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    paddlepop got a reaction from lesley2014 in Any other Australians?   
    Hey! I'm in Aus too. I'm on day 20 and feeling awesome. I'm finding it suspiciously easy now. This is the first time in my life I've been able to really stick with any prescribed plan. Will be really interested to see how post-30 measurements go. I can say that my skin is glowing so much you can pretty much see me in the dark! Hah. Good luck to you, stick with it!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Kristco,
     
    Welcome. You seem to be in the same boat as me. I've just started post-grad study while also working full-time. I finished my first Whole30 halfway through Feb. Immediately I thought YIPPEE I have beaten the chocolate dragon! Unfortunately, am now struggling again. I started a second Whole30 but got the flu and dropped it. I'm now house-sitting for 6 weeks which gives me the chance to break free from my lovely housemates, who are always leaving lovely treats around.. so I'm in with you from Saturday.
     
    Ange, Laura, jkord5, so great to read about your triumphs! Well done you!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Kristco,
     
    Welcome. You seem to be in the same boat as me. I've just started post-grad study while also working full-time. I finished my first Whole30 halfway through Feb. Immediately I thought YIPPEE I have beaten the chocolate dragon! Unfortunately, am now struggling again. I started a second Whole30 but got the flu and dropped it. I'm now house-sitting for 6 weeks which gives me the chance to break free from my lovely housemates, who are always leaving lovely treats around.. so I'm in with you from Saturday.
     
    Ange, Laura, jkord5, so great to read about your triumphs! Well done you!
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    paddlepop reacted to Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    My whole 30 wrap up
     
    PALEO 30 DAY CHALLENGE
    My Personal Journey
    About Me
    I started my 30 day Challenge on the 1st February 2014 and successfully completed the challenge on the 2nd February 2014. It is now day 31 and this is my story.
    I am 48 years of age and was suffering from many types of perimenopausal symptoms. I was working in hospitality doing shift work prior to starting the 30 day challenge which only made my symptoms worse through lack of sleep, bad eating habits and zero work life balance.
    I decided to give up my hospitality work when my health hit rock bottom in November 2013. I had been put on blood pressure medication for extremely high blood pressure, antidepressants for anxiety and sleeping tablets as I was not able to sleep doing shift work. I also consumed a lot of caffeine to get me moving and to keep myself awake during my late/night early morning shifts so I was on a very vicious cycle.
    I saw this challenge on a friend's Facebook page in January this year, did some reading about Paleo and the Whole 30 challenge and thought it may be just what I needed.
     
    Changes I was hoping for at the start of the 30 Challenge
    My biggest hope was that I would be able to increase my energy levels, sleep soundly without medication, stabilize my mood and loose excess weight that had crept up on me over the last 3 or so years.
     
    Whole 30
    My first few days were very testing. Headaches, foggy brain and all I wanted to do was curl up in bed. I wondered what I had got myself into.
    Every day since those beginning days have been positive. By week two I noticed a great improvement in my energy levels and mood and my sleeping was really coming along well. I had a smile back on my face and life back in my eyes.
    The last couple of weeks were amazing. My motivation was exceptional. I was setting goals and archiving them. Planning my days and time positively, something I was unable to do prior to the Whole 30 challenge. My body has also decided to start showing positive physical changes. My skin is glowing, my weight is starting to decline and my eyes are alive again.
     
    Benefits of completing the Whole 30 Challenge
    Confidence    
    Something I had been lacking for quite some time, second guessing myself constantly is now a thing of the past. I am loving the new confident me. It feels amazing!
     
    Moods
    Now stable.....yipee! I am so aware of how I am feeling now. I no longer look for comfort food or wine to make me feel more relaxed after a hard day. I am also off my antidepressants and feeling wonderful.
     
    Sleep
    I am now sleeping through the night soundly, unassisted by medication for on average 8 hours a night (unless the neighbors are having a party lol).
     
    Energy            
    What can I say but it is through the roof. I haven't felt this good for years and I no longer feel like a Nanna nap mid afternoon anymore. I am achieving all the things I have put off for years because the thought of doing them seemed so overwhelming.
     
    Weight Loss   
    I lost a total of 5.2 kilograms or 11 pounds 7 ounces over the 30 days and 19.5cm or 7.7 inches in total.
     
    Muscle tone   My body mass index dropped from 24.3% to 22.1% over the 30 days and this was achieved by sticking strictly to the Whole 30 program and walking most days and also doing some yoga and pilates classes.
     
    To conclude
    I have had a fantastic time doing the Whole 30 Challenge. It has taught me so much about food choices and the effects it has on our bodies physically and emotionally. I have enjoyed the benefits I have received so much that I will be sticking to the Paleo way of life as much as I possibly can. I can't wait to see how much more improvement I will see over the coming months and or hopefully years ahead.
    I feel like this is a whole new chapter in my life. I'm so excited and looking forward to my future with enthusiasm and passion!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from praxisproject in Any other Australians?   
    I haven't really been keeping track, just starting with vegies and adding whatever else I feel like, with the occasional big cookup of something more complicated. Today I've had leftover tuna and cabbage noodle casserole (vaguely followed http://sarahlynnsmile.com/2013/09/22/make-a-tuna-noodle-casserole-you-want-to-eat-paleowhole30gluten-freedairy-free/) and some eggs/avocado/tomato. I've been roasting/baking a lot of things as that is sort of quick, i.e. just chuck something on a baking tray and leave it for a half hour - so I've eaten a lot of baked chicken thighs with cucumber/tomato/snow peas etc. I also roast up heaps of vegies every weekend, roast pumpkin/onion/beetroot/zucchini is a good base for a meal. What else... I have a cool spiral slicer (GEFU Spirelli I think it's called) that makes zucchini noodles super quickly. If you've got the Well Fed cookbook, the pad thai recipe (which uses zoodles) is awesome! I've definitely been hanging out in the kitchen A Lot - my housemates will be glad to have the it back when I'm done. Or so they think.
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    paddlepop got a reaction from lesley2014 in Any other Australians?   
    Hey! I'm in Aus too. I'm on day 20 and feeling awesome. I'm finding it suspiciously easy now. This is the first time in my life I've been able to really stick with any prescribed plan. Will be really interested to see how post-30 measurements go. I can say that my skin is glowing so much you can pretty much see me in the dark! Hah. Good luck to you, stick with it!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from jkord5 in Superclean Round 2 starting Feb 19 in Aus   
    Thanks jkord5 looks delicious! I've cooked a similar thing but without cauli rice - will have to make the effort next time coz it looks amazing. We'll convince them, one meal at a time. You're nearly there, well done. I'm sure you already are but it's definitely worth thinking about what comes after, coz I got to the end without really deciding, and didn't have anything to stick to anymore. Well done on sticking with it!!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Oh, sort of under control as long as I think ahead. I face the next test this afternoon: explaining to my grandmother...
     
    How are you all feeling? Would love to read your evaluations after you're done.
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    paddlepop got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Aussies!
     
    How are you doing with your Whole30s? You must be near the finish line now? 
     
    I'm on day 2 of Round 2, being especially careful to avoid fruit and snacks between meals. It's a lot easier this time coz I know I can do it so, no nonsense doubt. And I just won over my housemates by cooking them dinner. I might try a fast now and again, though still reading up on that. 
     
    During Round 1 I also think I gave myself a free pass from exercising as much as normal coz I felt so virtuous about eating so well. So I'll try to keep the effort up this time. 
     
    Hope you are doing super well and are feeling that mysterious Tiger Blood! I just feel a sore back from too much yoga
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    paddlepop got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Hi Aussies!
     
    How are you doing with your Whole30s? You must be near the finish line now? 
     
    I'm on day 2 of Round 2, being especially careful to avoid fruit and snacks between meals. It's a lot easier this time coz I know I can do it so, no nonsense doubt. And I just won over my housemates by cooking them dinner. I might try a fast now and again, though still reading up on that. 
     
    During Round 1 I also think I gave myself a free pass from exercising as much as normal coz I felt so virtuous about eating so well. So I'll try to keep the effort up this time. 
     
    Hope you are doing super well and are feeling that mysterious Tiger Blood! I just feel a sore back from too much yoga
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    paddlepop reacted to Trina1960 in Superclean Round 2 starting Feb 19 in Aus   
    Goodluck Paddlepop, im still on day 22 od my first whole 30...can relate about the fruit and nuts...i have avoided them as they are my cravings when not on whole 30..ive had them when there has been nothing else for eg cashews as fat when i go out to dinner...
    fruit is an addiction for me....
    hope it all goes well
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    paddlepop reacted to samg in Superclean Round 2 starting Feb 19 in Aus   
    Good luck!  I hope it all goes well for you this time around.
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    paddlepop got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Thanks for the congratulations jkord5 and Ange. One of the best things about this community is the level of care and support, it's just so lovely.
     
    Ange I've seen the fast diet thing and will have to look into it a bit more. I'm starting another Whole30 tomorrow, maybe going a little less crazy on fruit and nuts and thinking more about meal timing. I noticed as soon as my Whole30 finished that it was too easy to suddenly abandon all of the effort I'd been putting into food preparation. I've just been in Perth visiting my twin and pretty much living in cafes, but now I'm back in the Whole30 mindset the vegie prep is suddenly a 'must get done' not a 'should do but would rather have nap'.
     
    I hope the last 10 days is a good run downhill for you!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    Thanks for the congratulations jkord5 and Ange. One of the best things about this community is the level of care and support, it's just so lovely.
     
    Ange I've seen the fast diet thing and will have to look into it a bit more. I'm starting another Whole30 tomorrow, maybe going a little less crazy on fruit and nuts and thinking more about meal timing. I noticed as soon as my Whole30 finished that it was too easy to suddenly abandon all of the effort I'd been putting into food preparation. I've just been in Perth visiting my twin and pretty much living in cafes, but now I'm back in the Whole30 mindset the vegie prep is suddenly a 'must get done' not a 'should do but would rather have nap'.
     
    I hope the last 10 days is a good run downhill for you!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from jkord5 in Any other Australians?   
    Hello everyone it is great to see so many Aussies on here. Seems like the real food revolution is beginning!
     
    It's a wrap for me! I finished the Whole30 3 days ago. I've already told you about the changes I could physically see. One to add - all the mosquitoes on my hike went straight for my hiking buddy and left me alone hah! Apparently they can sense blood sugar. Now the measurements.. I lost 1.2 kg - not huge, but I felt like I was eating my face off during the program as a result of having to focus so much on food, so I'm not that surprised. HOWEVER - my cholesterol dropped from 6.4 to 4.8!!!  Pretty amazed by that. Also stoked because I have a friend who is on cholesterol-lowering meds and maybe this experiment will help him.
     
    I am still a few kg above where I want to be so I think I'm going to jump right back on the horse.. after I finish my pot of natural yoghurt . By the way, the bread I was looking forward to tasted like cardboard. I've just had an appt with my workplace's health consultant, who is a big fan of paleo and suggests I try the intermittent fasting, and stepping up the exercise. No quick fixes I suppose. Oh to be a raging 17 year old again.
     
    One of the biggest things for me is being able to say I am in control of what I eat and so long sugar dragon.
     
    Hope you are all doing well!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from jkord5 in Any other Australians?   
    Hello everyone it is great to see so many Aussies on here. Seems like the real food revolution is beginning!
     
    It's a wrap for me! I finished the Whole30 3 days ago. I've already told you about the changes I could physically see. One to add - all the mosquitoes on my hike went straight for my hiking buddy and left me alone hah! Apparently they can sense blood sugar. Now the measurements.. I lost 1.2 kg - not huge, but I felt like I was eating my face off during the program as a result of having to focus so much on food, so I'm not that surprised. HOWEVER - my cholesterol dropped from 6.4 to 4.8!!!  Pretty amazed by that. Also stoked because I have a friend who is on cholesterol-lowering meds and maybe this experiment will help him.
     
    I am still a few kg above where I want to be so I think I'm going to jump right back on the horse.. after I finish my pot of natural yoghurt . By the way, the bread I was looking forward to tasted like cardboard. I've just had an appt with my workplace's health consultant, who is a big fan of paleo and suggests I try the intermittent fasting, and stepping up the exercise. No quick fixes I suppose. Oh to be a raging 17 year old again.
     
    One of the biggest things for me is being able to say I am in control of what I eat and so long sugar dragon.
     
    Hope you are all doing well!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from jkord5 in Any other Australians?   
    Hello everyone it is great to see so many Aussies on here. Seems like the real food revolution is beginning!
     
    It's a wrap for me! I finished the Whole30 3 days ago. I've already told you about the changes I could physically see. One to add - all the mosquitoes on my hike went straight for my hiking buddy and left me alone hah! Apparently they can sense blood sugar. Now the measurements.. I lost 1.2 kg - not huge, but I felt like I was eating my face off during the program as a result of having to focus so much on food, so I'm not that surprised. HOWEVER - my cholesterol dropped from 6.4 to 4.8!!!  Pretty amazed by that. Also stoked because I have a friend who is on cholesterol-lowering meds and maybe this experiment will help him.
     
    I am still a few kg above where I want to be so I think I'm going to jump right back on the horse.. after I finish my pot of natural yoghurt . By the way, the bread I was looking forward to tasted like cardboard. I've just had an appt with my workplace's health consultant, who is a big fan of paleo and suggests I try the intermittent fasting, and stepping up the exercise. No quick fixes I suppose. Oh to be a raging 17 year old again.
     
    One of the biggest things for me is being able to say I am in control of what I eat and so long sugar dragon.
     
    Hope you are all doing well!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from jkord5 in Any other Australians?   
    Hello everyone it is great to see so many Aussies on here. Seems like the real food revolution is beginning!
     
    It's a wrap for me! I finished the Whole30 3 days ago. I've already told you about the changes I could physically see. One to add - all the mosquitoes on my hike went straight for my hiking buddy and left me alone hah! Apparently they can sense blood sugar. Now the measurements.. I lost 1.2 kg - not huge, but I felt like I was eating my face off during the program as a result of having to focus so much on food, so I'm not that surprised. HOWEVER - my cholesterol dropped from 6.4 to 4.8!!!  Pretty amazed by that. Also stoked because I have a friend who is on cholesterol-lowering meds and maybe this experiment will help him.
     
    I am still a few kg above where I want to be so I think I'm going to jump right back on the horse.. after I finish my pot of natural yoghurt . By the way, the bread I was looking forward to tasted like cardboard. I've just had an appt with my workplace's health consultant, who is a big fan of paleo and suggests I try the intermittent fasting, and stepping up the exercise. No quick fixes I suppose. Oh to be a raging 17 year old again.
     
    One of the biggest things for me is being able to say I am in control of what I eat and so long sugar dragon.
     
    Hope you are all doing well!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from lesley2014 in Any other Australians?   
    Hey! I'm in Aus too. I'm on day 20 and feeling awesome. I'm finding it suspiciously easy now. This is the first time in my life I've been able to really stick with any prescribed plan. Will be really interested to see how post-30 measurements go. I can say that my skin is glowing so much you can pretty much see me in the dark! Hah. Good luck to you, stick with it!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from FauxAngel in Non-hormonal Contraceptives?   
    Hi FauxAngel,
     
    I've also been wanting to get away from hormonal contraception after stopping the pill a few months ago. I'm also in Aus. I went to see a gynaecologist just afterward and he was fairly insistent that my only option was Mirena, an IUD which does not cause the same problems as a copper IUD, but does use a small hormone dose about equivalent to two pills a week. Over time the uterine wall stops building up (while the thing is in), and so periods stop for a lot of women. I didn't like the guy at all which is the primary reason I haven't been back, but as I am not in a particularly long-term relationship I am glad to have the extra motivation to use condoms at the moment.
     
    I think the bottom line is that we are geared to get pregnant, so there is no easy way out of it! I hope you find an answer that works for you. The Whole30 is working magic on my post-pill horrible skin, glad to leave that behind!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    jkord5, I think when you get bored you really have to put something extra into trying new recipes. Those old chestnuts Nom Nom Paleo and The Clothes Make The Girl are really good. As is Dallas and Melissa's steak rub from It Starts With Food. Yom..
     
    I can't truthfully call what I'm feeling Tiger Blood. I've been doing my normal yoga and running and have been stronger at those. I am much more clear-headed and focused at work (my boss said he's going to write the Whole30 into my next position description!). I am definitely fitting right down inside my clothes rather than at the edges of them, my skin is happy and my fingernails and toenails look weirdly shiny. So those things are awesome, but the last couple of days I've been exhausted and am taking today as a do-nothing-recovery day. For me I think it's more mental than physical though as my poor brain is trying to work and study at the same time. Will see how I go on hike tomorrow - am going with someone who is a model of fitness and normally quite difficult to keep up with.
     
    3 days to go, and I think I will keep eating this way when cooking for myself, and not worry too much in social situations. With maybe some natural yoghurt and sourdough rye bread depending on how the reintroduction goes
     
    Have a nice weekend!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    jkord5, I think when you get bored you really have to put something extra into trying new recipes. Those old chestnuts Nom Nom Paleo and The Clothes Make The Girl are really good. As is Dallas and Melissa's steak rub from It Starts With Food. Yom..
     
    I can't truthfully call what I'm feeling Tiger Blood. I've been doing my normal yoga and running and have been stronger at those. I am much more clear-headed and focused at work (my boss said he's going to write the Whole30 into my next position description!). I am definitely fitting right down inside my clothes rather than at the edges of them, my skin is happy and my fingernails and toenails look weirdly shiny. So those things are awesome, but the last couple of days I've been exhausted and am taking today as a do-nothing-recovery day. For me I think it's more mental than physical though as my poor brain is trying to work and study at the same time. Will see how I go on hike tomorrow - am going with someone who is a model of fitness and normally quite difficult to keep up with.
     
    3 days to go, and I think I will keep eating this way when cooking for myself, and not worry too much in social situations. With maybe some natural yoghurt and sourdough rye bread depending on how the reintroduction goes
     
    Have a nice weekend!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    jkord5, I think when you get bored you really have to put something extra into trying new recipes. Those old chestnuts Nom Nom Paleo and The Clothes Make The Girl are really good. As is Dallas and Melissa's steak rub from It Starts With Food. Yom..
     
    I can't truthfully call what I'm feeling Tiger Blood. I've been doing my normal yoga and running and have been stronger at those. I am much more clear-headed and focused at work (my boss said he's going to write the Whole30 into my next position description!). I am definitely fitting right down inside my clothes rather than at the edges of them, my skin is happy and my fingernails and toenails look weirdly shiny. So those things are awesome, but the last couple of days I've been exhausted and am taking today as a do-nothing-recovery day. For me I think it's more mental than physical though as my poor brain is trying to work and study at the same time. Will see how I go on hike tomorrow - am going with someone who is a model of fitness and normally quite difficult to keep up with.
     
    3 days to go, and I think I will keep eating this way when cooking for myself, and not worry too much in social situations. With maybe some natural yoghurt and sourdough rye bread depending on how the reintroduction goes
     
    Have a nice weekend!
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    paddlepop got a reaction from jkord5 in Any other Australians?   
    Hello everybody, just checking in. Still haven't cracked at the end of day 26.
     
    Full disclosure, I actually started the Whole30 on Jan 2 and made it to day 8 before accepting some aniseed rings from my visiting brother - I was struggling with my (former?) chocolate addiction and a bit of back-to-work-itis. But then I realised that I really did want to finish a Whole30 even just the once as an experiment, and I started again 2 days later. I'm just telling you in case it helps in the next few days, if you're struggling, to remind you that you've read the theory, this stuff makes sense to you and you really do want to finish the Whole30, even just once, to see what unexpected things it will do for you. SO you might as well keep going since you're already on Day 6/8/12/...
     
    I'm going on a long hike this weekend and am trying to plan Whole30 hiking food.. challenge
     
    Eat well and enjoy!
     
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    paddlepop reacted to Angie Cooper in Any other Australians?   
    @ paddlepop
     
    Thanks so much for the encouragement!
     
    Have fun on your hike this weekend.