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    Mariina got a reaction from ashleyparik in Started June 26-- Day 14!   
    Day 29:
    So, I have moved forward with my Whole30 as originally planned.  I definitely like it get a bit to me for a second there, starting to eat the technically-compliant but not-as-healthy version of foods.  That's the habit I want to break though, which is why I will do another Whole30 in the near future.  I have gone back to my normal Whole30 food, did a HUGE meal prep Monday, and I'm feeling better mentally because of that.  I've also worked out a few times, improvement.  I had to get the Meningococcal B vaccine on Monday though, which has made my left arm so sore and hurts to raise it so I'm taking a few days of break from working out.  I have felt EXTREMELY fatigued these last few days and it makes me think WHAT IS HAPPENING, did I fail that hard?!  But no, I doubt it, because the informative paper for the vaccine says that fatigue and exhaustion are side effects.  So let's hope this tiredness goes away with the arm soreness, because I literally had to force myself to move this morning while cooking breakfast, even doing anything, which is not normal for me.  It actually makes me feel a bit low mentally when I wake up with so little energy, but I understand that it is normal and I should be moving on from this soon.  Energy-wise, I'm feeling better than this morning and yesterday morning, but I'm also not exerting much energy while sitting here.
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    Mariina got a reaction from Jihanna in Started June 26-- Day 14!   
    I appreciate your positivity and insight so much.  Sorry for the late reply, it took me a few days to get back into rhythm after feeling bummed out after the tea incident and then reflecting on my Whole30, realizing that there are multiple things that could have gone better.  Not only that, but after that downfall, for a few days I started eating the "less healthy version of technically-compliant foods" but I have gotten back into where I feel happier, eating how I was before the tea downfall!  However, I have come to the acceptance in my process and I'm proud of what I DID do and won't focus negativity on what "could have been better."  I decided I am going to do another Whole30 again for sure!  Not right away, because, like I said, another Whole30 would be more of a burden for me right at this moment since I am transferring to a university and want to socialize with new friends (it starts in a month, so with this 13 day reintroduction -since I'm reintroducing alcohol as swell- along with another whole 30 and 13 day re... just doesn't fit).  I am on Day 29 now and going to go along with the reintroduction as planned.  I also bought the Food Freedom Forever book and I am very excited to learn more about the last paragraph you wrote.  Thank you
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    Mariina reacted to Jihanna in Started June 26-- Day 14!   
    My youngest had this done with similar results, though we knew she'd been suffering from what appeared to be massive allergies. All of the most common allergens were tested, so the allergist suggested she try a dairy-elimination diet to see if that relieved her symptoms -- and it did! Because of that process, we've learned that she's "Milk Dairy Protein Intolerant", and her specific symptoms are that she gets increasingly stuffy with more in her system, and taking medications (OTC and a prescription) to handle it. All because of something we can easily take out of her daily diet, which we've now done. She gets to eat dairy occasionally, but has gotten used to being dairy-free probably 99% of the time.
    ^ All of that just to say that I totally understand the frustration that comes with trying to pinpoint triggers for symptoms when there's been no "allergy" detected. Food intolerance can be tough to figure out, especially when it's not the big common stuff.
    Regarding your tea escapade -- I'd say the little bit of vanilla extract in a tea bag is likely to have affected your system (and progress) far less than something like, say, gluten or soy. I personally would opt to move forward and complete my regularly planned Whole30 as well, not allowing the tea-bag to hold me back... but taking the renewed importance to "always check the label!" and the knowledge of that item maybe needing to be put on the back burner for a while, at least until you've got your feet under you after reintroduction.
    Food Freedom takes time, and patience, and experience, because it's really all about learning from our experiences. We make choices, we take note (even if just mentally) of feelings and reactions around those decisions, and we move on. When similar choices pop up in the future, we're able to pull from what we've learned so far and hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls we've stepped into previously. I will say that if I have 3 "that just wasn't worth it" moments followed similar food decisions, I'll lay off that particular thing entirely for at least a month. I also continue to cook almost entirely compliant meals at home, so the only time I have those decisions to make is when I'm elsewhere.
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    Mariina reacted to Jihanna in Do I need to restart...?   
    You're right, whether or not the alcohol would cook off is definitely not the point, and it's good that you realize that even if he didn't. The point is simply that we don't use those types of ingredients during Whole30, plain and simple. That's the bad news.
    The good news is that you're already planning to extend your experience, and based on current progress extending to even just 45 days would provide 30 whole days of compliance (assuming no other off-plan stuff happens). I'd maybe mark the first day post-beef in the calendar or food diary so you know when you've moved away from that, but otherwise allow yourself to breathe and progress normally. It's entirely possible that there won't be any ill effects, but it's also possible that there would be (and taking note of any symptoms and such would be a great idea even in times when you're not trying to determine if something caused a problem).
    The hard news is that if your husband is doing the cooking and shopping, he's going to have to read labels. If you were doing the cooking and shopping, you'd need to read labels to make sure your "already-approved" items are still approved, and he'll need to do the same. Alternatively, if you've got a local place you'd shop at that does online ordering, he could give you his list and you could put the order in (checking ingredients online, as needed)... but it would definitely be best if he'd take ownership of it, because it means that he knows what is and isn't allowed and is going to make sure you're getting what you need.
    Regarding the waste of food -- anytime I've been on round and realized something wasn't compliant after already cooking, I've either allowed others in the family (who weren't on round) to eat that or I've stored it in the freezer for use after my Whole30.
    Good luck!
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    Mariina got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I applause you for being straightforward with yourself and starting over! YOU CAN DO THIS!! I hope you have amazing camping trip and an easier time staying dedicated after this little bump.  I honestly think you'll feel even better once you get to the new Day 30 now, since it'll pretty much be 44 days of clean!  I really liked Jihanna's view of a Whole45.
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    Mariina got a reaction from Emma in Started June 26-- Day 14!   
    Thank you so much for this response!!  I feel like I connect with it a lot.  Yes I just told myself that I would go as much as I can without the allergy pills, because I also realized I don't want my body to be fully reliant on them anyways.  And so far it's actually shown me I don't need them daily like how I had been taking them before!! But I agree, once it becomes miserable I definitely think it's worth it for me to take one, cause I'm not trying to sneeze 15x straight with watery itchy eyes!  It's cool to hear that you did see changes in your allergies.  It makes me believe that if I stick with a similar lifestyle after my program that maybe I too will eventually see those results.  Not everything can be fixed in 30 days haha especially after years of consuming whatever is making it worse.  I will remember that: the long run pays off!!
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    Mariina got a reaction from Emma in Started June 26-- Day 14!   
    Thank you so much for this response!!  I feel like I connect with it a lot.  Yes I just told myself that I would go as much as I can without the allergy pills, because I also realized I don't want my body to be fully reliant on them anyways.  And so far it's actually shown me I don't need them daily like how I had been taking them before!! But I agree, once it becomes miserable I definitely think it's worth it for me to take one, cause I'm not trying to sneeze 15x straight with watery itchy eyes!  It's cool to hear that you did see changes in your allergies.  It makes me believe that if I stick with a similar lifestyle after my program that maybe I too will eventually see those results.  Not everything can be fixed in 30 days haha especially after years of consuming whatever is making it worse.  I will remember that: the long run pays off!!
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    Mariina got a reaction from Emma in Started June 26-- Day 14!   
    Day 17 Morning:
    I scheduled an OrangeTheory workout class with my friend I cooked dinner with last night for this morning.  I took the time to french braid my hair, so I wanted to use the excuse of time to just eat a banana before my workout.  But, I know that Melissa says that your pre-workout mini meals should be protein and fat, so I knew I'd be going against what I knew I should actually do, because I want my body to run off of fat NOT the sugar from the banana.  I looked at the clock and realized that I had 10 minutes, so I quickly whipped up 2 eggs in coconut oil, put hot sauce and seasoning on it and guacamole on the side, ate it and went to my workout!  I had a really great one, too!  It was my second time working out during this program which sucks to say, but I've been struggling to get back into it once I got back from traveling for like 2 months.  It's much nicer to have a friend to go with and keep you accountable.  Then, once I got home I ate my banana and now I'm eating the small amount of ground chicken I had left, Ailene's sausage (the only one at my Ralph's that has no sugar but I forget the name), zucchini, snow peas, seasoning and some spicy sesame oil on top.  The veggies/chicken originally cooked in evoo.  It's so good!!  I'm going to a happy hour with some friends later and I'm gonna enjoy that water haha!  I will be back soon with an update for the rest of my day.
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    Mariina got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    This was so helpful, thanks!  Something online said that some of the information is outdated because the Food Freedom Forever book came out years ago.  But it did say that the rest is still very great for helping people gain food freedom and a better relationship with food.  They weren't dogging the book at all, just saying some of the info we know now isn't the most accurate.  So, I wasn't sure if it was worth it to get the book or not... it sounds like it actually might be.
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    Mariina got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Wow, you brought up a great topic.  I had to ask for clarification on the whole not-looking-at-foods-as-good-or-bad topic.  I stopped reading the Whole30 book once I got to the reintroduction chapter because I didn't feel like it had to do with me in that moment, being a whole month away from the reintroduction phase. I'd rather wait until I get closer to the end (I'm on Day 16).  I think I'll have a more confident view of this topic once I read it.  I have a strong feeling it'll be a game changer for me, since one of my issues before starting whole30 was feeling guilty over the food choices I would make.  Okay, maybe I should start reading it a bit sooner.  My sister is one of those "ew, McDonald's is fake food I haven't eaten it in TEN YEARS" (acting all high and mighty ha) types of people.  And I sit there like ....well I like Mcdonald's.. as if I should be ashamed.  The stigma and judgement around it bothers me as well. I think that's a smart way to look at it-- dairy doesn't sit well, say it causes bloating or whatever.  But a McDonalds burger and fries doesn't leave you feeling gross, in fact you feel fine!  So I think this is a great example of giving yourself that food freedom and enjoying that burger, guilt-free, every once in a while!  I'll be curious as to whether or not I'll want it once I'm done with the program.  At the moment, I don't crave it.
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    Mariina got a reaction from Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/Whole30-Day-Daily-Guide-Success/dp/1328839230/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1562870520&sr=8-3
    The flexibound is just like a normal paperback book and 13ish dollars, which I think is worth it.  I don't know why the "paperback" version is like 10$ more.  And I agree on how it can get dull, I think it might because I'm not really a journal person to begin with so forcing myself to write in a journal feels a bit tedious to me.  BUT it's a good way for me to self reflect and it has you rate your energy for the day, sleep quality, what could have gone better/what went well, non-scale victories for the day, and more.  Worth it.
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    Mariina got a reaction from coachmandiep in Started June 26-- Day 14!   
    Yes! Our ability to take a situation and move forward with it instead of stewing on any negativity is just as important.  This can be a tough mindset for people to switch over (definitely one I have dealt with throughout my life) but is extremely necessary!  I'm sure/hope it will come naturally during my reintroduction.  Now is the time to engrain this into my mindset.. Thank you!
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    Mariina got a reaction from Jihanna in Started June 26-- Day 14!   
    Wow, thank you so much Jihanna!  Your response could not have been more helpful.  I'm sure I will continuously go back and read this throughout and after my whole30.  It's about being self reflective, truthful with yourself, and understanding why we are making certain choices and whether or not it was one worth making again or not because of whatever consequences.
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    Mariina reacted to coachmandiep in Started June 26-- Day 14!   
    Yes, yes, yes!  Well said Jihanna!  I echo everything you said here.  This is exactly what Food Freedom is about.  No judgements, no punishments, no guilt; only decisions based on what you have learned (from your reintroduction and continued experience).  It is a journey that is never-ending, as we are constantly learning and adding to our list of worth-it and not-worth-it foods.  Even this can change when considering the situation.  The ability to learn and move on using your new-found knowledge is Food Freedom!
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    Mariina got a reaction from Emma in Started June 26-- Day 14!   
    Hey all!! My name is Marina and I'm 22.  I'm actually on day 14 of my Whole30 journey and I'm feeling better than I have in a long time!  I didn't realize this would be such a great source for connecting with others until today when I started reading other peoples' updates!  I had just been using it for questions people had answered.  This post will be kinda long because I'm starting at Day 14 instead of 1 on here.  I am trying to self reflect and I will be very honest on here and throughout my journey.  I have had a surprisingly easier time doing this than I expected, my body must just be so much happier now.  I didn't really experience that "hangover" at all.. just one day where I woke up with a groggy head and that night I had a headache but that's it!  Before I started I was having to take naps almost every day, which was new to me and definitely a sign of my unhealthy habits I had gained over these previous years.  Almost immediately after starting, I haven't had to nap except one day from getting bad sleep due to being woken up in the middle of the night! YAY!  There's one obvious non-scale victory!  I would very often get SO bloated that it looked like I was 6 months pregnant... I got allergy tests and they told me I'm not allergic to anything (that was annoying because the bloating is intense) and I read online that in order to see what foods were causing it I'd have to do an elimination diet.  At the time, about a year ago, I was not prepared to do an elimination diet and now the whole30 just felt right.  I have only dealt with that full-on bloating twice and that was either cause I ate string beans (both times) or I was just very full;  I am probably gonna stay away from string beans.  Other than that, some bloating at times but minor compared to before. ANOTHER YAY!
    In short, I got very sick in Mexico about 6 years ago, lost a lot of weight (too much), then eventually started weight lifting and felt SO confident.  Unfortunately, over the past year and a half, my habits went downhill and my physical/mental health showed that.   After gaining weight my insecurities rose and it's so weird for me because I was so confident before; even to the point of being in public I have more anxiety now at times which isn't normal for me.  Other than those few years of being the fittest I had ever been, I haven't had the best relationship with food a lot of my life, being stuck in that cycle of trying a program and doing great for 3 weeks and then failing half way through and just giving up because I already failed...  NOT THIS TIME.  I am succeeding and I will!  I have now realized those programs were not good for my well-being because they are NOT for optimal health and they just kept me at an obsessive state over my food, whether it be super restrictive or binging once I failed, instead of having "food freedom"...  Not tracking macros for the first time in so long, but instead just focusing on the benefits of food I give myself, has lifted a huge weight off of me, so thank you Whole30 for that.  Also, to think of the amount of junk food and alcohol everyone around me is consuming (and I would have consumed in the past 2 weeks) is CRAZY and I have saved so much money!  I've actually been going out way more than I normally do because it's summer and I have been making sure I eat before/after I go out and just drinking a lot of water while out.  Not drinking alcohol "just because others are" has been a great lesson for me.  I can be/have fun without alcohol! My motivation has greatly outweighed the few seconds at a time where a beer sounds great.  And no hangovers! YAY! Overall I feel very proud.
    I had realized my mood wasn't very good.  While on vacation with my mom in June, I thought "am I a positive person to be around?" because I would find myself getting these annoyed feelings inside very quickly (ex: my mom would say something and all of a sudden this surge of annoyedness would go through me and I'd have to force myself to stay positive/nice but i hated that INSIDE i felt angry- not cool, hormones!)  That was a turning point for me.  Over these past two weeks I have felt so much more positive; I really hope that this can be the new normal for me again!
    Lastly, I want to talk about my sugar dragon.  For a few days I had been letting myself snack on a banana or apple with almond or sunflower seed butter or Larabars, which I realize is not what I am supposed to be doing because I am fueling the dragon!  And Larabar's are supposed to be for emergencies, struggle.  That is my new goal starting today to not let myself snack on sweet foods because it's keeping my cravings going.  Melissa says (in other words) in one of her books to think, "am I hungry enough for some fish and veggies or is this just a craving?"  That tip was very helpful.
    That's all I have to say for now.  I am very excited to join this community finally and to be connecting with you guys.  Any advice and motivation is always appreciated.  I hope I could resinate with some of you on any of my topics and we can help each other out and go through with this process together!  I will try to post at least every other day as a reflection.
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    Mariina reacted to Emma in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Day Seven. 
    My energy this morning was pretty good. I spent the morning prepping food and then ate the entire head of cauliflower that I roasted. It was SO good. I made a bunch of chicken marsala and spiraled out some zoodles and cooked some squash. It doesn't sound like much and in reality, there's not much in the fridge, but it took a while and I enjoyed the process. My daughter made her own lunch today and it looked so beautiful with sliced peppers, seaweed, kiwi, a hard boiled egg, and a couple crackers. It's not a Whole30 meal, but it was a good looking plate of colorful food. This evening the children were forced to eat the chicken marsala WITH mushrooms over a bed of zoodles. My daughter's face was pretty pained. My other kid rose to the occasion without complaint - probably because his sister was so dramatically distressed. They both ate the food without choking or gagging so I think it was a win and not nearly as bad as they claimed. My husband and I thought it was really good. I did have a headache after dinner though which makes me wonder what things I ate did not sit with me. Mushrooms perhaps?
    I got my lab results back. My inflammation markers are DOWN! "Keep doing what you're doing" said my doctor. Well, heck, I don't quite know what I've been doing but right now I'm doing Whole30 and that's encouraging. I also got my blood test allergy results. They're so interesting. They're also not set in stone and the tests yield a lot of false positives and, in my case, didn't even identify a whole host of fruits and things that I know without a doubt I react to EVERY single time I eat them.  It was interesting though to think about what was identified. Mushrooms were one of them. So were almonds. I eat a lot of almonds. So maybe the test is inaccurate or maybe almonds are aggravating my system in a way I don't notice. It also said  peanuts and soybeans. I've never had an issue with peanuts, but I'm not surprised about soybeans.  Coconut was okay, but then so were a few things that cause my throat to swell so I'm taking the results with a grain of salt.  AND, I'm again glad I'm doing the Whole30 because it will help me wade through the things more systematically.
    Breakfast: Cauliflower and egg
    Lunch: Chicken and spaghetti squash
    Dinner: Zoodles and Chicken Marsala
    Meditated and practiced. Didn't pay bills. Didn't clean. Did mow the lawn and weed wacked and set up appointments and went to the gym!! Never separated myself from my body before I ate. :/  I remembered after I ate. Did feel bummed about how going to the movies is no longer something to look forward to because I partly like it for the food. Tried to talk myself through all my reasons for doing this. Felt more fit and slender. Saw myself in the mirror - haha. I'm not, but inside I'm feeling better.