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  1. Kirsteen, I feel like you are an angel on these boards. I don't know what we'd do without you. I think I will keep going at least a few extra days to make sure that I'm clear... Also, I agree that I should NOT be having artificial sweeteners. I have my Splenda tucked in a box in the closet, and I will be getting rid of it and saying good riddance to diet soda, too!
  2. Hi Nico, Thanks SO much for your input. I have never *noticed* specifically a reaction to fake sugars; however, the symptoms that I got last night were all very familiar feelings and symptoms I had before Whole 30...I just didn't know that they were possibly caused by the Splenda I was using and the diet soda I was drinking! It looks like I might have a culprit here, huh? It's possible that some of my anxiety was triggered by feeling like I slipped last night, even though it was an accident, it did still feel really close... I agree that this is something to keep in mind (aka completely avoid!!!) when I go for reintro soon. My symptoms have resolved, and I have never experienced seasonal allergies, so I really do think it was what happened last night. Thank you so much for your response, your kind words, and your really helpful insights.
  3. I forgot to add one symptom: I got post nasal drip and a stuffy nose, too. So weird, all this! Could I be allergic to whatever is in Sweet N Low?
  4. Hi everyone, I really appreciate any input you can give. Last night, I went to a restaurant. I had a spinach salad and iced tea (unsweetened). My friend also ordered iced tea, and she put Sweet N Low in hers. Our cups were right next to each other, and our waitress took them for refills. When she brought them back, she mixed them up. I took a sip of "mine", and it tasted disgusting and sweet. It was not a huge gulp, just a small sip. I immediately traded back and felt so guilty, but it was completely an accident! A little while later, I got: a sore throat, a bad headache, and I started feeling really anxious--so badly that I had to take one of my prescribed anti-anxiety pills that I rarely use. Is it possible I had that much of a reaction from a sip of tea with Sweet N Low? The only other thing I can think of is that my salad was dressed with "balsamic and olive oil", but what if it had something in it I wasn't supposed to have? Either way, I felt SO awful afterward. What should I do? I am on Day 27...
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    College and the Whole30

    I also have to add that I really admire that you are doing this in college. When I was in college, I was so depressed I was barely eating, and when I did it sure wasn't healthy foods... The huge post above covers so much ground, I have to say. And when it comes down to it, I did also find the book really helpful. I think another really important piece of advice is this: BELIEVE that you can do it. I am coming from a place where I have been eating crap for so long, and commonsense would suggest that I would NOT be able to get through this. But I am on Day 25 now, and I AM doing it, and I think the biggest success is that I have believed in myself. I know it sounds cliche and cheesy, but it's so true. Good luck to you!
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    Just looking for a bit of sympathy, I guess!

    I'm so sorry that you aren't feeling well, and I hope it gets better soon. I'm on Day 25, and I'm late, too. It does seem like it's pretty common around here, huh? Anyway, just saw this and thinking of you...
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    Lisa, thank you for understanding--and yet I'm sorry that you understand. I really appreciate your input, and it helps to know I am not alone. I think you are right about needing to extend my Whole 30 to a 45 or 60, or maybe even beyond... xo
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    What words of wisdom, Moluv. Thank you.
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    I'm on day 18 and for the last couple days I have just been...sad. I have struggled with depression my whole life, and whenever I start to feel sad, I worry that depression is coming on. (Anyone who fights this demon likely understands this terrible fear.) I know that I am going through questions and demons and thought patterns that I would not be having were I not doing this Whole 30, because I would have been eating my feelings. On the other hand, until a couple days ago, this plan was making my moods so upbeat and even that I was super psyched to be on it. But now that I feel sad, I am tempted to go off plan. Keep in mind--I have NOT done it. I just am tempted by all the contraband packing my fridge (my household is not doing this with me). I will not cheat...I am just looking for ideas on how to fight the Sad. Please note: I am very ill with chronic diseases that make it impossible for me to exercise, so that option is out. I guess what I could really just use is a peptalk. General thoughts on self-respect and self-love, reminders of why I am doing this (to get healthier)! Thank you so much in advance to anyone who has a moment to stop by this thread. I seriously appreciate this forum, and I wish you all a very good day. <3
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    I just want to thank everyone who has posted in this thread, especially the OP. I am exactly on Day 16, and I have been feeling down today. I appreciate everyone's openness and comments.
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    Sleep eating, anyone?

    Kirsteen, I will try harder at breakfast! Thank you so much, once again.
  12. This is absolutely wonderful news, lulucandoit!!! I am happy for you! Continued luck and health to you!
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    Sleep eating, anyone?

    Thank you, Nico, for the suggestions and ideas. I do think I might have been hungry last night...I tried to eat a bit bigger dinner tonight. Hopefully that will help. I just might try the cans or the bells... Thank you!
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    Sleep eating, anyone?

    Joey, thank you for reading and answering. I unfortunately have no bedroom doorway, either. I could try the pots and the meantime, I am having my husband flat-out hide the macadamia nuts I woke up eating last night. (OH, I forgot to put that in my original post! Yes, this question was prompted because I did sleep eat.) Thanks again!
  15. Hi Mary-T! I know it's still pretty early (I am on Day 12), but I wanted to let you know that I have not had a headache in 10 days, and that is a big deal for me. I'm not certain whether this is specifically POTS-related (I have TBI, fibromyalgia, hpothyroidism, etc.), but if your relative has headaches a lot (mine were almost daily), tell him/her that this might help! I'll report back if I get more findings. Betsy