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  1. Hello! I just finished my first Whole 30 on 1/30/20 and I'm almost done reintroducing things. I followed the sample from W30 book Day 1: legumes/2 days W30 Day 4: non-gluten grains/2 days W30 Day 7: dairy/2 days W30 Day 10: gluten/2 days W30 Okay, so I'm on my gluten reintro today. My question is I haven't noticed a significant change in my digestion except corn tortilla chips sent me into wanting to eat sugary foods and I was bloated first, then constipated. However, I have still had a lot of bloat and constipation/diarrhea while on the W30. Is this due to the fact that I'm healing my gut and it takes time? I was a former sugar addict so I'm guessing it's my gut trying to bring itself back into balance. I have a functional medicine doc appt at end of March..... Also, once my W30 is over on Thursday 2/13, I was planning on keeping a food diary for a couple of months so I can see what is really going on with my digestion. My intuition tells me it's okay to add back in everything but with great caution and care, so sprinkle in all the foods (except corn) here and there but rely heavily on the W30 template. Is that a good plan? Lastly, sugar. I haven't added back in any sugar. Now, today with eating a piece of whole wheat toast I didn't bake myself, it has 2 grams of added sugar so now I have. When I move forward with this food freedom forever I'm guessing it would serve me well to pay very close attention to these sugar numbers to keep me from going overboard? And according to the AHA below does that mean no more than 25 grams of added sugar or because W30 has a different philosophy, I should limit that even more? And are added sugars the same thing as sugar in fruits/veggies? I'm guessing no? Since being on W30 I learned how to read labels and replace my old condiments/food with ones with no sugar so that's an easy one to keep but I guess I'm looking for a little more guidance on this sugar thing since I have addictions to it. My plan was to stay away from sugar for as long as possible... The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for women Thanks for all the guidance and support!
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    Newbie on Day 17...No Tiger Blood Yet

    HI Coach Amy, Thanks for taking the time to respond to my last post. It really makes a difference to me to get so much support and encouragement. I'm glad to hear I'm on the right track. I have decreased my meal intake and that's helped for sure. I also think I'm fighting a cold/sinus thing (whether truly a virus or more detoxing Sx, not sure) but because I'm an impatient person, not feeling 100% on day 21 gives me reservations -- so thanks for confirming that all is well. I am excited and nervous about going into reintroduction phase. Sometimes I just miss small things like oatmeal but other times I miss sugar so I will have to go slowly and methodically esp when it comes to sugar bec/ I have an addiction to it. Thanks again for your pep talk. It really means a lot! Have a great day! Nancy
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    Newbie on Day 17...No Tiger Blood Yet

    Hi Shani, Thanks so much for replying. I am mos def logging everything I'm eating/drinking to a T. I laid off fruit for almost a week bec/ of my sugar addiction and I added in fruit 2 days ago but I can't eat it with full meals bec/ that def makes me bloated. I usually eat it 30 min before a meal with nuts, although I would prefer to have it alone so it has time to digest without fat or protein in there. That seems to be the best for my body pre W30 ago.... If anything, I feel like I'm eating too much food. I've been making whole 30 recipes throughout this from the 4 books so I was assuming they were balanced for veg/protein/fat but I think part of my wrench are my workouts and meat consumption. My workouts routines have been the same for 3 years with the exception of starting OTF 2x/w in Sept 2019. I only workout heavy 2x/wk (Orange Theory) then I do yoga 3x/wk and pilates 1x/wk. Because the latter (yoga/pilates) isn't a high intensity training, I didn't add any pre/post workout meals with them. Should I? I will continue to dive deeper to see if I feel bloated after which meal and what I ate. I haven't done that yet. I'll start today. Good news is I don't have any bloat in the am so that's a good sign. Maybe I need to walk after a meal bec/ my body isn't used to eating 3 meals only. I was more of a grazer so I'll give it more time. Also, I didn't used to eat all this meat either. I'm not a vegetarian by any means but my body seems to like it when I use meat as a flavoring, not as a full course so I was under the impression that the only protein sources on the plan that aren't meat/fish are eggs and nuts. Am I missing anything? Thanks for helping me. I greatly appreciate it. Nancy
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    Newbie on Day 17...No Tiger Blood Yet

    P.S. My digestion still hasn't caught up to me. I am either constipated or have diarrhea, will that even out eventually?
  5. Hi All, Hope everybody's Whole 30 is going well for them and people are seeing great things happening daily. I was hoping to see Tiger Blood by now and it hasn't happened yet. I am an impatient person, and I know from my Whole 30 Day By Day Journal that it doesn't happen to everybody in the same manner and at the same time, but I'm feeling slightly frustrated bec/ I really wanted that "switch" to turn on. True, I came into this Whole 30 eating tons of sugar and processed foods so maybe it's going to take my body a little more time to adjust. And true, I have seen improvements in my health (no brain fog, more energy) which I do count everyday and celebrate on my NSVs, but I guess I was hoping for a complete change. Can anybody with experience tell me if this is okay and if it took their bodies some time to adjust? Thanks for the support and encouragement! Nancy
  6. sylvie3355

    Starting My First Whole30 Jan 1, 2020

    P.S. Glad you found healthy snacks that you can bring to work! That's key!
  7. sylvie3355

    Starting My First Whole30 Jan 1, 2020

    Hi Michelle, I'm so glad things are going great! Day 17 almost done for me! It's been a bit of an up and down journey for me as I came in loving sugar and carbs so although I don't have any brain fog and more energy, I have yet to see Tiger Blood so I'm a bit frustrated. I know in the Whole 30 Day by Day journal that I'm using that Tiger Blood doesn't happen to everybody and you just need to focus on the improvements no matter how small they are, but I was looking for a switch to turn on to be honest. Still I am only half way thru and maybe my body needs more time to adjust to the new routine of no sugar, no gluten.... Congrats to you, Michelle and I hope things continue to go well for you!!! Nancy
  8. sylvie3355

    Starting My First Whole30 Jan 1, 2020

    Don't worry, I don't know what the experts say but since you didn't eat them knowing they weren't compliant, you should cut yourself some slack. I'm sure hardcore ppl would say start over, but if my memory serves me well, all the ingredients are whole30 compliant, but they just want you to get out of the habit of snacking on not-whole foods I'm guessing. Do you have amazon prime? I know they sell those chomp meat sticks there. Maybe that's a good portable option. Also, I've been drinking a lot of tea (green, peppermint) or just hot lemon water during the day. Make sure the tea only has what it says it has in it before you take a sip Keep it going. We're almost done with day 8!!!
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    How do you do it all?

    Madeline, hope it's going well for you on day 5. The planning and prep are what take the most time but one trip to Whole Foods to buy W30 compliant condiments has helped a ton so I make sure never to be hungry because now I have the basis for making simple meals. I can tell you what I bought if you want to but I don't want to overload you with info if you don't want. I know what you mean about time. I feel like all I'm doing is dishes or cutting up veggies but I'm sure as I get better at this and I don't have to "think" so hard for what to eat, it will become second nature. Still, you have an additional challenge of working FT and I only work PT from home. Good luck and hope you find a healthy rhythm for you and your family!
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    Starting My First Whole30 Jan 1, 2020

    I've made it to Day 5. My moods have been up and down and up and down so I'm hoping as I travel further down this path they will even out. I have noticed more energy though so I'll take whatever small wins I can gain! Michelle A, hope your sugar dragon isn't getting the best of you. Yesterday was a doozy for me but today I feel more calm so wishing that for you as well!
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    Starting My First Whole30 Jan 1, 2020

    Thank you. Today is almost over, I meal to go. So far, so good. I just need to figure out fruit. I didn't meal plan today so I just ate plainly but tmr headed to Whole Foods with my list in hand and my menu planned for the week so it will go smoother I'm sure. Thanks for the encouragement. I greatly appreciate it! Happy 2020!
  12. Okay, I'm starting on 1/1/20 my first Whole30 and I'm a bit afraid as I'm pretty much addicted to sugar and carbs. Please say prayers for me and good luck to everybody!