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    How to handle emotional eating?

    Distraction, usually. A few years ago, I went to a pain psychologist, and she had me make a list of things that were soothing to me, and urged me to draw from that list when the pain was getting to me mentally. I find those same self-soothing techniques work for emotional eating. Cuddling up with some tea and a soft blanket; a bubble bath; a book...Your list may look different, but I'd suggest working on one. Keep it handy when the urge strikes. Generally after 10-15 minutes, that urge will pass. Best of luck!
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    Day 15 with sharp, intermittent abdominal pains

    Sharp abdominal pains are not normal, and are nothing to mess around with. I know you said you're in the medical field, but it wouldn't hurt to get checked by a doctor. At best, though, it could be an intolerance to something you're eating regularly. I know nuts/seeds will trigger some painful digestive issues for me.
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    Tummy issues and nothing is compliant!

    Brew some ginger "tea" (hot water, fresh ginger). It will settle your stomach, and is completely compliant.
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    Day 10, second W30

    You might consider trying the unflavored Natural Calm magnesium supplement. It tends to help things move along in that department, and much more pleasant than an enema!
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    Rural area....

    What's allowed for breakfast beside eggs? Whatever you eat for lunch or dinner. Really. It can take a while to get used to it, but think of it as "meal 1" instead of breakfast. Eat leftovers. This week I am eating shepherd's pie for breakfast. A lot of folks have been in your shoes and felt overwhelmed, and that's why so many folks are responding. People want to help. Read through the resources they've shared, hopefully it's helpful.
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    My sleep is totally messed up

    I find that when I use Natural Calm before bed, I often have to wake up in the middle of the night due to having liquids so close to bed time. One thing I'm trying right now is moving my dose closer to an hour before bed, and using the least amount of water possible (4-6 oz). It sure doesn't help the flavor, but when I can get a decent nights' sleep, it makes it sorta worth it. I have chronic sleep issues, and wondered if you were having similar sleep patterns prior to Whole30, or if they just started during your current round?
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    Yeast infection

    Definitely see a doctor if you're still uncomfortable. There are other conditions that mimic yeast infection symptoms, such as BV, that can't be treated with over the counter yeast infection treatments. Also, probiotic foods could potentially help balance out your flora, so if you're not using them at this point, it might be worth a try to add some in.
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    Period Returns After Being Pre-Menopausal

    There's a pinned post in this section of the forum. The Whole30 works by rebalancing your hormones. This can lead to changes in periods. If you're concerned, however, you might consult your doctor!
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    Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered

    I used real fruit, rather than juice....probably close to 1/4 cup of peeled, diced honeycrisp apple, about 1/3 of a cinnamon stick, and a small piece of chopped ginger--per bottle. I'm guessing I can probably reuse the cinnamon stick, but hard to say. I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but plan to crack one open with dinner this evening.
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    Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered

    I'm so excited to have come across this topic. I've been making my own kombucha for a little over a year now. My last batch was attacked by fruit flies, so I started over a few weeks ago. I got a second ferment going on Sunday of apple/cinnamon/ginger. When I went to burp the bottles last night, they actually fizzed out a bit. I popped them in the fridge, and am excited to try them tonight!
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    LaLissie, the collagen hydrolysate is great because you can blend it in a beverage without changing the flavor/texture. I'm a big fan of it, as well. Seems to help my skin, hair, and gut. I generally throw a scoop or two in my morning cup of coffee. It's definitely worth trying.
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    My eczema is minimal when I am eating Whole30. Within about a week or so of starting the current round, my existing patches cleared up. I did have one tiny breakout on my thumb recently, but I find that my eczema tends to be triggered by stress as well, and I'm in a high stress time of year in my job. It could take some extra time for yours to fully clear up, depending on how you were eating pre-Whole30, as well, or there may still be food groups within your Whole30 that are aggravating the condition. For me it tends to be a case of trial & error.