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    Beets got a reaction from Amy_Michigan in Whole 21   
    Day 1
    I’m coming back here to keep myself on track. I can’t do a W30 bc I’m going away w friends where we are all sharing meals but if I can get started I’ll maintain  
    Want to feel healthier, eliminate a bunch of the sugar and fake food that’s taken over my diet. Also of course I have gained weight and I hate it. I feel so much better when I am fit. Not just how I look but how I feel in my body. I am a stranger in my body and I need to feel connected. 
    So. Day 1. Just weighed myself for first time in years. Have been doing a lot of Pilates and feel strong but I don’t think I’m *that strong.
    I felt so damn good in my strict AIP days. Was a super pain in the ass to eat anywhere but home but I felt so awesome. Food was  sustenance not pleasure. Tasted good too but I liked feeling like an ascetic. 
    Found an an old pic from those day where I was taking a bathroom selfie and my little daughter was looking up at me. I want to be a good role model in terms of health not fretting about my weight. But feeding myself good food and feeling good not wringing hands over what I’m eating would be good. Also my kids eat too much sugar.  
    Gonna do it. 
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    Beets got a reaction from Beckha99 in Starting July 16!! Successes and woes!   
    Getting in the “I’ll start over tomorrow” cycle is really easy but also (for me) a big pitfall. Bc, my brain says, if I’m starting over tomorrow I can and should eat all the bad stuff I mgiht want to eat after I start. 
    I think as far as doing it together goes don’t wait for him. If he gets healthier and develops a liking for healthier food that’s awesome. Don’t let him derail you though. 
    As far as him eating your prepped food? Ack that would also drive me crazy. I’d def put my foot down there. As you know the hardest but also best thing is prepping and planning all your food. I’d be like if you’re on this w me great if not don’t eat all my food! 
    Labeling the “ok to eat” and “don’t touch on penalty of ___”  in your fridge is a good idea. 
    ETA: I just read your first post and I 100% relate. I was here 4-5 years ago and finished 3 or 4 Wholes including a long stretch of super strict AIP eating. It was really hard to get back on the program and I started and stopped a few times. I also dealt with a lot of family stuff anxiety etc etc. Every time I’d consider starting up I’d be like, ehhh but then I can’t drink on vacation or when X happens etc etc. So I’d do it partially—like I’ll do it all except I’ll still drink wine—-and that never works. The all or nothing thing works well bc there is no gray area. 
    I saw some pics of me from this weekend and I was like  that is it I’m starting today and I still haven’t shopped but that all or nothing thing kept me from having a drink at the beach. (My ritual.) And you know what? It was 1000x easier to get my kids to bed and I woke up with a clear head and it’s starting to feel like I can get back to the old me.    
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    Beets got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    When I quit sugar and grains (was still eating dairy) in Feb my period totally shocked me. Which never happens. I get very bad PMS and am usually weepy and paranoid for days.
    On my W30 my period took forever to arrive. I felt like I was 40 weeks pregnant and paying attention to every minute sensation in my body. I completely felt my lower abdomen getting heavier, filling up. I felt my mood change.
    Once my period arrived, it was more crampy than the previous one.
    My last period (post W30 but following AIP) was early and my PMS significantly less of an issue. Period also seemed shorter and less heavy.
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    Beets got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    When I quit sugar and grains (was still eating dairy) in Feb my period totally shocked me. Which never happens. I get very bad PMS and am usually weepy and paranoid for days.
    On my W30 my period took forever to arrive. I felt like I was 40 weeks pregnant and paying attention to every minute sensation in my body. I completely felt my lower abdomen getting heavier, filling up. I felt my mood change.
    Once my period arrived, it was more crampy than the previous one.
    My last period (post W30 but following AIP) was early and my PMS significantly less of an issue. Period also seemed shorter and less heavy.
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    Beets got a reaction from LadyM in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Awesome, Lady M! I found a post on one of the big kombucha supply websites recommending keeping a scoby in the fridge. I was going to send to you but I figured you'd find out soon enough!
    I'm going to start. ðŸ˜
    I've been reading, hemming and hawing and trying to decide if I'm going to do CB or batch. I didn't want to spend $ now to spend more later. I finally settled on doing a siphon CB--came to me in a fever dream--joking--and then I saw other ppl do it. Anyway. Now I don't have to mess around with a metal or plastic spigot or a gunked up spigot and I can buy a $5 beer brewing siphon when I'm ready to CB.
    I have a bottle of plain GT's in the fridge waiting for my vessel.
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    Beets got a reaction from Maycat in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Trust me. It's not bordering on hoarding unless your kids can't come to your house/s anymore and you have sunk your loved ones in a psychodrama of tragic proportions.
    But, anyway, it seems crazy when I spend, as yesterday, $98 at the grass-fed beef stand at the farmers market (in NYC that gets you a big pork shoulder, brisket, and 3 lbs of ground beef--consider yourselves lucky!) . And since I am planning most of our meals I am buying groceries all at once instead of $60 here, $100 there. And, exactly: No take out. No $16 at the coffee shop 5X a week for me and the kids. No pasta/side dishes from the prepared food shop. I'm not buying three boxes of kid snack bars a week. Or half and half or tubs of yogurt.
    I have yet to do the math--except vaguely in my head--but I think I'm coming out ok. As others have said you don't need to do all organic produce. I'd spend the money first and foremost on the best meat you can afford (filling in with canned fish a few times a week) and go from there. Chicken thighs! An organic chicken seems pricey but you can get a second meal out of it (for yrself) and make nutritious broth. Prioritize the http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/"dirty dozen" veggies and try to buy seasonal veg. There is a section in the book on budgeting. And whole9 links ppl have posted in other budget threads.
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    Beets got a reaction from Maycat in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Trust me. It's not bordering on hoarding unless your kids can't come to your house/s anymore and you have sunk your loved ones in a psychodrama of tragic proportions.
    But, anyway, it seems crazy when I spend, as yesterday, $98 at the grass-fed beef stand at the farmers market (in NYC that gets you a big pork shoulder, brisket, and 3 lbs of ground beef--consider yourselves lucky!) . And since I am planning most of our meals I am buying groceries all at once instead of $60 here, $100 there. And, exactly: No take out. No $16 at the coffee shop 5X a week for me and the kids. No pasta/side dishes from the prepared food shop. I'm not buying three boxes of kid snack bars a week. Or half and half or tubs of yogurt.
    I have yet to do the math--except vaguely in my head--but I think I'm coming out ok. As others have said you don't need to do all organic produce. I'd spend the money first and foremost on the best meat you can afford (filling in with canned fish a few times a week) and go from there. Chicken thighs! An organic chicken seems pricey but you can get a second meal out of it (for yrself) and make nutritious broth. Prioritize the http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/"dirty dozen" veggies and try to buy seasonal veg. There is a section in the book on budgeting. And whole9 links ppl have posted in other budget threads.
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    Beets got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Grolsch bottles: my aren't they useful! In high school we used to use them for another recreational activity. I can't even remember how exactly but it was something to do with smoking grass.
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    Beets got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Grolsch bottles: my aren't they useful! In high school we used to use them for another recreational activity. I can't even remember how exactly but it was something to do with smoking grass.
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    Beets got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Oh dear. Don't feel picked on. I measure in cups as well (though metric is more appealing to the part of my brain that wants my computer structure to be perfect and all my spices exactly alphabetized). Jacques Pepin uses cups in his cook books. Maybe not at home. Whatever.
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    Beets got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Oh dear. Don't feel picked on. I measure in cups as well (though metric is more appealing to the part of my brain that wants my computer structure to be perfect and all my spices exactly alphabetized). Jacques Pepin uses cups in his cook books. Maybe not at home. Whatever.
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    Beets got a reaction from kb0426 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Grolsch bottles: my aren't they useful! In high school we used to use them for another recreational activity. I can't even remember how exactly but it was something to do with smoking grass.
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    Beets got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    Cantaloupe basil sounds amazing.
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    Beets got a reaction from praxisproject in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I think that's a great idea. I know I'd appreciate it. Like an FAQ and favorite links.
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    Beets got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'd definitely buy a SCOBY from you, Nadia. I'm sure it'd be packed up very safely--and look cute.
    I'm thinking of ordering one online bc I don't have patience to grow on from GTs.
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    Beets got a reaction from Nadia B in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I'd definitely buy a SCOBY from you, Nadia. I'm sure it'd be packed up very safely--and look cute.
    I'm thinking of ordering one online bc I don't have patience to grow on from GTs.
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    Beets got a reaction from Jtandi in Fat adapted   
    Yes. Please read the link I posted above. It goes into details as to why a calorie is not a calorie.
    Counting calories is something you want to avoid to get the full benefit of your W30. Trust the process. Not everyone loses at the same rate, but I've lost about 25 lbs aince Feb (15 of which since my April w30) and almost two sizes--most of which time I was not counting, measuring or weighing, not calculating recipes or trying to pinpoint my exact right calorie intake. I also lost about 3" from my hips during my w30. (Just for reference I'd like to lose one more size. I'm a size 8 at 5'7". I know we arent focusing on the scale as the end-all be-all, but I just want to assure you you can lose without cutting/counting calories. And, as Jess said, calories --> weightloss a total misconception anyway. )
    And ITA about hunger. Getting back in touch with hunger cues (v tallying calories) is one of the main goals of the W30. I have the same cycle of hungry/not hungry days. I definitely had days in the early w30 weeks where I wasn't hungry at all--but my hunger came back.
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    Beets got a reaction from Tom Denham in Fat adapted   
    Why do you want to cut back on fat? We need fat, it helps us feel sated and if we are fat adapted we are using it for fuel. (It can be a longer process for some. But if you can go for a bunch of hours without getting panicky for food that's a sign you're getting there.)
    Don't worry about cutting back on fat for the duration of your w30. Fat and the template are the keys to success. If you are still in 1980s CW fat-fear mode read again the fat section in ISWF or any of the "fat is good" posts online.
    http://whole9life.co...t-loss-edition/
    I ate tons of fat on my W30 and continue to eat in the mid- to upper level of rec'd fat intake (per the template) and I continue to get smaller--even though my exercise had been less than exemplary. Eating fewer calories than you need will only be self-sabotage at this point, creating stress, increasing cortisol, and thereby storing yet more fat.
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    Beets got a reaction from Maycat in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Trust me. It's not bordering on hoarding unless your kids can't come to your house/s anymore and you have sunk your loved ones in a psychodrama of tragic proportions.
    But, anyway, it seems crazy when I spend, as yesterday, $98 at the grass-fed beef stand at the farmers market (in NYC that gets you a big pork shoulder, brisket, and 3 lbs of ground beef--consider yourselves lucky!) . And since I am planning most of our meals I am buying groceries all at once instead of $60 here, $100 there. And, exactly: No take out. No $16 at the coffee shop 5X a week for me and the kids. No pasta/side dishes from the prepared food shop. I'm not buying three boxes of kid snack bars a week. Or half and half or tubs of yogurt.
    I have yet to do the math--except vaguely in my head--but I think I'm coming out ok. As others have said you don't need to do all organic produce. I'd spend the money first and foremost on the best meat you can afford (filling in with canned fish a few times a week) and go from there. Chicken thighs! An organic chicken seems pricey but you can get a second meal out of it (for yrself) and make nutritious broth. Prioritize the http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/"dirty dozen" veggies and try to buy seasonal veg. There is a section in the book on budgeting. And whole9 links ppl have posted in other budget threads.
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    Beets got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    When I quit sugar and grains (was still eating dairy) in Feb my period totally shocked me. Which never happens. I get very bad PMS and am usually weepy and paranoid for days.
    On my W30 my period took forever to arrive. I felt like I was 40 weeks pregnant and paying attention to every minute sensation in my body. I completely felt my lower abdomen getting heavier, filling up. I felt my mood change.
    Once my period arrived, it was more crampy than the previous one.
    My last period (post W30 but following AIP) was early and my PMS significantly less of an issue. Period also seemed shorter and less heavy.
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    Beets got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Approved Sweeteners   
    I love a mineral water like Gerolsteiner with a high mineral content. It tastes mildly salty, which may sound weird but is very satisfying. Artificial sweeteners? hFCs? Blergh. If I was going to drink soda--like once a season--it'd be a nice small company ginger beer, sasparilla or something made with real ingredients and small amount of real sugar. But I think even a nice "artisanal" soda (ha!) would be hideously sweet to me now.
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    Beets got a reaction from Maycat in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
    Trust me. It's not bordering on hoarding unless your kids can't come to your house/s anymore and you have sunk your loved ones in a psychodrama of tragic proportions.
    But, anyway, it seems crazy when I spend, as yesterday, $98 at the grass-fed beef stand at the farmers market (in NYC that gets you a big pork shoulder, brisket, and 3 lbs of ground beef--consider yourselves lucky!) . And since I am planning most of our meals I am buying groceries all at once instead of $60 here, $100 there. And, exactly: No take out. No $16 at the coffee shop 5X a week for me and the kids. No pasta/side dishes from the prepared food shop. I'm not buying three boxes of kid snack bars a week. Or half and half or tubs of yogurt.
    I have yet to do the math--except vaguely in my head--but I think I'm coming out ok. As others have said you don't need to do all organic produce. I'd spend the money first and foremost on the best meat you can afford (filling in with canned fish a few times a week) and go from there. Chicken thighs! An organic chicken seems pricey but you can get a second meal out of it (for yrself) and make nutritious broth. Prioritize the http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/"dirty dozen" veggies and try to buy seasonal veg. There is a section in the book on budgeting. And whole9 links ppl have posted in other budget threads.
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    Beets reacted to katyroq in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    Hi jpketz,
    I remember you commenting on one of my posts possibly at the end of my whole30 or early in reintroduction. I just had a few other comments, seeing your interest in this for your nephew.
    First, caffeine. I used to drink coffee (1cup/day max). I am very sensitive to it, and it would definitely affect me. But I liked the taste and how it woke me up in the morning. I went of caffeine in the fall because i knew it contributed to anxiety. So I didn't drink it at all during my whole30 in January. During reintro, I added decaf coffee briefly. I was very sensitive even to that! Maybe it's just me, but it seems like doing the whole 30 has made me more sensitive to caffeine in general (or at least decreased my anxiety enough that I can tell how sensitive I am to small amounts).
    I found the Whole 30 to help my anxiety greatly. I am not on any medications, but that is because I'm trying natural measures first. My mind felt much more calm and clear. But I also think you pointed out something that there is a lot of anxeity in the process of trying to help our anxiety! Committing to a vastly different lifestyle for a month with no promises that it will help is anxiety-producing!
    I'm a person who normally thinks a lot about what I'm going to eat. I've been obsessive about it in the past (eating disorder) so I was worried that this would be bad. However, it's actually reduced my food anxiety. With the plan, I was not overly worried about what i was going to eat or if I was going to eat something. Either it fits with whole 30 or it doesn't. It's actually pretty simple. Part of it is also planning meals ahead and knowing I wouldn't be left "scrounging" for whatever junk food I could find (which now I can't find because it's not there!)
    During reintro, I found that my anxiety was worse when I added sugar (obviously!), grains of all kinds (not just gluten), or simple carbs including white potatoes. I did not immediately notice a connection with diary, but that's just my experience. And I didn't do much dairy re-intro because I really could care less for it now.
    Also, the sugar dragon causes a lot of anxiety. Any time we have a disordered relationship with food, it increases anxiety. During my reintro, I struggled with sugar and chocolate. I was completely satisfied to eat compliant all day; then after dinner, bam! The sugar dragon was out and I was more powerless than ever over what I ate. The combination of the sugar/carbs and the fact that I knew what I was doing but was helpless, created some intense anxiety! I'm just starting another Whole 30 with very little fruit, nuts and snacking to try to kill off that sugar dragon for good.
    Finally, I'd like to mention a website I've found helpful and contains some ideas similar to whole30. http://www.radiantrecovery.com/. This website is specifically about sugar sensitivity, which is what I believe my anxiety issues primarily stem from. And that's why a grain-free, sugar-free diet has helped me so much.
    All the best to your nephew and to you, as you so compassionately and sensitively try to help him! I am so touched by that because I am his age and don't have that kind of support from anyone. It's really rare for someone to care that much...good for you.
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    Beets reacted to CaseyD in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I didn't read through this whole thread, so it may have been suggested already, but get him tested for Celiacs if he hasn't dumped the wheat already.
    I have decades of depression under my belt, and plenty of years of anxiety. Medication was the worse thing I ever tried. I tried eating "healthy" by conventional wisdom standards and exercising, like they tell you to do and it didn't do enough. The ONLY thing that has ever helped is sticking to a very clean diet, taking a vitamin D3 supplement (despite the fact that I get outside all the time), and taking a quality fish oil supplement for a time. It has taken a lot of experimenting with diet to fully see exactly what foods I react to. I've spent more than a year experimenting by eliminating then reintroducing. But, now I know exactly what food does what in me and that is incredibly valuable. I know for a fact that wheat is my number one contributer to both depression and anxiety. And, if I have a little wheat it can take weeks of clean eating for that side effect to fully lift. I am a night and day different person when I eat clean versus when I let wheat and sugar back in my diet. And those are words from my husband.
    I suggest the Celiacs test because depression and anxiety could very well be linked to wheat intolerance and it is good to find out if he has this issue.
    If I remember right, I believe the book Primal Mind, Primal Body talks about the wheat-mental health connection in it. that might be worth a read, too.
    Sorry if I'm repeating anything already posted here!
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    Beets reacted to Moluv in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    He just changed the course of his life with food choices. That's fantastic.