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    Meremaid reacted to jen c in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    My first W30 was more than two years ago.  Since then, I've never gone back to putting sugar in my coffee or tea and when drinking them at home, I use canned coconut milk as creamer instead of 1/2 & 1/2.  Having protein with every meal has stuck strongly too. 
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    Meremaid got a reaction from Sandra A in NSVs are happening!!!   
    And finally, maybe a touch of Tiger's Blood.  It could have been Marie Kondo getting to me, or the fact that my in-laws are coming this weekend, but I was doing some light cleaning/organizing at 10:15 last night, when I should have been too tired and lazy to lift a finger.
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    Meremaid got a reaction from KateSuccess in NSVs are happening!!!   
    Woohoo!!! Last week I started to experience some non-scale victories.  It's too soon to really feel that Tiger Blood level of energy, and I might not even get it and that's ok.  My insides  (GI system) actually feel better; which means I'm not feeling anything at all.  I won't know what is my irritant until reintroduction, but I can wait 16 days.  So, one thing that happens and I just assumed was due to age is that when I am sitting for a while (like an hour or more), when I get up to move my feet hurt for the first few steps.  The discomfort goes away rather quickly, it's just like working out a kink for a moment.  However, I realized last Thursday that after sitting in traffic for about an hour, I stepped out of the car and walked to the door like I had been in the car for 5 minutes; no issues!  Also, I don't think I'll ever need or want sweetener in my coffee again.  It's actually quite tasty with compliant almond milk creamer.
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    Meremaid got a reaction from TFrank in Newbie Starting Aug 5!   
    Ladies I needed to hear your struggles and plans to overcome and your successes most of all.  Today kinda sucked; mostly due to a day long headache.  Have not gone off plan and have a great week  of dinners planned for the week ahead.  And since my Thrive order arrived, I have compliant sauces/condiments to make even more recipes and increase the variety of meals I am making.
    Slightly unrelated, anybody want to take my kids for an hour or 2?  How do a 5 year old and 2 year old fight so much.  
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    Meremaid reacted to Elizabeth33 in Newbie Starting Aug 5!   
    So I am just going to do it. I am going to start tomorrow. I have been trying to get through the program forever and keep doing excuses to not start or to stop 1 to 2 weeks through. I have competed 1 30 day and 1 28 day. So I know how to do this. I have had things prepped for months now. No more excuses. My niece is moving in with her dog this coming week and with my asthma and allergies I am going to be miserable and I KNOW this helps and is the best decision. I just need to do it and the hard line is NO CHEATS!! I have some supplements and meds that have things in it but they are meds so I am not going to use that as an excuse. I only have to get rid of a few things and my kitchen is set. I will be using the coconut secret aminos and teriyaki sauce because I test fine on it. There will be no night shades veggies, onions, garlic and the only citrus will be for my guacamole. So this is Day 0. 
    My goals are to do my stat sheet with what I am taking supplements wise, the food & sleep log and I am combining that with the day by day log daily. This way I can see what I am doing when I feel shitty or great. I know the 1st week will not be relevant because of the transition phase.
    I will post the day by day and food here.
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    Meremaid got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Newbie Starting Aug 5!   
    Good Morning,
    I'm starting this morning, so only 1 day behind you.  I've done a round of Whole 30 before, but it was almost 3 years ago and I know I should have kept it going better.  I too have blood pressure that is creeping up, and I think my gall bladder may be going out on me.  I have a family history of that, so Whole 30 can't fix it, but it might help it until I see the GI doctor.  I definitely have acid reflux really bad, so I'm hoping that by making better choices for a month I will realize I have to change permanently.  And finally, I work for a company that has done a good bit of R&D related to microbiome and health conditions.  I am inundated with facts about how a healthy gut can heal lots of things outside of the GI system.  And they're right about their findings, it's definitely not just a fad.  I know Whole 30 will force us into a place of making good choices not just for us, but for those millions of little microbes helping us every single day.
    Feel free to whine to me.  But also feel free to tell me that "this is not hard."
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    Meremaid got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Fresh vs Frozen vs Canned--Taste quality   
    Specifically, I'm wondering if fresh collard greens taste better than canned?  I'm sure the answer is a resounding yes, as I've come to know fresh spinach is tasty, but the canned version makes me gag.  
    Similar with brussel sprouts, love them roasted, but not soggy after too much boiling. Ewwww
    Did anyone else discover a new veggie they liked, but only when cooked a certain way?  I need to learn to eat my greens better, but cannot stomach mushy, wet veggies. Yuck!
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    Meremaid reacted to Andreamex in Aloha New Recruit   
    Good evening!! Well I just joined about 30min ago thanks to the recommendation from my Dr to ensure I have a healthy lifestyle.  I don’t know much if this but happy to challenge myself.  I’m trying to read all links to learn and try to see how this works.  I will go grocery shopping tomorrow and sanitize my kitchen from all the prohibited foods.  So I plan to start my 30 day on Saturday.  Hope to learn everyday!!
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    Meremaid reacted to Jihanna in Fresh vs Frozen vs Canned--Taste quality   
    Kale, but basically only when it's cooked this way --
    (original recipe here -- -- the link above is slightly altered)
    Although this recipe does produce "wet" greens (I generally do a mix of kale and collards, or kale and mustards), mine certainly haven't turned out soggy or mushy. The lemon zest and juice give them a clean, "zingy" kind of finished flavor, too. I will say that I've cooked it with olive oil and I've done it with bacon, and the bacon version is by far the better-tasting one  
    I also learned that I enjoy just about any vegetable better when it's roasted, even if I love them in other ways also.
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    Meremaid reacted to TFrank in Newbie Starting Aug 5!   
    My name is Tiffany and I'm 34. I'm doing my first Whole30 in just two weeks! I've started easing myself into it already though. I know going cold turkey would just be setting myself up for failure. We also don't live close to places with some of the staples so I've been ordering online and making trips into the next town to find what I need. I'm really nervous. I've tried to change my eating habits before and been successful for a short time, but eventually crashed. I'm really determined to make a difference this time though. I live with chronic headaches,  joint pain/swelling and high blood pressure, I'm hoping to find some relief through the Whole30. I'd really like to meet some other people to do this with for motivation and accountability.