would, keeping the plans I made with myself to take a bath or go to yoga or spend ten minutes meditating...it's so, so important that we keep the promises we make to ourselves. Doing so helped me build so much confidence in myself and my ability to finish what I start and take myself seriously!
    Anyhow....sorry for the long rant  I hope some of it was helpful for you. I want you to know I am cheering you on from afar and I know you can do this! One day, one meal, one bite at a time! Don't break this Whole30 promise to yourself. You are worth it! 
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    W30CoachErinn reacted to ShieldMaiden in I did it!   
    It wasn't even hard after the first 3 days! But the first three days I felt a little lightheaded and just out of it, I increased plated fat and the general quantity of food I was eating and that feeling went away. Day 3 was quite a lot of time in the bathroom. ha ha! But after that it was smooth sailing. I have been telling a lot of people about the plan because it has really helped me. I think so many of our health problems can be simply solved with nutrition. Things I noticed during my 30 days: My brain started to work more quickly and efficiently, it just felt very sharp and fast! My energy was more consistent and stable. I barely drink coffee now, I find I just don't even crave it like I did. My skin looks healthier (though I still need to figure out what is causing my break outs. hormonal? Just need more time on the plan?). And I lost 10 lbs.  I want to lose a little bit more to feel more comfortable, so I am going to try Noom next. It seems pretty useful so far! Now that I have healthy eating under control, I think it is time to focus on exercise and caloric intake (I think I am eating too much salad dressing). Yay!
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    W30CoachErinn reacted to Jihanna in Anybody get a reaction after reintroduction but not after elimination?   
    Eating a lot of fruit could be part of why you didn't experience withdrawal, at least on the sugar front -- starving sugar dragons go through withdrawal, but fruit feeds it. Not having a healthy balance with meals meeting the template can definitely affect your overall feelings of wellness (or unwellness), too, especially if that happened often because nutrition is cumulative (meaning it takes more than just a day or two to correct an issue even if you're taking drastic steps).
    If you're still not feeling it at the end of 30 days, I'd honestly suggest giving it a short bit longer and make sure that you follow the meal template fully. After that, if you feel like there's not been enough improvement and still think it could be food sensitivities at work, it might be worth having a discussion with your doctor and/or looking into low FODMAP as a next step. Just because a food is Whole30-compliant doesn't mean that it's a healthy food for every single body, since some may have sensitivities or even allergies to compliant foods. Just as an example, people who feel bloated often might have to reduce their cruciferous veggie intake (which can be hard if they've been substituting cauliflower rice into a bunch of woulda-been-rice dishes).
    In terms of seeing changes after reintroduction, though, that's where half the magic happens. The elimination phase allows your body to get on a solid ground to work from, and reintroduction is about determining if you're going to react to any of the food groups that were cut out for the past 30+ days. So I'd say that yes, many of us have seen definitely effects during (and even after) reintroduction.
    Good luck to you!
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    W30CoachErinn reacted to Laura of The Great White North in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hi Erinn! Thanks for the suggestions and support! I am reading Food Freedom right now. I am inspired by the idea of feeling that freedom. I am also scared of the work that I know I have to do to get there. But the unknown is always a bit scary and I know that I can do this! 
    I like the perspective of the uncomfortable parts of the Whole30 being signs of success and not failure. I am also looking forward to the reintroduction phase. I feel like I know how food effects me physically but I've never truly done an elimination/reintroduction program before so I have no idea what I might discover. 
    I am hopeful that this Whole30 will set me on the path that I have been trying to find for many years now.
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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from TenaciousTeresa in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hi Laura!
    Congratulations on deciding to start a Whole30 in July! If you stick with it until the end the process can truly transform your life, I am so excited for you!
    SusanMarks had some fantastic tips, so I second all of those! In addition, I always stress to my coaching clients to go into the experience thinking of the 30 day elimination as just phase ONE...it's not the end! As you mentioned, in order to see a lasting change we have to truly change our relationship with food, not just what we put in our mouth. Part of that requires that we take the reintroduction period after our elimination seriously. I can't stress enough how valuable it is to take your time in systematically reintroducing the things you've eliminated, and paying attention to how each makes you feel, starting on day 31. Do not skip this part! Once you know how individual foods/food groups make you feel physically/emotionally/mentally it becomes much easier to make conscious, informed, and deliberate decisions about whether or not those foods are worth bringing back into your diet and if so, in what quantities/how often.
    Have you read Melissa Hartwig Urban's book Food Freedom Forever yet? I absolutely love it and I think it is one of the most helpful resources available and definitely worth the investment...or borrowing from a friend/the library! It gives so many real-life examples and tangible tips for navigating food freedom and life after Whole30 and is just super inspiring. Highly recommend reading that one during your Whole30 so you can begin to see the big picture and what's possible with food freedom!
    Finally, if you expect something to suck, it probably will  There is no doubt that completing a Whole30 is HARD! It's normal to feel a little anxious before you begin, so I totally understand that you're dreading it AND looking forward to it at the same time. Change is always difficult. But try to go into it with a positive attitude and LOOK for blessings along the way, things to be grateful for, reasons to be PROUD of yourself, and non-scale victories (even the teeny tiny ones!) each and every day...I think you'll be surprised at how joyful the experience can be depending on your perspective. Headaches from sugar withdrawal on days 2-3 mean IT'S WORKING! Your body is already responding to the big changes you're making. Woohoo! Digestive "issues" around the beginning of week 2? Unpleasant, but a sign that your body is flushing out all the junk! YAY! Just take things one day at a time and remind yourself that nothing worth having happens overnight.
    Food freedom is a process and healing our relationship with food takes time, but it is so worth it.You are worth it.
    Best of luck! You're going to do great!
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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from LindsayO in Ghee-Heavy Feeling?   
    What a bummer! I have felt that way after using too much ghee as well...I usually just use a touch of avocado oil to cook my eggs in now. That seems to work better for me. Did you lay the bacon on a paper towel for a second before placing it into your container? That should help soak up just a bit of the excess grease. I definitely think it is important to start your day off with protein + some healthy fats....so don't get discouraged that today was a bit off, you're on the right track! Switch it up tomorrow and see if less ghee or a different oil helps. You could also try hard boiled eggs (possibly with a dollop of whole30 mayo), some sliced avocado, and bacon/sausage instead and see how that feels. Good luck!
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    W30CoachErinn got a reaction from TenaciousTeresa in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hi Laura!
    Congratulations on deciding to start a Whole30 in July! If you stick with it until the end the process can truly transform your life, I am so excited for you!
    SusanMarks had some fantastic tips, so I second all of those! In addition, I always stress to my coaching clients to go into the experience thinking of the 30 day elimination as just phase ONE...it's not the end! As you mentioned, in order to see a lasting change we have to truly change our relationship with food, not just what we put in our mouth. Part of that requires that we take the reintroduction period after our elimination seriously. I can't stress enough how valuable it is to take your time in systematically reintroducing the things you've eliminated, and paying attention to how each makes you feel, starting on day 31. Do not skip this part! Once you know how individual foods/food groups make you feel physically/emotionally/mentally it becomes much easier to make conscious, informed, and deliberate decisions about whether or not those foods are worth bringing back into your diet and if so, in what quantities/how often.
    Have you read Melissa Hartwig Urban's book Food Freedom Forever yet? I absolutely love it and I think it is one of the most helpful resources available and definitely worth the investment...or borrowing from a friend/the library! It gives so many real-life examples and tangible tips for navigating food freedom and life after Whole30 and is just super inspiring. Highly recommend reading that one during your Whole30 so you can begin to see the big picture and what's possible with food freedom!
    Finally, if you expect something to suck, it probably will  There is no doubt that completing a Whole30 is HARD! It's normal to feel a little anxious before you begin, so I totally understand that you're dreading it AND looking forward to it at the same time. Change is always difficult. But try to go into it with a positive attitude and LOOK for blessings along the way, things to be grateful for, reasons to be PROUD of yourself, and non-scale victories (even the teeny tiny ones!) each and every day...I think you'll be surprised at how joyful the experience can be depending on your perspective. Headaches from sugar withdrawal on days 2-3 mean IT'S WORKING! Your body is already responding to the big changes you're making. Woohoo! Digestive "issues" around the beginning of week 2? Unpleasant, but a sign that your body is flushing out all the junk! YAY! Just take things one day at a time and remind yourself that nothing worth having happens overnight.
    Food freedom is a process and healing our relationship with food takes time, but it is so worth it.You are worth it.
    Best of luck! You're going to do great!
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    W30CoachErinn reacted to SusanMarks in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hey Laura! 
    Really excited for you and your Whole30 journey! I commend you and your ultimate goal for doing Whole30 - to not only finish but take steps toward truly changing your relationship with food! Bravo! That's what its all about! 
    Couple of thoughts.
    Having your WHY very clearly outlined is so powerful and serves as that "true north" you can go back to on the tough days. 
    Mentally preparing ourselves is as important as preparing our kitchens and prepping food! If you take the time to think ahead about what you'll do and how you'll handle tough days (call someone, hop on the forum and share where you're at, have some fool proof options to fall back on, etc) will be super helpful.
    Focus on all the gains Whole30 has to offer rather than focusing on what you're giving up for the 30 days + reintroduction. 
    Know that there will be days that you may literally have to boss your brain! Its not uncommon to find ourselves mentally battling as our brains will do everything they can to convince us to give it what it wants. 
    Focus on savoring experiences beyond food. Sometimes we can be far too focused on the food and forget to incorporate an attitude of savoring and seeing the abundance in the whole experience of life and what we're accomplishing in taking steps toward changing our health!
    And definitely plan to do reintroduction! It will help solidify all the hard work and fresh new healthy habits you've developed!
    Best! 
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    W30CoachErinn reacted to Laura of The Great White North in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hello!! My name is Laura and I will be starting my first Whole30 on Monday July 8th. My ultimate goal is to finish and my other goal is to take the first steps towards truly changing my relationship with food. Food has been my drug for almost my entire life. I know that in order to be successful I will have to learn how to be uncomfortable and so I am gearing up to deal with all the suck that is going to come with it. I am looking forward to and dreading this experience all at the same time. I appreciate any suggestions or advice anyone might have. Thank you!