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    Ann got a reaction from Bellmaestra in Starbucks Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher   
    I make big jugs of iced tea at home from my favorite herbal tea -- Yogi Egyptian Licorice. It sooo tastes like it is sweetened, but it's not (thank goodness). I can fill up my big water bottle with a bunch of ice cubes and tea and it lasts me all morning. Mmmm.

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    Ann got a reaction from RandiW in Accidental slip-ups -- SO frustrating!   
    I love this!
    I had a couple of accidental mishaps my first few days, and because they were truly very miniscule, and completely unintentional, I chose not to start over. I knew that when my 30 days were done, I would realize it wasn't a "perfect" Whole30, but pretty darned near, and I could be proud of myself for an incredible accomplishment nonetheless. I'm on Day 32 now, and have chosen to stick with W30 eating the last couple of days, making up for those early mishaps. It's a nice transition actually - I don't feel pressure to immediately begin the reintroduction (which is sort of scary), but I feel a little more liberated because I know I can have a glass of wine, or coffee with cream, I'm just choosing not to, yet.
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    Ann got a reaction from Caashburn in Whole 30 approved mayo?   
    Here's my favorite recipe/method. She mentions "if you like the Miracle Whip tang, this will be right up your alley". It calls for raw honey, so you'd have to leave that out during your W30. I use extra light olive oil instead of grapeseed and it turns out delicious.

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    Ann got a reaction from RandiW in Accidental slip-ups -- SO frustrating!   
    I love this!
    I had a couple of accidental mishaps my first few days, and because they were truly very miniscule, and completely unintentional, I chose not to start over. I knew that when my 30 days were done, I would realize it wasn't a "perfect" Whole30, but pretty darned near, and I could be proud of myself for an incredible accomplishment nonetheless. I'm on Day 32 now, and have chosen to stick with W30 eating the last couple of days, making up for those early mishaps. It's a nice transition actually - I don't feel pressure to immediately begin the reintroduction (which is sort of scary), but I feel a little more liberated because I know I can have a glass of wine, or coffee with cream, I'm just choosing not to, yet.
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    Ann got a reaction from LPG in Giving up wine for W30   
    I'm also on my second W30 (well. starting tomorrow anyway), and wine was a struggle for me too. On more than one occasion, I went to bed ridiculously early to escape the craving. Funny thing, I don't crave wine in bed ... it's like my wine-free safe zone.
    I made a big jug of my favorite herbal iced tea tonight to prepare for day 1, and will mix it with pellegrino in the early part of evening, and switch to hot tea closer to bedtime. I think sometimes I'm just wanting a glass of *something*, maybe it's the hand-to-mouth thing? It helps some, but I plan on a few early nights over the next few weeks.
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    Ann reacted to Whitewineeverynight in Giving up wine for W30   
    Hi all,
    I am on day 4 of my Whole30 and determined to do this. One reason I started is that as a single mom empty nester, no longer having to put meals on the table, I found it easier to come home, pour the first glass of white wine and nibble my way through the evening chores, tv, etc sipping wine until bedtime.

    Not sugar coating it. I've had at least a bottle a night for YEARS...and when the box wine came out...well...one doesn't even know how much one is drinking( or pretends not to). So, I would eat cheese and crackers and processed food, I would skip breakfast, grab lunch out, and a lot of my calories in the evening were liquid. I was always considered to be an attractive woman. Lost and gained the same 10 to 15 pounds, which I could carry pretty well, so I never felt that overweight....and then I turned 50. All the weight shifted to my belly and rosacea has gradually gotten worse. I found myself reluctant to date in case someone would start judging me. I'm a highly functioning executive and take care of a big home and don't like being judged you others...except I do it myself constantly.

    A friend was doing the whole 30 and was posting pics of the recipes she was making and every one of them looked so delicious! mayo? Really? Eggs? Sweet potatoes? This is a diet?

    I used to be a great cook, and now here I was sitting around in the evening doing very little and had no concentration and no goals. I hated my clothes because they betray my spare tire...I was tired, sluggish, had no metabolism. So I said enough is enough! It was a Friday night and I resolved to start Monday. Drank the bottle of white I had in the fridge, woke up Sunday and thought...why not today? So I started that day.

    It's only 4 days so far, but I am occupied in the evenings prepping lunch for tomorrow, cooking and sitting down at the table for a meal instead of eating in front of the tv, looking at recipes for the week. I MISS the wine, but less than I thought. It's only day 4, and my withdrawal is in the form of not being able to sleep. Not great, but I am confident that will resolve itself. I make a frozen smoothie (pineapple, frozen strawberries and blueberries and a little 100% juice) and sip on that while I am reading when I would have been drinking. I know it is frowned upon, but I'm careful to keep it to one about 8 oz. and I keep my fruit servings lighter during the day. I think for as much as I had been drinking, it's pretty amazing that it works...My other substitute is seltzer with a squeeze of Pom and a few Pomegranite arels...it looks very festive and pink in a wine glass!

    I've already warned my partying friends not to pressure me at this Saturday's Halloween party...it's only 30 days guys! I 'll be able to have a New Years drink with you! ( if I still want to) somehow when they think it is just a diet, they don't judge as much.

    .it's only been 4 days, but I already feel so good that it's going so well. I'm not hungry at all. The food thing is a snap (except for the coffee cream) so far. I'm sure that all the salad prep is going to get old, but I'm going to keep looking at new recipes. Timing is perfect. I finish 3 days before Thanksgiving. I may enjoy the holiday and then try to stick to the program again until Christmas....good luck all! If a white wino like me can do it...so can you!
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    Ann got a reaction from Raven in Just Mayo   
    I was intimidated to make mayo on my first W30, but once I got the hang of it (it's really not hard), it is so awesome.  So many things you can do with it! 
     
    This is the method/recipe I follow (minus the raw honey): 

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    Ann got a reaction from Espie in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    My food processor, which got used maybe 4x a year before, now lives on my counter.
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    Ann got a reaction from tangerine in Costco Run   
    Double stuffed jalapeno garlic olives!   YUM!!
    V-8  (although I've learned that I need to be careful with V-8 because it might be displacing some of the veggies on my plate) 
    Organic whole chicken, organic ground beef
    Organic extra virgin olive oil, and organic coconut oil (Nutiva)
    Lots of great produce
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    Ann got a reaction from Lyolya in Coffee with Milk Options   
    Bulletproof coffee!!   Hot coffee, ghee, coconut oil, blender, maybe top with a little cinnamon -- frothy cup of deliciousness!! 
     
    Bulletproof coffee!
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    Ann got a reaction from Lyolya in Coffee with Milk Options   
    Bulletproof coffee!!   Hot coffee, ghee, coconut oil, blender, maybe top with a little cinnamon -- frothy cup of deliciousness!! 
     
    Bulletproof coffee!
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    Ann got a reaction from KellyJo in Coffee with Milk Options   
     
    I have purchased ghee at New Seasons, but mostly I make my own.  I use Kerrygold non-salted butter, simmer it until all the froth comes to the top, carefully skim that white froth off, wait for a second froth to form and again carefully skim all that off, and then pour it into a mason jar.  Ideally, it should be poured though a cheesecloth, but I don't always have cheesecloth on hand, and if I'm careful to skim the milk solids off, and take care not to let any of the particles that have formed at the bottom of the pan pour out, it works just fine. 
     
    I usually use a big spoonful of ghee, and a big spoonful of coconut oil in my BPC.  Sometimes a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.  Yum. 
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    Ann got a reaction from GreenValley in Are the risks worth it?   
    It is worth it!  I'm doing this because I want to feel better.  If there are foods out there that I love that contribute to my aches and pains, or sleepless nights, or my anxiety, or feed my cravings for even more unhealthy foods --- I want to know what those foods are, and I might choose to avoid those foods.  Or maybe I love those foods soooo much that I will enjoy them anyway, knowing that they are the cause of some problems.  If there's a food that I used to be able to eat just fine, that totally throws me for a loop post-30, I would think that's a pretty clear sign that it's doing some pretty gnarly things inside my body.  
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    Ann got a reaction from Kelli W in Ann's Third W30!   
    I think dairy may cause sinus issues (or a histamine type response) for me.  Starting a couple days after I started adding in a fairly small amount dairy, I began experiencing what feels like seasonal allergies.  Scratchy throat, sneezing, a little bit congested.  I have a co-worker with a bad cold, so maybe it's just a little bit of her virus?  Or stirring up dust when I was cleaning the garage?  But I suspect dairy may be the culprit.  
     
    Kelli - I buy the roast beef at the Whole Foods deli, or the New Seasons deli.   Both stores make it in-house with all compliant ingredients - I think it was olive oil, sea salt, cracked pepper.  
     
    I have stayed somewhat compliant since my W30, except for wine, cream in my coffee, and a little bit of cheese.  I did have gluten one night (grilled chorizo mac & cheese at a restaurant), and I'm pretty sure there's been sugar in a couple of salad dressings.  And I had a couple of rice crackers the other night.  But I'm making good choices way more often than not.  
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    Ann got a reaction from Kelli W in Ann's Third W30!   
    Late evening of day 30, I opened a really nice bottle of wine that was a Christmas gift from my boss.  It was special, delicious, and I enjoyed it very much!
    I also had a couple of hard ciders on Sunday night when we went out for dinner for Mitch's birthday.   I didn't overdo it either night, and it went fine. 
     
    I stayed otherwise pretty much W30 on Sunday, other than perhaps the dressing on my dinner salad.  I had a seared ahi salad for dinner, and have no idea what was in the dressing -- it was nice to just order the salad and not worry too much about what was in the dressing.  
     
    Yesterday (day 32), I reintroduced dairy.  I had a couple small pieces of hard cheese with my breakfast, there was some shredded parmesan on my salad at lunch, and I got Brussels sprouts with cream sauce to go with dinner.  No noticeable issues so far.  Right now, I'm drinking coffee with some half and half.  I'm really hoping dairy is my friend, because it is what I miss most (other than wine).   Oh, I also picked up some Bragg's Healthy Vinaigrette salad dressing to keep in my fridge at work:  Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Bragg Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, purified water, organic honey, organic garlic, Bragg Liquid Aminos (vegetable soy protein & purified water), organic onion, organic black pepper and natural xanthan gum.
     
    All in all, I am loosing things up, but trying to not stray too far. 
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    Ann reacted to Hutlifr in Ann's Third W30!   
    So how was that drink?
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    Ann got a reaction from Shelley in Ann's Third W30!   
    I slept for 7 solid hours last night
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    Ann got a reaction from Shelley in Ann's Third W30!   
    I slept for 7 solid hours last night
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    Ann reacted to ladyshanny in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    I think that's a bit harsh.  I've never gone anywhere and felt like the staff thought I was a jerk because I requested my omelette without cheese.  We also have our favourites (one diner, one pub, one "nice" restaurant) where now the staff know what I am going to order and they get compensated handsomely for it because having those places is extremely valuable to me.  
     
    I think it takes relationship building and kindness and extra gratitude at the start...if you ever want to go back and create the same order again.
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    Ann reacted to missmary in Staff Party   
     
    Ok, you might want to rethink this "I don't like salad" thing. There are lots of possibilities for salad, and I'm pretty sure if you tried you would be able to find one you like.
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    Ann reacted to Kelli W in Ann's Third W30!   
    I'm so jealous of you having paleo restaurants.  Looks great.
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    Ann reacted to littleg in Ann's Third W30!   
    This is what you need.  Then go to this site.  This particular post might be very useful.
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    Ann reacted to MeadowLily in Swiss Whole30   
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    Ann reacted to MeadowLily in Swiss Whole30   
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    Ann reacted to Kelli W in Kelli's Whole30 Starting January 1, 2015   
    Yes it is :-) I love that part!  Along with feeling so good myself.