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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from jent103 in 350 Lbs-Day 1   
     
    Hi! I just wanted to say, I know where you're coming from. When I started my first Whole30 a year ago, I was coming off of Medifast, which I'd done for a few months and lost almost 40 lbs (down from 337 to 298), but I'd started to not feel good, and found myself really bending the rules of the program because I was tired of the food and really, it wasn't addressing a lot of the emotional eating stuff I was doing, although I'm not sure I realized that at the time.
     
    What I like about Whole30 is that I feel like I'm really nourishing my body. Diets (and I've tried several of them over the years) always felt like a punishment. I always felt like giving up certain foods was my punishment for letting myself get so horribly fat. Eating a pile of lettuce with dry grilled chicken breast and some horrible tasting fat free dressing felt like punishment. But I just assumed I deserved that punishment. Whole30 is completely different. I feel like feeding my body the nutrients I need to be healthy is helping me to have more respect for my body. It's still a work in progress, I still have days where I look in the mirror and hate what I see, but I really feel like eating this way is changing my focus in a way that nothing else I've tried has.  
     
    Anyway, I would encourage you to follow the meal template, even if it feels like a lot of food. Don't be afraid of adding fat to your meals, and definitely have a starchy veggie at least once a day, more if you're really active -- it really will make a difference in your mood.
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    ShannonM816 reacted to Becky_Sharp in Day 2 Hungry between meals?   
    11:30 and still not the slightest bit hungry. YAY.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from jent103 in 350 Lbs-Day 1   
     
    Hi! I just wanted to say, I know where you're coming from. When I started my first Whole30 a year ago, I was coming off of Medifast, which I'd done for a few months and lost almost 40 lbs (down from 337 to 298), but I'd started to not feel good, and found myself really bending the rules of the program because I was tired of the food and really, it wasn't addressing a lot of the emotional eating stuff I was doing, although I'm not sure I realized that at the time.
     
    What I like about Whole30 is that I feel like I'm really nourishing my body. Diets (and I've tried several of them over the years) always felt like a punishment. I always felt like giving up certain foods was my punishment for letting myself get so horribly fat. Eating a pile of lettuce with dry grilled chicken breast and some horrible tasting fat free dressing felt like punishment. But I just assumed I deserved that punishment. Whole30 is completely different. I feel like feeding my body the nutrients I need to be healthy is helping me to have more respect for my body. It's still a work in progress, I still have days where I look in the mirror and hate what I see, but I really feel like eating this way is changing my focus in a way that nothing else I've tried has.  
     
    Anyway, I would encourage you to follow the meal template, even if it feels like a lot of food. Don't be afraid of adding fat to your meals, and definitely have a starchy veggie at least once a day, more if you're really active -- it really will make a difference in your mood.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Tom Denham in Day 2 Hungry between meals?   
    Your breakfast is very fruit heavy, lacking in vegetables,and short on protein. Follow the meal template, even at breakfast. A serving of eggs is as many whole eggs as you can hold in your hand, which is probably three to four.
    For me, if my breakfast isn't substantial enough, I'll be hungry all day, no matter how much I eat the rest of the day. That would probably make a big difference for you too.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Tom Denham in Day 2 Hungry between meals?   
    Your breakfast is very fruit heavy, lacking in vegetables,and short on protein. Follow the meal template, even at breakfast. A serving of eggs is as many whole eggs as you can hold in your hand, which is probably three to four.
    For me, if my breakfast isn't substantial enough, I'll be hungry all day, no matter how much I eat the rest of the day. That would probably make a big difference for you too.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from ginsinnot in Starting Today - First time on Whole30, grain-free, dairy-free, legume-free   
    I have that problem with avocado too, and while I'd rather buy whole ones and make my own guacamole, there's a brand called wholly guacamole that has some w30 compliant varieties that are pretty good. They even make one called wholly avocado that's nothing but avo and maybe something to keep it from turning brown, although that's harder to find than the premade guac. They're nice to have on hand.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Rocket in The sugar dragon rears its ugly head   
    From the timeline, days 12-15 (I know the days don't line up with where you are, but I think it's one of those things where timing is different for everyone):
     
       
    That's what it sounds like to me, that desire for the familiar and comfortable that some part of your brain is begging for.  All you can do is just keep going, ignore the cravings, and if you're hungry, have protein and fat instead of anything sweet. 
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    ShannonM816 reacted to LisaLulu in Unexpected bonus!   
    My husband and I have a joint credit card for family purchases and separate ones for frivolous things (take out, clothes, entertainment, stuff). Well I opened my bill this month and did a double take. It was ZERO. Because I finished my whole 30 last week and for the past month haven't bought any take out or treats. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from jent103 in 350 Lbs-Day 1   
     
    Hi! I just wanted to say, I know where you're coming from. When I started my first Whole30 a year ago, I was coming off of Medifast, which I'd done for a few months and lost almost 40 lbs (down from 337 to 298), but I'd started to not feel good, and found myself really bending the rules of the program because I was tired of the food and really, it wasn't addressing a lot of the emotional eating stuff I was doing, although I'm not sure I realized that at the time.
     
    What I like about Whole30 is that I feel like I'm really nourishing my body. Diets (and I've tried several of them over the years) always felt like a punishment. I always felt like giving up certain foods was my punishment for letting myself get so horribly fat. Eating a pile of lettuce with dry grilled chicken breast and some horrible tasting fat free dressing felt like punishment. But I just assumed I deserved that punishment. Whole30 is completely different. I feel like feeding my body the nutrients I need to be healthy is helping me to have more respect for my body. It's still a work in progress, I still have days where I look in the mirror and hate what I see, but I really feel like eating this way is changing my focus in a way that nothing else I've tried has.  
     
    Anyway, I would encourage you to follow the meal template, even if it feels like a lot of food. Don't be afraid of adding fat to your meals, and definitely have a starchy veggie at least once a day, more if you're really active -- it really will make a difference in your mood.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in Whole30 - Day 1   
    Have you read the rules, the Can I Have list, and the meal template? Those are the three basics that will get you started on the right foot.
     
    Compliant coconut milk will only contain things that are allowed by the rules of the program -- I've heard that there's one in a carton in the refrigerated section that's okay, but I'm not sure which one. I buy the canned stuff -- there's a few brands that contain only coconut and water, and others that contain coconut, water, and guar gum -- either of those lists of ingredients would be okay. 
     
    There will be a lot of fat in coconut milk -- coconut in any form is a fat source on W30. You don't really need to worry about the number of grams of fat or the number of calories, just go by what the meal template says.
     
    Butter is dairy. Dairy is not allowed. Now, if you take the Kerrygold butter and make ghee or clarified butter out of it, and get rid of all the milk solids, leaving only the fat, then it is okay.
     
    If you have questions about other foods that aren't addressed in any of the links above, the best way to see if it's been answered before is to google Whole30 and whatever you're looking for -- it works better than the search button here within the forum.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from jent103 in 350 Lbs-Day 1   
     
    Hi! I just wanted to say, I know where you're coming from. When I started my first Whole30 a year ago, I was coming off of Medifast, which I'd done for a few months and lost almost 40 lbs (down from 337 to 298), but I'd started to not feel good, and found myself really bending the rules of the program because I was tired of the food and really, it wasn't addressing a lot of the emotional eating stuff I was doing, although I'm not sure I realized that at the time.
     
    What I like about Whole30 is that I feel like I'm really nourishing my body. Diets (and I've tried several of them over the years) always felt like a punishment. I always felt like giving up certain foods was my punishment for letting myself get so horribly fat. Eating a pile of lettuce with dry grilled chicken breast and some horrible tasting fat free dressing felt like punishment. But I just assumed I deserved that punishment. Whole30 is completely different. I feel like feeding my body the nutrients I need to be healthy is helping me to have more respect for my body. It's still a work in progress, I still have days where I look in the mirror and hate what I see, but I really feel like eating this way is changing my focus in a way that nothing else I've tried has.  
     
    Anyway, I would encourage you to follow the meal template, even if it feels like a lot of food. Don't be afraid of adding fat to your meals, and definitely have a starchy veggie at least once a day, more if you're really active -- it really will make a difference in your mood.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from GoJo09 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    I agree, it is nearly impossible to really eat out without picking apart every ingredient in everything, and I also don't want to be *that person* at the restaurant. But, even though it's a pain, I think for me, it's actually good that I can't go out to eat easily. It forced me to actually cook my own food, and plan ahead to make sure I'd have food on days when I don't really want to cook, and I think all the effort I expend shopping and cooking and cleaning the kitchen makes me appreciate food more, both the food I make for myself, and the food I have when I'm dining out, whether I'm having something W30 compliant or not.  So yes, it's annoying not to be able to go to a restaurant and just order whatever sounds good, but I think that's also a big part of the program for many of us.
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    ShannonM816 reacted to Cyndi Lou in use the fat from pork belly to cook with   
    Thank You I did read the Bacon Manifesto and all the replies.  Just now cooking up the pork belly which was sliced.  Have to tell you I think I like it better than bacon.  yum yum 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Cyndi Lou in use the fat from pork belly to cook with   
    Pork belly is uncured/unsmoked bacon. The place I get my meat from sells it already sliced, so you can fry it up like bacon -- although even salted, it's not exactly the same flavor, the curing/smoking/whatever magic it is they do to get bacon really does make a huge difference. There's a thread on turning pork belly into bacon here, if you're interested.
     
    Using the fat from the pork to cook with is fine, just like using the fat from W30 compliant bacon would be.
     
    Whole9 has a Bacon Manifesto that addresses the concerns with pork in general and bacon in particular that you might find interesting.
     
    Anyway, enjoy your pork belly!
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in best foods for a down day   
    Make your soup without the tomatoes -- it should still be okay, just different. If you're making more than one serving, like it's something you were going to make for the week anyway, you can always go back and add the tomatoes later if you feel like it needs it. 
     
    For protein, I'd probably stick to eggs, either scrambled, or you could bring your serving of soup just to a boil and drop in a couple of beaten eggs so that they cook in the soup. I'm not sure I'd feel like beef or salmon or shrimp if I already wasn't feeling so great.
     
    Hope you feel better soon.
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    ShannonM816 reacted to SusanB. in Need make-ahead/freezable options   
    I'm tiptoeing back onto the forum after some rough times - just catching up with posting, although I read all of the replies as they were posted.
     
    I finally got back around to eating a better breakfast, and can I tell you...you are a genius. Egg & veg in muffin cups has saved me. It is so much more palatable than the way I had been reheating them. 
     
    Thanks so much!
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from GoJo09 in Let's be honest: You can't eat out on Whole30   
    I agree, it is nearly impossible to really eat out without picking apart every ingredient in everything, and I also don't want to be *that person* at the restaurant. But, even though it's a pain, I think for me, it's actually good that I can't go out to eat easily. It forced me to actually cook my own food, and plan ahead to make sure I'd have food on days when I don't really want to cook, and I think all the effort I expend shopping and cooking and cleaning the kitchen makes me appreciate food more, both the food I make for myself, and the food I have when I'm dining out, whether I'm having something W30 compliant or not.  So yes, it's annoying not to be able to go to a restaurant and just order whatever sounds good, but I think that's also a big part of the program for many of us.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Tom Denham in Quick Question   
    If you go to Whole30.com and scroll down, there's buttons for pre-Whole30, during Whole30, and post-Whole30. The I Finished My Whole30 button takes you here, where there's information on what to do next.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in Whole30 - Day 1   
    Have you read the rules, the Can I Have list, and the meal template? Those are the three basics that will get you started on the right foot.
     
    Compliant coconut milk will only contain things that are allowed by the rules of the program -- I've heard that there's one in a carton in the refrigerated section that's okay, but I'm not sure which one. I buy the canned stuff -- there's a few brands that contain only coconut and water, and others that contain coconut, water, and guar gum -- either of those lists of ingredients would be okay. 
     
    There will be a lot of fat in coconut milk -- coconut in any form is a fat source on W30. You don't really need to worry about the number of grams of fat or the number of calories, just go by what the meal template says.
     
    Butter is dairy. Dairy is not allowed. Now, if you take the Kerrygold butter and make ghee or clarified butter out of it, and get rid of all the milk solids, leaving only the fat, then it is okay.
     
    If you have questions about other foods that aren't addressed in any of the links above, the best way to see if it's been answered before is to google Whole30 and whatever you're looking for -- it works better than the search button here within the forum.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in Reintroduction Nightmare!   
    Okay, first, the weight -- you probably didn't gain six pounds of fat in a few days. You could easily be retaining water from all the salt in the Chick-Fil-A stuff. Weight can fluctuate several pounds over the course of a day, that doesn't mean the amount of fat on your body is changing throughout the day. 
     
    Second, read the Reintroduction Plan. Go back to W30 eating for now, and when you've had several days of that and feel better (no more burps, no bloating, whatever) then you can do reintroductions in a way that will let you see what you're actually reacting to. The usual recommendation is to eat the reintroduced food at all three meals for one day, and then have at least two days of W30 eating before moving on to the next category. 
     
    You might also check out this Life After Whole30 article -- at the bottom you'll find several links to other articles that you might also find interesting in considering where to go from here.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in Antibiotics and loss of appetite   
    My understanding is that eating three template meals a day is what is best -- but that if you don't meet the template, you haven't technically broken your w30 as you would have if you'd eaten soy or stepped on the scale. If it's just for a few days, eat whatever w30 compliant foods you can stomach, and as soon as you feel better go back to lots of veggies, fat and protein with just the usual serving or two of fruit each day.
    Good for you for sticking to this when you don't feel good. Hope you feel better soon!
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    ShannonM816 reacted in Help for whole30 with eating disorder   
    I just wanted to check in and say that I have put together 13 good days in a row, which feels like a huge success to me. I can't remember the last time I went two weeks without purging!
     
    During this time I have had some major personal victories over food and my eating-disordered urges. I have also had a few setbacks (like eating almost a pound of grapes at one sitting - oops!), but overall I feel like I have coped very well with daily stressors that used to routinely set me back. My sleep has improved, although I still struggle to get seven solid hours on workdays. 
     
    Although my food choices have been 100% compliant and I strive to stick to the template, my schedule means that some days I have 4, 5, or even 6 meals (some of them mini) while other days I only have two. My goal is always to eat every 4-5 hours while awake, but some days I am awake for 20 hours and some days I'm awake for only 8. 
     
    My cravings have greatly diminished. I still crave sugar when exhausted and/or extra-stressed from work, and once or twice I have fed those cravings with inappropriate amounts of fruit, but I do not crave other foods I used to binge on like cereal, crackers, and other highly refined carbohydrate-rich foods. On one or two occasions I have really felt like having a drink, but sparkling water or kombucha has satisfied that desire nicely.
     
    I weighed myself a couple of times (I know, I know) and was alarmed to see that I had lost a couple of pounds, but I know that this is a process and my weight will settle eventually. On the other hand, I have completely stopped weighing and measuring my foods and recording calories. Letting go of that has been a huge relief.
     
    My running and cycling performance has not suffered, and I am finding I can go longer on less fuel. I have had some trouble with heartburn while running, but even that seems to be getting better.
     
    I want to thank everybody again for their support, it has been hugely motivating. Keeping my fingers crossed for 17 more good days!
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from GFChris in Indigestion   
    You're not going to like this, but -- give up the "dessert." Even if it's totally compliant, you're continuing an unhealthy habit. Part of the point of a W30 is to change not only what you eat, but the psychological aspects of your eating habits. As long as you keep having something sweet after dinner, you'll keep craving something sweet after dinner. And, you're getting indigestion -- which sounds like your body is saying, I don't like this. So stop.
     
    Having said that, dried fruit can cause indigestion in some people. So can nuts (from the Larabars). And some people have trouble with coconut. So, you know, any of those foods could be the culprit.
     
    You're fine to eat fruit, up to one serving with each meal, although they really recommend keeping it to two servings a day. You won't find anything about food combining in the book, but fruit should be a part of your meal, and it should be something you have in addition to the 1-2 palms of protein, 1-2 thumbs of fat, and 2-3 (or more) cups of vegetables at each meal recommended in the template.  To help with the cravings, eat at least the minimum from the template, and maybe extra protein and fat. You'll be more satiated after your meal and likely won't want the fruit. And lose the dried fruit. It's usually sweeter than fresh fruit so it's feeding that sugar dragon more than even fresh fruit would, and it's less filling, so you're likely to eat more of it. (Think of raisins vs grapes. I can eat a handful of grapes or a handful of raisins -- but that handful of raisins is likely twice as many grapes than the handful of fresh grapes.)
     
    Also, Larabars are allowed on W30, but they're supposed to be used in emergencies -- as in, you're out somewhere, hungry, and there is nothing else that's W30 compliant to eat. They're really just candy bars. Healthier than a Snickers bar, maybe, but they're just candy bars. And they definitely feed that craving for more sweets. I know. I had one one day when I was out running errands and was gone longer than I planned, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it and wanting another one. That was days ago. I still want another one. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from GFChris in Indigestion   
    You're not going to like this, but -- give up the "dessert." Even if it's totally compliant, you're continuing an unhealthy habit. Part of the point of a W30 is to change not only what you eat, but the psychological aspects of your eating habits. As long as you keep having something sweet after dinner, you'll keep craving something sweet after dinner. And, you're getting indigestion -- which sounds like your body is saying, I don't like this. So stop.
     
    Having said that, dried fruit can cause indigestion in some people. So can nuts (from the Larabars). And some people have trouble with coconut. So, you know, any of those foods could be the culprit.
     
    You're fine to eat fruit, up to one serving with each meal, although they really recommend keeping it to two servings a day. You won't find anything about food combining in the book, but fruit should be a part of your meal, and it should be something you have in addition to the 1-2 palms of protein, 1-2 thumbs of fat, and 2-3 (or more) cups of vegetables at each meal recommended in the template.  To help with the cravings, eat at least the minimum from the template, and maybe extra protein and fat. You'll be more satiated after your meal and likely won't want the fruit. And lose the dried fruit. It's usually sweeter than fresh fruit so it's feeding that sugar dragon more than even fresh fruit would, and it's less filling, so you're likely to eat more of it. (Think of raisins vs grapes. I can eat a handful of grapes or a handful of raisins -- but that handful of raisins is likely twice as many grapes than the handful of fresh grapes.)
     
    Also, Larabars are allowed on W30, but they're supposed to be used in emergencies -- as in, you're out somewhere, hungry, and there is nothing else that's W30 compliant to eat. They're really just candy bars. Healthier than a Snickers bar, maybe, but they're just candy bars. And they definitely feed that craving for more sweets. I know. I had one one day when I was out running errands and was gone longer than I planned, and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it and wanting another one. That was days ago. I still want another one. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in starting tomorrow/kombucha   
    Here's the Can I Have list, the Whole30 rules, and the meal planning template -- you absolutely need to go read at least these three things before you start. There's all kinds of other information on the website and in the forum. You'll have to look at ingredients on both the kombucha and the green tea to be sure they meet all the rules. In general, if all the ingredients of these two things are compliant, you can have them, but since every brand is different, you'll have to check the ones you buy to make sure they're okay.