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    CAK911 got a reaction from Jenn B in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), and it's definitely less of an issue on Whole30. In general, any time I'm eating less sugar, my anxiety is lower -- it's a total vicious cycle, otherwise, because I (like many people) find food treats comforting, but they also cause anxiety spikes, so then I crave them more.
    I'm rarely soap boxy about things, but if he gets nothing else from this: please tell him to cut out caffeine. I can occasionally have A cup of coffee, but I usually stick to decaf, because caffeine causes me to have anxiety attacks if I'm not really careful.
    My general regime for dealing with my anxiety is this:

    Work out 3-4 times a week. (I just do Zumba for 20 or 45 minutes, I really think anything helps, including walking).
    No caffeine.
    Sleep 8 hours a night at regular times (I try to do 11-7). If I don't sleep at times that "normal" people sleep, I feel more removed and weird, so I try to stay on a schedule as if I have a regular 9-5 job, even though I don't.
    Klonopin for anxiety attacks. I don't have as much constant anxiety as some people, I tend to have kind of spiked attacks that last a day or so. Klonopin knocks these out. I know it's often not the first thing doctors prescribe, because it has a high risk for abuse. For me, the daily pills (all SSRIs) did not really work as intended. It's better for me to treat things occasionally. Several of my friends with anxiety swear by various mood stabilizers; I think those are great for a lot of people, and a lot of people for whom SSRIs alone don't work alone find a mood stabilizer is great. Basically, it's worth it to spend time sorting out your meds, even though the process totally sucks.
    Eat at regular intervals. Do not skip meals. Eat adequate meals. Avoid any foods that cause blood sugar spikes or crashes or anything else like that. I can go out for ice cream once a month, or have dessert on an important anniversary if I want to, but I can't/shouldn't stop at the pie shop on the way home just because it smells good -- it always smells good.
    Interact with other people, even if it's just walking to the corner store for a coffee. If I spend too much time alone in my head, I get weird -- and this is even though I live with a spouse. I need to interact with strangers or people I don't know well. It's often really scary for me, but doing it more often makes it less scary, and it keeps me from obsessing over terrifying social scenarios, because I get a lot of regular feedback that I'm actually fine, I can talk to people.

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    CAK911 got a reaction from Jenn B in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), and it's definitely less of an issue on Whole30. In general, any time I'm eating less sugar, my anxiety is lower -- it's a total vicious cycle, otherwise, because I (like many people) find food treats comforting, but they also cause anxiety spikes, so then I crave them more.
    I'm rarely soap boxy about things, but if he gets nothing else from this: please tell him to cut out caffeine. I can occasionally have A cup of coffee, but I usually stick to decaf, because caffeine causes me to have anxiety attacks if I'm not really careful.
    My general regime for dealing with my anxiety is this:

    Work out 3-4 times a week. (I just do Zumba for 20 or 45 minutes, I really think anything helps, including walking).
    No caffeine.
    Sleep 8 hours a night at regular times (I try to do 11-7). If I don't sleep at times that "normal" people sleep, I feel more removed and weird, so I try to stay on a schedule as if I have a regular 9-5 job, even though I don't.
    Klonopin for anxiety attacks. I don't have as much constant anxiety as some people, I tend to have kind of spiked attacks that last a day or so. Klonopin knocks these out. I know it's often not the first thing doctors prescribe, because it has a high risk for abuse. For me, the daily pills (all SSRIs) did not really work as intended. It's better for me to treat things occasionally. Several of my friends with anxiety swear by various mood stabilizers; I think those are great for a lot of people, and a lot of people for whom SSRIs alone don't work alone find a mood stabilizer is great. Basically, it's worth it to spend time sorting out your meds, even though the process totally sucks.
    Eat at regular intervals. Do not skip meals. Eat adequate meals. Avoid any foods that cause blood sugar spikes or crashes or anything else like that. I can go out for ice cream once a month, or have dessert on an important anniversary if I want to, but I can't/shouldn't stop at the pie shop on the way home just because it smells good -- it always smells good.
    Interact with other people, even if it's just walking to the corner store for a coffee. If I spend too much time alone in my head, I get weird -- and this is even though I live with a spouse. I need to interact with strangers or people I don't know well. It's often really scary for me, but doing it more often makes it less scary, and it keeps me from obsessing over terrifying social scenarios, because I get a lot of regular feedback that I'm actually fine, I can talk to people.

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    CAK911 got a reaction from lccpuppylove in Fat Portions- Confused!   
    I think they mean your entire thumb, not your thumbprint; I'm not tiny, and I bet the point of my thumb also fits in a teaspoon. I usually do 1/4-1/2 an avocado, one serving of nuts, or a couple good-sized spoonfuls of cooking fat per meal. I don't count any of the fat in meat, because then I tend to overthink.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from FitToBeMomOf3 in Question about Stevia, Pam   
    If you really want to be able to spray cooking oil, you can get a Misto and put olive oil in it. I have one that I use for spritzing salads and stuff.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from Burrito_Unicorn in If You Ever Thought of Giving Up Trying to Lose Weight   
    I'm with blissing on this. There is a lot of research showing that the assumptions made about fat bodies healthwise are often wrong, and that the BMI scale is both wrong and obsolete.
    Being kind to yourself and accepting your body -- rather than punishing yourself for not having the "right" body -- often has positive health outcomes for people. I know it has for me. Otherwise, I'd be waiting to lose weight before I took up dancing, or I'd be waiting to lose more weight before I tried this wacky "don't count and log and weigh every thing you eat" Whole 30 thing.
    There are a lot of ways to integrate healthy behaviors and move towards health without obsessing over your weight, and Whole30, as it specifies not to weigh yourself for 30 days, seems to be one of those ways. I don't see these as being diametrically opposed.
    Additionally, I don't feel comfortable with the kind of judgmental language about fat bodies I see in this thread; I wish I hadn't seen it, honestly, as I have always been fat, and I generally find the forum to be a supportive, accepting place, and I find the negativity and pathologization of fat bodies in this thread quite triggering. I believe Whole 30 (I'm on my second now) makes me healthier and helps me make better food choices -- I would continue to believe that even if I didn't lose one ounce during a Whole 30. Health is way, way more than just your weight.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from MeadowLily in Do you find yourself judging?   
    I'm with the food being like religion comment above -- other people's faith is none of my business just as other people's diets are none of my business. The opposite applies as well, in that my diet is none of anyone else's business. Evangelicals of all stripes are irritating, so are hard line idealogues.
    I think we all have to sort of stumble along and learn for ourselves when we're ready. It seems particularly rough to judge people for their "poor" choices when so much information is heaped on people validating and encouraging those choices. My triglycerides had gone up a bit over the past 2 years, and the recommended diet to treat that was EXACTLY what I'd been eating -- low consumption of animal products, lots of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables -- while having my triglycerides go up. Post-Whole 30, those numbers are down quite a bit.
    People make food choices for a complicated set of reasons, and I'm not really sure there's anything so terrible to eat that it would make you a bad person or unworthy of compassion.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from angledge in Inexpensive good sources of protein   
    Chicken thighs are usually a good deal less expensive than other cuts of chicken. Soemtimes warehouse stores (Costco, Sam's) will have good prices on organic chicken in bulk.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from Cata in 30 pounds away from happiness =(   
    I'd say definitely more water. And, definitely do try to be kind to yourself -- Whole30 is great and life changing, but it's not a silver bullet that fixes everything in one go. Changing your body is a process. And, for a lot of people, it's one that is never going to be satisfying. I think a lot of Whole30 is really doing the best you can by yourself and your body and seeing what that results in.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from rhed in Hot Potato   
    I also just pierce them and then flip them every 2 minutes (or so)until theyr'e done. Thanks for sharing the photo -- sorry for the loss of your plate, but I kind of enjoy mishaps like this. I know I'm not alone with my learning curve.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from Cata in 30 pounds away from happiness =(   
    I'd say definitely more water. And, definitely do try to be kind to yourself -- Whole30 is great and life changing, but it's not a silver bullet that fixes everything in one go. Changing your body is a process. And, for a lot of people, it's one that is never going to be satisfying. I think a lot of Whole30 is really doing the best you can by yourself and your body and seeing what that results in.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from Tom Denham in "May contain..." labels   
    Those usually are basically allergy disclaimers. If it's not listed as an actual ingredient, I wouldn't worry, personally. But, one of the mods might have a more refined answers.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from Tom Denham in Potato skins?   
    Yeah, you can.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from Tom Denham in Heartbreaking test results :(   
    Those are definitely crummy feelings. Did you have an accurate measure of your % before you started? It's hard to know how much you've progressed without more before/after data.
     
    Also, I'd try to think about the broader context of your results. It gets so easy to focus on the one thing that seems most important or most measurable, and miss out on all kinds of other great stuff you've accomplished -- like, it's easy to hang onto weight and miss out on sleeping better and feeling better and having a better relationship with food and all that good stuff.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from Tom Denham in "May contain..." labels   
    Those usually are basically allergy disclaimers. If it's not listed as an actual ingredient, I wouldn't worry, personally. But, one of the mods might have a more refined answers.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from TravelPhotoWriter in What did you eat on day 31?   
    I did the reintro on a couple Whole30s. I think it's really important to at least do it once.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from MeadowLily in Do you find yourself judging?   
    I'm with the food being like religion comment above -- other people's faith is none of my business just as other people's diets are none of my business. The opposite applies as well, in that my diet is none of anyone else's business. Evangelicals of all stripes are irritating, so are hard line idealogues.
    I think we all have to sort of stumble along and learn for ourselves when we're ready. It seems particularly rough to judge people for their "poor" choices when so much information is heaped on people validating and encouraging those choices. My triglycerides had gone up a bit over the past 2 years, and the recommended diet to treat that was EXACTLY what I'd been eating -- low consumption of animal products, lots of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables -- while having my triglycerides go up. Post-Whole 30, those numbers are down quite a bit.
    People make food choices for a complicated set of reasons, and I'm not really sure there's anything so terrible to eat that it would make you a bad person or unworthy of compassion.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Vegetarian potluck main dish question   
    Could you do a friatta?
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    CAK911 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Vegetarian potluck main dish question   
    Could you do a friatta?
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    CAK911 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Grab-and-go Breakfast   
    You can make mayo that is compliant pretty easily.
     
    When I need grab and go breakfasts, I make "egg muffins." Just fill muffin tins with cooked veggies and chopped sausages or chicken (or whatever meat), and then whisk a bunch of eggs with salt and pepper in a bowl and pour the eggs over, then bake. I do those with roasted sweet potatoes sometimes.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Grab-and-go Breakfast   
    You can make mayo that is compliant pretty easily.
     
    When I need grab and go breakfasts, I make "egg muffins." Just fill muffin tins with cooked veggies and chopped sausages or chicken (or whatever meat), and then whisk a bunch of eggs with salt and pepper in a bowl and pour the eggs over, then bake. I do those with roasted sweet potatoes sometimes.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from Jenn B in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I have GAD (generalized anxiety disorder), and it's definitely less of an issue on Whole30. In general, any time I'm eating less sugar, my anxiety is lower -- it's a total vicious cycle, otherwise, because I (like many people) find food treats comforting, but they also cause anxiety spikes, so then I crave them more.
    I'm rarely soap boxy about things, but if he gets nothing else from this: please tell him to cut out caffeine. I can occasionally have A cup of coffee, but I usually stick to decaf, because caffeine causes me to have anxiety attacks if I'm not really careful.
    My general regime for dealing with my anxiety is this:

    Work out 3-4 times a week. (I just do Zumba for 20 or 45 minutes, I really think anything helps, including walking).
    No caffeine.
    Sleep 8 hours a night at regular times (I try to do 11-7). If I don't sleep at times that "normal" people sleep, I feel more removed and weird, so I try to stay on a schedule as if I have a regular 9-5 job, even though I don't.
    Klonopin for anxiety attacks. I don't have as much constant anxiety as some people, I tend to have kind of spiked attacks that last a day or so. Klonopin knocks these out. I know it's often not the first thing doctors prescribe, because it has a high risk for abuse. For me, the daily pills (all SSRIs) did not really work as intended. It's better for me to treat things occasionally. Several of my friends with anxiety swear by various mood stabilizers; I think those are great for a lot of people, and a lot of people for whom SSRIs alone don't work alone find a mood stabilizer is great. Basically, it's worth it to spend time sorting out your meds, even though the process totally sucks.
    Eat at regular intervals. Do not skip meals. Eat adequate meals. Avoid any foods that cause blood sugar spikes or crashes or anything else like that. I can go out for ice cream once a month, or have dessert on an important anniversary if I want to, but I can't/shouldn't stop at the pie shop on the way home just because it smells good -- it always smells good.
    Interact with other people, even if it's just walking to the corner store for a coffee. If I spend too much time alone in my head, I get weird -- and this is even though I live with a spouse. I need to interact with strangers or people I don't know well. It's often really scary for me, but doing it more often makes it less scary, and it keeps me from obsessing over terrifying social scenarios, because I get a lot of regular feedback that I'm actually fine, I can talk to people.

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    CAK911 got a reaction from avrr22 in CRAVINGS!!!   
    I also personally find it helpful to frame it as "I am not going to have that for 30 days, I can have that someday later." For me, for many foods, that "someday later" never or rarely comes in the end, but it helps me get around obsessing over things in the interim.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from avrr22 in CRAVINGS!!!   
    I also personally find it helpful to frame it as "I am not going to have that for 30 days, I can have that someday later." For me, for many foods, that "someday later" never or rarely comes in the end, but it helps me get around obsessing over things in the interim.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from avrr22 in CRAVINGS!!!   
    I also personally find it helpful to frame it as "I am not going to have that for 30 days, I can have that someday later." For me, for many foods, that "someday later" never or rarely comes in the end, but it helps me get around obsessing over things in the interim.
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    CAK911 got a reaction from CpBatchelor in Hormonal Birth Control - Conflicted   
    I do know the hormone dosages vary wildly depending on the actual prescription. If hormonal birth control is something you decide to do, it might be worth checking out one of the low-dose options. Also, different pills have different mixes of hormones. There's lots of pro/con arguments for hormonal birth control, and it's really hard to say what is best for another person.