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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    Yeah, the mustard was a pity, but to be honest I'm over it - we were not meant to be together forever 
    No, seriously, I think that what's working so far for me is that I absolutely removed things from my diet - and  I don't have second thoughts.  Not "maybe" and definetely not "in moderation". Those second thoughts are what got me eatings habits I'm not proud of.
    So when I saw the mustard preservative, I thought no, I'm not buying another jar. I'm not searching all the brands in all the supermarkets looking for a compliant one. That would be emotionally complex and after all unnecessary. I can live without dairy, I can live without grains, I can live without legumes. Hell, yeah, sure I can live without mustard!
    I printed the timeline because I wanted to cross days as they pass. In case I felt too lazy to actually keep up with the log. But so far I'm writing in detail in my journal and also my log here, so I guess I don't need it so much after all.
    Yeah, it seems that when I wrote about Whole30 (despite focusing on what I eat, and not on what I don't eat) people thought it extreme.
    I don't know, maybe it's bias, but I actually started Whole30 one day earlier than expected, my husband and my in-laws were with me most of the day and they did not notice a thing. Had not I told them, they might have not even noticed yet that I'm not eating sugar, dairy or legumes. (Grains would hardly go unnoticed though.)
     
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log   
    Also, only two days to go?
    Oh, my, reintroduction is nearly there! Go girl!!!!
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log   
    Indeed I think NSV are a wise way to focus in what's really important.
    But. You know. Curiosity. Killed. The. Cat. 
    And me. 
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    Oh, and today's log!
    DAY 5
     
    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs) topped with a bit of confitted onions, broccoli on the side. Also some cashews, and a banana.
    Snack: A cup of black tea and apple.
    I was not actually hungry, but I thought we might have lunch kinda late and I would not have many compliant choices so it would be wise not to get there too hungry.
    Meal 2: Mostly barbecued ribs. That was it. But also the following:
    A bit of the filling of a pie (onion, pepper, seafood) which had spilled from a pie.
    There were some (compliant) potato chips and I got a handful to add some variation, but really not many: they did not feel like the right food choice.
    There were 3 different desserts, all very tasty looking, so I got myself a pear and left the dining room and eat it in the kitchen.
    People would drink some coffee afterwards, someone also brought chocolate. I went outside to read a book to the kids.
    I feel like I navigated that meal pretty well, all things considered, but from a dietary point of view it was really poor.
    And when we returned home for dinner I meant to eat leftover lamb stew, but after two bites I felt like it was too much meat for me today. I like to hear my body in this kind of situation so I changed the menu.
    Meal 3: Two bites of lamb. Two cups of lamb soup (I simply pureed all the goodness from the lamb stew but the meat) and one large salad (lettuce, tangerine, avocado, nuts, confitted onion). An slice of cantaloupe.
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    Amura got a reaction from Emma in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    Yeah, the mustard was a pity, but to be honest I'm over it - we were not meant to be together forever 
    No, seriously, I think that what's working so far for me is that I absolutely removed things from my diet - and  I don't have second thoughts.  Not "maybe" and definetely not "in moderation". Those second thoughts are what got me eatings habits I'm not proud of.
    So when I saw the mustard preservative, I thought no, I'm not buying another jar. I'm not searching all the brands in all the supermarkets looking for a compliant one. That would be emotionally complex and after all unnecessary. I can live without dairy, I can live without grains, I can live without legumes. Hell, yeah, sure I can live without mustard!
    I printed the timeline because I wanted to cross days as they pass. In case I felt too lazy to actually keep up with the log. But so far I'm writing in detail in my journal and also my log here, so I guess I don't need it so much after all.
    Yeah, it seems that when I wrote about Whole30 (despite focusing on what I eat, and not on what I don't eat) people thought it extreme.
    I don't know, maybe it's bias, but I actually started Whole30 one day earlier than expected, my husband and my in-laws were with me most of the day and they did not notice a thing. Had not I told them, they might have not even noticed yet that I'm not eating sugar, dairy or legumes. (Grains would hardly go unnoticed though.)
     
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    Amura reacted to LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log   
    I will definitely share total pounds and inches, but it is really important to remember there are so many other variable measurements to your personal success your Whole 30 journey that go way beyond weight and measurements. It's also very important to track your non-scale victories (NSV's) to keep from being discouraged along the way, and it will happen. It's part of the process; it's something I still have to remind myself of everyday 
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    Thank you ladies for commenting! 
    I think I've read (part of) both your logs.
    I must confess I've been prying a bit here and there, wondering how other people's experience could relate to my own, but haven't really commented on someone else's log yet... 
    In fact I seem to recall that @LadyWolf0926 mentioned not following the timeline,having some delayed reaction, and I think that must be pretty much what's happening to me: I'm on day 4 but still in the what's-the-big-deal mood 
    Maybe that's because our diets were not so different from Whole30 to begin with?
    The sulfite in the mustard is a preservative. And the jar is almost full so I'm not buying another one right now - I'm not using mustard for a month and that's it. Vinaigrettes won't be the same, but they will do. (Which reminds me I should make some flavoured oil, it's always nice to have something with a punch to add to salads.)
    Tomorrow we'll be at my mother-in-law's uncle's house. Old people there. I'll get a look or two for not eating some of the dishes, that's for sure. I don't really mind what they think, but I just hope they don't say anything. Like, you know, politely shutting the mouth up.
    I would actually be out of my mind if I got an e-mail such as the one @Emma mentioned!
    Anyway I don't think I'm doing a meat-based diet. If anything, an egg-and-carrot based diet 
     
     
    Oh, well, let's log today's meals! 
    DAY 4
    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs), one quarter avocado, two radishes.
    Snack: One small portion of Spanish omelette.
    Meal 2: A handful of cashews while cooking. Roasted sargo, little green peppers and a salad (lettuce, avocado, carrot, radishes, plain vinaigrette). An slice of watermelon. 
    Snack: Tea. Black tea with cinammon. Another handful of cashews.
    Meal 3: Sauteed green beans, carrots and chicken breast with confitted onion. One banana.
    I had not made confitted onion for a very long while... I made a kinda large batch so I guess I'm gonna be using it with pretty much everything and anything  
     
    Overall I followed the plan, but it feel like the snacks were not the best thing to do.
    I do love cashews, that's for sure, but I'm afraid they were a mere substitute for the cookie everyone else was eating...
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    Thank you ladies for commenting! 
    I think I've read (part of) both your logs.
    I must confess I've been prying a bit here and there, wondering how other people's experience could relate to my own, but haven't really commented on someone else's log yet... 
    In fact I seem to recall that @LadyWolf0926 mentioned not following the timeline,having some delayed reaction, and I think that must be pretty much what's happening to me: I'm on day 4 but still in the what's-the-big-deal mood 
    Maybe that's because our diets were not so different from Whole30 to begin with?
    The sulfite in the mustard is a preservative. And the jar is almost full so I'm not buying another one right now - I'm not using mustard for a month and that's it. Vinaigrettes won't be the same, but they will do. (Which reminds me I should make some flavoured oil, it's always nice to have something with a punch to add to salads.)
    Tomorrow we'll be at my mother-in-law's uncle's house. Old people there. I'll get a look or two for not eating some of the dishes, that's for sure. I don't really mind what they think, but I just hope they don't say anything. Like, you know, politely shutting the mouth up.
    I would actually be out of my mind if I got an e-mail such as the one @Emma mentioned!
    Anyway I don't think I'm doing a meat-based diet. If anything, an egg-and-carrot based diet 
     
     
    Oh, well, let's log today's meals! 
    DAY 4
    Meal 1: Omelette (3 eggs), one quarter avocado, two radishes.
    Snack: One small portion of Spanish omelette.
    Meal 2: A handful of cashews while cooking. Roasted sargo, little green peppers and a salad (lettuce, avocado, carrot, radishes, plain vinaigrette). An slice of watermelon. 
    Snack: Tea. Black tea with cinammon. Another handful of cashews.
    Meal 3: Sauteed green beans, carrots and chicken breast with confitted onion. One banana.
    I had not made confitted onion for a very long while... I made a kinda large batch so I guess I'm gonna be using it with pretty much everything and anything  
     
    Overall I followed the plan, but it feel like the snacks were not the best thing to do.
    I do love cashews, that's for sure, but I'm afraid they were a mere substitute for the cookie everyone else was eating...
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log   
    Will you share your weight/measurements in your logs?
    I'm so curious about what to expect from Whole30! 
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    I just got started 
    Tomorrow was supposed to be my first day, and today I just meant to get as closer I could to W30 without making a fuss while ordering lunch.
    But I actually managed to make all my meals compliant so technically I guess I can say this has become Day 1.
    Just had a little issue.
    What are you supposed to do with your left hand, if you are not holding bread with it? 
    I mean, I normally eat little bread, but I do use it as a tool and it feels weird not to have it... 
    And I have just noticed that the Dijon mustard I have at home has sulfite 
    I love that brand, what a pity! 
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    Amura got a reaction from LadyWolf0926 in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    DAY 3
    Meal 1: One carrot. Omelette (3 eggs) and a quarter avocado.
    Snack: Green olives.
    Meal 2: Stewed potatoes and carrots with baby cuttlefishes. One apple.
    Meal 3: Grilled zuchinni, cherry tomatoes and radishes. One carrot. One banana and half a slice watermelon.
     
    Finally decided that a raw carrot would very well substitute the bread which I'm used to have in my left hand while eating. So that's what I'm doing.
    Yesterday I shared my commitment to Whole30 in my blog, and today my mother-in-law questioned me about it. Also she kindly offered some suggestions of better  diets/plans/approaches I should be following instead. It's well meant, I know it, but still felt uncomfortable.
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    Amura reacted to SchrodingersCat in Whole30 Basic Mayo   
    Ah, I think being from Australia, we don't have the salmonella issue with eggs that the US does, so it's never on my radar.
    Off topic, does anyone else think that Salmonella sounds like a gangster from the Al Capone era? "Al's colleagues were all unsavoury, and dangerous to some degree, but one of them, he was a terror. No one knew where he'd strike, and you could take precautions, but you never really knew where he'd spring from. His name was Sal, Sal Monella. Most people tried to avoid him, but if he ever came into your life, he'd go through you like a dose of salts. Sometimes he got caught... but he never stayed caught for long. Either he'd vanish in the night or, sometimes... sometimes those who caught him didn't make it"
     
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    Amura got a reaction from Beckha99 in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    What if you turn that thought upside down? 
    Most likely people did not think you were so huge. You did think you were huge - because you had a bad relation with your own body - and assumed everybody else did.
    Now that not only your weight but also your relation with your body (which you nurture) has improved your views about yourself have changed A LOT, while for other people you simply have lost some weight - that's all.
    Well, it's another perspective.
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    Amura got a reaction from Beckha99 in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    What if you turn that thought upside down? 
    Most likely people did not think you were so huge. You did think you were huge - because you had a bad relation with your own body - and assumed everybody else did.
    Now that not only your weight but also your relation with your body (which you nurture) has improved your views about yourself have changed A LOT, while for other people you simply have lost some weight - that's all.
    Well, it's another perspective.
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    Amura got a reaction from Jihanna in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    Time for some planning ahead and getting ready!
    I have decided to start on the 15th because I don't have to work on August (so I hopefully won't be feeling any side effects while back to work) and I'll be back home (so I feel more in control of what I buy/eat).
    GETTING TO KNOW W30 - Up until now
    So I'm reading The Whole30 book, and by now I realize I should have started with It starts with Food. Because I'm an stubborn person I'll finish it before I start the other one, but yeah, this is not what I was looking forward reading.
    Today I've told my husband about W30. He asked if I expected him and our 4yo to join me, but I said no - I'm gonna try to keep changes in the family routine to a minimum while still sharing the same meal most of the time. I think it's feasible.
    I've just gone thru my blog recipes to find those that are compliant and I'm afraid I've got only 18, but I believe many of the other ones are easy to fix - remove peas (I love peas!) or that spoonfull of flour to thiken the sauce and you are done.
    And my plans for the next few days...
    GETTING READY - August 13th
    Back home in the afternoon, unpacking and grocery shopping. 
    I have an old little notebook at home which I think I'll use as a daily journal. I want to note down all the changes that I feel, good ol' pencil and paper feel like the better choice for a nightly self-evaluation. I will also keep this log because I feel it could be useful to plan ahead (as I'm doing now) or share some thoughts - and I may need somewhere to shout my desperation in the middle of the day (hopefully it helps me get distracted from craving!).
    DAY 0 - August 14th
    I'll start with W30-compliant breakfast already, because I love omelette and tea for breakfast. Probably toss in some carrots or a piece of fruit.
    We have some errands to run in the city, and we'll either eat out or at my in-laws. In any case I'll try to easy into the plan ordering a no-grain, no dairy-meal and pass on bread and choose fruit as dessert.
    I'll leave a potato salad ready in the fridge.
    DAY 1 - August 15th
    Let's rock the Whole30
    For a few days I'll have the same plain breakfast: unsweetened tea, omelette and whatever raw veggies I have around (or potato salada leftovers if any).
    My cousin will be visiting, we'll have a simple lunch: roasted chicken, baked potatoes and pepper, and a simple salad. I can offer either fruit or plain yoghurt as dessert, although I'll have to stay away from the latter.
    For dinner I'll be eating a piece of skate which I have frozen already cooked, and the rest of the family may enjoy spaghetti - I think being the first day it won't be too hard.
    I'll also be making my pork loin confit, because it's good to have some already-cooked preserved meat in the fridge for those days the rest of the family has a different kind of meal.
    And it's time to meal plan the rest of the week!
  16. Thanks
    Amura got a reaction from Sheri Barnett in New Member   
    Hi Sheri!
    I'm new too and I also want to lose weight.
    I'm currently reading the program books (although there is plenty of good information on the website) and have just set my start date, so I'm no expert and I can't give any sort of advice.
    But I believe that anything-goes-to-lose-weight diets are a sure path to harm your body, and this program is meant to be exactly the opposite: a tool to help you understand and therefore heal it.
    Being so, if after 30 days we have learned something useful to lead a healthier life - even if we do not manage to lose weight in this first period - I think it's a very good thing.
    It took me two years to gain all this weight, I'm not in a rush to lose it in only 30 days. 

    How do you feel about it?
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    Amura got a reaction from Jihanna in My W30 log - Starting on August 15th   
    Time for some planning ahead and getting ready!
    I have decided to start on the 15th because I don't have to work on August (so I hopefully won't be feeling any side effects while back to work) and I'll be back home (so I feel more in control of what I buy/eat).
    GETTING TO KNOW W30 - Up until now
    So I'm reading The Whole30 book, and by now I realize I should have started with It starts with Food. Because I'm an stubborn person I'll finish it before I start the other one, but yeah, this is not what I was looking forward reading.
    Today I've told my husband about W30. He asked if I expected him and our 4yo to join me, but I said no - I'm gonna try to keep changes in the family routine to a minimum while still sharing the same meal most of the time. I think it's feasible.
    I've just gone thru my blog recipes to find those that are compliant and I'm afraid I've got only 18, but I believe many of the other ones are easy to fix - remove peas (I love peas!) or that spoonfull of flour to thiken the sauce and you are done.
    And my plans for the next few days...
    GETTING READY - August 13th
    Back home in the afternoon, unpacking and grocery shopping. 
    I have an old little notebook at home which I think I'll use as a daily journal. I want to note down all the changes that I feel, good ol' pencil and paper feel like the better choice for a nightly self-evaluation. I will also keep this log because I feel it could be useful to plan ahead (as I'm doing now) or share some thoughts - and I may need somewhere to shout my desperation in the middle of the day (hopefully it helps me get distracted from craving!).
    DAY 0 - August 14th
    I'll start with W30-compliant breakfast already, because I love omelette and tea for breakfast. Probably toss in some carrots or a piece of fruit.
    We have some errands to run in the city, and we'll either eat out or at my in-laws. In any case I'll try to easy into the plan ordering a no-grain, no dairy-meal and pass on bread and choose fruit as dessert.
    I'll leave a potato salad ready in the fridge.
    DAY 1 - August 15th
    Let's rock the Whole30
    For a few days I'll have the same plain breakfast: unsweetened tea, omelette and whatever raw veggies I have around (or potato salada leftovers if any).
    My cousin will be visiting, we'll have a simple lunch: roasted chicken, baked potatoes and pepper, and a simple salad. I can offer either fruit or plain yoghurt as dessert, although I'll have to stay away from the latter.
    For dinner I'll be eating a piece of skate which I have frozen already cooked, and the rest of the family may enjoy spaghetti - I think being the first day it won't be too hard.
    I'll also be making my pork loin confit, because it's good to have some already-cooked preserved meat in the fridge for those days the rest of the family has a different kind of meal.
    And it's time to meal plan the rest of the week!
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    Amura reacted to Jihanna in Candida Questions   
    Candida is tricky, and while Whole30 cuts out a number of foods that can contribute toward its growth, there are also a number of compliant foods that really should be avoided while Candida is an issue.
    Dried fruit and fruit juices are high in sugar and feed Candida, regardless of any positive effects they might also have. While Candida's an issue, it's suggested that you remove these from your diet (which means skipping emergency snacks like Larabars). Instead, enjoy fresh fruit (but try to limit that to about a cup per day).
    Starchy veggies (like sweet potatoes, acorn squash, even spaghetti squash) get broken down into sugars that feed Candida, also. Although W30 does suggest a fist-sized serving of starchy vegetable every day, I'd personally try to limit it to that or maybe half that while you're battling this. It might not be possible to reduce it much or any (I know I'm an absolute bear and don't sleep well if I reduce mine), but it's worth checking to see if that's an option for you.
    Mushrooms (and other fungi) can actually be confused with Candida by the body and immune system, which can cause you to have a reaction (inflammation) to mushrooms that interferes with treatment.
    Fermented foods are another thing that are suggested (by Dr. Amy Myers) for avoidance during a Candida battle. The reason is that Candida can feed off the fermented foods. Dr. Myers suggests getting the yeast population under control first, and then using fermented foods to help restore good bacteria in the gut.
    There are some foods that are helpful in fighting Candida overgrowth, also. These include coconut oil, garlic, apple cider vinegar, cruciferous veggies, ginger, olive oil, cloves, cinnamon, wild salmon, and lemon juice. Luckily, ALL of those can be used during W30!  
    Here's the Dr. Myers page I used as reference, though the suggestions she gives are echoed on numerous pages where I've looked for info and suggestions regarding Candida -- https://www.amymyersmd.com/2016/07/9-foods-to-avoid-if-you-have-candida/
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    Amura reacted to Jihanna in Timing and duration   
    Personally, I see such marked results (positive changes) in my system when I'm compliant, so I'd opt to be compliant when I can control it and then stick close but not sweat it when I can't... that's what would make me feel my best, and even a 2 week reset right before the first trip might be beneficial. I guess I'm just more of a "let's do what we can now and move forward however we have to" kind of girl on this.
    Doing 14-18 days on and a few days off, then 21 days on and a few days off... sure, that's not a "real" Whole30 because there are breaks, but it DOES constitute real resets. I'm assuming (since you've done a couple of full rounds) that you've completed a full reintroduction, so know which foods are likely to cause you the most distress during your "can't control it" periods, and that's really where the duration of Whole30 is needed -- to give a very controlled gut environment in preparation for testing/experimentation (reintroduction). Since you've done that already, my guess is that you're looking more for the return to how you felt while on a compliant round, and that's where the often-shorter resets are helpful.
    None of that means you can't do a longer period of compliance later, either. I just wouldn't want to delay my own start just because the timing wasn't perfect for the typical timeline, because I know I'm going to feel better after a week of compliant eating... and I know what to avoid during non-compliance so I don't completely undo the good when I don't have full control.
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    Amura got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Is Whole30 for me?   
    Thank you for the kind and informative reply, Shannon!
    Yes, I understand it's only 30 days and not meant to be forever. Actually the reintroduction concept is what made me interested at first: it reminds me of when my little one started eating solids, one at a time, in case he had any sort of intolerance. It made sense that adults could work out their food the same way - and looks less scary than diets such as paleo which ban foods forever.
    I'll dive into the book then and make a more informed decission. 
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    Amura got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Is Whole30 for me?   
    Hi everyone.
    I've recently learned about Whole30 and I'm considering joining, although to be honest I'm not completely sure. Since the community seems ameniable I thought I would ask your opinion.
    I'm almost 40, I've always been slightly overweight. After giving birth to my son (4 years ago) and being back to what I consider my normal weight (about 70kg) I decided to start using a contraceptive implant (it seemed so convenient!) but unfortunately I gained A LOT of weight (20kg in 2 years!). I had the %&[email protected] thing removed, and I have not gained any more weight since then - but I have not been able to lose weight eiher.
    My overall health is very good, so to be honest my only reason to go on a diet is losing weight. Which I understand is not the purpose of the program.
    But because I don't think "eating in moderation" is my thing (and for that reason I've never been in a proper diet before) I started researching about dictating myself some clear boundaries in which I could base my diet, so I would not need to count calories or count on my non-existent moderation. No-sugar would be my cornerstone, and I was considering a no-grain rule as well, when I found the Whole program. It's a bit tighter than I meant, but maybe because of that it would force me to eat in a more wholesome way?
    My routine already includes meal planning, buying fresh food daily, cooking from scratch (I love cooking) so only the ingredient restrictions scare me a bit.

    I'm hesitating.
    I got the book but I haven't started reading it yet.
    I want to lose weight and I want to do it in a healthy way, but I'm not sure if this is the way I should go.

    Advice please!