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    Matt M got a reaction from SarahFancy in Weight loss not happening   
    Focus on eating well and exercising will and the rest will follow in time. It can take a while to undo the damage years of 'SAD' eating causes.
    Also make sure that your stress, sleep and other lifestyle factors are improving. I know from parenting my four year old that 'not being stressed' and 'getting enough sleep' are sometimes incredibly hard goals to achieve!
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    Matt M reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Forum maintenance complete!   
    We are so sorry for the troubles with the forum this past week. We recently changed website hosting companies, in an effort to make the site run faster and minimize future downtime. Everything moved over easily but the forum. 
     
    Our own Matt Mecham worked tirelessly with our new hosting company to straighten things out and get it back up and running. Some posts and topics were lost in the process, and there is nothing we can do to recover them. We are very sorry for this, but hope that these topics can be rebuilt by the community if there is a need.
     
    If you notice any further user issues (logging in, chatting, private messaging, etc.) or post/thred/topic issues, please email me directly at headquarters@whole9life.com. 
     
    Thank you all for your patience, and welcome back to the Whole30 Forum!
     
    Best,
    Melissa
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    Matt M reacted to Mrsfrosty in Whole30 JUNE GROUP DOING REINTRODUCTION   
    So, in the whole 30 log forum, I started a thread for those of us doing the whole30 June 1 to June 30. It's been wonderful support both, giving and receiving...wonderful ideas, great feedback, etc. so as a group, we've decided to continue our journey together as we experience the joys and challenges of reintroduction after our "official" whole30 is done tonight at midnight (:
    Starting tomorrow, July 1, I plan to follow the recommended Whole30 reintroduction plan for 10 days...Day 1 introducing dairy...I plan to add organic 1/2 1/2 to my coffee at breakfast, have FAGE plain Greek yogurt with lunch and perhaps cheese on a burger for dinner if we go out or string cheese at home if we don't.
    One of the Whole30 Daily newsletters suggested we set another goal toward better health...for 30 days...and some of us have decided to do a Exercise30 for July 1-30. Specific guidelines for each person doing an Exercise30 may vary. For me, I'm going to commit to daily exercise or movement for 30 days of at least 20 minutes. It can even be two 10-minute workouts...but what my focus is on is consistency...making workouts, exercise, movement and activity a regular part of my new, healthy lifestyle...to the point of it becoming something I just "do" to take care of myself...self-care in action. So e days may be elliptical or stationary bike, some days Zumba class or kettle bells, some days machines and free weights, some days stretching or yoga or walking...want to keep variety in there so I can sustain this new healthy habit for a lifetime!
    JOIN ME.....whether you were in the JUNE GROUP or not...the more, the merrier. I have learned so much from these forums, posts and support groups.....especially being my first Whole30, first time doing Paleo lifestyle, first time learning to cook, first time staying OFF the scale for 30 days......can't wait to see what I lean about myself and my body during REINTRODUCTION! Wooooohooooooo!


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    Matt M reacted to CherieAsheville in 2 weeks in, and still having stomach distress   
    I've been mostly Paleo for almost 2 years (anywhere from 75%-90%), but every attempt at going 100% has brought on severe stomach distress.
    I've tried lots of things including Ox Bile because they removed my Gall Bladder before we figured out I can't eat Gluten, and Ox Bile helps peole with out gall bladders to process fats. I've been gluten free for 7 years, and had my gall bladder removed about 10 years ago. The Ox Bile makes it worse. Its a one size fits all supplement, and I'm only four foot/eleven, so it feels like too much for someone who is very small. I've always reintroduced non-paleo foods at this point because my stomach is wrecked, but perhaps I should keep going? Maybe I need more time to balance things out? Thoughts?
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    Matt M got a reaction from SarahFancy in Weight loss not happening   
    Focus on eating well and exercising will and the rest will follow in time. It can take a while to undo the damage years of 'SAD' eating causes.
    Also make sure that your stress, sleep and other lifestyle factors are improving. I know from parenting my four year old that 'not being stressed' and 'getting enough sleep' are sometimes incredibly hard goals to achieve!
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    Matt M got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Egg safety   
    I sometimes keep my eggs on the counter too. I deduce that they are often sold on shelves in markets so I didn't even consider there would be a problem with that.
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    Matt M got a reaction from TaraFitness in Grass fed UK   
    I vaguely recall seeing grass fed beef in Asda as part of their organics range.
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    Matt M reacted to Lola in Biggest Skeptic EVER!!   
    I have been the biggest Paleo Lifestyle skeptic... So reluctant to even read anything about it. Some of my friends have been living it for a couple of years now. I think the reason for my skepticism is that I'm 42 and have tried every single gimmick, program and fad diet since my late teens to rein in my wildly-out-of-control appetite. After every attempt I wound up still feeling hungry, and unable to control my cravings to the point that I would gain back all the weight I had lost.... and then some! Fast forward a couple decades, tack on a few lifestyle ailments(IBS, asthma, etc.), and there I sat having vehemently sworn off any and every fad diet plan, being unwilling to consider anything new because of my past experiences. I didn't want to make it any worse than my situation had become. Nothing works anyway, right? If you can't beat 'em, join 'em... I was on the fast track to self-destruction.
    I am on day 3 of the Whole30! Are you supposed to notice changes after just 3 days? I know it's still early, but not even one craving?? No pangs of hunger between meals, and I'm talking hours after a meal?? I'm here because I have great friends who love me. ISWF was recommended to me by a friend, so I bought it for my Kobo. I devoured it, TWICE! It resonates with me on so many levels, every single light bulb in my head is turned on and tuned in. I bought the success guide too. I am not a member of any social network group, I barely ever even check my emails, so the fact that I'm sitting here typing a message on a website, and even signed up as a member is astonishing. I'm so eternally grateful for the light you are shining in my direction from the other end of my very dark tunnel. I'm on my journey out of the dark, back to the land of the living!! THANK YOU!
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    Matt M got a reaction from SarahFancy in Weight loss not happening   
    Focus on eating well and exercising will and the rest will follow in time. It can take a while to undo the damage years of 'SAD' eating causes.
    Also make sure that your stress, sleep and other lifestyle factors are improving. I know from parenting my four year old that 'not being stressed' and 'getting enough sleep' are sometimes incredibly hard goals to achieve!
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    Matt M got a reaction from SarahFancy in Weight loss not happening   
    Yes, absolutely. Our boy didn't sleep through until 18 months and even now he sometimes wakes in the night for the toilet or if he has a cold. I remember that for the first 18 months I felt like a zombie and struggled with nutrition and exercise.
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    Matt M reacted to Megan Claydon in The Whole 30 Perspective on...fasting?   
    This is such a tricky topic because ONLY YOU can know what your true intentions are ...
    If you have done a Whole30, you have proven that you have steely self-dicipline! What an amazing virtue to have! But be careful and don't fool yourself into using that self-dicipline into possibly doing somehting harmful to yourself. Seriously ask yourself, "is IF going to make my a happier and healthier person?" or "is this a personal challenge to try and keep up with someone else's protocol?" I think many of us (competitive, Type A personalities) can fall victim of this. I know I have caught myself trying to be competitive with my paleo/whole30ness and I have to stop and ask myself those two questions.
    The whole30 is about self-care. Become an expert on you, not paleo! Because I promise no one is walking around with extra gold stars if they IF or not.
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    Matt M reacted to Renee Lee in The Whole 30 Perspective on...fasting?   
    Hey Alicia,
    There are two hormones at play here: Leptin and Cortisol. In this situation (they do a whole lot more, but I'm simplifying), Leptin is a hunger/satiety hormone and Cortisol is an alertness hormone. Most of us have heard about cortisol and its role, but when leptin is low, it's a signal that says to the body, "Oh hey, I need some more fuel. You should eat something." After you eat, some leptin is released. Every time you eat during the day, a little more leptin is released.
    Both hormones have circadian rhythms, but they run opposite one another (when functioning properly). Leptin is low when cortisol is high, and vice versa. So in the morning, when cortisol should be at its highest, leptin should be low, and you should be hungry. In the evening, when cortisol is dipping low to get you ready for bed, leptin should be high and you should be fully sated.
    Note that this reinforces the "eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch, a pauper for dinner" axiom of old....
    Anyway, so if those signals aren't going on with you, it's possible that there could be some dysfunction going on. Again, this is different than the conscious, deliberate IFing that Melissa was talking about above.
    Sorry for the geek out. I tried to keep it high level!
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    Matt M reacted to Melissa Hartwig in The Whole 30 Perspective on...fasting?   
    Jaryn and Dana,
    Let's please keep it civil, and let's please not judge or assume without understanding each other's context. Intermittent Fasting is a scientifically-sound protocol designed to help your body "clean out" some waste material via autophagy, and give your system a break from the hard work of digesting. It's not starving yourself by any means, and it's certainly not indicative of any sort of disordered eating.
    Can some folks use IF as a "cover" for unhealthy habits? Certainly - just as some can use high intensity exercise as a "cover" for disorders. But let's not jump to conclusions about Dana's motivations or situations here.
    Melissa
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    Matt M reacted to Melissa Hartwig in The Whole 30 Perspective on...fasting?   
    There is a difference between "I'm never hungry in the morning, so I just skip breakfast every day" and "I deliberately, intermittently fast occasionally during my week." The first tells me your hormones are dysfunctional, and skipping breakfast every day isn't going to fix 'em. In addition, unless you're making an enormous conscious effort to get all of your daily calories crammed into two meals a day, you're under-feeding yourself, which is only feeding into that hormonal dysfunction loop.
    Many folks use "IF" (or "JNE" - just not eating) as a shortcut to weight loss, or a compensation for metabolic issues. This is not advisable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that things get far, far worse instead of getting better when you add an intensely stressful protocol like IF or JNE on top of an already disrupted, over-stressed system.
    However, if your Health Equation is in line, you are fasting truly intermittently, and you take pains to ensure you are adequately nourishing yourself with calories and nutrients during your feeding windows, I don't have a problem with this approach. The trouble is, there are very few people with all of their life "factors" in line enough to attempt to add IF - and it's dangerous to play around with if you've got other stuff going on in your context.
    So to the OP, sounds like you've got it dialed in, and I'm good with that.
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    Matt M reacted to Renee Lee in Fermented Cod Liver Oil   
    It's Whole30 compliant. The difference between cod liver oil and regular fish oil is that cod liver oil includes vitamins A and D, where fish oil does not. This is actually pretty good for folks living in higher latitudes, especially during the winter. Living in Boston, I like to cycle between the two seasonally.
    There is some concern about Vitamin A toxicity with supplementation via CL oil, but further investigation actually shows that adequate levels of vitamin D (and K2 for that matter) are protective against vitamin A toxicity.
    All that being said, I'd check in with your doc before starting any new supplementation regimen.
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    Matt M got a reaction from SarahFancy in Weight loss not happening   
    Focus on eating well and exercising will and the rest will follow in time. It can take a while to undo the damage years of 'SAD' eating causes.
    Also make sure that your stress, sleep and other lifestyle factors are improving. I know from parenting my four year old that 'not being stressed' and 'getting enough sleep' are sometimes incredibly hard goals to achieve!
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    Matt M reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Manage your mobile forum(s) via Tapatalk   
    Matt Mecham, our fabulous forum developer, has integrated this forum with Tapatalk, a $2.99 application to help you manage all of your forums. You can see more about the app here: http://www.tapatalk.com/
    To participate in the Whole30 forum via Tapatalk, just install the app on your mobile device, log in through Facebook, assign your settings and then search for "Whole30" to select our board.
    The app is pretty slick, and makes browsing and responding to our forum easy. Of course, you can always simply view the forum through its own (free) mobile view on your iPhone and such, but if you belong to multiple forums across the interwebs, this app might just come in handy.
    Thanks to moderator Renee Lee for suggesting this addition! Enjoy.
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    Matt M reacted to Johnny M in orange juice?   
    Don't worry that's why this board exists! I think the point with juice is its not an optimal beverage but if you're using it to flavor your meat or veggies and it's natural and otherwise compliant go for it. I think your recipe sounds fine!
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    Matt M got a reaction from HealthyinOK in Fruit sugar (fructose)   
    Unfortunately that's not allowed on the Whole30 plan. It's an added sugar made from fructose and not like fresh juiced fruit.
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    Matt M got a reaction from HealthyinOK in Fruit sugar (fructose)   
    Good luck and great work in checking and questioning those labels!
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    Matt M reacted to Johnny M in Explaining Paleo at Work   
    I can really relate to these questions. I struggled for a long time with really committing to the whole30, partly because of work situations. What I eventually had to decide, as I was going through all the questions you asked, was who is the priority in my life? I'd tried many whole30s and failed, not because I didn't want to succeed, but because I'd put others needs above my own and made concessions because I thought that was more considerate or more polite. But guess where that got me? No where except eventually in a doctors office with a diagnosis of fatty liver disease. Only you can decide for yourself how hard a stance you need to take but if this is important to you, you need to make it work.
    I've recently resorted to telling people I'm allergic to things like sugar and grains. A lot of people question this and I make my reply simple "yes...they make me very sick." or "I was pre-diabetic so I can't have sugar" or "when I eat wheat I get severe indigestion and heartburn" What's funny is that these are not lies. You asked, "Do you ever prioritize certain things, e.g. avoiding gluten, and let the rest go for the sake of ease?" What's easy about heart disease? or diabetes? Be polite but don't sacrifice your own needs just to make everyone around you happy.
    Just last week I registered for an event where I was asked to indicate special dietary needs. While the world has adjusted to accommodate things like kosher, dairy free, vegetarian, why should we feel embarrassed or like we're putting someone out to ask for our own diets to be accommodated? Not to make this a bigger topic than it is but we truly need exposure and acceptance and your whole post exists only because we're not there yet. I wrote into my form "severely allergic to sugar, wheat, gluten, dairy, and legumes". I don't expect to actually be handed a perfect paleo meal at my event but I actually think it's important that we start making a big deal out of our needs so we're not continually in these positions.
    So in closing...If staying on track is important to you, I think you should stand firm and make a big stink. How others perceive what you are doing to stay healthy and live happier is not your problem.
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    Matt M reacted to TheLazyCaveman in Too much protein?   
    Hi Chiaya,
    The reason that I recommend the probiotic first is that some people just can't tolerate fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchee right away because they are FODMAPS, and FODMAP-intolerance and low beneficial gut flora go hand in hand. I like to get beneficial gut bacteria up to a high level, then replace the prebiotic and probiotic with resistant starch (like sweet potatoes) and fermented foods (like sauerkraut and kimchee), so that the levels becomes sustainable.
    However, your chronic constipation is a different story, and I'd invite you check out this thread: http://forum.whole9l...pationbloating/
    If those problems aren't similar, start your own thread!
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    Matt M reacted to Melissa Hartwig in Too much protein?   
    Thanks, Badier. I know have that Shop Boyz song "Party Like a Rock Star" going through my head, except they're singing "Poopin' like a rock staaaarrrrrr...."
    Awesome.
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    Matt M got a reaction from CaveGirl in Grass fed UK   
    I've set up a one-off order with Able & Cole. They are a little more expensive than the farm but they don't charge £9.99 for delivery so the order works out a little cheaper.
    If the meat is good (and I'm sure it is!) then I'll set-up a weekly meat order.
    While it's a bit more expensive than the supermarket, I'll happily pay a small extra for quality and for my health.
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    Matt M reacted to CaveGirl in Grass fed UK   
    I do believe that Asda are now advertising their meat as grass fed but haven't tried it myself. What I have found in most supermarkets (even the higher quality ones such as M&S and Waitrose) is that the meat is grass AND grain fed.
    I can personally recommend the following two suppliers; Laverstock Park Parm and Abel & Cole. I shop online from Abel & Cole as their meat is actually supplied by Laverstock Park Farm which is delicious. They aslo stock good quality organic vegetables, ghee and coconut milk without any sugars or additives.
    Whilst they are pricier than the likes of Tescos and Sainsbury's I have now come to the realisation that I value my health more than anything and would rather make a sacrifice elsewhere in my budget to ensure I have good quality organic grass-fed meat and veg. I also like the fact that I am supporting local farms and farmers, I know where my meat is coming from, I know the animals are handled with care and not fed antibiotics and generally seems to be more supportive of the environment. I also have to say that the customer service so far from both has been fantastic.
    Anyway I hope this is helpful. Enjoy!