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    Avalanche got a reaction from PaleoInMalta in HELP! Other Breakfast Ideas - non-eggs   
    I usually eat smoked salmon, salad greens, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and strawberries for breakfast. You just have to check the smoked salmon packets to make sure they don't list cane sugar as an ingredient.
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    Avalanche got a reaction from PaleoInMalta in HELP! Other Breakfast Ideas - non-eggs   
    I usually eat smoked salmon, salad greens, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and strawberries for breakfast. You just have to check the smoked salmon packets to make sure they don't list cane sugar as an ingredient.
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    Avalanche got a reaction from MelliebuStacey in The psychological effects of weight loss   
    This! I was my tiniest when I was my abosolute most depressed ever. And I got there by sleeping a lot and barely eating anything (not on purpose). The ironic thing was how much positive reinforcement I got. Everyone was constantly telling me how GREAT I looked, and I loved it. I'm almost 50 lbs heavier now, and while weight loss IS a goal, my life is much, much happier now. If I had to chose, I'd pick fat and happy over skinny and miserable any day. Although hopefully I can find some middle ground, right?
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    Avalanche got a reaction from MelliebuStacey in The psychological effects of weight loss   
    This! I was my tiniest when I was my abosolute most depressed ever. And I got there by sleeping a lot and barely eating anything (not on purpose). The ironic thing was how much positive reinforcement I got. Everyone was constantly telling me how GREAT I looked, and I loved it. I'm almost 50 lbs heavier now, and while weight loss IS a goal, my life is much, much happier now. If I had to chose, I'd pick fat and happy over skinny and miserable any day. Although hopefully I can find some middle ground, right?
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    Avalanche got a reaction from MelliebuStacey in The psychological effects of weight loss   
    This! I was my tiniest when I was my abosolute most depressed ever. And I got there by sleeping a lot and barely eating anything (not on purpose). The ironic thing was how much positive reinforcement I got. Everyone was constantly telling me how GREAT I looked, and I loved it. I'm almost 50 lbs heavier now, and while weight loss IS a goal, my life is much, much happier now. If I had to chose, I'd pick fat and happy over skinny and miserable any day. Although hopefully I can find some middle ground, right?
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    Avalanche got a reaction from Andrea_Milam80 in The psychological effects of weight loss   
    I've been both tiny and not-at-all tiny (currently) and everywhere in between, so I understand where you are coming from.
    Two points:
    1) Weightloss (or gain if that's your goal) is not a cure all. Achieving your goals will make you feel better, and the health benefits associated with a healthy weightloss are often easy to spot. But mentally thats a whole other ball game. I've noticed that for a lot of women - it's never enough. I'm not talking about people with genuine eating disorders or body dysmorphia. I mean every day women who have healthy weight goals in mind - somehow getting to that size 2 or 4 or whatever it is for you still isn't perfect. I largely blame the images we get from society about what a 'perfect' body looks like - something that is simply unattainable for most of us. So we can always lose another 2 lbs here, or an inch there etc. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good. Focus on the positive things your body can do. Recognize that you've done a great job. Think about other aspects of your life that are going well. you body is just one aspect of who you are. The same way being in a relationship or getting your dream job won't solve ALL your problems, neither will losing weight.
    2) It takes your brain a while to catch up. When I was 20 I had a breast reduction and it took me almost a year to get used to my new reflection. the same has been true when I've lost a bunch (or gained a bunch) of weight. In fact, right now I rarely realize how big I am until I see a picture, because in my head, I'm still at least 30 lbs lighter! I'm shocked when I put on a shirt and realize how tight it is. I'm slowly, but surely, losing right now, but it will take a while to get there, and even longer for my mind to catch up with me.
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    Avalanche got a reaction from Andrea_Milam80 in The psychological effects of weight loss   
    I've been both tiny and not-at-all tiny (currently) and everywhere in between, so I understand where you are coming from.
    Two points:
    1) Weightloss (or gain if that's your goal) is not a cure all. Achieving your goals will make you feel better, and the health benefits associated with a healthy weightloss are often easy to spot. But mentally thats a whole other ball game. I've noticed that for a lot of women - it's never enough. I'm not talking about people with genuine eating disorders or body dysmorphia. I mean every day women who have healthy weight goals in mind - somehow getting to that size 2 or 4 or whatever it is for you still isn't perfect. I largely blame the images we get from society about what a 'perfect' body looks like - something that is simply unattainable for most of us. So we can always lose another 2 lbs here, or an inch there etc. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good. Focus on the positive things your body can do. Recognize that you've done a great job. Think about other aspects of your life that are going well. you body is just one aspect of who you are. The same way being in a relationship or getting your dream job won't solve ALL your problems, neither will losing weight.
    2) It takes your brain a while to catch up. When I was 20 I had a breast reduction and it took me almost a year to get used to my new reflection. the same has been true when I've lost a bunch (or gained a bunch) of weight. In fact, right now I rarely realize how big I am until I see a picture, because in my head, I'm still at least 30 lbs lighter! I'm shocked when I put on a shirt and realize how tight it is. I'm slowly, but surely, losing right now, but it will take a while to get there, and even longer for my mind to catch up with me.
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    Avalanche got a reaction from Jinkse21 in Is there ANYONE out there who can successfully off-road with sugar?   
    Personally, sugar isn't a big deal for me. I mean, I like it, just like anyone else, but generally, I can take it or leave it. One cookie, peice of chocolate, scoop of ice cream, etc, that's enough for me. My husband has a ton of candy all over the house and I'm rarely tempted, and if I am, I really can just have a little and then go on my way. (This is all pre W30 btw, I'm currently on day 7, so obvs not having any of it)
    Now chips......whooooo boy, I can't just eat one of those. Or even one serving. One big bag, that miiiight do. So that's one I have to stay away from all the time, or it devolves quickly.
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    Avalanche reacted to befabdaily in Its overwhelming sometimes   
    Well, I hope this does not come across as bootstraps but: don't make things so hard for yourself. You don't have to do elaborate planning or get lost in a very large range of options. Identify a small collection of meals you like and build off of them. Part of modern western culture is this idea that we need an infinite range of options and that every meal should be different and awesome, and that everything needs to be The Best Ever. It does not. It just has to work.
    Set everything up as much as possible to make things easy. I made things easy by -- cleaning stuff I no longer eat out of my kitchen, and rearranging my kitchen so that I see the paleo foods I want to eat front and center. I don't meal plan -- I meal template, and I cook. Every Sunday I go out and shop for my basics, and then I come home and cook two or three meat dishes and roast a batch of sweet potatoes.
    This Sunday I made Rogan Josh (out of Melissa Joulwan's book). It takes about 20 minutes to prep and 2 hours to simmer down. I roasted a chicken following the Mimi's Sticky Chicken recipe (long roast but mostly untended). I made a batch of spicy pork and beef meatballs (less than half an hour). I have a ton of food, more than enough to eat all week, and now the only choice I have to make is which container to pack my lunch out of in the morning.
    Every day for breakfast I eat something similar. 3 eggs, a pile of sauteed greens or asparagus, and maybe an avocado if I've worked out especially hard the previous day. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and eat.
    Every day for lunch I eat something similar: a sweet potato, and a serving of one of the delicious meaty things I cooked up on Sunday. Paleo meatballs or roasted pork or rogan josh or whatever. Sometimes I'll take a little side dish of sauerkraut, or a piece of fruit. It takes 5 minutes to pack this up to go.
    Every day for dinner I eat something similar: a big mixed salad or some roasted vegetables, and a quick-cooked piece of fish or chicken or liver.
    One of the biggest illusions I've been able to let go over the last year is that there are two options -- eat prepared crap, or make something fancy and restaurant-caliber in my home kitchen. The illusion that I can do the latter had caused me to pack my kitchen full of rarely-used ingredient clutter. Now I shoot for a happy medium. Nourishing meal that tastes pretty good -- all killer, no filler.
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    Avalanche got a reaction from Jinkse21 in Is there ANYONE out there who can successfully off-road with sugar?   
    Personally, sugar isn't a big deal for me. I mean, I like it, just like anyone else, but generally, I can take it or leave it. One cookie, peice of chocolate, scoop of ice cream, etc, that's enough for me. My husband has a ton of candy all over the house and I'm rarely tempted, and if I am, I really can just have a little and then go on my way. (This is all pre W30 btw, I'm currently on day 7, so obvs not having any of it)
    Now chips......whooooo boy, I can't just eat one of those. Or even one serving. One big bag, that miiiight do. So that's one I have to stay away from all the time, or it devolves quickly.
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    Avalanche reacted to MelliebuStacey in Dear MyFitness Pal: A Break-Up Letter   
    Dear MyFitnessPal: After a solid month of not using you, I have to say that leaving you in the dust was the best thing I've ever done for myself, mentally and physically. No longer do I waste my time and energy stressing over every bite; nor scanning endless barcodes, nor hating myself for eating (let alone enjoying my food). Knowing that the food I consume is healthy, good fuel means that I have found solid happiness in everything I consume, and being mindful of the ingredients I put into my body takes less time and brings me more health. It was a slice (of low-fat cheese) while it lasted, but I'm so much better without you. Love, Melliebustacey. (note: I logged in last night to get the nutritional breakdown of a recipe AToE and I whipped up (for AToE's curiosity, I really don't care anymore!) and the minor heart palpitations I had were so ridiculous that I shook my head and realized how insane my prior calorie obsession was. Here's to healthy, happy, WHOLE ME!)
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    Avalanche got a reaction from SpinSpin in Scallops!   
    Scallops are one of my faves! I find them pretty tasty done simply. I lightly coat a pan with olive oil, and then let it heat up. I rinse the scallops, pat dry, and remove the "foot". Then I sear them on each side for about 90-100 seconds. Bit of salt on each, and you're good to go.
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    Avalanche got a reaction from SpinSpin in Scallops!   
    Scallops are one of my faves! I find them pretty tasty done simply. I lightly coat a pan with olive oil, and then let it heat up. I rinse the scallops, pat dry, and remove the "foot". Then I sear them on each side for about 90-100 seconds. Bit of salt on each, and you're good to go.
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    Avalanche got a reaction from MelliebuStacey in The psychological effects of weight loss   
    This! I was my tiniest when I was my abosolute most depressed ever. And I got there by sleeping a lot and barely eating anything (not on purpose). The ironic thing was how much positive reinforcement I got. Everyone was constantly telling me how GREAT I looked, and I loved it. I'm almost 50 lbs heavier now, and while weight loss IS a goal, my life is much, much happier now. If I had to chose, I'd pick fat and happy over skinny and miserable any day. Although hopefully I can find some middle ground, right?
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    Avalanche got a reaction from Andrea_Milam80 in The psychological effects of weight loss   
    I've been both tiny and not-at-all tiny (currently) and everywhere in between, so I understand where you are coming from.
    Two points:
    1) Weightloss (or gain if that's your goal) is not a cure all. Achieving your goals will make you feel better, and the health benefits associated with a healthy weightloss are often easy to spot. But mentally thats a whole other ball game. I've noticed that for a lot of women - it's never enough. I'm not talking about people with genuine eating disorders or body dysmorphia. I mean every day women who have healthy weight goals in mind - somehow getting to that size 2 or 4 or whatever it is for you still isn't perfect. I largely blame the images we get from society about what a 'perfect' body looks like - something that is simply unattainable for most of us. So we can always lose another 2 lbs here, or an inch there etc. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good. Focus on the positive things your body can do. Recognize that you've done a great job. Think about other aspects of your life that are going well. you body is just one aspect of who you are. The same way being in a relationship or getting your dream job won't solve ALL your problems, neither will losing weight.
    2) It takes your brain a while to catch up. When I was 20 I had a breast reduction and it took me almost a year to get used to my new reflection. the same has been true when I've lost a bunch (or gained a bunch) of weight. In fact, right now I rarely realize how big I am until I see a picture, because in my head, I'm still at least 30 lbs lighter! I'm shocked when I put on a shirt and realize how tight it is. I'm slowly, but surely, losing right now, but it will take a while to get there, and even longer for my mind to catch up with me.
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    Avalanche reacted to little_muffin in Help, nursery not very happy   
    As far as I'm aware they are not on a government subsidised program. The frustrating thing is that right now I feel that my judgement is being called ito question all the time. Regardless of my reasoning, Hattie should follow whatever "diet" I wish to put her on. Oddly, if I was over feeding my child chocolate, bread, crisps, fizzy drinks etc, that wouldn't be in the slightest bit cruel but somehow, trying to ensure that she gets proper, wholesome, nutritious real food is?!!!!!
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    Avalanche got a reaction from Andrea_Milam80 in The psychological effects of weight loss   
    I've been both tiny and not-at-all tiny (currently) and everywhere in between, so I understand where you are coming from.
    Two points:
    1) Weightloss (or gain if that's your goal) is not a cure all. Achieving your goals will make you feel better, and the health benefits associated with a healthy weightloss are often easy to spot. But mentally thats a whole other ball game. I've noticed that for a lot of women - it's never enough. I'm not talking about people with genuine eating disorders or body dysmorphia. I mean every day women who have healthy weight goals in mind - somehow getting to that size 2 or 4 or whatever it is for you still isn't perfect. I largely blame the images we get from society about what a 'perfect' body looks like - something that is simply unattainable for most of us. So we can always lose another 2 lbs here, or an inch there etc. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good. Focus on the positive things your body can do. Recognize that you've done a great job. Think about other aspects of your life that are going well. you body is just one aspect of who you are. The same way being in a relationship or getting your dream job won't solve ALL your problems, neither will losing weight.
    2) It takes your brain a while to catch up. When I was 20 I had a breast reduction and it took me almost a year to get used to my new reflection. the same has been true when I've lost a bunch (or gained a bunch) of weight. In fact, right now I rarely realize how big I am until I see a picture, because in my head, I'm still at least 30 lbs lighter! I'm shocked when I put on a shirt and realize how tight it is. I'm slowly, but surely, losing right now, but it will take a while to get there, and even longer for my mind to catch up with me.
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    Avalanche reacted to Megan H in Whole 52: It's been fun (long post warning!)   
    About two hours ago I had the last meal of my Whole 52. I found this forum a little bit into my W30 so didn't start a log, but I want to sum up my experience. I wrote a less detailed post about it all here: http://pegsontheline.com/feel-healthy-and-whole-again-my-52-day-food-adventure/ But I wanted to reflect on it all in more depth.
    Why I did my Whole 30:
    I used to consider myself a fairly healthy person. I've always eaten pretty well, loved my vegies and stayed active and fit. At 173cm and about 68kg, I don't “need†to lose any weight. Overall I'm usually pretty happy with my body. But over the last few months, I'd developed some not-so-healthy habits. I started working in a commercial kitchen and saying, “sure I'll have the leftover lasagne†seemed easier than cooking something. And “oh sure I'll have the edges cut off the brownie. And that piece of broken brownie. And that other piece of broken brownieâ€. It was fair to say that still thinking of my lifestyle as healthy was no longer accurate. Some of my clothes felt tighter than usual, I'd stopped running and I felt flat. After a few greedy weeks and a VERY indulgent trip to France and Belgium, a friend told me about W30.
    I had one main reason for my W30: I wanted to be healthy again.
    How I approached W30:
    Reading through the forums it's clear that W30 helps people in the most amazing ways. Some people have struggled for a long time with various health issues and there's a lot to be gained by completing something like this. That didn't apply to me. I had no health issues, no weight issues, no particularly bad relationship with food. In some ways that made it harder for me. Early on I questioned whether I'd make it to 30 days because ultimately, there wasn't much at stake.
    But despite that, I jumped in 100%. I read up on W30, I carted my little W30 shopping guide to the supermarket for the first few weeks, and I planned my meals. I went cold turkey. There was no “intro†period where I slowly weaned myself off sugar (which I do love oh so much). One day my tea was sweet and white. The next it was black. It was as simple as that.
    W30 in action:
    Whole 30 for me was very black and white. It was either compliant or it wasn't. There was no “oh, I'm sure a teaspoon of this won't hurtâ€. I put a lot of faith in the creators of W30. I figured they had their reasons and what was the point of doing this at all if I didn't do it exactly as they intended. Reading forum posts from other participants who casually remark how they added a drop of cream in their coffee or knowingly used non-compliant salad dressings continues to baffle me. For me, W30 required a lot of changes, a bit of extra work and it cost a lot more than I usually spend on groceries. What was the point of all of that if I didn't commit 100000%?
    I did not cheat once. I'd like to say I'm really proud of myself, but honestly, I didn't find it hard. Sure there were temptations, but a temptation is just that. Just because I was tempted to eat something, doesn't mean I had to. I love chocolate and of course LOVE Easter. But instead of eating chocolate, I went hiking. I even got given easter eggs that went straight in the cupboard. Oh and I work with a chef who particularly enjoyed eating non-compliant things in front of me while saying “You can't have this can you? Oh too bad. Yum, yum, yum.†You want to talk about support? Yeah, I got none of that.
    There were, however, some unintentional cheats. But however minor they were, I wanted 30 clean days, hence the Whole 52. I added a week after discovering yeast extract in the Cajun seasoning – something I only ever lightly sprinkled on and also after being pretty sure there were added sulphites in my balsamic vinegar. I switched for a organic, preservative free balsamic and DID notice the different. So a teaspoon here, teaspoon there, really can hurt your progress. (The Mods aren't making it up!!)
    Post-W30
    So, it's only been a couple of hours, but of course I've noticed changes in the last 52 days. Nothing dramatic, but then, aside from feeling a little tired and generally unhealthy, there wasn't much that needed improvement.
    I have lost weight. I have no idea how much because I don't own scales. But all my clothes are fitting much better and I'm definitely less bloated.
    I sleep much better. Pre-W30 I often woke during the night. I have for years and never questioned it. Clearly, something in my diet and lifestyle caused that. Now, I also fall asleep very quickly and wake up feeling refreshed. I should point out, that I do shift work so I don't have a “regular†bedtime or get-up time. But regardless of if I was getting to bed after a late shift or waking up early for the breakfast shift, I always slept well and woke up fresh and alert.
    I have more energy. Working split shifts (my “free†time is from 12-5) I always felt lethargic in the afternoons. I figured it was because of the hours I worked. Not so anymore…I have good energy levels all day. And it's often a very long day!
    I don't snack anymore. I was always a snacker and it took a couple of weeks, but I'm on 3 square meals a day. There was the occasional hunger pang and at first I was filling it with a handful of nuts, but I soon fixed my ways and began to turn to a hard-boiled egg or mini frittata instead.
    One of the most positive outcomes has been remembering how much I enjoy cooking. I'm never going to be amazing in the kitchen, but I do enjoy preparing good, nutritious food!

    What I'd tell my friends if they were considering a W30

    Prep, plan and prep some more. If I was cutting up vegies for dinner I'd cut up two lots or three lots. And while I was cutting things, I'd chop a medley for breakfast or a salad for the next day. Half the time it was the same ingredients going in so they were all out of the fridge anyway. It took about 2 extra minutes of my time. If I was going to be short on time in the morning, I'd cook a frittata the night before.
    Multi-cook. I rarely cooked a meal for 1 (even though it's just me). The same amount of effort easily results in a stew that would feed me for 4 meals. And do you know how easy it is to cook a roast chicken? Ok it takes 90 minutes to cook, but hands-on time is about 10 minutes. I'd put it on, have a shower, watch a movie, pop down the store etc. Realistically, I was probably spending only an extra 30 minutes a day cooking (and getting MUCH better outcomes) But if I was poorly organised it could have turned into hours.
    Don't make it harder than it has to be. I didn't make W30 mayo or fancy sauces etc. Everything I made was so ridiculously easy. It's easy to get overwhelmed with the change from opening up a jar of pasta sauce to cooking it from scratch, but there are so many SIMPLE recipes out there, there's really no excuse for nothing finding something that works for you.
    Remember it's only for 30 days. Before W30 I hadn't had eggs for breakfast in about 9 months. By day 2 I was looking up “egg-free breakfast ideasâ€. By day 5 I told myself to suck it up. I had been fine eating cereal every day for 27.5 years, what was the problem with eating eggs every day for 30? So 52 days on and….I reckon I'll keep having eggs for breakfast!

    Into the future:

    I'm really impressed with how I feel and I'll be keeping a lot of the W30 program from now on. At this stage my aim is to cook paleo at home, and relax when I'm out (I haven't had one meal in 52 days that I didn't cook myself). I'm interested to see how I do in the next month, but I've already decided to do another Whole30 in late May, purely because I'd like a beautiful, 100% clean 30 days.
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    Avalanche reacted to Renee Lee in losing weight FAST and in ketosis... worried   
    Hey everybody, can we simmer a little? The OP is concerned about the _safety_ of being in ketosis, which nobody's really addressed here. OP, I'm sorry nobody's come in to mitigate your concerns. I just saw this post!
    Being in ketosis is not a problem, it's just not something that we're shooting for long term. Our bodies SHOULD be able to switch in and out of ketosis whenever we need to. It's a function of being metabolically flexible. Folks on the Standard American Diet are SO hopped up on carbs, that there's no reason for the body to step away from glycolysis (breaking down sugars for energy). This is one of the reasons why SAD-ers get mood swings and ravenous every couple of hours, because they run out of sugar to burn quickly and easily. They have lost the ability to tap into their fat stores for energy. This metabolic flexibility is also why paleo folks (and IFers) can go for hours without eating, because they have capacity to tap into other fuel sources. THIS IS GOOD.
    Side note, there are a bunch of cells in your body that preferentially run on ketones, btw! Your heart is one of them!
    Anyway, as for the excreting ketone things, right now you're body's just tapping into the fat stores and breaking it down into ketones, which is good. Eventually you won't be excreting them because your body will remember how to _use_ them. Most people on Atkins, or those that use the ketostix, get panicked because they stop turning purple or whatever, because your body is USING THEM, so then they drop their carbs even further, to keep that pretty purple reaffirmation of doing things "right"
    Just keep eating and following the meal template. You're fine! Carrots are great, cabbage is great, have some bananas, etc. Don't stress about it too much
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    Avalanche reacted to Kirsteen in Confused...   
    Hi, without knowing the context, it's hard to comment on that. I've known people decide themselves to start over because they feel they're relying too heavily on fruit and they want to cut that out. I've never, ever known a moderator say this requires a restart because, frankly, I don't believe it does.
    The reason eating fruit as a snack between meals is highly discouraged is because your body doesn't really distinguish sugar in fruit from sugar in candy so, on it's own it's not a great idea and, obviously we want people to get the best possible reults from their W30. However, I still wouldn't say restart, I'd just say try to make better choices.
    The meal template says fruit occasionally with a meal is ok. The reason fruit is limited is that W30 stresses vegetables more and if you're eating a lot of fruit, chances are, you're pushing veg off the plate. W30 is also designed to really change our relationship with food. for 30 days, everything we eat is healthy food designed to nourish our bodies.
    Fruit isn't a bad food but if we feel we need to have it at the end of every meal, I'd question why. Yes, I've had plantains fried with eggs for breakfast, I've had banana sliced into a curry, I've even heard of people adding blueberries to scrambled eggs, but that doesn't personally appeal to me. I've even occasionally had a handful of berries at the end of a meal. Personally I don't see a problem with any of that.
    However, feeliing you need that sweet taste or palate cleanse at the end of a meal suggests a slightly different relationship with it. If you really want a palate cleanse, nothing beats a cup of mint tea or cleaning your teeth. A lot of W30 is about breaking habits and constantly ending a meal with fruit is not really breaking the dessert habit. The reason it's mentioned in the book is because we're not all hermits. Melissa and Dallas realise we may be entertaing during our W30 and that's an acceptable occasional meal plan but not really designed for every day.
    As Susan said, there's no W30 police so it's entirely up to you what you choose to do, we just want you to get the best possible results. good luck
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    Avalanche got a reaction from MelliebuStacey in losing weight FAST and in ketosis... worried   
    What about bananas? I know they carry a decent amount of sugar, but they are also a source of starchy carbs.
    I wonder if you had just a bit of starchy carbs at each meal (like a half serving) that would help. That way you don't need to eat a ton of something you don't like (which is counterproductive in the long run), but your body gets the message that starches are present. I usually fill up a small container with roasted sweet potato and butternut squash (3-4oz) and then split it between breakfast and lunch. Of course, I really enjoy both of those foods, so it's not a chore for me.
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    Avalanche got a reaction from SpinSpin in Too thin-can I continue with this?   
    Assuming there is nothing else going on healthwise other than a diet change, maybe try adding some starchy carbs like sweet potatoes or bananas? It looks like you've got a great variety of foods going, and I'm assuming the portion sizes are good, but you're light on the starch. If weight loss isn't a goal, then you don't need to worry about carb restriction. Add 1/2 an avocado to one of your meals for some additional healthy fats. It may just be that you're not eating enough calories, even if it feels like you are eating a large amount of food.
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    Avalanche reacted to Tasha in Can't believe I used to believe this crap   
    One of the single biggest life-changing moments for me was on page 29 of ISWF when they say, in bold, IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT.
    I feel like I spent so much of my life trying to do the "right" thing and eat the "right" food and do what "they" told me to do. And it was all crap.
    I was digging through a drawer and found some old cookbooks me and my Mom bought when I was in high school (95-97).
    One is titled "So fat, low fat, no fat" and the other is "Outrageously Delicious Fat-Wise Cookbook."
    It is so depressing to read through these books, and see things that me or my Mom highlighted, underlined or starred as important, and to know that we followed these rules and suggestions because we believed them, and thought we were doing better for ourselves.
    Some highlights:
    "The following are healthy items while in the airport or on your drive: bagels, rice cakes, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, ginger snaps, licorice, popcorn and pretzels."
    "Stick to about 10 grams of fat a day. Breakfast is easy-- english muffin (1 gram of fat) with jelly (no fat). Lunch bread (fat free) mayo (fat free) mustard, lettuce, pickle, 98% fat free lunch meat and some fat free cookies, cake or candy. So far today you've had about 4 grams of fat, you're doing good!"
    "Count your fat grams and you don't have to worry about the calories." (This cookbook lists only fat gram information per recipe, not any other nutritional information!)
    And the best:
    "Keys to Lifelong Weight Control
    1--Avoid fat foods.
    2 -- Eat lots of whole grains, whole fruits, beans and most vegetables" including a quote from the Surgeon General's 1988 report "the single most influential dietary change one can make to lower the risk of diseases is to reduce intake of foods high in fat and to increase the intake of foods high in complex carbohydrates and fiber."
    I actually texted my sister and said reading those sections (underlined with stars beside them) made me want to cry. Or burn them in an "f you" ceremony, for so unscrupulously leading me astray.
    Obviously, we have a new way of thinking now. But I can hardly read "health" magazines anymore because I can't continue to get bombarded every month with the crap they are telling me to eat. I have a hard time watching "morning shows" continue to spew the same "weight loss information" (aka bullsh*t) over and over again (although, THANK YOU to Dr Oz for saying on The View's "Fat Show" yesterday that "fat is not to blame for the obesity epidemic in America.") I feel sick going on Pinterest and seeing all the "healthy recipes" posted that consist of garbage (nevermind the unhealthy ones, yowsa).
    It's not just chaning the way I eat, it's changing everything.
    It's a shift of consciousness and awareness.
    So when they say "Let Us Change Your Life" they're not kidding.
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    Avalanche reacted to Egre4926 in Lamb   
    Made bone broth from lamb bones - added an onion & garlic cloves to the cooking. It is a little greasier than normal bone broth but soooo yummy!
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    Avalanche got a reaction from SonyaT in Day 17 . . . and it seems too easy!!n   
    Don't feel guilty - I felt it was pretty easy for me too! I had three random days where I was sorely tempted - mostly because of emotional stuff. But otherwise, it was pretty simple. Just stick to what's compliant, easy enough!
    I think it helps if you have some kind of previous experience with preparing your own meals on a regular basis. You sort of have a leg up because you already know how to cook, and enjoy it. If you were someone who literally just opened a package for every meal before this, I could see it being a much bigger mountain.