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    Lynnefair reacted to GraceMelodie in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Yes, the same thing happened to me but to a lesser extent two nights ago when I went out to dinner with three of my longtime friends.  One of my friends thoughtfully ordered olives so I could have some but I wasn't hungry since I had already eaten dinner at home.  Then she said I was going to lose too much weight and be too skinny if I kept following Whole30.  I assured her my main goal was not to lose weight but rather to have more energy.  I also assured her that I was eating well and I could eat potatoes and squash everyday.  That calmed her down.  Another one of my friends was recently doing Keto so she was the most supportive but she still kept offering me a bite of everything she ordered.  My other friend commented in disbelief at the end of the meal that I had not eaten anything in the 3 hours we were there and apologized to me at the end of the meal.  I assured her I was fine and I loved the ambience of the restaurant and spending time with them.  I have known this group of friends for thirty years (we met in junior high school) so I know part of it is that my eating choices makes them feel self-conscious about their eating choices.  Human beings are super social creatures and we are highly influenced by the people around us.  We have more fun when everyone at the table is indulging or in our case we are more motivated when we have a group that is completing Whole30 with us.  I think your reactions to your friends were spot on.  We can only reassure our friends and family we feel fine and offer information about Whole30 only if they really want to hear it.
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    Lynnefair reacted to mfustos in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hello ladies! I started Jan 1 as well..This is my 5 or 6 time through, but the 1st I've done in over a year. Last year was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I had a baby, (viktoriya my LO is 10 mos) lost a a beloved dog of 9 years unexpectedly, lost my mother, moved (and my mother and father in law have moved in with us in the mother-in-law suite in the basement) and have had some health concerns with my father-in-law and my father. My husband recently had a promotion at work which is great, except it has meant a lot of long hours and weekend work...which is not great. 
    I am doing another round of Whole30 to re-establish a good relationship with food. This past year I have pretty much been eating what is in front of me, partially bc I didn't make the time to cook healthy meals, and partially because when I was given a chance to eat, shower or sleep, I most always chose sleep (thus continuing the cycle of not eating well). In Sept I started developing Atopic dermatitis on my face, which I had experienced one other time but was able to take antibiotics to clear up. This time I haven't had that choice due to the fact that I am still breast feeding the LO. Needless to say, I have been on 3 separate creams and the areas are just NOW starting to clear up after 5 full days of being on Whole30. I had my suspicions that the dermatitis could be food related, but this will either confirm or dispel my theory. I started out eating sugary treats once in a while..and then it turned into "Oh, well, I'll just have this treat today and eat better tomorrow." Tomorrow started turning into next week, next week to next month...
    As someone who has been an anorexic twice, it is extremely important that when I get this lax in my relationship with food, it is only a matter of time before I start going down the dark path leading back to a very very bad place. 
    So I am back! Welcome to all of you newbies - there will definitely be difficult days but the physical and mental rewards are amazing! 
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    Lynnefair got a reaction from ChristyJ in Who's starting 1/1?   
    Hi!  I'm Lynne, 52, pediatric oncology nurse, 3 kids 16,18, 20.  This is my 2nd whole30 (I did 45 days), last one was in 2013 and I don't think I ever felt better in my life - really.  Unfortunately, I went on vacation immediately after and never reaped the benefit of understanding how reintroducing the various foods back into my diet affects me.  I jumped all in with travel fast food, vacation wine, little sleep etc...  My hands and feet were so swollen after the first day and no, we didn't fly!  Anyway, 5 days done now and my headache is gone - woohoo!  Looking forward to the amazing sleep and energy I had last time.   
    I have to say I was TRULY craving a glass of wine tonight, but instead I planned my meals for next week to pull my focus back to what is important to ME!  
    This week - Almond Butter Sesame Zucchini Noodles; Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins; Simple Salmon w/Butternut Squash Home Fries; Pulled Tandoori Chicken; Spiced Coconut Chicken with Cumin Cauliflower Rice
    Are you all familiar with ?  It is a great site and app to pull all your favorite (Whole30) recipes together.  It recognizes recipes on a site and imports it, with the link for copyright purposes, then you can add tags, edit it for your tastes....  It is a life changer!
    I'm here to support and get support!  We got this!
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    Lynnefair reacted to Jihanna in Who's starting 1/1?   
    I cooked FISH! and ate it, too!
    It's probably the first time I've eaten any fish in the last 20 years, at the very least. The good news is that it didn't smell fishy at all, from the moment I opened the little seal-packs to the moment I put it in my mouth. Because of that lack of fishy smell and a mild flavor, I was able to actually enjoy eating it. I used very thin flounder fillets that I'd found in LIDL's frozen section, and the recipe was extremely simple - just put fish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, rub oil on the fish, use microplane to zest grapefruit directly onto the fish (I was probably a little overzealous with the zest, and also rubbed it in slightly), then salt it and bake at 350F for 12-16 minutes (until flaky). We had it with a side salad, which I loaded up with citrus fruits, and some zucchini.
    Here's to trying new things
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    Lynnefair reacted to CraftyCarnivore in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    It's funny. I see all these comments that fruits and vegs are "cheaper at the farmers market than in the store". Not here. And I've been to Farmers markets where they sell bananas. I have yet to see a banana "locally grown" in the Chicago area.
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    Lynnefair reacted to Derval in The crazy things people say   
    Have you ever seen a nipple on a coconut?
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    Lynnefair reacted to DocIKY in The crazy things people say   
    My closest friend and I agree on just about everything. Well, everything but food. She holds fast to the belief that fat is bad and calories mean everything.
    She's decided it's time "to start being good again." So the other night when she came over for dinner she knew I was baking salmon and had asked if I would be offended if she brought over her own sides. For many reasons, I told her I certainly wasn't offended.
    So as my family sat down to dinner we enjoyed baked salmon, confetti style faux cous cous, and asparagus cooked in ghee and fresh garlic.
    On her plate was a lovely piece of salmon and a sad little pile of plain brown rice.
    By those standards, I never want to "start being good again."
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    Lynnefair reacted to Billie Burke in The crazy things people say   
    I cannot even begin to tell you how much this one comment made my entire day! lmfao!!!!
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    Lynnefair reacted to Nadia B in The crazy things people say   
    I was passing by a new bulk foods stop in the indoors farmers market. I saw my favorite green beans and beet chips (usually I buy them at another spot where they are 100% compliant). Here is the conversation I had.
    - Are those plain?
    - Yes, just salt.
    - Are you sure there is no oil?
    - Yes, yes, absolutely. Try one.
    - I can taste oil.
    - That's not possible, it's just sprayed over.
    - ??????
    - Well, there is no oil. Not like it's deep fried or anything.