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    Ann got a reaction from Wakeupman 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 Marceeruns 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 GFChris in Are the risks worth it?   
    Was there a reason you were originally interested in doing a Whole30? 
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    Ann got a reaction from Marceeruns 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 reacted to ultrarunnergirl in Are the risks worth it?   
    I can enjoy everything I used to eat with very mild consequences, if any, as long as I don't eat it often. You might be the same as me. Especially if you have done a Whole30 or two and not had any issues thus far - did I read your post correctly?
     
    Or you might be like my beer-loving friend, who now realizes that drinking beer makes her eyeballs itch and her shoulder tendinitis flare up (which was happening pre-W30, too, she just didn't know what was causing it).
     
    Dairy - just makes my stomach a little bloaty & gassy, same as before, but back then I didn't know that wasn't normal.
    Gluten - a small difference in my morning constitutional, some mild stomach gurgliness, but nothing that changes my routine. Pretty mild stuff. May have been the same as before, I'm not really sure on this one.
    Legumes - again, bloaty & gassy, same as before.
    Sugar - total slippery slope, I'm likely to eat way too much of it. Same as before W30. Sugar addiction was the thing that brought me to Whole30. Now I know how to starve out my Sugar Dragon anytime I need to do so.
    Alcohol - I totally notice that I don't sleep as well after drinking (same as before). But, I have a better handle on alcohol after doing 3 Whole30s.
    Soy - have only reintro'd soy sauce, it gave me a pounding heart for 4 hours, which was just unpleasant. However knowing what I know about soy/MSG and excitotoxins, I stay away from this stuff. Totally not worth the risk. From Wikipedia:
     
     
    Obviously, you have to weigh the risks for yourself.
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    Ann got a reaction from GFChris in Are the risks worth it?   
    Was there a reason you were originally interested in doing a Whole30? 
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    Ann got a reaction from GFChris in Are the risks worth it?   
    Was there a reason you were originally interested in doing a Whole30? 
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    Ann reacted to Carlaccini in Are the risks worth it?   
    This is post is going to be a bit TMI.  This is a very personal struggle that I have for a good many years,  This is to demonstrate the power that food has over our bodies.
     
    Since the age of 14 (I am 38 now) I suffered having painful boils along my bikini line.  Walking or just plain sitting was painful.  Later on they escalated getting bigger (ping pong ball size) and then they arrived under my armpits and breasts.  Dr's didn't know what caused them.  Creams that didn't help (helped with healing a bit) and lancing.  But that's all that they would do.  I gave up and assumed that they were just a miserable part of my life.
     
    In August of 2012 I did my first whole 30.  By day 10 all the boils had cleared and no new ones were forming.  By day 30 I had only one come up the entire time. (They were chronically there)  My triggers after re-intros - dairy and pork. (Note I can only eat pork that has been extremely over cooked - think shoe leather or extra crispy bacon - which I like)  The boils that I get from pork pass quickly 2 -3 days at most.  The ones I get from dairy happen within hours of consumption and they last for 2 weeks.  So yeah I consumed dairy (and I loved dairy) for years but I also suffered for years too.  So dairy in my book - so not worth it.  
     
    The whole 30 just made me very aware of what's going on in my body.
    Sugar - not my friend even though I keep on coming back to it. Throws my hormones out of whack.
    Soy - no physical problems - all mental problems - I get angry, moody and depressed when I am exposed to soy.  I was extremely depressed (undiagnosed) prior to whole 30.
    Dairy - well we covered this above
    Non-gluten grains - severe bathroom issues.  That is all I will say about that
    Gluten grains - I can "tolerate" these but only if they have a lot of fat.  So a croissant/danish gives me no stomach issues but a slice of bread will feel like I swallowed a bowling ball.
     
    Each one of these items I will consume from time to time.  I make the choice though.  I can make an educated choice with each one of these items if it is worth it" or not.  Sure some friends and family think I am just being difficult, but they don't know what I was going through before.  Some congratulate me that I am so in tune with my body.  
     
    Listen - it took a lot of work to get here.  Many people are scared of that work, I am sorry to say.  But all I can say is YOU are worth this work.  Who cares what the rest of the world think.
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    Ann reacted to kirkor in Are the risks worth it?   
    The "user friendly" analogy I've heard to explain the muscousal sloughing that LadyShanny mentions is this: imagine someone poking you in the shoulder over and over again. It hurts at first but eventually, if they did it all day every day, you'd "get used to it" and it would fade in to the background. You'd be fine and wouldn't even notice. The Whole30 stops the arm poking for 30 days. So ya, if you start poking the arm again on Day 31 it's going to hurt! It doesn't mean Whole30 caused the hurt, it just meant it made you AWARE of the damage being done.
    If your friend wants to keep eating MSG and soy and gluten and sugar and just keep being oblivious to the fact that she may be damaging herself without realizing it, I mean, more power to her, I guess.
    Me personally, I'd rather KNOW if I react to certain things than just assume I'm fine.
    Let's say I reintro and have a reaction to something I "thought" was a-ok for me? Well, I can choose to fight through that negative reaction and get back to the point of "numb shoulder" (increased mucousal lining ... think about SCABS ON YOUR INTESTINE) or I can realize that, y'know what, even though I like the taste of XYZ, or preparing this dish in such a way is convenient, or this ingredient is x% cheaper, do I REALLY want to put my body through the consequences?
    Heck, cocaine probably feels pretty damn amazing, probably even gives people a better feeling that a fresh baked croissant or Ben & Jerry's or whatever ... but to me it's not worth the trade off.
    The point of doing a Whole30 is to decide if the trade-off is worth it for each of us on an individual basis.
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    Ann reacted to Tearei in Affording Whole30 on a Budget   
    My roommate and I started Dec. 1st - the first week I went a little crazy with spices and things I have hardly ever touched  Since then we've gotten into a perfect plan and spend a little under $100 per week, for both of us.  That's one weekly trip to Costco and then walking across to the New Seasons and purchasing fresh fruit and veggies every couple of days.  I feel like I spend less now on groceries than ever before, AND I'm eating whole, organic, healthy foods. 
    Food prep is a breeze, too.  I could see it getting overwhelming if you wanted gourmet style meals every night, but we found a few favorites that we just keep bringing back  
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    Ann got a reaction from Wakeupman 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 Wakeupman 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 Wakeupman 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 Wakeupman 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 Wakeupman 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 Roslyn Murphy in Your favorite tea   
    The yogi Egyptian licorice has no baddies --- believe me, I checked, probably half a dozen times, because I truly couldn't believe it had no sweeteners in it. I guess licorice root is very sweet on its own.
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    Ann reacted to Derval in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   

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    Ann got a reaction from PaleoTori in Can I have Marijuana   
    You can in the state of Washington now!
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    Ann got a reaction from Wakeupman 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 Wakeupman 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 Wakeupman 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 reacted to Andee in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    - they use their blender and/or food procesor at least twice a day
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    Ann reacted to jhmomi in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    ... in one day, and multiple times a week.