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    ereiam got a reaction from cottagequeen in Living in an obese body (sucks!!)   
    Hi Tracy - When you are obese it would be hard for the goal for the W30 *not* to be weight loss. I am in the same boat. I finished my W30 on August 30. When I started on August 1, I weighed 209 and weighed 202 at the end. Since then I have dropped a few more pounds. I started out a year and a half ago at 287. In my before/after picture I was at 287 in the before picture and around 220 in the after picture. My weight loss has slowed down a lot, but I still seem to be losing a couple of pounds a month. My BMI is finally out of the obese category (started at 42) and now I am just "overweight" (BMI = 29). I feel so much better that honestly even if I never lost another pound I would be happy. I am out of plus sized clothing. My sleep apnea is gone. My acid reflux is gone. My snoring is gone. I am not afraid to go to social functions. I can go up and down the stairs easily. I could go on and on. I know that I owe this to the lifestyle change that I have made in eating paleo. I don't see how that can ever change for me.
    Good luck to you and keep us posted on your weight loss!
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    ereiam got a reaction from Lovely Leti in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Sarah - I started my diet changes morbidly obese at 287 pounds. I now weigh around 200. (I'm at about 220 in my "after" profile picture.) I started losing weight by counting calories and carbs, but I am completely convinced that I have maintained my weight because of paleo. I do not measure, count, etc. Now I am a person that was obsessed with food. I take medication that increases my appetite. Sucks. But when I eat paleo I am NOT obsessed about food. And to be honest, I eat a lot more than the palmful of protein. I think I'm always going to have a big appetite, but with paleo I have peace about food. and even though I still weigh 200 I have peace about my body. I am no longer morbidly obese, or obese, just overweight. I'd love to keep losing, but I've stayed the same for the last 6 months.
    You can lose a lot of weight with paleo and not measuring. But to me, even more importantly, I am maintaining weight loss effortlessly with no calorie counting.
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    ereiam got a reaction from Lovely Leti in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Sarah - I started my diet changes morbidly obese at 287 pounds. I now weigh around 200. (I'm at about 220 in my "after" profile picture.) I started losing weight by counting calories and carbs, but I am completely convinced that I have maintained my weight because of paleo. I do not measure, count, etc. Now I am a person that was obsessed with food. I take medication that increases my appetite. Sucks. But when I eat paleo I am NOT obsessed about food. And to be honest, I eat a lot more than the palmful of protein. I think I'm always going to have a big appetite, but with paleo I have peace about food. and even though I still weigh 200 I have peace about my body. I am no longer morbidly obese, or obese, just overweight. I'd love to keep losing, but I've stayed the same for the last 6 months.
    You can lose a lot of weight with paleo and not measuring. But to me, even more importantly, I am maintaining weight loss effortlessly with no calorie counting.
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    ereiam got a reaction from DavidB73 in Intermittent Fasting?   
    What do you think of intermittent fasting (IF)? I've been eating paleo since February and IF'ing since April. IF helped me to move the scale another 7 pounds down. I started my Whole 30 on August 1, but didn't realize that breakfast was part of the plan until I got to that section in ISWF. Waah. I don't want to eat breakfast. Not only is it unappetizing, but I don't want to add those calories back into the day.
    Anyone left IF while on the Whole 30?
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    ereiam got a reaction from JackieK in Official Whole30 - August Check Ins!   
    Day 30! I feel great. I made the best red curry chicken last night with mashed cauliflower. Why would I want to eat different?
    I have to admit I am *dying* to get on the scale. Since starting my low carb journey (May of 2011) and going to paleo (February of 2012) I have lost 85 pounds. I really need to lose another twenty and am hoping to be down 5 or more pounds tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed!
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    ereiam got a reaction from Nadia B in My personal manifesto   
    Now I know that the W30 is not meant to deal with food addiction, but as a food addict I believe that I have found the solution in the W30.
    I have always struggled with overeating, but it wasn't until I got married at 27 that I started packing on the pounds. Four pregnancies and then some meds that cause appetite increase did me in. I tried Weight Watchers, Overeaters Anonymous and a thousand other diets. It wasn't until I started eating paleo a year ago that I started to have peace about food. I found the W30 in July and have done 2 1/2 W30s since then. I knew I needed something more because of my addiction, so I went looking around.
    I found a group on Yahoo of food addicts. I started reading their posts and learned a lot about addiction. However, their food plan, while wheat free, had a lot of grains and involved weighing and measuring (a deal-breaker for me). I've tried to keep eating paleo but found myself cheating here and there, rationalizing to myself that it was an important occasion, etc. (Yeah, the cookie in the office was really a special occasion.)
    So here's my manifesto: The Whole 30 is my new food plan. It needs to be a Whole Life for me (one day at a time). Anything short of that and I end up cheating. I need a structured plan that I can follow for the rest of my life. Will I do it perfectly? No, but I will keep learning as I go along.
    The bottom line: the ONLY time I have had peace about food is when doing a W30. The cravings and obsessions just go away.
    In the spirit of addiction groups, thanks for listening. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Nadia B in My personal manifesto   
    Now I know that the W30 is not meant to deal with food addiction, but as a food addict I believe that I have found the solution in the W30.
    I have always struggled with overeating, but it wasn't until I got married at 27 that I started packing on the pounds. Four pregnancies and then some meds that cause appetite increase did me in. I tried Weight Watchers, Overeaters Anonymous and a thousand other diets. It wasn't until I started eating paleo a year ago that I started to have peace about food. I found the W30 in July and have done 2 1/2 W30s since then. I knew I needed something more because of my addiction, so I went looking around.
    I found a group on Yahoo of food addicts. I started reading their posts and learned a lot about addiction. However, their food plan, while wheat free, had a lot of grains and involved weighing and measuring (a deal-breaker for me). I've tried to keep eating paleo but found myself cheating here and there, rationalizing to myself that it was an important occasion, etc. (Yeah, the cookie in the office was really a special occasion.)
    So here's my manifesto: The Whole 30 is my new food plan. It needs to be a Whole Life for me (one day at a time). Anything short of that and I end up cheating. I need a structured plan that I can follow for the rest of my life. Will I do it perfectly? No, but I will keep learning as I go along.
    The bottom line: the ONLY time I have had peace about food is when doing a W30. The cravings and obsessions just go away.
    In the spirit of addiction groups, thanks for listening. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Derval in My personal manifesto   
    Thank you Kirsteen! I love what you had to say. I do need to rethink nourishing my body vs. trying to whip it into some kind of (arbitraty) shape. I have to admit the idea of ditching the scale sounds downright scary. I've lost so much weight and I am terrified that I will gain it back. But I can see how it leads to unhealthy obsession.
    Pondering ditching the scale...
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    ereiam got a reaction from Nadia B in My personal manifesto   
    Now I know that the W30 is not meant to deal with food addiction, but as a food addict I believe that I have found the solution in the W30.
    I have always struggled with overeating, but it wasn't until I got married at 27 that I started packing on the pounds. Four pregnancies and then some meds that cause appetite increase did me in. I tried Weight Watchers, Overeaters Anonymous and a thousand other diets. It wasn't until I started eating paleo a year ago that I started to have peace about food. I found the W30 in July and have done 2 1/2 W30s since then. I knew I needed something more because of my addiction, so I went looking around.
    I found a group on Yahoo of food addicts. I started reading their posts and learned a lot about addiction. However, their food plan, while wheat free, had a lot of grains and involved weighing and measuring (a deal-breaker for me). I've tried to keep eating paleo but found myself cheating here and there, rationalizing to myself that it was an important occasion, etc. (Yeah, the cookie in the office was really a special occasion.)
    So here's my manifesto: The Whole 30 is my new food plan. It needs to be a Whole Life for me (one day at a time). Anything short of that and I end up cheating. I need a structured plan that I can follow for the rest of my life. Will I do it perfectly? No, but I will keep learning as I go along.
    The bottom line: the ONLY time I have had peace about food is when doing a W30. The cravings and obsessions just go away.
    In the spirit of addiction groups, thanks for listening. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Nadia B in My personal manifesto   
    Now I know that the W30 is not meant to deal with food addiction, but as a food addict I believe that I have found the solution in the W30.
    I have always struggled with overeating, but it wasn't until I got married at 27 that I started packing on the pounds. Four pregnancies and then some meds that cause appetite increase did me in. I tried Weight Watchers, Overeaters Anonymous and a thousand other diets. It wasn't until I started eating paleo a year ago that I started to have peace about food. I found the W30 in July and have done 2 1/2 W30s since then. I knew I needed something more because of my addiction, so I went looking around.
    I found a group on Yahoo of food addicts. I started reading their posts and learned a lot about addiction. However, their food plan, while wheat free, had a lot of grains and involved weighing and measuring (a deal-breaker for me). I've tried to keep eating paleo but found myself cheating here and there, rationalizing to myself that it was an important occasion, etc. (Yeah, the cookie in the office was really a special occasion.)
    So here's my manifesto: The Whole 30 is my new food plan. It needs to be a Whole Life for me (one day at a time). Anything short of that and I end up cheating. I need a structured plan that I can follow for the rest of my life. Will I do it perfectly? No, but I will keep learning as I go along.
    The bottom line: the ONLY time I have had peace about food is when doing a W30. The cravings and obsessions just go away.
    In the spirit of addiction groups, thanks for listening. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Nadia B in My personal manifesto   
    Now I know that the W30 is not meant to deal with food addiction, but as a food addict I believe that I have found the solution in the W30.
    I have always struggled with overeating, but it wasn't until I got married at 27 that I started packing on the pounds. Four pregnancies and then some meds that cause appetite increase did me in. I tried Weight Watchers, Overeaters Anonymous and a thousand other diets. It wasn't until I started eating paleo a year ago that I started to have peace about food. I found the W30 in July and have done 2 1/2 W30s since then. I knew I needed something more because of my addiction, so I went looking around.
    I found a group on Yahoo of food addicts. I started reading their posts and learned a lot about addiction. However, their food plan, while wheat free, had a lot of grains and involved weighing and measuring (a deal-breaker for me). I've tried to keep eating paleo but found myself cheating here and there, rationalizing to myself that it was an important occasion, etc. (Yeah, the cookie in the office was really a special occasion.)
    So here's my manifesto: The Whole 30 is my new food plan. It needs to be a Whole Life for me (one day at a time). Anything short of that and I end up cheating. I need a structured plan that I can follow for the rest of my life. Will I do it perfectly? No, but I will keep learning as I go along.
    The bottom line: the ONLY time I have had peace about food is when doing a W30. The cravings and obsessions just go away.
    In the spirit of addiction groups, thanks for listening. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Nadia B in My personal manifesto   
    Now I know that the W30 is not meant to deal with food addiction, but as a food addict I believe that I have found the solution in the W30.
    I have always struggled with overeating, but it wasn't until I got married at 27 that I started packing on the pounds. Four pregnancies and then some meds that cause appetite increase did me in. I tried Weight Watchers, Overeaters Anonymous and a thousand other diets. It wasn't until I started eating paleo a year ago that I started to have peace about food. I found the W30 in July and have done 2 1/2 W30s since then. I knew I needed something more because of my addiction, so I went looking around.
    I found a group on Yahoo of food addicts. I started reading their posts and learned a lot about addiction. However, their food plan, while wheat free, had a lot of grains and involved weighing and measuring (a deal-breaker for me). I've tried to keep eating paleo but found myself cheating here and there, rationalizing to myself that it was an important occasion, etc. (Yeah, the cookie in the office was really a special occasion.)
    So here's my manifesto: The Whole 30 is my new food plan. It needs to be a Whole Life for me (one day at a time). Anything short of that and I end up cheating. I need a structured plan that I can follow for the rest of my life. Will I do it perfectly? No, but I will keep learning as I go along.
    The bottom line: the ONLY time I have had peace about food is when doing a W30. The cravings and obsessions just go away.
    In the spirit of addiction groups, thanks for listening. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Nadia B in My personal manifesto   
    Now I know that the W30 is not meant to deal with food addiction, but as a food addict I believe that I have found the solution in the W30.
    I have always struggled with overeating, but it wasn't until I got married at 27 that I started packing on the pounds. Four pregnancies and then some meds that cause appetite increase did me in. I tried Weight Watchers, Overeaters Anonymous and a thousand other diets. It wasn't until I started eating paleo a year ago that I started to have peace about food. I found the W30 in July and have done 2 1/2 W30s since then. I knew I needed something more because of my addiction, so I went looking around.
    I found a group on Yahoo of food addicts. I started reading their posts and learned a lot about addiction. However, their food plan, while wheat free, had a lot of grains and involved weighing and measuring (a deal-breaker for me). I've tried to keep eating paleo but found myself cheating here and there, rationalizing to myself that it was an important occasion, etc. (Yeah, the cookie in the office was really a special occasion.)
    So here's my manifesto: The Whole 30 is my new food plan. It needs to be a Whole Life for me (one day at a time). Anything short of that and I end up cheating. I need a structured plan that I can follow for the rest of my life. Will I do it perfectly? No, but I will keep learning as I go along.
    The bottom line: the ONLY time I have had peace about food is when doing a W30. The cravings and obsessions just go away.
    In the spirit of addiction groups, thanks for listening. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Nadia B in My personal manifesto   
    Now I know that the W30 is not meant to deal with food addiction, but as a food addict I believe that I have found the solution in the W30.
    I have always struggled with overeating, but it wasn't until I got married at 27 that I started packing on the pounds. Four pregnancies and then some meds that cause appetite increase did me in. I tried Weight Watchers, Overeaters Anonymous and a thousand other diets. It wasn't until I started eating paleo a year ago that I started to have peace about food. I found the W30 in July and have done 2 1/2 W30s since then. I knew I needed something more because of my addiction, so I went looking around.
    I found a group on Yahoo of food addicts. I started reading their posts and learned a lot about addiction. However, their food plan, while wheat free, had a lot of grains and involved weighing and measuring (a deal-breaker for me). I've tried to keep eating paleo but found myself cheating here and there, rationalizing to myself that it was an important occasion, etc. (Yeah, the cookie in the office was really a special occasion.)
    So here's my manifesto: The Whole 30 is my new food plan. It needs to be a Whole Life for me (one day at a time). Anything short of that and I end up cheating. I need a structured plan that I can follow for the rest of my life. Will I do it perfectly? No, but I will keep learning as I go along.
    The bottom line: the ONLY time I have had peace about food is when doing a W30. The cravings and obsessions just go away.
    In the spirit of addiction groups, thanks for listening. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Berafleepay in surviving costa rica   
    So I'm going to Costa Rica this summer and wonder if anyone else has been there and tried to stay compliant. The hotel we are staying in has a restaurant and buffet breakfast. I'm envisioning a giant enchilada. :-)
    I really don't want to go off of the rails there. Any suggestions?
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    ereiam got a reaction from Nadia B in My personal manifesto   
    Now I know that the W30 is not meant to deal with food addiction, but as a food addict I believe that I have found the solution in the W30.
    I have always struggled with overeating, but it wasn't until I got married at 27 that I started packing on the pounds. Four pregnancies and then some meds that cause appetite increase did me in. I tried Weight Watchers, Overeaters Anonymous and a thousand other diets. It wasn't until I started eating paleo a year ago that I started to have peace about food. I found the W30 in July and have done 2 1/2 W30s since then. I knew I needed something more because of my addiction, so I went looking around.
    I found a group on Yahoo of food addicts. I started reading their posts and learned a lot about addiction. However, their food plan, while wheat free, had a lot of grains and involved weighing and measuring (a deal-breaker for me). I've tried to keep eating paleo but found myself cheating here and there, rationalizing to myself that it was an important occasion, etc. (Yeah, the cookie in the office was really a special occasion.)
    So here's my manifesto: The Whole 30 is my new food plan. It needs to be a Whole Life for me (one day at a time). Anything short of that and I end up cheating. I need a structured plan that I can follow for the rest of my life. Will I do it perfectly? No, but I will keep learning as I go along.
    The bottom line: the ONLY time I have had peace about food is when doing a W30. The cravings and obsessions just go away.
    In the spirit of addiction groups, thanks for listening. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Renee Lee in W30 for 10 year old?   
    We went for a walk last night and discussed it. She says she doesn't want to do it because she will have "nothing to eat". I think I need to do some more education with her before she can make an informed choice. (And remember that she is 10 and may not grasp the big picture.) I'll keep working on her. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Renee Lee in W30 for 10 year old?   
    We went for a walk last night and discussed it. She says she doesn't want to do it because she will have "nothing to eat". I think I need to do some more education with her before she can make an informed choice. (And remember that she is 10 and may not grasp the big picture.) I'll keep working on her. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Renee Lee in W30 for 10 year old?   
    We went for a walk last night and discussed it. She says she doesn't want to do it because she will have "nothing to eat". I think I need to do some more education with her before she can make an informed choice. (And remember that she is 10 and may not grasp the big picture.) I'll keep working on her. :-)
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    ereiam got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in W30 for 10 year old?   
    I totally think this would change her life. She is tired of being in pain but I don't think she sees the connection between eating ramen and pasta all the time and joint pain. Maybe that is where I need to start: by educating her. And I get what you are saying. She would totally need to be on board or the experiment would fail. My other kids said they are willing to try going completely paleo if she does it, so that's a start.
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    ereiam got a reaction from Jessica M. in W30 for 10 year old?   
    I posted in the medical forum but thought I would ask for advice here. My 10 year old daughter has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis that is not responding to medicine. I haven't even considered a paleo diet for her, because she lives on ramen. I'm thinking about switching the whole family over to paleo to see if it would help her pain levels and would love any advice. I've been eating paleo for almost a year and I cook paleo dinners and throw in pasta or rice or potatoes for the carb addicts. I honestly don't know how enforcing paleo rules for 3 teenagers and a 10 year old are going to go over. Anyone BTDT?
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    ereiam got a reaction from Lovely Leti in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Sarah - I started my diet changes morbidly obese at 287 pounds. I now weigh around 200. (I'm at about 220 in my "after" profile picture.) I started losing weight by counting calories and carbs, but I am completely convinced that I have maintained my weight because of paleo. I do not measure, count, etc. Now I am a person that was obsessed with food. I take medication that increases my appetite. Sucks. But when I eat paleo I am NOT obsessed about food. And to be honest, I eat a lot more than the palmful of protein. I think I'm always going to have a big appetite, but with paleo I have peace about food. and even though I still weigh 200 I have peace about my body. I am no longer morbidly obese, or obese, just overweight. I'd love to keep losing, but I've stayed the same for the last 6 months.
    You can lose a lot of weight with paleo and not measuring. But to me, even more importantly, I am maintaining weight loss effortlessly with no calorie counting.
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    ereiam got a reaction from Mary Gianoli in Turnips and parsnips!   
    I like beef stew made with turnips instead of potatoes. I also like roasted turnips a lot. I love my veggies!
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    ereiam got a reaction from Lovely Leti in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Sarah - I started my diet changes morbidly obese at 287 pounds. I now weigh around 200. (I'm at about 220 in my "after" profile picture.) I started losing weight by counting calories and carbs, but I am completely convinced that I have maintained my weight because of paleo. I do not measure, count, etc. Now I am a person that was obsessed with food. I take medication that increases my appetite. Sucks. But when I eat paleo I am NOT obsessed about food. And to be honest, I eat a lot more than the palmful of protein. I think I'm always going to have a big appetite, but with paleo I have peace about food. and even though I still weigh 200 I have peace about my body. I am no longer morbidly obese, or obese, just overweight. I'd love to keep losing, but I've stayed the same for the last 6 months.
    You can lose a lot of weight with paleo and not measuring. But to me, even more importantly, I am maintaining weight loss effortlessly with no calorie counting.
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    ereiam got a reaction from heathera in Starting January 2nd, 2013   
    I have rediscovered that nuts are a "food with no brakes" for me. I learned this during my first W30 and got off of them altogether. This time, I wanted to indulge and totally overate nuts and fruit. Technically compliant but too much of it. I'm not starting my 30 days over because I look at this as part of healing my relationship with food. Here's to Day 4!