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    Munkers got a reaction from mariebolnous in Finished first Whole 30 but Weight Loss Is SLOOOOOOW   
    During my first Whole30, I lost half a pound.
     
    No, you read that right. HALF a pound.
     
    I was coming from a place of low calorie/starvation dieting and I'm pretty sure that I lost muscle mass on the physician supervised program I was following. (If a program tells you not to do anything more than walking or yoga, that should probably be a red flag that you won't be eating enough.) I noticed a change in my body composition after the Whole30 (slimmer waist and hips) which tells me that I still lost fat and my weight stayed about the same because my body was rebuilding and recovering from my diet abuse.
     
    Like others have said, you'll get there. Six pounds is an achievement and by no means an indication that you should give up!
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    Munkers got a reaction from EllieHH in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
     
    True story: I've been trying to explain my gluten intolerance to our ops manager for about a year and a half now. In her brain, this has translated into the idea that I must be a vegetarian. When she ordered pizza for the team, she made sure we had a cheese pizza because she knows I'm "picky."
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    Munkers got a reaction from JMT1127 in Are Prunes Acceptable and Question about Larabars?   
     
    An epsom salt bath is also a great way to get transdermal magnesium.
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    Munkers got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in BREAKING: dietary cholesterol isn't bad   
    I was excited to talk with a coworker yesterday when she told me that her doctor was advising her that her cholesterol problems were related to sugar consumption, not fat. Made me hopeful that conventional wisdom is catching up.
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    Munkers got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in BREAKING: dietary cholesterol isn't bad   
    I was excited to talk with a coworker yesterday when she told me that her doctor was advising her that her cholesterol problems were related to sugar consumption, not fat. Made me hopeful that conventional wisdom is catching up.
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    Munkers got a reaction from klkrikorian in avocado and nuts/seeds alternatives   
    If you're allergic to avocados, you'll likely remain allergic to them even after completing the program. However, if the issue is that your body just doesn't like digesting avocados and the issue is an intolerance instead of an allergy, then it's possible that the Whole30 could help.
     
    Another way to supplement your fat intake is with fattier cuts of meat and/or poultry with the skin on. Mayo is another option for fat and can be turned into all sorts of veggie dips. It might also be worth giving nuts and seed another try later in the program to see if your changing tastebuds make a difference in your enjoyment of them.
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    Munkers reacted to stone.charlene in Can I have..... Wazoogles Superfood Protein   
    Thank you!  Noted, and thank you so much for the feedback.  
     
     
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    Munkers reacted to SugarcubeOD in Endometriosis & Sugar   
    Is sugar something that normally causes pain for sufferers of endo?  Because I have never heard of pelvic pain from sugar before but I also am admittedly not up to speed on the consequences of food and endo.  Is it possible it was the pork and not the sugar or were you eating pork on the plan?  I would suggest going to google and seeing if you can find anything that links sugar and pelvic pain for endo sufferers as endo boards and forums are going to be much more robust from a symptom and anecdotal standpoint than the Whole30 boards.
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    Munkers got a reaction from salsasis14 in compliant thai green curry paste - Australia or online??   
    We buy Thai Kitchen curry pastes (red and green). Not sure if those are available in Australian or if they have the same ingredients, but Amazon carries them online. Link to the green stuff.
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    Munkers got a reaction from Selcazare in Hypothyroidism, anyone?   
    Hypothyroidism is a little different than other conditions like, say, high cholesterol. Taking medication for blood pressure, etc. is taking medication which is actually trying to change how your body works. Thyroid medication is more like a supplement in that you're taking something that your body can't or won't produce by itself. It is possible to improve your thyroid function through diet and lifestyle changes, but if your thyroid is shot then all of the Whole30-ing in the world won't be enough because your thyroid is no longer able to do its job.
     
    Did the doctor also test your TPO antibodies to check for Hashimoto's?
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    Munkers got a reaction from CecileC in How many eggs is too many eggs?   
     
    That's more or less my take on it. Also, even for those people who do respond to eggs, a reduction only slightly impacts their serum cholesterol.
     
    Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse AND they're relatively cheap and easy to get. In my book, unless there's a compelling reason to avoid them (like allergies or autoimmune issues), then folks should eat them. I don't think the research supports cholesterol as a compelling reason to exclude them. I'm a lot more convinced about the roles of sugar and refined carbohydrates in the elevation of cholesterol. You know the ones I'm talking about--"heart healthy whole grains" and "it comes from corn and your body can't tell the difference because sugar is sugar!"
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    Munkers got a reaction from CecileC in How many eggs is too many eggs?   
    Here's an article from the Journal of Nutrition. Of note:
     
    "Furthermore, evidence has been presented showing that the current blanket recommendations regarding dietary cholesterol and egg intake are unwarranted for the majority of people and are not supported by scientific data."
     
    "First, a conservative estimate suggests that only 30% of the population would respond to dietary cholesterol. It has been determined that a reduction in dietary cholesterol of 100 mg/d would only slightly decrease plasma total cholesterol levels of those who are responsive. For example, if a responsive individual chose to eat two eggs in one day they would exceed the AHA recommended upper limit for cholesterol intake by 126 mg, which would suggest that they may experience a 0.05–0.07 mmol/L increase in plasma total cholesterol levels. However, as previously mentioned, persons who consume more than one egg a day do not have a greater relative risk for CHD than those who eat only one egg a week."
     
    "The reality of the situation is that although egg intake has steadily declined since the original recommendations in the 1970s, CHD is still the leading cause of death in the U.S. today. Clearly, the current guidelines are not benefiting the public as a whole and may actually have negative nutritional implications."
     
    Hopefully that's  mainstream enough for your mom.
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    Munkers got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in BREAKING: dietary cholesterol isn't bad   
    I was excited to talk with a coworker yesterday when she told me that her doctor was advising her that her cholesterol problems were related to sugar consumption, not fat. Made me hopeful that conventional wisdom is catching up.
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    Munkers got a reaction from CateL in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    You have to play tupperware tetris to get all of your food for lunch into your lunchbag.
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    Munkers got a reaction from Staggolee41 in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    This drives me NUTS! "Whole30 muffin" is an oxymoron! I always want to ask people if they've actually read the guidelines.
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    Munkers got a reaction from TheMacMomma in Ground Beef Master Recipe Question   
    My go-to seasoning when I don't have a particular flavor profile in mind is to use some kind of all-purpose seasoning like TJ's 21 Seasoning Salute. For cooking ground beef, I've also recently become obsessed with picadillo and make a bastardized version with tomato paste, cumin, and LOTS of chopped green olives. (For me, the olives are the point of having picadillo.) You can also add compliant tomato sauce to the meat for a pseudo-bolognese and then serve over the veggies.
     
    Both of the Well Fed books also have awesome recipes for various sauces. Sunshine sauce is a favorite on the forums, but there are tons of other things to try. Hubby and I made the tahini dressing last night and poured it over refridgerator velcro stirfry. Plain mayo is a good addition too!
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    Munkers got a reaction from Stefierella in Another cycle change question   
    How are you tracking ovulation and your luteal phase? For the record, not everyone ovulates on day 14 of their cycle. The 28 day cycle model is not so much a picture of the "average" cycle, but is convenient teaching tool because it divides up the cycle into four weeks and makes it easier to discuss each part of the cycle as its own week. Changes in menstrual cycle length are usually tied to you ovulating earlier or later than expected OR not ovulating at all and experiencing withdrawal bleeding as opposed to a true menstrual period. (A menstrual period is defined as bleeding which occurs after ovulation so if you haven't ovulated, you're experiencing withdrawal or breakthrough bleeding and a not a menstruation. It's not a distinction that most people care about, but it's an important distinction in some contexts.)
     
    You're correct in that changes in your luteal phase are very rare, but they are possible depending on how your hormones have changed. For example, a short luteal phase is caused by insufficient progesterone. If you can correct that, then you might seen the luteal phase lengthen a bit.
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    Munkers got a reaction from ktmoose in SoDelicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk & Deli Meat   
    Prosciutto is usually the only compliant sliced meat that I can find. And believe me, I've SCOURED my local markets including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Krogers and all the other major grocer story chains in my area. I found compliant Apple Gate Farms roast beef once, but it was $8 and was enough for one, maybe two, meals. So not worth it.
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    Munkers got a reaction from Staggolee41 in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    This drives me NUTS! "Whole30 muffin" is an oxymoron! I always want to ask people if they've actually read the guidelines.
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    Munkers got a reaction from ktmoose in SoDelicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk & Deli Meat   
    Prosciutto is usually the only compliant sliced meat that I can find. And believe me, I've SCOURED my local markets including Whole Foods, Sprouts, Krogers and all the other major grocer story chains in my area. I found compliant Apple Gate Farms roast beef once, but it was $8 and was enough for one, maybe two, meals. So not worth it.
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    Munkers got a reaction from LO867 in mayo...not   
    My husband came into the kitchen and high fived me after I showed him what I had done. Then we giggled about it like school kids.
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    Munkers got a reaction from LO867 in mayo...not   
    If it doesn't emulsify properly, you can also try to save it by taking another egg yolk and then slowly drizzling in the failed batch like you would oil for a fresh batch.
     
    I'm also a fan of the immersion blender for making mayo. I've done it in my food processor before, but it turns out thinner.
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    Munkers got a reaction from ruigteach in Weight loss as a goal, not a side effect   
    Weight is a much more complex issue than calories in/calorie out regardless of what the diet industry would have you believe. Weight loss doesn't occur in a strictly linear fashion and that's because our bodies are constantly changing. Weight gain, especially when our bodies stubbornly hold on to it, is often a symptom of a larger issue like a mucked up metabolism or systemic stress. When you can reduce or fix those things, your body will be healthier and you'll see the weight come off.
     
    Eleven pounds during the course of a Whole30 is a HUGE accomplishment! You're losing weight with your existing choices (Whole30) and you're feeling good, so what is there to change? Remember that healthy, sustainable weight loss is generally 1-2% of your body weight per week. It's normal to have a sudden quick drop when you're first starting off, but things will level out as you continue and that's something you'll need to be able to trust and be comfortable with. Don't expect to lose 11lbs each month and don't try to force yourself to reach that goal, either. You'll only wind up hurting yourself and then falling off the wagon after too much restriction.
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    Munkers got a reaction from Whole30Sue in Beyond Whole30   
    Remember that exercise doesn't mean having to carve out an hour per day of your life. Start small--maybe a 15 minute walk each day. On some days, you might feel good and want to do more. Maybe it's a really pretty day and you're enjoying your time outside. So enjoy it and do what feels good. If you work in a building with stairs, try to climb them a few times each day. (When I'm at work, I go to the second floor bathroom each time I need to go so I can walk a little more and do the stairs.) Your first goal is just to get moving. Once the habit is there, you can start adding other activities and playing around with the routine. Or you may find that your health is at a place where all you can manage is the walking. That's okay too. Keep at it, keep healing, and honor your limitations so that you can keep making progress.
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    Munkers got a reaction from Renata Sue King-Dewar in BREAKING: dietary cholesterol isn't bad   
    I was excited to talk with a coworker yesterday when she told me that her doctor was advising her that her cholesterol problems were related to sugar consumption, not fat. Made me hopeful that conventional wisdom is catching up.