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    Karen got a reaction from jess_momof2 in Pregnant...small/mini meals   
    A little background - I've been eating more whole 30-ish over the past 4 years than I haven't.  Pregnancy is a whole different ballgame. I'm 18 weeks now. From about 8 weeks to 17 weeks, it was near impossible to eat anything whole 30 complaint.  Just thinking about meat would make me sick sometimes!  I threw up once just prior to putting chicken in a pan.  Veg sounded disgusting. I threw up an entire salad once and haven't gone back.
    I always thought food aversions during pregnancy were just mind over matter. Ha, was I wrong!  I always thought I'd be able to eat as healthy during pregnancy but it's been near impossible.  My suggestion is to eat whatever you can right now. Keep food in your tummy.  The more hungry I was, the more nauseous.  The food aversions and nausea will pass. You can eat well then.  Just try to survive the first tri, and challenge your eating when food actually sounds good. 
    As for me, I'll be starting another Whole 30 next week at 19 weeks. I'm finally ready, I think. 
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    Karen got a reaction from Sister.Journey in Hypothyroid switching to Hyperthyroid?   
    There are many anecdotal stories of folks on whole 30 needing to lower their thyroid meds, some by as much as half or more. Best to get your levels checked and discuss lowering your dose with your doc. 
    Here's a good article as to why https://chriskresser.com/the-gluten-thyroid-connection/  
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    Karen reacted to littleg in First post as a mom! About constipation... sigh   
    Just wanted to update this.  Full serving of magnesium (800mg I believe, Magnesium Serene) and lots of cooked and cooled potatoes.  Gutsense.org planted the seed for the potatoes.  In the past when I overdid it on potatoes I noticed poop got softer so I figured I'd try it again.  Not sure if its one or the other or both.  But 'rhoids are finally going into hiding and the rabbit pellets are gone! 
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    Karen reacted to bjvdsteen in Alcohol Dependence   
    I know this thread is over a year old, but I feel the need to respond. I am on Day 13 of my first Whole30. I was scared to death of failure, since I fear I may be an alcoholic.Gin and tonic on coming home from work, followed by 3-4-5 glasses of wine. Weekends were getting out of control, not remembering conversations. I managed to hide it brilliantly, and no one in my family ever suspected just how much I drank. The not remembering things really started freaking me out.
    I decided to give Whole30 a try, since a close friend wanted a "buddy" to do it with her. I was also intrigued by the science of it, so I figured what the heck. It'll only last a day or two anyway, and I'll just lie to my friend about the alcohol, and eat the right food.
    The night before I started, I had a long talk with myself at 2 a.m., since I never, ever sleep well. I truly hate myself, realize that my health is going to be affected, and I'm missing time with my family by being in a stupor. I can do this. I can give up the booze.
    Call it divine intervention, straight up Dutch stubbornness, whatever, but I have not had a drink in 13 days. The booze is all still in the house, and I will pour my husband a glass of wine with dinner, but I have no desire whatsoever to have a drink. I NEVER thought I could do this. I sleep so much better, my hot flashes have diminished (I'm 53), I remember every conversation, if I say something dumb it's not alcohol fueled, but, most importantly, I don't hate myself anymore.
    I feel like I have been given a new lease on life. I know there are many people out there who struggle as I did, and I want them to know there are kind, listening ears that won't condemn or judge. I am reading It Starts With Food, and replacing Frankenfood with alcohol. Makes total sense when you understand the science.
    Thanks for having this forum. Just writing this has been hugely cathartic. Life is beautiful.
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    Karen reacted to Bulkychameleon in Whole30 and endometriosis and adenomyosis   
    Hi Karen - this is great information! I'll definitely do some searching and see what I can find in my area. It's encouraging to hear how much this has helped you. 
    The food sensitivity testing was interesting; a lot of low grade sensitivities with the usual culprits: gluten, dairy, etc. Also some surprising ones: green tea, walnuts, cranberries, etc. This will definitely help me tweak where needed. 
    Thanks again!  
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    Karen reacted to Raineyrk in Pregnant mamas starting a Whole30 around 1/1   
    I never did figure out a way to keep morning sickness away... but I did discover that (most of the time) I could get smoothies down. Drinking just was better than eating, and fresh fruit/veggie smells didn't make me sick. What I could eat changed day-to-day and sometimes meal-to-meal, and the only thing that made it better was time.
     
    I'm also glad you're being easy on yourself. Just getting food down and keeping it there is a victory! If it gets bad enough that the only things you can eat are not compliant don't beat yourself up  it won't last forever and you can get back on track when you're feeling good again. 
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    Karen reacted to Raineyrk in Pregnant mamas starting a Whole30 around 1/1   
    So happy to find this thread! My husband and FIL are doing a whole30 together and I am trying to eat as close to whole30 as I can, but not doing an official whole30. This is my husband's third whole30, I did the first two with him, and my FIL's first. We ate mostly compliant until we started renovating our house this summer and were both ready for a reset. So far my non-compliant food has mostly been things like eating actual ketchup and putting goat cheese on my omelets to help get them down, but yesterday I also had two sodas and an ice cream :-/ I do not do well when I'm really sleepy, it's definitely something I have to watch out for. I think being able to talk to you guys and read what you're eating will help me stay on track. I'm 27 weeks (due 4/5), but my cervix has started to shorten and I may go into labor before too long... hoping our little one stays put until at least the end of February! 
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    Karen reacted to littleg in Pregnant mamas starting a Whole30 around 1/1   
    I'm glad to see this.  I feel like trying to do a W30 early in pregnancy is just setting yourself up for failure.  I mean could some women do it... maybe, but I bet most can't.  I'd just hate to see a woman beat herself up for eating foods that make her feel better... There was a thread about this a few weeks ago and I still stand behind what I said.  Eat as W30 as you can when you can.  I firmly believe that W30 eating is the best way to feed a body - especially one growing another body  But when you are throwing up all day... geez, cut yourself some slack and eat some saltines if you need to!  
    And I hope I have an outside baby soon too!  
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    Karen reacted to thehousewherecrazylives in Pregnant mamas starting a Whole30 around 1/1   
    I'll try the magnesium!  I tried B6 the first  time, and it didn't help a ton, but I was having twins and Zofran was really the only thing that touched the morning sickness that time, so I should probably try it again.  I was thinking maybe something like sweet or white potatoes might help.  I felt relatively good this morning, so I had a smoothie with fruit, greens, and almond butter.  It didn't make me queasy, so I'll keep that in my rotation.  
    Well, I'm prepared to give myself a lot of grace and if I have to go Whole 30-ish instead of strict Whole 30, I'll do it and not worry about it.  I just still have baby weight from my previous kiddos and I'm heavier than I should be, so while I obviously won't try to lose weight this pregnancy, I would reeeeeaaally like to try to focus on just eating good whole foods.  Hopefully, that will keep my weight gain to a minimum and set me up for better post-partum habits, which has really kicked my behind in the past.  Hope you have an outside baby soon!  Those last few days/weeks are so hard!
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    Karen reacted to emmy_des in Pregnant mamas starting a Whole30 around 1/1   
    Hi! I'm 13 weeks with number 2... due 3rd July. Started my w30 today - so far so good but lots of very basic food so need to get creative to last until day 30! Good luck everyone - what a great way to start the year!! X 
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    Karen reacted to littleg in Pregnant mamas starting a Whole30 around 1/1   
    My in-laws do a big New Years thing every year - it was downsized this year b/c of my due date but since I'm still sporting the bump we went up there.  I totally refrained from the left over Christmas goodies (wasn't even hard, oddly enough).  Did eat some cheese though.  Had a real M1, then snacked on cheese, deli meats and fruit at the party.  Grapes for dinner.  5 dates (supposed to help with cervical ripening) at 9:30 PM when I was too uncomfortable to sleep and hungry.  Not quite a W30 day  Hoping to be a bit more on track today.
    Some cook ups that will happen today:
    Usual breakfast frittata.  
    Bora Bora Fireballs
    Some variety of compliant meatloaf, requiring ketchup
    Batch of mayo (I use 1/2 MCT oil, 1/2 avocado oil)
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    Karen reacted to littleg in Pregnant mamas starting a Whole30 around 1/1   
    Still no baby!  So I'm still on board here as a preggo rather than a new mom  
    99% W30 since 12/26 (had some cheese samples at the local smokehouse yesterday and probably the few samples of kielbasa weren't compliant either) but besides that squeaky clean this last week!  
    Have a good NYE ladies!  I am still hoping to maybe be spending it at the hospital  
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    Karen got a reaction from littleg in Pregnant mamas starting a Whole30 around 1/1   
    Yay, welcome!  I'm impressed you're attempting this during your first tri!  I'm guessing you're feeling pretty good, but will need an increase in starchy carbs to support all the changes in your body and bf! My hubby and I are going out to eat for NYE and I'll start 1/1.  I switched midwives recently and she's on board with this and emphasised the need for me to do this and be healthy for my little bean.  Just got Well Fed's weeknights cookbook and am excited to use it!
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    Karen got a reaction from littleg in Pregnant mamas starting a Whole30 around 1/1   
    The purge in my house is today. The leftover cookies, pie, hubby's candy, etc. will all go today. 
    In the fridge, I have leftover fajitas, a hash ready to make, and leftover standing rib roast and compliant mashed potatoes for a shepherds pie.  I also have some veg and fruit on hand. 1/1, I'll have no excuses!
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    Karen got a reaction from jess_momof2 in Pregnant...small/mini meals   
    A little background - I've been eating more whole 30-ish over the past 4 years than I haven't.  Pregnancy is a whole different ballgame. I'm 18 weeks now. From about 8 weeks to 17 weeks, it was near impossible to eat anything whole 30 complaint.  Just thinking about meat would make me sick sometimes!  I threw up once just prior to putting chicken in a pan.  Veg sounded disgusting. I threw up an entire salad once and haven't gone back.
    I always thought food aversions during pregnancy were just mind over matter. Ha, was I wrong!  I always thought I'd be able to eat as healthy during pregnancy but it's been near impossible.  My suggestion is to eat whatever you can right now. Keep food in your tummy.  The more hungry I was, the more nauseous.  The food aversions and nausea will pass. You can eat well then.  Just try to survive the first tri, and challenge your eating when food actually sounds good. 
    As for me, I'll be starting another Whole 30 next week at 19 weeks. I'm finally ready, I think. 
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    Karen got a reaction from jess_momof2 in Pregnant...small/mini meals   
    A little background - I've been eating more whole 30-ish over the past 4 years than I haven't.  Pregnancy is a whole different ballgame. I'm 18 weeks now. From about 8 weeks to 17 weeks, it was near impossible to eat anything whole 30 complaint.  Just thinking about meat would make me sick sometimes!  I threw up once just prior to putting chicken in a pan.  Veg sounded disgusting. I threw up an entire salad once and haven't gone back.
    I always thought food aversions during pregnancy were just mind over matter. Ha, was I wrong!  I always thought I'd be able to eat as healthy during pregnancy but it's been near impossible.  My suggestion is to eat whatever you can right now. Keep food in your tummy.  The more hungry I was, the more nauseous.  The food aversions and nausea will pass. You can eat well then.  Just try to survive the first tri, and challenge your eating when food actually sounds good. 
    As for me, I'll be starting another Whole 30 next week at 19 weeks. I'm finally ready, I think. 
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    Karen reacted to Raineyrk in Pregnant...small/mini meals   
    First of all, congratulations
    I agree with everything said above! Right after I found out I was pregnant, I could eat most compliant things and they made me feel better than non-compliant food. Then nausea/vomiting and food aversions hit HARD around 7 weeks. Just opening the fridge made me sick, much less cooking or trying to eat things like meat and eggs. I used to think I could just force myself to eat something healthy... that ended horribly. I am just now (at 20 weeks) to the point where I can consistently eat whole30 food again, and I am loving how it makes me feel. I agree that trying to eat compliant mini meals is a great idea, but it is most important thing just to eat something.
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    Karen got a reaction from Raven in I just cant!!   
    I'm 13 weeks and am still struggling...  Not what you want to hear, right? 
    The food aversions have me gagging even thinking about meat I have to prepare, so I don't. Food in my garden is going to waste.  I threw up 100% of a salad that tasted so good. 
    My point is, I'm letting myself off the Whole30 hook until the morning sickness passes. I'd recommend the same! 
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    Karen got a reaction from Raven in Should I just stop the Whole30?   
    I'm with you. I've been Whole30-ish for several years. I'm just over 10 weeks and haven't cooked a meal in 2-3 weeks... I'm not proud what I'm eating right now, but I know I need to eat and crap is the only thing I can get down now. I keep reminding myself that it takes a TON of energy to make a baby, so that's why I'm craving tons of carbs. I'm hoping it'll pass soon, for both of us! 
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    Karen reacted to Shangria in Should I just stop the Whole30?   
    Thanks ladies! It feels good to be understood  I don't do well with sugar or gluten, but I am great with Ezekiel and the like. I can handle some proteins if I add some simple carb like bread or crackers but I think living Whole30 for this long has made me feel so guilty for eating what most people consider to be super-clean health food!!
     
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    Karen reacted to jlj80 in glucose tolerance test for PCOS   
    Thank you everyone for your feedback. I've been giving it a lot of thought and have decided to cancel the bloodwork and appt for now. In my heart of hearts I know my sugar addiction is the cause of my long term inability to lose weight and that's something I've really just come to terms with in a way that I am ready to make a significant change. Weight loss medication is not the answer and neither is a diet that rules out all potatoes and winter squash but supports fat free yogurt (as was suggested). I need to find the change within myself not in a pill bottle. Thanks to this community for the support. 
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    Karen reacted to DesertDebbi in Low weight picky eater (8yo boy)   
    Well he is getting to be a lot less picky. He is now eating fruits and veggies he wouldn't touch before. He loves tuna salad now, and he is asking for seconds almost every meal! It is so nice to see him changing. YES, he misses the goodies. However he is loving all fruit smoothies, and trying new things. Never thought I would see the day my kid WANTED cherries or blueberries or strawberries!
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    Karen got a reaction from Angelina G in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    ... When you tell your friends you eat fat in order to lose it. And then have to tell them again when they don't believe it.
    ... When you internally judge everyone around you in the grocery store with boxes and boxes of cereal, gallons of milk, 'healthy' cookies & frozen dinners, bread, soda, etc., internally noting why each one is bad for them!
    ... When you have no patience for your friend - who falls for every "health: food fad - and all their medical complaints, completely oblivious that they're totall related.
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    Karen reacted to ejjetta in Breast Cancer Members?   
    Hi.
    I had breast cancer in 2009, luckily my op removed it totally and 2 clear lymph nodes. Deciding not to do the doctor recommended radiation and medication, I totally changed my diet, lifestyle and self-care attitude and am still here today! The cancer made me stronger and I encourage you to be totally positive in your life. 
     
    Well done on the weight loss as this is something I struggle with. 
     
    Now 56, I am on western medication for High Blood Pressure (Karvea), and Diabetes (Janumet), together with naturals for Keeping Cancer at bay (Meta I-3-C), Hormone Balancing (Femme Oestroplex), Calcium/Magnesium and Zinc as I do not take these up well, Activate Vitamin B (keeping my energy levels up), Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics. Dont think I have missed anything. 
     
    Unfortunately, I do not squeeze walking, riding or swimming into my schedule and would love your thoughts on staying motivated here. Full time work, daughter living away from me has anxiety disorder and unable to work, husband, community activities seem to get prioritised before exercise. I gladly meditate daily though. :-) 
     
    I now do annual Thermal Image testing which is not popular or recommended here. However I have total confidence in the system. Each time I have had mammogram, it leads to ultrasound, biopsy, with no sign of cancer. I have had scars from the first surgery biopsy!. 
     
    Being new to this forum, I will continue with my research. I am considering doing the Auto-immune protocol plan. My target is to get off the western medication asap. 
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    Karen reacted to Karen_Suep in Cooking grass-fed beef during pregnancy   
    I ate one steak my first pregnancy and none my second. Well done just isn't palatable. My beef consumption was mostly burgers, not gonna lie. But you can definitely google the risks of eating lesser done meats and decide for yourself if risks outweigh the benefits.