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    Out of curiosity do any of you, who have a physical (sweating, tingling, flushed face etc) reaction to alcohol within a few sips, have any Asian ancestry? I live with an alcoholic. The joke is that I am addicted to cake. He simply cannot understand why anyone in their right mind would ENJOY not only eating cake, but eating THE WHOLE cake. And that is coming from an addict, it's just not his substance of choice.
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    Help me get fat into a salad

    Does bacon count as fat in this circumstance? I was just worried that I wasn't putting enough fat in and would be hungry at bedtime.
  3. So we are having salad for dinner tonight. I love it as a meal and I am sorted when it comes to protein & veg but I am not sure about getting enough fat into it. I will have avocado, mayo on the side and mayo on the cold cooked baby potatoes. I cannot abide olives so they are not an option. Ideas please?
  4. If you haven't already I would advocate you reading "You Can Heal Your Life" by Louise Hay. I have been a binger all my life. I lost the urge twice in my life. The first one I put it down to the fact that I was doing a Whole 30 at the time but looking back I know that it was the absence of self criticism. I had just left my husband and as scary as being alone was it was better than the alternative. The second one came as a result of reading the book. I haven't binged in 6 weeks. In that time I have lost my job, had my kids around full time and lived through my mother being diagnosed with breast cancer.
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    August 1st Group Thread

    I am Laura, single mom to 2 boys, 9 & 5.5. I work part time and parent full time... a bit of a 2 pint bottles into a pint glass scenario My older buy is allergic to dairy so I have lots of experience with living dairy free. I did my first Whole30 in January 2012 and lived paleo until the Summer of 2013. I loved the way I felt and how good my GI tract worked. Alas a house move and strained relations with my ex, along with some negative stuff in my head knocked me off course and I have floundered for a year. It took me until 5 weeks ago to change the stuff in my head and finally something is different. I have a desire to feel better. For the first time in my life it is not about losing weight. My mother & I were supposed to go to see Garth Brooks in Dublin. She bought me the ticket for my birthday in February. The concerts were cancelled so she got me a FitBit instead. I live with two kids who are dairy free and a man who is a dairy nut. It's not a good combination. I am also a big Diet Coke and sugar free gum consumer. In August I will... - Declutter my sitting room shelves - Walk 70,000 steps a week - Stabilise my GI tract I am ready to feel better. I deserve to feel better.
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    Grass fed UK

    Summer beef in Ireland is grass fed & finished. Winter beef & all lamb is pastured but fattened with grain. (this is something Kerrygold doesn't publicize when they advertise in the US that their butter is made from grass fed dairy cows) If I could afford the fencing I would buy a lamb as soon as it weans & raise it myself but alas the money is not there for fencing. Be careful if you find "organic" beef or lamb as it is organic grain fed, not pastured :-(
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    Dairy substitutes for kids?

    My kids have always been dairy free so cheese & yogurts weren't an issue. They drink water and eat apple sauce instead of yogurt.
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    a night out/easter sunday

    There is an interesting transition when you go from "doing" paleo/W30 to "being" paleo/W30. You change from debating whether to have some dessert to not being bothered when the person next to you is eating your most favorite SAD food of all time. Until then you make decisions as you go & decide what is best for you at the time and if you eat something that doesn't agree with you, pick yourself up and eat properly again.
  9. My answer is going to contradict itself but your fat should be up over 60% & stop tracking your macronutrients. I know it's hard to know the former if you do the latter but simply upping your fat will make it happen. Are you sleeping at night? Are you in COMPLETE darkness at night? Are you asleep by 11?
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    Are you eating enough fat? I found that if I didn't eat enough fat things slow right down. Add avocado, oil, mayo etc to everything :-)
  11. LauraC

    new, as in super beginner :)

    Welcome to the start of the rest of your life. I hope the Whole30 teaches you wonderful things about yourself & that you reap all the benefits of it.
  12. LauraC

    Whole 30 Set Me Free

    I wrote this in mid Feb 2012 a little more than a week after finishing my 1st Whole30. It has taken more than a week being “off†the Whole30 to fully and clearly appreciate what I got from being “on†the Whole30.  Food wise nothing is different and for a whole 36 hours on day 33/34 I thought I couldn't cope without the rules of the Whole30 but right now I have clarity of thought and full knowledge of my intention without the outer framework of the rules. Whole30 has set me free of so many things.  I no longer obsess about what my next meal is.  I am in no way bothered about having yesterday's dinner for lunch today.  I am not focused on whether my jeans are looser or tighter this morning than they were yesterday, my only real concern is “are they clean enough to wear to work?â€. I know what weight I have lost but it is not invading my every thought.  I used my kitchen scale last week to bake with my kids but other than that it has only been used to follow a recipe as opposed to the near constant use to weigh and measure portions for each and every meal ofthe day. In my professional capacity I have for 15 years trusted my eyes to tell me the truth about what I see before me but I have never trusted them to tell me that the amount of food on my plate was sufficient to meet the sensation of hunger I was experiencing.  Until now.  Now I can look at my plate as I am creating my dinner and know when enough is enough and so 20 minutes after my meal I am neither hungry nor uncomfortably full.  But it doesn't involve putting my cutlery down between bites or lingering and taking 20 minutes to eat my meal (which, with 2 small children, I simply don't have) just so that my body would get the signal that it was full and tell me to stop eating. Rather than waiting until the end of the meal I have, for the first time in my life, learned how to listen to my body and also to trust that my eyes are a valuable tool in the eating process, not just that they can appreciate the appearance of a nice meal. 4.5 months ago I separated from my husband and as bad as my nutrition had been before he moved out, and it was bad, it got worse, way way worse.  The children and I rarely ate vegetables and had fruit even less often.  Too often the vegetables were frozen peas or tinned beans, neither of which are actually vegetables and the fruit came from a can.  Cakes were baked and consumed in one day and the cycle was repeated the next day.  Last week I did some paleo baking and when I had eaten half of the product of the exercise in too short a time I threw the rest in the bin and decided not to bake for another 2 weeks. I can list all of the “classic†bonuses of Whole30 with an emphatic yes.  I am sleeping better.  I am feeling better.  My intestines are behaving the way they should for the first time, probably ever (I was convinced last year that I had IBS-C).  My skin is clear.  I have lost weight and my clothes fit better.  I have just finished the most symptom free period of my life.  I have kicked the sugar demon to the curb and am coping with stress without eating the entire kitchen, packaging & all. But even with that entire list, if I could only tell someone one benefit of my Whole30 experience, my answer would be a single word. Freedom. So thank you guys, for the key.  I don't you didn't set me free but you put yourselves out there, and continue to do so, and without you I wouldn't be sat here trying to remember what I decided 3 days ago would be for dinner on tonight (and the only reason I have to remember right now is that I have to go and buy the ingredients). ---------------- It is 2 months later now & I'm on day 10 of my second Whole 30. I had reintroduced diet coke & it was affecting my sleep so I dropped it 2 weeks ago. My sleep has returned, I'm working on my basic exercise tolerance so that start lifting heavy things & I'm exploring the idea of dating! 14 weeks after starting my first Whole30 I remain free & can't imagine life any other way. As ever I am thankful to Derval for clicking that Like button at that moment. I owe you more than one :-)