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  1. malie

    Changes in Menstrual Cycle

    The exact same thing happened to me during my Whole30 (I'm on bc too), and that "extra" period lasted 18 days! Worst. I went to my doc for some tests and she found nothing wrong. I'm sure it was the diet changes. My next, most recent, period was a bit irregular but nothing compared to that 18-day one. Seems to be evening out now.
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    The crazy things people say

    My doctor (who I do REALLY like) tried to tell me that hormones weren't affected by diet. *eyeroll* (I had some weird period stuff while on my Whole30, so I went to see her and she didn't bat an eye when I told her about the diet changes except to say that they weren't the culprit. She said only exercise levels have an effect on hormones. I... smiled politely.)
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    Spending way too much $$ on groceries!

    ------Sorry, you lost me at the part where you somehow paid less than $14 for TP, PT, and laundry soap. You must live in paradise!!
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    Spending way too much $$ on groceries!

    ------ No, but I would! ------ Nope! He will eat real salmon or white fish occasionally but hates it canned.
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    Spending way too much $$ on groceries!

    Thanks for the encouragement, percypat!! ----- Unfortunately neither of those options will go over well with my husband. He would likely run away screaming and never come back. Whole chickens and pork shoulders I can do, though!
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    Spending way too much $$ on groceries!

    Thank you for the thoughtful and helpful replies, all! There is plenty of good stuff here for me to learn from. ------ Thanks, I definitely think I will look into buying whole. We don't have a deep freeze or room for one, but I think we might work on getting a bigger fridge (with a bigger freezer) in the next few months. Re eggs, they are in HIGH demand around here. Even the cheapest local "farms" I've found are selling for $5/doz. Farmer's market sellers are min. $5.50/doz. Grocery store about the same for free run. Costco is $7.99 for 18 free-run eggs. I am going to switch to regular brown eggs ($6.99 for 30) with the occasional free run purchase for making homemade mayo. I am working on the idea of a CSA. There seem to be lots around here. I guess I am skeptical of not having control over my weekly produce, and thus needing to buy a lot over and above what I'm already spending on the CSA. I think I do OK with DIY-ing what I can. I have to take into account how much my time is worth, too.
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    Spending way too much $$ on groceries!

    It has stunned me this month how expensive our Whole30 has been -- we DOUBLED our usual grocery budget, which is already quite generous. I thought not eating out, not buying treats or snacks or dairy, and not buying alcohol would really help even it out, but it has NOT been the case. I'm feeling really disappointed because we very much want to continue eating this way, but I'm afraid it's just not sustainable. I think the biggest change has just been the sheer quantity of food we're consuming, with no cheap fillers like white potatoes, pasta, rice, or bread. We used to buy a box of cereal or instant oatmeal and that was breakfast for a week -- now breakfast is a full-on meal just like lunch and dinner. My estimate is that our Whole30 meals cost about $10 each for two of us... Do the math... That's pretty ugly for a whole month. I know I have to make some changes like lower quality eggs, meat, and veg going into July, but I'm afraid it still won't be enough. I'm a bit at a loss. I already meal plan and only buy what we need for that week, we eat mostly eggs, ground meat, chicken breasts (steaks or fish 1-2 times a week), and I am always seeking out the cheapest options -- farmers markets, Costco, etc. I'm so frustrated! Suggestions welcome.