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  1. YES. It's truly being pulled from all ends of life. Luckily you are in touch with yourself and working on self care rigorously. Can you imagine if you weren't?
  2. I need to amp up the movement and I don't have kids. You are a rockstar. It seems that hitting even 10% of self care as a Mom makes you worthy of a Pulitzer Prize in our culture.
  3. I was surprised how easy it has been to give up sugar. I was a total addict. But now I have zero interest. Not even in reintroducing it. I'm much more interested in bread and grains in general. And wine. Something about a glass of red wine, warm sourdough slathered in butter. But I've decided SLOW reintroduction. Also, I got rid of my TV. What a relief that is to have more space in my life. It's helped with food cravings as well. I paired watching movies and food + would add my laptop in there to work. Now I'm cleaning more, walking, and working in a more concentrated, focused way. Wow. I'm loving the habit changes that domino out of the W30.
  4. I SO hear you on this one. I was told once by a nutritionist that given my liver and DNA constitution I should never drink an ounce of wine. I did stop for over a year. And I healed hypoglycemia during that time. When I came back to wine I found my cadence. 2 glasses of wine on different days work best. And sometime socially I'll drink 2 in a row. I always pay for that. I'm curious to see how wine feels in reintroduction. But like coffee, I don't see myself giving it up but finding the balance I can work with. I will need to give up milk, cream, etc. I'll be grieving that. But I get sick to my stomach. Wine doesn't give me huge reactions, I just don't sleep as well and feel a tad off the next day. I LOVE wine and the science of it too. I hear you.
  5. I started reintroduction several days ago after completing the Whole30 earlier (started earlier). I've reintroduced butter. My brain loves it. Especially on sweet potatoes. I then went for the most troublesome one after a couple of days back on W30, cream, cheese, half and half, and milk. OMG. I actually got nauseous. I did spread these out over 2 days but did a little at each meal to challenge my body. Today, I'm racing back to W30. That messed up my digestion as well. Now gassy and constipated at the same time. Oh, joy! Since I wasn't used to eating so much over the course of the W30 and had been calorie starved for a couple of years, I did gain 3 lbs. I realize now, my metabolism, gut health, and stress hormone cortisol was all out of whack from too much sugar, not enough protein, and milk. Weird that I do well on butter but not other dairies. I've learned a lot. The next steps after reintroduction will be possibly intermittent fasting with 2 meals and a snack to see if I can start to lose the 20 lbs I gained this past year - but with W30 as a lifestyle. Exciting.
  6. Same here. Just kicked in the last few days. Technically I'm not on Whole 30 anymore, I introduced butter after the 30 days (I started early). But I have no cravings anymore. Especially sugar just feels like too much. Huge for me since I was eating some kind of chocolate or something daily before this. Also, I tried half and half the other day in my coffee. No bueno. But I have decided to stay whole 30 for awhile. Reintroduce very slowly over the next month. Otherwise, I know I will drift back into old habits and I want this to settle in as my new lifestyle. I like the way I feel.
  7. Me too. I had to portion control a bit. I was getting a heavy feeling and even depression. Some of it may have been detoxing because I'm feeling pretty good now.
  8. I hear you. I started going to bed earlier that helped a bit. As well as magnesium and powdered vit. C. Also, I started a week early so am beginning to reintroduce. The only thing I have introduced is butter. I was surprised how much of a lift that gave me. On the other hand no sugar, wine or bread cravings. Sending you lots of good energy Kalina. Food testing from a naturpath helped me. i was surprised by a few things. You may have something going on with some of the foods in W30.
  9. This recipe is to die for. So delicious, light and satisfying. Thank you!
  10. I had the first great night's sleep last night. And am now having regular BM's which is amazing for me because I have IBS. The only thing I'm struggling with now is a sense of heaviness - fullness that isn't super comfortable. My metabolism is slow and this feels like a lot of food. My hope is that my metabolism will speed up in time. I swim 4 x's a week and walk as often as possible. Yesterday, I drank more bone broth and feeling more energy today. And cutting down on meat proportions is helping a bit. Hope you all are doing fabulously.
  11. Oh my! I'm shopping for this one tomorrow. Looks amazing. THANK YOU.
  12. In reading through all of these today, it seems many of us are hitting a deeper level of healing. I'm still not feeling great but stubbornly hanging in there. I do like the feeling of nourishment. But starting to add more fresh veggies vs. roasted and less meat. I think I just need a lighter version. So experimenting with more shrimp and sauces etc. Plus, it's freezing and raining - work outs are harder. I do everything outside vs. a gym. A long bucolic walk would help right now. And I'm looking into FODMAP elimination Shiela. And gut issue education. Sending you all good energy. Hang in there.
  13. Sooo my hardest days are NOW. My body is starting to trust me that I really mean it about health. I'm getting regular sleep and digestion is happy for the first time in forever. But the cravings are HUGE. Chocolate, bread, butter. OMG! The fantasies are driving me nuts. I thought I would be in the opposite place. But not breaking my stride. I've come this far. Also, I'm pretty sure - zero - weight loss. Though that was my secondary reason, it's a little disappointing. Probably will happen slowly by sticking with it.
  14. Thank you so much Gina. I'm into them all now.
  15. Kalina, thank you so much for the websites to great recipes. I hope you continue to feel better and better. I have also been struggling with a bit of under the weather-ness. Feeling sluggish. But trying different approaches and recipes helps me dial into the foods even on Whole30 that aren't the best. I might try plant based next time. To our health!
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