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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from PamH in Diet Soda   
     
    Yes, Kombucha is Whole30 compliant, as long as there's no sugar added after fermentation.
     
    Here's what the official Can I Have guide says:
    Kombucha: Read your labelsWe like the probiotic benefits of ‘booch, and we think it makes a fine addition to your Whole30 menu. Just read your labels carefully—sugar listed in the ingredients generally means that it was added after fermentation, and that's a no-go. Some varieties, like GT Dave's Enlightened flavors, have fruits and fruit juices added, which are just fine.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from PamH in Diet Soda   
     
    Yes, Kombucha is Whole30 compliant, as long as there's no sugar added after fermentation.
     
    Here's what the official Can I Have guide says:
    Kombucha: Read your labelsWe like the probiotic benefits of ‘booch, and we think it makes a fine addition to your Whole30 menu. Just read your labels carefully—sugar listed in the ingredients generally means that it was added after fermentation, and that's a no-go. Some varieties, like GT Dave's Enlightened flavors, have fruits and fruit juices added, which are just fine.
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    ShannonM816 reacted to JoDP in INCREDIBLE results and so proud of myself!!   
    Whole 30 - 8 Week Challenge UPDATE:
     
    I have always struggled with my weight as a child, going on diet after diet to lose the weight throughout my adolescence and into adulthood. I would lose weight, but then would gain it back, etc. (same ol' story, eh?)
     
    When I had my twins 11 years ago, I gained over 90 lbs and my body chemistry went completely whacko. I struggled even more to lose the weight, not having much success at all. The doctor's response at the time was, "Your body doesn't know how to lose weight right now." But they never offered any solution or help. I had hypertension during the pregnancy and it never went away afterwards, so they put me on blood pressure medicine. Then, my glucose numbers elevated and thye diagnosed me as diabetic and put me on metformin. 
     
    No matter what I tried on my own, nothing really worked. I was fearful to never be able to lose weight and would die an early death because of it.
     
    Then, back in May 2013, I read the book, It Starts with Food and it changed my WORLD! I learned the WHY my body struggled with losing weight and why I was feeling the way I did. Not only did it give me the information, but the science (in understandable terms) behind it. And, what to do about it!!
     
    I started changing my eating then and felt immediate improvements in my energy and mental outlook. 
     
    I began my first Whole 30 during an 8 wk challenge a friend of mine told me about. I ended the week before Thanksgiving. I got my blood work done the last day of the challenge. I also began doing Crossfit in June for increased exercise and have come to love it.
     
    Within 15 days of the Whole 30 challenge, I was taken off my blood pressure medicine because my blood pressure was 110/52 without my medication, which was a HUGE and welcomed surprise. About a week after that, I decided to take myself off of the metformin (without doctor's suggestion), which I had been taking for diabetes.
     
    So, here are the results...
     
    Since May (only 6 short months - when I first changed my eating habits):
     
    Weight loss - 30 lbs
    Down from size 24/26 to 18
    Cholesterol is down by 42 points and is well under 200!!
    Triglycerides are down 105 points - down to 94!
    A1C (3mo avg of blood sugar) is 5.5 down from 6.4 and in NORMAL range without meds!!!
     
    My doctor was THRILLED and has even removed my diabetes and hypertension diagnosis from my chart!! WOO HOO!!! 
     
    I am BEYOND ecstatic! Eating whole foods, eliminating processed foods and getting the body moving WORKS!! It REALLY matters what you put into your body. I am forever an advocate for healthy eating. 
     
    I am thankful to EVERYONE who has been incredibly supportive. I hope that my example can be an encouragement for others, as well. 

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    ShannonM816 reacted to MrsRobinson in Crossing the finish line on 100 pounds in December   
    I am ten pounds away from a hundred pound loss and I figured that the best way to sprint this last ten pounds is to do another Whole30. Had a great one in July and I'm committing to ending the year strong, clean, and consistent. 2014 —year of the SECOND Hundred! Heck yeah !
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Tom Denham in Serious sleep deprivation/Need recs for snoring spouse   
    This isn't so much a suggestion for you -- but could you get him to go do a sleep study and possibly be fitted with a c-pap machine? My dad used to drive my mom crazy snoring (and when I was younger and still living at home, I know we could hear him all over the house), his doctor finally got him to do a sleep study, he got a c-pap, and as long as he uses it, he doesn't snore. He also sleeps better and wakes more refreshed. Mom actually got one after he got his, although she never snored, and when she uses it, reports feeling better. Apparently they can be kind of awkward feeling, especially at first, but you do get used to it. 
     
    Anyway, it was just a thought, for whatever it's worth. I hope you find a solution.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Tom Denham in Serious sleep deprivation/Need recs for snoring spouse   
    This isn't so much a suggestion for you -- but could you get him to go do a sleep study and possibly be fitted with a c-pap machine? My dad used to drive my mom crazy snoring (and when I was younger and still living at home, I know we could hear him all over the house), his doctor finally got him to do a sleep study, he got a c-pap, and as long as he uses it, he doesn't snore. He also sleeps better and wakes more refreshed. Mom actually got one after he got his, although she never snored, and when she uses it, reports feeling better. Apparently they can be kind of awkward feeling, especially at first, but you do get used to it. 
     
    Anyway, it was just a thought, for whatever it's worth. I hope you find a solution.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Tom Denham in Serious sleep deprivation/Need recs for snoring spouse   
    This isn't so much a suggestion for you -- but could you get him to go do a sleep study and possibly be fitted with a c-pap machine? My dad used to drive my mom crazy snoring (and when I was younger and still living at home, I know we could hear him all over the house), his doctor finally got him to do a sleep study, he got a c-pap, and as long as he uses it, he doesn't snore. He also sleeps better and wakes more refreshed. Mom actually got one after he got his, although she never snored, and when she uses it, reports feeling better. Apparently they can be kind of awkward feeling, especially at first, but you do get used to it. 
     
    Anyway, it was just a thought, for whatever it's worth. I hope you find a solution.
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    ShannonM816 reacted to mhill0823 in Simply Proud of Myself!!   
    Admittedly, when I started this program there was a voice somewhere in the back of my mind that knew that I never stick to a diet and this probably would end the same as all the others! Luckily, I discovered very quickly that it's not a diet, it's a life change and the sooner I realized this, the better!!
    Today is day 31 and I woke up this morning and packed my breakfast and lunch just like it was any other day for the last 30 days, not even really processing the fact that I could “eat whatever I want†today.
     
    I can seriously say that this program has changed my life completely and for the better! I took it a step further, and last night I finally cleaned out my pantry of all the things that I never want to eat and I'm donating them, because at the end of the day I was holding on to them so I could eat them after the Whole 30, and then I woke up one day and was like NO, I will not put these things in my body any longer.
     
    I didn't weight myself when the Whole 30 started but I had probably weighed about two weeks prior to starting. So from that weigh in until today, I am 30 pounds lighter and I just literally feel fantastic! My feet have stopped swelling by the end of the day, I have less stomach trouble, I've noticed a drastic change in the fact that I no longer get headaches. Then, probably the biggest accomplishment is that before I started the doctor told me that I was prediabetic, and last week at the doctor I was informed that my blood sugar levels have gone back down to normal. Diabetes runs pretty heavy in my family so that is a success!!
     
    So ultimately, my life is changed and I couldn't be happier!! J
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    ShannonM816 reacted to Robin Strathdee in Reading All The Things! (Board Jargon)   
     
    Done and Done
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    ShannonM816 reacted to Angela Poliquin in The crazy things people say   
    My husband, eating a white tortilla, "this doesn't have wheat.  want one?"  
    Me:  Um, it's a flour tortilla.  Flour is made of wheat.
    DH:  But it doesn't say "wheat tortilla."
    Me: Look at the ingredients list.  What does it say?
    DH:  wheat flour.... oh.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from sjosey77 in Tiger blood?   
    I'd forgotten he said that, I did kind of wonder where the term came from.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from PamH in Diet Soda   
     
    Yes, Kombucha is Whole30 compliant, as long as there's no sugar added after fermentation.
     
    Here's what the official Can I Have guide says:
    Kombucha: Read your labelsWe like the probiotic benefits of ‘booch, and we think it makes a fine addition to your Whole30 menu. Just read your labels carefully—sugar listed in the ingredients generally means that it was added after fermentation, and that's a no-go. Some varieties, like GT Dave's Enlightened flavors, have fruits and fruit juices added, which are just fine.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from izabellabaer in Spending way too much $$ on groceries!   
     
    I can't really help with the food thing, other than as MrsStick suggested, look for frozen/canned veggies, but I would suggest maybe making a post in the Sourcing Good Food section, with a title that mentions being in Alaska -- you might get more responses from people that live/have lived in AK that way, rather than on this thread. Not that there's anything wrong with adding on to another thread, that's okay, I just think a separate thread where you're specifically asking for tips for your very particular situation might get you more relevant responses. I'm pretty sure I've seen another person or two on here from AK, they'll be more likely to notice a thread that mentions Alaska and maybe have some good suggestions.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from trezkholl0806 in Tiger blood?   
    Here's the definition from The Official Whole30 Glossary:  
     
    Tiger Blood: The high-energy, happy mood days of your Whole30
    The Energizer Bunny, walking-on-sunshine, do-all-the-things feeling many people experience in the back half of their Whole30 experience. Our Whole30 Timeline will give you more details about what to expect during your Whole30.
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    ShannonM816 reacted to PamH in Diet Soda   
    Thanks!  THEY ARE SO GOOD!  I actually cut 1/2 bottle equally with water to make it last longer because of the cost.  I have a customer at work (food co-op) who is going to bring me a scoby from what he was told is a several HUNDRED year old strain for me to try.  I love my job!  I also have a gentleman who is making me some kimchi and another woman who is bringing my some ghee.  I hope they aren't trying to poison me.  haha
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in This is not the post I had hoped to make...   
     
    Sometimes it is annoying to hear all those boundless energy, lost gobs of weight and lots of inches stories. That's not exactly how my W30 worked, either. My starting weight was 298 lbs, and I lost 7 lbs. My clothes are ever so slightly looser but not much, I had some increased energy on some days but nowhere near the boundless energy or tiger blood people talk about, and I ended the 30 days with a real bang -- my seasonal allergies are worse than they've been in years. When I realized this, I was initially a little bitter. Okay, maybe a lot bitter. But then I stopped and thought about it. I did the math, and 7 lbs in 30 days averages out to 1.6 lbs a week, which is not so bad. Not the 15 lbs I would've liked, but still, not bad. I'd had some pain in one shoulder for weeks, never figured out what I'd done to it, but I realized that at some point in my W30, it stopped hurting, so that was good -- but I hadn't even realized it was better until I stopped to really think about what results I had seen, instead of lamenting the ones I didn't. (I know, it sounds cheesy to say focus on the good, not the bad, and it's not really that simple, but it helped me feel a little better about things.) 
     
    Anyway, don't listen to that voice that's saying you can't do this. You can, and you will. Just keep going.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in This is not the post I had hoped to make...   
     
    Sometimes it is annoying to hear all those boundless energy, lost gobs of weight and lots of inches stories. That's not exactly how my W30 worked, either. My starting weight was 298 lbs, and I lost 7 lbs. My clothes are ever so slightly looser but not much, I had some increased energy on some days but nowhere near the boundless energy or tiger blood people talk about, and I ended the 30 days with a real bang -- my seasonal allergies are worse than they've been in years. When I realized this, I was initially a little bitter. Okay, maybe a lot bitter. But then I stopped and thought about it. I did the math, and 7 lbs in 30 days averages out to 1.6 lbs a week, which is not so bad. Not the 15 lbs I would've liked, but still, not bad. I'd had some pain in one shoulder for weeks, never figured out what I'd done to it, but I realized that at some point in my W30, it stopped hurting, so that was good -- but I hadn't even realized it was better until I stopped to really think about what results I had seen, instead of lamenting the ones I didn't. (I know, it sounds cheesy to say focus on the good, not the bad, and it's not really that simple, but it helped me feel a little better about things.) 
     
    Anyway, don't listen to that voice that's saying you can't do this. You can, and you will. Just keep going.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in This is not the post I had hoped to make...   
     
    Sometimes it is annoying to hear all those boundless energy, lost gobs of weight and lots of inches stories. That's not exactly how my W30 worked, either. My starting weight was 298 lbs, and I lost 7 lbs. My clothes are ever so slightly looser but not much, I had some increased energy on some days but nowhere near the boundless energy or tiger blood people talk about, and I ended the 30 days with a real bang -- my seasonal allergies are worse than they've been in years. When I realized this, I was initially a little bitter. Okay, maybe a lot bitter. But then I stopped and thought about it. I did the math, and 7 lbs in 30 days averages out to 1.6 lbs a week, which is not so bad. Not the 15 lbs I would've liked, but still, not bad. I'd had some pain in one shoulder for weeks, never figured out what I'd done to it, but I realized that at some point in my W30, it stopped hurting, so that was good -- but I hadn't even realized it was better until I stopped to really think about what results I had seen, instead of lamenting the ones I didn't. (I know, it sounds cheesy to say focus on the good, not the bad, and it's not really that simple, but it helped me feel a little better about things.) 
     
    Anyway, don't listen to that voice that's saying you can't do this. You can, and you will. Just keep going.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from PamH in Diet Soda   
     
    Yes, Kombucha is Whole30 compliant, as long as there's no sugar added after fermentation.
     
    Here's what the official Can I Have guide says:
    Kombucha: Read your labelsWe like the probiotic benefits of ‘booch, and we think it makes a fine addition to your Whole30 menu. Just read your labels carefully—sugar listed in the ingredients generally means that it was added after fermentation, and that's a no-go. Some varieties, like GT Dave's Enlightened flavors, have fruits and fruit juices added, which are just fine.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from trezkholl0806 in Help me please!   
    Oh, a veggie tip I just found out about -- if you like sweet potatoes, wrap a few in foil (individually, not all in one big thing of foil), put them in the crock pot on low before you go to bed (no liquid needed), and in the morning, cooked sweet potatoes! Not as good as roasted in the oven, but fast and easy, and if you do three or four at a time, you can leave them in the fridge until you need them.
     
    (And I'm on my own too -- I mostly don't mind the shopping, and since planning for me mostly involves looking at pictures of recipes on Pinterest and deciding what to make, that's not a problem either, but I'm so sick of doing dishes! How can one person use this many dishes? I swear, I load up the dishwasher at least once a day, and on the weekend more, because I'm trying to cook things for the week to get ahead. Heaven forbid I skip a day, it takes at least two to get caught up again!)
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from praxisproject in Reading All The Things! (Board Jargon)   
    For acronyms, there was this thread: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/6602-acronyms/?hl=acronym -- not a very long list, but maybe helpful for newbies.  
     
    Perhaps you should ask Robin to add the BP Coffee and MDA to her list, and see if she could pin it so it would be at the top of the Resources section, so newbies could find it more easily.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from praxisproject in Reading All The Things! (Board Jargon)   
    For acronyms, there was this thread: http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/6602-acronyms/?hl=acronym -- not a very long list, but maybe helpful for newbies.  
     
    Perhaps you should ask Robin to add the BP Coffee and MDA to her list, and see if she could pin it so it would be at the top of the Resources section, so newbies could find it more easily.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in This is not the post I had hoped to make...   
     
    Sometimes it is annoying to hear all those boundless energy, lost gobs of weight and lots of inches stories. That's not exactly how my W30 worked, either. My starting weight was 298 lbs, and I lost 7 lbs. My clothes are ever so slightly looser but not much, I had some increased energy on some days but nowhere near the boundless energy or tiger blood people talk about, and I ended the 30 days with a real bang -- my seasonal allergies are worse than they've been in years. When I realized this, I was initially a little bitter. Okay, maybe a lot bitter. But then I stopped and thought about it. I did the math, and 7 lbs in 30 days averages out to 1.6 lbs a week, which is not so bad. Not the 15 lbs I would've liked, but still, not bad. I'd had some pain in one shoulder for weeks, never figured out what I'd done to it, but I realized that at some point in my W30, it stopped hurting, so that was good -- but I hadn't even realized it was better until I stopped to really think about what results I had seen, instead of lamenting the ones I didn't. (I know, it sounds cheesy to say focus on the good, not the bad, and it's not really that simple, but it helped me feel a little better about things.) 
     
    Anyway, don't listen to that voice that's saying you can't do this. You can, and you will. Just keep going.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Physibeth in This is not the post I had hoped to make...   
     
    Sometimes it is annoying to hear all those boundless energy, lost gobs of weight and lots of inches stories. That's not exactly how my W30 worked, either. My starting weight was 298 lbs, and I lost 7 lbs. My clothes are ever so slightly looser but not much, I had some increased energy on some days but nowhere near the boundless energy or tiger blood people talk about, and I ended the 30 days with a real bang -- my seasonal allergies are worse than they've been in years. When I realized this, I was initially a little bitter. Okay, maybe a lot bitter. But then I stopped and thought about it. I did the math, and 7 lbs in 30 days averages out to 1.6 lbs a week, which is not so bad. Not the 15 lbs I would've liked, but still, not bad. I'd had some pain in one shoulder for weeks, never figured out what I'd done to it, but I realized that at some point in my W30, it stopped hurting, so that was good -- but I hadn't even realized it was better until I stopped to really think about what results I had seen, instead of lamenting the ones I didn't. (I know, it sounds cheesy to say focus on the good, not the bad, and it's not really that simple, but it helped me feel a little better about things.) 
     
    Anyway, don't listen to that voice that's saying you can't do this. You can, and you will. Just keep going.
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    ShannonM816 got a reaction from Travelin Texan in Butternut Squash Soup and Proteins?   
    I must be kind of weird, I like adding meat to my soups, even the smoother, creamier ones. I made up a big batch of roasted veggie soup a week or two ago, and had it at least once every day until I ran out, varying what I added to it -- breakfast sausage, taco meat, grilled chicken, even some sliced up, browned Applegate Farms hot dogs (their chicken apple sausage that's W30 compliant would be good too). I had soup for breakfast several days. Sometimes I even added extra veggies to change the taste/texture, since it was a blended, creamy soup. I just thought of it as a base and added stuff that sounded like it would be good with it, so even though I'd only made the one big thing of soup, it seemed like I had a variety of options.