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  1. The days I'm reintroducing, I'm only eating some of the food, and saving the rest for later. This is a BIG deal for me. I have been a notorious binge eater. This was the most apparent when I could have corn again. My biggest problem pre-W30 has been tortilla chips. I would eat at LEAST half a bad a night. Well, on Saturday I opened a whole bag with some salsa, sat down ready to just enjoy as much as I wanted "because I deserve it", and amazingly only ate 5-6 chips. They just weren't that great. I've NEVER eaten that few before and just put them away. The same happened when I got a large order of fries when I was with my family. I slowly ate and enjoyed a handful, and everyone else shared the rest. TOTALLY not something I'd do before!
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    Reintroduction Day 3 observations...

    I've been reading Food Freedom Forever, and it's suggested to not skimp on reintroduced foods (except alcohol) to you can really tell if it affects you. That's why I had that much sugar. Thanks for the advice on trying the sugar again. In all honesty, I need to just finish the reintroduction and start food freedom, or I'm going to start losing it. It's not that I'm still addicted to the food, I'm just tired of the limitations of what I can eat. It's gotten very inconvenient (at home and going out), and I'm becoming grumpy. I've tried everything except for gluten grains, and so far the worst that's happened is on slight headache, and a few bouts with sluggishness. Going into food freedom, I think I know not to overdo sugar and pistachios, and make non-whole 30 food a side item, not the meal.
  3. Tomorrow I'm reintroducing gluten grains. At first I was all excited: "YES!! BREAD!!" Then I realized that a LOT of gluten grains might have other non-compliant stuff in them. Any recommendations for gluten grains I can reintroduce without that other stuff? Thanks for any help!
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    Reintroduction Day 3 observations...

    I didn't add caffeine intentionally. I wanted something to add sugar to and it was the only thing available at the time
  5. My first day I reintroduced sugar. I had about 3 tablespoons of sugar with coffee, honey roasted turkey lunch meat with no nitrates, and some compliant snack sausages with cane sugar added. Here's my first mistake. I've only had decaf coffee since starting Whole30, so the caffeine buzz I get wouldn't be mistaken for dragon blood. But on day one of reintro, two out of the three cups of coffee I had, although small, were caffeinated. Now it's two days after the sugar, and this morning I have a slight headache. Headaches/migraines are one of the main things I'm trying to stop with W30, and understand where they come from. But it's hard for me to know if this headache is from the sugar, or the coffee. I also didn't drink much water yesterday, but I've had other days I didn't hydrate and felt fine. I'm frustrated with myself for drinking the caffeinated coffee. The headache could also come from pistachios. I had more than a handful last night, and I remember that I had a similar mild headache the last time I had a lot fo pistachios plus almond milk. So I have it narrowed down to 4 things: Sugar, caffeine, dehydration, or pistachios. In the past, when I've had headaches after a day of no coffee (and this is after MANY days of coffee), I'd have some and the headache would go away. Well, this morning I had a cup (one table spoon of coffee grounds) and I still have the mild headache. So maybe I can cross caffeine off the list? Besides, I only had two cups two days ago. But I also had trouble sleeping that night, so maybe I had too much after all, or it's just that I drank it too late in the day. I'm drinking a bunch of water now to see if that helps. If it does, dehydration might be the culprit after all. Something interesting I've noticed is that I seem to have issues 2 days after eating problematic foods, not the next day. My first day of Whole30 I felt fine, even though I was eating like total garbage for a LONG time before I started. But the SECOND day of W30 was one of my worst headaches ever. Same in this case. Monday I had lots of sugar and the caffeine. And again 2 days later I have a mild headache. I might try to do one more round with JUST sugar and make sure I don't have anything else that could cause headaches, and hydrate, and see what I learn. So far though, I think it might be sugar or pistachios.
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    R1D31!!! I did it! My thoughts on how it went...

    I'm hoping that after reintroduction I listen to my body better than I did before, and will have more control without the sugar addiction.
  7. Thanks! I got some honey smoked turkey breast without nitrates. I'll try fruit juice tonight.
  8. So, I made it and I'm very proud of myself. Here are some quick thoughts on how it went. I will probably come back to update as I remember more things about my first round. I only had a couple days of high energy. That is probably because I still have VERY bad sleep, exercise, and water drinking habits. Towards the second half of W30 I felt like I needed to focus my willpower on JUST W30 and not exercise, or I'd snap and quit. My head has felt much clearer, like I've been in a fog before W30. When I was on a good sleep schedule, I slept MUCH sounder. I didn't stick to eating only 2 servings of fruit a day. My average was about 3. And I still had snacks once in a while. COMPLIANT snacks, mind you So maybe on a future round that's something else I can tighten up. I am not the ravenous food addict I was. I no longer feverishly go through the cupboards at 11pm, eat a bowl of potato chips, go right back to the cupboard just as ravenous as before, rinse and repeat, going to bed still feeling "hungry". Food with no brakes is a real thing. I think that what I THOUGHT was hunger was a junk food addiction, boredom, being tired, and my body being starved of good nutrients. About 10 days or so after starting W30, I would open the cupboard around 11pm, look at what's inside, and think "Eh, I'm not really hungry". I'm able to say no to bad foods in situations I never thought I'd be able to. I've been to a buffet, food at work, parties, and I've stayed strong every time. I hope this carries over into my post W30 days. NO migraines/headaches! My second day of W30 I had one of the worst ones ever, but since then I had ONE day of a very mild one, but that's it. Before W30 I would get debilitating migraine/headaches 2-3 times a month. I've had 8-9 dreams about messing up my W30 and having to start over. Hopefully these will stop now I'm glad none of them came true! I've lost 9.8 lbs!!! I've attached before/after pics. I don't really see a difference, but maybe others can.
  9. This morning I had my first added sugar. I just added white sugar to my decaf coffee and compliant almond milk. I wasn't DYING to have it, and I was still disappointed. I actually tasted kind of acidic, and about 5 minutes later I threw up in my mouth a little, and now I feel a little nauseous. Does anyone have any suggestions of anything else I can eat today for added sugar besides just adding it to coffee? Maybe nitrate free lunchmeat that has sugar? Maybe a soda that uses sugar and not corn syrup? Any suggestions are highly appreciated!
  10. I think you hit the nail on the head with the almonds. I don't think I do well with nuts in general. And the large increase in almond milk and almond butter synchs up with me feeling worse. I'll try to have more starchy veggies and see if that helps. Thanks!
  11. Except for my horrible migraine/headache on the second day of Whole30, which is to be expected, I've been pain free until today (R1D21). Now I have one. It's mild compared to the ones I normally get, but I'm trying to figure out if it's something I ate. In my descriptions, everything is whole30 safe, so if I mention hot dogs, assume it's compliant. Yesterday morning I had scrambled eggs, potatoes, and bacon. Also decaf coffee with almond milk. Lunch was a taco salad (beef with taco seasoning, salsa, and romaine), and also a shake made from almond milk, bananas, and frozen broccoli. For dinner I had 2 plain burgers with mustard, pickles, and lettuce, with potatoes, peppers, and onions on the side. Then before bed I had shelled pistachios (just pistachios and sea salt), and a handful of grapes. Breakfast this morning was Whole30 approved bacon wrapped in romaine lettuce. For lunch I had broccoli, 2 Whole30 approved hot dogs, and a coconut cream pir larabar. I'm drinking water. The migraine/headache started this morning, and was pretty mild, but it's starting to get worse. I DID have really bad dreams and had fallen asleep on the sofa, which isn't super comfortable, and woke up in a weird position, so maybe it's a stress headache, or from being in the wrong position all night? I also haven't exercised in 3 days. Or could it be that I don't do well with something I've been eating that's compliant? Also, I haven't been feeling the Tiger Blood. I only experienced that for one or two days. I'm really dragging all the time. Maybe that's also a food thing? Thanks for any feedback!
  12. I'm on R1D20, and I can't stand the smell of cheese or bread anymore. If I walk into the break room at work, I now feel like I might throw up. Has this happened to any of you?
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    R1D18 Feeling so tired and overwhelmed...

    I've got that part down, but thanks!
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    R1D18 Feeling so tired and overwhelmed...

    Thanks so much!! I'll look into these and try something new.