ShannonM816

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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Tina Marie in Questions and concerns   
    Whether you need to wait to start and how much prep you might need really depends on you and how you're used to eating/cooking.
     
    The shopping list is here, it will give you some idea of what kinds of things you might want from the store. I'm assuming you've studied the rules and know what ingredients to watch out for in any premade sauces or condiments you buy. If you are used to cooking for yourself anyway, instead of going out to eat a lot, you'd probably be fine to shop tonight and prep and cook a few things tonight to get you through the first few days. If you never cook at all, and you have no idea how to prepare fresh vegetables and meats, you might want to do a little more planning. You probably fall somewhere in between those, so you're just going to have to decide what you're comfortable with.
     
    I like this post from The Clothes Make the Girl as an explanation of how a weekly cookup could work, but even if you don't do that, you'll find that it's much easier to eat this way consistently if you have a variety of vegetables and meats prepped and ready to go, so that if you get home from work exhausted, you don't have to prepare a meal from scratch, or so that if you're running late one morning, you can grab something for breakfast and lunch as you're running out the door and know that you have good, healthy foods.
     
    Even if you opt not to actually start tomorrow to give yourself time to plan more, I would make sure everything you buy at the store tonight is W30 compliant. That way, even if you haven't formally committed to it, you're at least sort of giving it a dry run, getting used to how it's going to be.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from GFChris in Frozen Spinach   
    The easiest way to find out if something like this has been addressed before is to google Whole30 + whatever you're searching for. So, googling Whole30 baking soda brought up this thread that says that baking soda is fine. 
     
    There's also the Official Can I Have list which addresses many commonly asked questions.
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    ShannonM816 reacted to Sheena812 in Finished   
    My 30 days are up. I actually did 31 because today was not a good day to try and introduction. I lost 3 lbs but more importantly I have more energy and just feel better. I plan on doing the reintroduction and then staying on the program the majority of the time.
    I never really felt Tiger Blood but do feel better. I need to continue in the hopes that I might be able to come off some of my prescriptions for pain and heartburn. The program was easier than I expected!
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from GFChris in Frozen Spinach   
    The easiest way to find out if something like this has been addressed before is to google Whole30 + whatever you're searching for. So, googling Whole30 baking soda brought up this thread that says that baking soda is fine. 
     
    There's also the Official Can I Have list which addresses many commonly asked questions.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in Almond Butter ok?   
    The Can I Have list is here. The Rules are here.
     
    Peanut butter is definitely a no. Almond butter, sun butter, and other nut butters are okay, as long as all the ingredients are okay. So no nut butters with sugar or other off-plan ingredients. Read your labels.
     
    Also keep in mind that nuts and nut butters are food with no brakes for many people -- as in, once you start eating them, you have trouble stopping and overeat them. 
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    ShannonM816 reacted to Dilyn61 in Completed My 1st Whole30!   
    MY WHOLE30 EXPERIENCE
    AUGUST 2014
    Diana a.k.a Dilyn61
    I came into this Whole30 after being on a grain free, gluten free, legume free diet which included some dairy, since June 4th of this year, per the advice of my doctor.  So, a lot of my detox symptoms weren’t as strong as they would have been had I entered this plan from the standard American diet. That being said, it was a great way to help me fine tune my new lifestyle, educate myself further, and really let my insides heal from all the damage done by my previous food choices.  Also, I contend with an autoimmune disorder called Relapsing Polychondritis (RP), are rare disease that attacks your cartilage and keeps inflammation up in the body.  Also have a myriad of other health issues, including but not limited to diverticulitis, arthritis, rapid heart rate (SVT) ect.  So, really this healthier diet is not so much just for weight loss, which it is working that out for me as well, but just to be able to feel better and function better in my day to day life.
    Week 1, My first week or so on this plan really opened my eyes to all the additives and junk that is put into our food by the mfg. Some of you saw my tirade on facebook about canned tuna and the difficulty of finding it without soy! Don’t get me started on that one again!  But it seems that soy, sugar, wheat, gluten, corn syrup are mandatory ingredients on just about EVERY prepackaged processed food.  I had originally planned to swear off any restaurant food until after my Whole30, but that was really unrealistic  with my family. And really, I needed to learn how to go into a restaurant and ask the hard questions, like what kind of oil do you use to prepare my food with, and is there any soy in such and such? And then see the waitress look at you with that deer in the headlights look and then run to ask the chef.  I am a really low key type personality and hate to make a fuss, so this is a learning experience for me!  
    Week 2, I was feeling pretty good, noticed that I hadn’t had a headaches or migraines in weeks. My family even commented on this, as it had been a pretty frequent occurrence.  My skin tones evened out some and I didn’t look as blotchy or ruddy as before. Also, my hair started to grow much quicker as well.  I attribute these skin and hair changes to eating much healthier fats, like coconut oil, olive oil and avocado.  I was sleeping better and keeping up with my exercise bike about 5 days a week.
    Week 3, seemed like I hit a brick wall! My energy levels took a dip. I got so very tired and sleepy about 2:30 pm every day.  My RP started to flare, with sore ear cartilage, joint pain again, and the familiar fatigue.  I was, to say the least, a bit discouraged. I had probably, unrealistic hopes that this diet would be the magic bullet to put RP to rest, but my doctor informed me, not so. Though, I have made great strides and it is, and will, most definitely help me to manage the symptoms and damage that this disease can cause.  So, I stuck to my guns, and my Whole30 commitment, and trudged on, a little slower, but still headed in the direction of wellness.
    Week 4, the RP flare did not get any worse and the fatigue has started to lift, even without any changes to my meds.  I took another go at the exercise bike and was still able to do my 7 miles in 30 min, which is good for me. So, I was glad to see that I hadn’t lost much of my hard earned stamina!  Now that my official Whole30 has ended, I am contemplating my next step. I am still on Prednisone for the RP, which typically causes weight gain and makes it extremely difficult to lose weight while on it. But I have found that my body is still able to lose weight on this plan even while on this dreaded steroid!  With my autoimmune disorder, I am probably going to stick pretty close to the Whole30 guidelines.  I May consider trying the Whole30 Autoimmune protocol in January, but that requires giving up eggs, and nightshades, ie tomatoes, onions, peppers, ect.  Not sure if I am ready for that just yet! We will see in January!  So, for the month of August on the Whole30, I lost 11 lbs and 6.5 inches (in various places) from my body!  I am calling this Whole30 a success!
     
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from GoJo09 in Questions and concerns   
     
    I'm not sure how the bake off works -- do you have to taste things right there in front of everyone? Or can you say something like, you know, I'm really full/not feeling well/still have a funny taste in my mouth because I just brushed my teeth (whatever works), how about I take a bit to try later? And take some, wrapped up, and either give it to someone else once you've left or take it home and toss it. If you're asked your opinion of them, talk about the smell or the appearance or what you can tell of the texture from looking (you can sometimes tell by looking that something is moist/dry/light and fluffy/dense) -- or listen to whatever everyone else says and just agree. 
     
    Or you could be honest and say that you're starting an elimination diet because you want to determine if certain foods are causing you issues, and that it's important that for 30 days you don't have any of those foods because it would mess up the results (because that is truly what W30 is). Don't say "paleo," don't frame it as a weight loss thing, don't talk about never ever having these foods ever again, at least for now.  Say that you're having issues and want to determine if it's a food that's causing them. Say nice things about how great the food looks. Remark on the smell, if it's noticeable (assuming it smells good). Express regret that you won't be able to eat with them, but have your water/coffee/sparkling water/tea, whatever, with you, stand around and talk, if that's what everyone is doing. Join in the conversations. 
     
    I guess if you really, really felt you had to try things, it's better to be W30 compliant with everything else every day and just have that little bit, but if it were me, I wouldn't be able to do that. I wouldn't be able to try a bite of each thing without feeling like, well, I blew today, might as well have some chocolate, or another bite, or whatever. Some people can have just one bite and be fine, I can't. Only you know if you can or not.
     
    And it's not exactly what they were talking about here, but I think it kind of applies -- this is from ISWF: 
     
    It goes on to talk about how decisions are made in one part of the brain, and habits are controlled in another, and to turn behavior into habits, you have to do them consistently. When you have rules and follow them strictly, there's no real decision making, you just follow the rules, and they become habit more quickly. If you have rules, but allow exceptions, you're constantly making decisions about following or breaking the rules, and that keeps it in the decision part of the brain, so that it takes longer to form a habit. (I'm sure I haven't explained this very well. It makes sense in the book, really.) 
     
    So, to summarize what turned into a really long post -- I don't think you should have just a bite of things, I think you'd be better off finding a way to avoid that. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from GFChris in Frozen Spinach   
    The easiest way to find out if something like this has been addressed before is to google Whole30 + whatever you're searching for. So, googling Whole30 baking soda brought up this thread that says that baking soda is fine. 
     
    There's also the Official Can I Have list which addresses many commonly asked questions.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from GFChris in Frozen Spinach   
    The easiest way to find out if something like this has been addressed before is to google Whole30 + whatever you're searching for. So, googling Whole30 baking soda brought up this thread that says that baking soda is fine. 
     
    There's also the Official Can I Have list which addresses many commonly asked questions.
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    ShannonM816 reacted to Amylong1985 in Not Stopping   
    Hello my fellow W30ers!
     
    I just wanted to share some of the victories I've achieved during this life-changing month.  My first W30 will technically end on 9/2/14.  During the first 2 weeks, my sugar cravings were horrendous, I had no energy, and I had nearly constant headaches from giving up diet soda--I was drinking an insane 4-6 12 oz cans of Diet Mtn Dew or Diet Dr. Pepper a DAY--and so many times I just wanted to give up.  I thought by this time in my journey I'd be planning all-out "cheat meals" filled with all the things I'd given up.  Yet for the first time in my life, I am starting to develop a healthy relationship with food, and I don't want to stop!  Not saying I will continue to eat Whole30 every single day for the rest of my life, but I definitely have realized how I was cheating myself with poor food choices before and have no plans to return to that lifestyle.  Things that have always seemed out of my grasp--conquering cravings, feeling disciplined in my eating habits, not feeling controlled by food, and being able to stop eating once I am full--are now everyday occurrences that feel totally natural.  Even better, 3 of my friends are contemplating starting their own W30 journey, and I've committed to doing it with them!  Either way, I will not be stopping on day 30, but will be continuing this journey in an effort to let my body and my mind heal from years of poor choices.  I am so grateful for finding this program and this community.  I wish all of you success on your journey as well!
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from praxisproject in Larabars   
     
    I don't really have an answer for you, but I would suggest posting either in the Whole30 for athletes section or making a post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 section, listing what you typically eat and water intake and how you feel on your hikes (or whatever exercise you find you feel woozy during), and maybe someone with more experience can give you some advice about whether that's typical or what you might do to fix it. 
     
    I think one of the approved uses of Larabars is for long exercise sessions, so I would think it would be okay -- but I'm really not an expert on exercise-related anything, which is why I suggest posting in one or the other of the sections I listed above, so that someone who knows more can help you find answers. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from MeadowLily in New Rules?!   
    The blog post announcing the new rules is here. There's also a new edition of ISWF, you can read about that here.
     
    I know they made a big deal about it on Facebook, but there were posts in the forum about the potato change as well back when it was announced. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from MeadowLily in New Rules?!   
    The blog post announcing the new rules is here. There's also a new edition of ISWF, you can read about that here.
     
    I know they made a big deal about it on Facebook, but there were posts in the forum about the potato change as well back when it was announced. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from MeadowLily in New Rules?!   
    The blog post announcing the new rules is here. There's also a new edition of ISWF, you can read about that here.
     
    I know they made a big deal about it on Facebook, but there were posts in the forum about the potato change as well back when it was announced. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Mdln 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 got a reaction from Tanya K in Larabars   
     
    I had to do the same thing. During my first W30, I ate one of my emeregency Larabars, despite the fact that I had a perfectly acceptable healthy supper cooked and on the plate in front of me.   And I think I had one for breakfast the next day too. That's when I knew I couldn't keep them in the house. 
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Aegina in Starting Monday 25th August   
    Make sure you're drinking plenty of water (1/2 oz per pound of body weight is the usual recommendation -- so if you weigh 100 lbs, 50 oz of water).  Some people report making sure they have enough fat in their meals helps. A lot of people recommend digestive enzymes as well, but I'm not sure what brands are compliant. Google Whole30 constipation for more tips -- google seems to work better than the search button in the forum.
     
    That's correct on the avocado. I'm sure you have the meal template, but just in case, here's the link to it.
     
    Google Whole30 breakfast no eggs and you'll find lots of discussions about this. In general, though, remember that you don't need to have special breakfast foods -- whatever foods you would have for other meals, are good for breakfast too. Soup is good. Leftovers. If you've been making your eggs the same way every morning, try changing that up, sometimes if you've been having fried eggs every morning, having an omelette or a frittata may be enough difference to feel like you're changing things up.
     
     
    As for me, so far, so good food-wise, but my goal to add in some exercise is not going so great. I tend to procrastinate, so I put off exercising until later in the day, and then it gets too late to do it. I should probably get up now and do something before I have to start work.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in Napping   
     
     
     
    You should both list what you're eating, how much water you're getting, exercise, anything else that might be a factor, and see if anyone has any suggestions of things you can tweak to give you more energy. Sometimes people believe they're eating enough when in reality they really aren't, and sometimes people may go too low carb, but if you list what you've been eating, I'm sure someone will weigh in on things that might help.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Aegina in Starting Monday 25th August   
    Make sure you're drinking plenty of water (1/2 oz per pound of body weight is the usual recommendation -- so if you weigh 100 lbs, 50 oz of water).  Some people report making sure they have enough fat in their meals helps. A lot of people recommend digestive enzymes as well, but I'm not sure what brands are compliant. Google Whole30 constipation for more tips -- google seems to work better than the search button in the forum.
     
    That's correct on the avocado. I'm sure you have the meal template, but just in case, here's the link to it.
     
    Google Whole30 breakfast no eggs and you'll find lots of discussions about this. In general, though, remember that you don't need to have special breakfast foods -- whatever foods you would have for other meals, are good for breakfast too. Soup is good. Leftovers. If you've been making your eggs the same way every morning, try changing that up, sometimes if you've been having fried eggs every morning, having an omelette or a frittata may be enough difference to feel like you're changing things up.
     
     
    As for me, so far, so good food-wise, but my goal to add in some exercise is not going so great. I tend to procrastinate, so I put off exercising until later in the day, and then it gets too late to do it. I should probably get up now and do something before I have to start work.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in Watch out for coffee...   
    I tend to have the opposite experience with coffee/constipation issues, so no help there.
     
    There is the Whole9 Coffee Manifesto you might find interesting. There are also other posts in the forum about coffee, if you want other takes on it -- like this one.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Dcloakey in Starting Monday 25th August   
     
    Olive oil with vinegar or lemon juice, or if you've made mayonnaise, you can thin that a bit with some vinegar and add some herbs for a ranch-like dressing -- or just put a dollop of mayo on the salad, that works too. Or this Zingy Ginger Dressing from Well Fed 2 is good, if you happen to have the ingredients on hand.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from debsdoinit in newbie; patella wired 6/12/14 but want to start program- should I wait?   
    Don't wait. The Whole30 is all about food, and there's nothing about your condition that would stop you from eating good food.
     
    Exercise isn't necessary to be successful on Whole30. I didn't exercise when I did mine, I still had improved energy, had aches and pains go away, slept better, and lost a few pounds. I'm sure all those results would have been even better if I had exercised, but they were definitely worth it even without the exercise.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from ginsinnot in Starting Monday 25th August   
     
    Hi, Elise. First, I would check out this thread on what a serving of eggs looks like -- your breakfast was probably a little short on protein.
     
    Second, from what I've read, sometimes when our hormones are out of whack, we don't feel hungry when we should. To get them back in line, the recommendation is to eat when you're supposed to be eating, starting with breakfast within an hour of waking up. For some more explanation, check out moderator Kirsteen's response at the end of this thread, or moderator Tom Denham's response on this thread, and there are others -- google Whole30 not hungry. The book It Starts With Food addresses this as well.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Chezzie in Starting Aug 25th   
     
    Try to make all your meals fit the meal template, with protein, veggies, and fat. It will help keep you full longer.
     
    For recipes, try The Clothes Make The Girl or Nom Nom Paleo -- most of their recipes are W30 compliant. Moderator Tom Denham has a site of nothing but W30 compliant recipes at Whole Life Eating. Or try the Stalkerville Whole30 section -- but do watch on this one, I've found dessert-y, SWYPO recipes on it tagged Whole30 which really aren't. If you're on Pinterest, I've pinned a bunch of recipes on my Whole30 board. 
     
    I've just started my third W30 today. I'm not looking forward to the first few days. I've gotten really off track the last few weeks, so I'm pretty sure I get to go through the carb flu and kill all the things phases again. (Check out the W30 Timeline for more on that.) But I know that I'll feel better once I get through that, so it will be worth it.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Dcloakey in Starting Monday 25th August   
     
    Olive oil with vinegar or lemon juice, or if you've made mayonnaise, you can thin that a bit with some vinegar and add some herbs for a ranch-like dressing -- or just put a dollop of mayo on the salad, that works too. Or this Zingy Ginger Dressing from Well Fed 2 is good, if you happen to have the ingredients on hand.