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    look_alive got a reaction from TammygTX in Chicken Broth?   
    I think I finally just found a grocery-store brand of chicken stock that looks compliant!
     
    Medford Farms Homestyle Chicken Stock - All Natural
     
    The label says "All Natural, Gluten Free, Lactose Free & Soy Free. No Fillers, No Artificial Colors or Flavors, No Preservatives"
     
    Ingredients: chicken stock, mirepoix stock (made of carrots, celery and onion stocks), sea salt, gelatin, chicken fat, chicken, chicken skin, tapioca starch. 
     
    I was worried about the tapioca starch, but when I Google "Whole30 tapioca starch" I get two links. One to Facebook where the "Whole30 Administrator" says its fine to use as a thickener, but not in baked goods, and another link to the forums where one of the mods says it would be an okay substitute for arrowroot powder for thickening.
     
    So.... think it's a safe bet?
     
     

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    look_alive got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Whole 30 compliant fish sauce - not red boat   
    In the Well Fed cookbooks, Melissa recommends 1 Tablespoon of coconut aminos mashed with one teaspoon of anchovy paste (or one whole anchovy) as a substitute for Fish Sauce.
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    look_alive got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Whole 30 compliant fish sauce - not red boat   
    In the Well Fed cookbooks, Melissa recommends 1 Tablespoon of coconut aminos mashed with one teaspoon of anchovy paste (or one whole anchovy) as a substitute for Fish Sauce.
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    look_alive got a reaction from ninadude in What's the haps with plantain?   
    I think, for me personally, I'm going to have to nix the plantains for the remainder of my whole 30.  I have an irrational, out-of-control craving for tortilla chips....  of any sort.  Dipped in queso or salsa, in a salad, assembled into nachos, and just plain by themselves. It's a texture thing for me... I love the contrast of the crisp of the chip against the smooth, creaminess of cheese and guacamole.

    I've made the Plantain Nachos from WellFed twice now... once with ground beef and once with pulled pork.

    O. M. G. they are DIVINE.  Buuuuut, they flip that "tortilla" switch in my brain and I eat the whole tray.  I LITERALLY cannot stop myself.

    I guess that's a testament to both how fantastic the recipe is as well as how low my willpower is.  I think, in the spirit of Whole30, I should refrain from them for the remainder of my program even though they are technically compliant.  :-(
     
    For those of you without my irrational tortilla chip cravings, go for it!
  5. Like
    look_alive got a reaction from ninadude in What's the haps with plantain?   
    I think, for me personally, I'm going to have to nix the plantains for the remainder of my whole 30.  I have an irrational, out-of-control craving for tortilla chips....  of any sort.  Dipped in queso or salsa, in a salad, assembled into nachos, and just plain by themselves. It's a texture thing for me... I love the contrast of the crisp of the chip against the smooth, creaminess of cheese and guacamole.

    I've made the Plantain Nachos from WellFed twice now... once with ground beef and once with pulled pork.

    O. M. G. they are DIVINE.  Buuuuut, they flip that "tortilla" switch in my brain and I eat the whole tray.  I LITERALLY cannot stop myself.

    I guess that's a testament to both how fantastic the recipe is as well as how low my willpower is.  I think, in the spirit of Whole30, I should refrain from them for the remainder of my program even though they are technically compliant.  :-(
     
    For those of you without my irrational tortilla chip cravings, go for it!
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    look_alive got a reaction from aliciaintyler in Grab-and-go Breakfast   
    I will agree with user SpinSpin over on the first page...   the breakfast casserole from Mark's Daily Apple has saved my fanny many mornings! Bake on Sunday night, cut into squares and package in a ziplock. Good cold but fantastic warm.

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-breakfast-casserole/#axzz2pSK2YAcR
     
    A few tips:
     
    1. It DOES NOT taste like turnips!  It tastes like a hasbrown casserole made with white potatoes. (YUM!)
    2. I used ground pork instead of expensive compliant sausage.
    3. I added a few things: I sauteed a leek and a package of sliced mushrooms along with the pork. Added sliced green onions just before baking.
    4. Doubled the number of eggs to 8 instead of 4.
    5. Made it in a 9x13 pan instead of 8x8 (extra veggies made a larger batch.)
    6. I only baked it for 45 minutes.  (His time listed is for baking from frozen.)
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    look_alive got a reaction from aliciaintyler in Grab-and-go Breakfast   
    I will agree with user SpinSpin over on the first page...   the breakfast casserole from Mark's Daily Apple has saved my fanny many mornings! Bake on Sunday night, cut into squares and package in a ziplock. Good cold but fantastic warm.

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-breakfast-casserole/#axzz2pSK2YAcR
     
    A few tips:
     
    1. It DOES NOT taste like turnips!  It tastes like a hasbrown casserole made with white potatoes. (YUM!)
    2. I used ground pork instead of expensive compliant sausage.
    3. I added a few things: I sauteed a leek and a package of sliced mushrooms along with the pork. Added sliced green onions just before baking.
    4. Doubled the number of eggs to 8 instead of 4.
    5. Made it in a 9x13 pan instead of 8x8 (extra veggies made a larger batch.)
    6. I only baked it for 45 minutes.  (His time listed is for baking from frozen.)
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    look_alive got a reaction from Lyolya in My First Whole30 complete - 22 pounds gone!   
    What a wonderful, crazy experience.  Finished my first Whole30 and went to the doctor today to get weighted and have bloodwork done (which I'll share when the results come in.)
     
    I lost an amazing 22 pounds!  I exercised very little, mostly walking.  I was large to start with (39yo male, 6'2" and 297 pounds on start day). Weighed in this morning on the same scale at 275 pounds.  Still a long way from my goal weight, but much closer than before I started, and now I have a clear path to success!
     
    I introduced dairy today, in small amounts.  So far, I feel okay, but the interesting thing was that I didn't really go crazy over the cheese like I thought I would!  I mean, yes, it was tasty, but I think I would have enjoyed the meal just as much without it, so...   who knows... maybe I'll just skip it from here on out.
     
    The wheat situation is very different, and I don't care if I have another grain of flour for the rest of my life.  Yes, I love bread and pasta, and before dabbling in paleo last year, I never thought it gave me problems.  Since starting the Whole30, I realize what wheat was doing to me...  HEARTBURN, with a capital "H"!

    So, to recap:
     
         •  Sleep like a baby.  My Fitbit says I used to be "restless" about 22-25 times a night and "wake up" 5-6 times a night.  After Whole30, that's down to around 8-10 times a night of "restlessness" and 0-2 times "awake" at night.
     
         •  Lost a cool 22 pounds in weight.
     
         •  SEVERE, constant heartburn gone after day 3.  G.O.N.E.
     
         •  Gas and bloating gone.
     
         •  Afternoon headaches gone.
     
         •  Cleaner tongue and better breath upon waking (don't ask me why, but it's true!)
     
         •  Excessive sweating GONE.  THIS IS A BIG ONE FOR ME!  I would leave the house in the morning and have sweat rings on my shirt and be in a full-on "flopsweat" by the time I arrived at work. Meetings, restaurants, walking, sitting, standing I would ALWAYS sweat.  Had to carry around a handkerchief every day to wipe sweat with.  That is 100% GONE and I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!
     
    I am so glad to have found this program, and will definitely stick to it with minimal "cheats".  I'm excited to go to Happy Hour today and enjoy a cocktail, as I've certainly missed that camaraderie, but I know that can now only be a once-in-a-while treat and not a 3-or-4 times-a-week treat.
     
    Thanks to Dallas and Melissa and the entire Whole9 team for an amazing experience, and also to all you forum mods and members who helped me along the way! I'll close with the post I made to my Facebook wall last night, because that sums up my feelings nicely!
     
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    look_alive got a reaction from Lyolya in My First Whole30 complete - 22 pounds gone!   
    What a wonderful, crazy experience.  Finished my first Whole30 and went to the doctor today to get weighted and have bloodwork done (which I'll share when the results come in.)
     
    I lost an amazing 22 pounds!  I exercised very little, mostly walking.  I was large to start with (39yo male, 6'2" and 297 pounds on start day). Weighed in this morning on the same scale at 275 pounds.  Still a long way from my goal weight, but much closer than before I started, and now I have a clear path to success!
     
    I introduced dairy today, in small amounts.  So far, I feel okay, but the interesting thing was that I didn't really go crazy over the cheese like I thought I would!  I mean, yes, it was tasty, but I think I would have enjoyed the meal just as much without it, so...   who knows... maybe I'll just skip it from here on out.
     
    The wheat situation is very different, and I don't care if I have another grain of flour for the rest of my life.  Yes, I love bread and pasta, and before dabbling in paleo last year, I never thought it gave me problems.  Since starting the Whole30, I realize what wheat was doing to me...  HEARTBURN, with a capital "H"!

    So, to recap:
     
         •  Sleep like a baby.  My Fitbit says I used to be "restless" about 22-25 times a night and "wake up" 5-6 times a night.  After Whole30, that's down to around 8-10 times a night of "restlessness" and 0-2 times "awake" at night.
     
         •  Lost a cool 22 pounds in weight.
     
         •  SEVERE, constant heartburn gone after day 3.  G.O.N.E.
     
         •  Gas and bloating gone.
     
         •  Afternoon headaches gone.
     
         •  Cleaner tongue and better breath upon waking (don't ask me why, but it's true!)
     
         •  Excessive sweating GONE.  THIS IS A BIG ONE FOR ME!  I would leave the house in the morning and have sweat rings on my shirt and be in a full-on "flopsweat" by the time I arrived at work. Meetings, restaurants, walking, sitting, standing I would ALWAYS sweat.  Had to carry around a handkerchief every day to wipe sweat with.  That is 100% GONE and I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!
     
    I am so glad to have found this program, and will definitely stick to it with minimal "cheats".  I'm excited to go to Happy Hour today and enjoy a cocktail, as I've certainly missed that camaraderie, but I know that can now only be a once-in-a-while treat and not a 3-or-4 times-a-week treat.
     
    Thanks to Dallas and Melissa and the entire Whole9 team for an amazing experience, and also to all you forum mods and members who helped me along the way! I'll close with the post I made to my Facebook wall last night, because that sums up my feelings nicely!
     
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    look_alive got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Whole 30 compliant fish sauce - not red boat   
    In the Well Fed cookbooks, Melissa recommends 1 Tablespoon of coconut aminos mashed with one teaspoon of anchovy paste (or one whole anchovy) as a substitute for Fish Sauce.
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    look_alive got a reaction from praxisproject in Who's made what from Well Fed 2!   
    For those that want it, the recipe for the Plaintain Nachos is available online at a blog called "Katrina Runs".  The link is below.
     
    LINK:   http://www.katrina-runs.com/plantain-nachos-from-well-fed-2
     
    I posted this earlier, but it was removed by a moderator because it appeared to be posted to her blog without Melissa Joulwan's permission.  The mods contacted Melissa and found out that "Katrina" is a friend of Melissa Joulwan and had permisison to post the recipe.  I'll be making it tonight, and buying the book ASAP!
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    look_alive got a reaction from Badwolf in Well Fed or Well Fed 2?   
    I had a hard time deciding which to get, so I purchased them both from Amazon for about $30 total just this week.  (If you buy them both, you can get free shipping!)

    They are both FANTASTIC.  I'm a cookbook lover. I read them like novels (literally) from cover to cover, and both of the Well Fed books are at the top of my list.
     
    I'd just plan to get both.  If they both aren't in your budget at the moment, get the first one now and the second one next month.  Once you see one, you will instantly want the other one. 
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    look_alive got a reaction from Jill_L in Coffee & coconut milk... yuck   
    Hmm.  That's tricky to me. If you are just using the coffee as a vehicle for sugar, cream and caffeine and truly cannot enjoy it black, then you might think about just dropping coffee entirely for your Whole30.   In a week, your body will be adjusted to the lack of daily caffeine.  Yes, it will be hard, but no harder than ditching all the other unhealthy foods that Whole30 requires.  "Recreating" a coffee drink that mimics coffee with cream and sugar isn't really in the spirit of Whole30 to me, because it goes against the principle of cutting out the things we crave, which will in turn mean that you will revert right back to coffee with cream and sugar after the Whole30 because you've just substituted a "fake version" as a stopgap.    I feel like the rule that we can't eat "paleo treats" because they mimic those items which we crave should also apply to beverages we crave as well.

    That sounds harsh, I know, but it's only my opinion.  Maybe someone else will chime in with some other recommendations for you.
     
    Good luck on the Whole30!  I've luckily learned to love my coffee plain and black, but it was hard!
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    look_alive got a reaction from aliciaintyler in Grab-and-go Breakfast   
    I will agree with user SpinSpin over on the first page...   the breakfast casserole from Mark's Daily Apple has saved my fanny many mornings! Bake on Sunday night, cut into squares and package in a ziplock. Good cold but fantastic warm.

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-breakfast-casserole/#axzz2pSK2YAcR
     
    A few tips:
     
    1. It DOES NOT taste like turnips!  It tastes like a hasbrown casserole made with white potatoes. (YUM!)
    2. I used ground pork instead of expensive compliant sausage.
    3. I added a few things: I sauteed a leek and a package of sliced mushrooms along with the pork. Added sliced green onions just before baking.
    4. Doubled the number of eggs to 8 instead of 4.
    5. Made it in a 9x13 pan instead of 8x8 (extra veggies made a larger batch.)
    6. I only baked it for 45 minutes.  (His time listed is for baking from frozen.)
  15. Like
    look_alive got a reaction from Jill_L in Coffee & coconut milk... yuck   
    Hmm.  That's tricky to me. If you are just using the coffee as a vehicle for sugar, cream and caffeine and truly cannot enjoy it black, then you might think about just dropping coffee entirely for your Whole30.   In a week, your body will be adjusted to the lack of daily caffeine.  Yes, it will be hard, but no harder than ditching all the other unhealthy foods that Whole30 requires.  "Recreating" a coffee drink that mimics coffee with cream and sugar isn't really in the spirit of Whole30 to me, because it goes against the principle of cutting out the things we crave, which will in turn mean that you will revert right back to coffee with cream and sugar after the Whole30 because you've just substituted a "fake version" as a stopgap.    I feel like the rule that we can't eat "paleo treats" because they mimic those items which we crave should also apply to beverages we crave as well.

    That sounds harsh, I know, but it's only my opinion.  Maybe someone else will chime in with some other recommendations for you.
     
    Good luck on the Whole30!  I've luckily learned to love my coffee plain and black, but it was hard!
  16. Like
    look_alive got a reaction from Lyolya in My First Whole30 complete - 22 pounds gone!   
    What a wonderful, crazy experience.  Finished my first Whole30 and went to the doctor today to get weighted and have bloodwork done (which I'll share when the results come in.)
     
    I lost an amazing 22 pounds!  I exercised very little, mostly walking.  I was large to start with (39yo male, 6'2" and 297 pounds on start day). Weighed in this morning on the same scale at 275 pounds.  Still a long way from my goal weight, but much closer than before I started, and now I have a clear path to success!
     
    I introduced dairy today, in small amounts.  So far, I feel okay, but the interesting thing was that I didn't really go crazy over the cheese like I thought I would!  I mean, yes, it was tasty, but I think I would have enjoyed the meal just as much without it, so...   who knows... maybe I'll just skip it from here on out.
     
    The wheat situation is very different, and I don't care if I have another grain of flour for the rest of my life.  Yes, I love bread and pasta, and before dabbling in paleo last year, I never thought it gave me problems.  Since starting the Whole30, I realize what wheat was doing to me...  HEARTBURN, with a capital "H"!

    So, to recap:
     
         •  Sleep like a baby.  My Fitbit says I used to be "restless" about 22-25 times a night and "wake up" 5-6 times a night.  After Whole30, that's down to around 8-10 times a night of "restlessness" and 0-2 times "awake" at night.
     
         •  Lost a cool 22 pounds in weight.
     
         •  SEVERE, constant heartburn gone after day 3.  G.O.N.E.
     
         •  Gas and bloating gone.
     
         •  Afternoon headaches gone.
     
         •  Cleaner tongue and better breath upon waking (don't ask me why, but it's true!)
     
         •  Excessive sweating GONE.  THIS IS A BIG ONE FOR ME!  I would leave the house in the morning and have sweat rings on my shirt and be in a full-on "flopsweat" by the time I arrived at work. Meetings, restaurants, walking, sitting, standing I would ALWAYS sweat.  Had to carry around a handkerchief every day to wipe sweat with.  That is 100% GONE and I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!
     
    I am so glad to have found this program, and will definitely stick to it with minimal "cheats".  I'm excited to go to Happy Hour today and enjoy a cocktail, as I've certainly missed that camaraderie, but I know that can now only be a once-in-a-while treat and not a 3-or-4 times-a-week treat.
     
    Thanks to Dallas and Melissa and the entire Whole9 team for an amazing experience, and also to all you forum mods and members who helped me along the way! I'll close with the post I made to my Facebook wall last night, because that sums up my feelings nicely!
     
  17. Like
    look_alive got a reaction from Jill_L in Coffee & coconut milk... yuck   
    Hmm.  That's tricky to me. If you are just using the coffee as a vehicle for sugar, cream and caffeine and truly cannot enjoy it black, then you might think about just dropping coffee entirely for your Whole30.   In a week, your body will be adjusted to the lack of daily caffeine.  Yes, it will be hard, but no harder than ditching all the other unhealthy foods that Whole30 requires.  "Recreating" a coffee drink that mimics coffee with cream and sugar isn't really in the spirit of Whole30 to me, because it goes against the principle of cutting out the things we crave, which will in turn mean that you will revert right back to coffee with cream and sugar after the Whole30 because you've just substituted a "fake version" as a stopgap.    I feel like the rule that we can't eat "paleo treats" because they mimic those items which we crave should also apply to beverages we crave as well.

    That sounds harsh, I know, but it's only my opinion.  Maybe someone else will chime in with some other recommendations for you.
     
    Good luck on the Whole30!  I've luckily learned to love my coffee plain and black, but it was hard!
  18. Like
    look_alive got a reaction from Robin Strathdee in Whole 30 compliant fish sauce - not red boat   
    In the Well Fed cookbooks, Melissa recommends 1 Tablespoon of coconut aminos mashed with one teaspoon of anchovy paste (or one whole anchovy) as a substitute for Fish Sauce.
  19. Like
    look_alive got a reaction from Lyolya in My First Whole30 complete - 22 pounds gone!   
    What a wonderful, crazy experience.  Finished my first Whole30 and went to the doctor today to get weighted and have bloodwork done (which I'll share when the results come in.)
     
    I lost an amazing 22 pounds!  I exercised very little, mostly walking.  I was large to start with (39yo male, 6'2" and 297 pounds on start day). Weighed in this morning on the same scale at 275 pounds.  Still a long way from my goal weight, but much closer than before I started, and now I have a clear path to success!
     
    I introduced dairy today, in small amounts.  So far, I feel okay, but the interesting thing was that I didn't really go crazy over the cheese like I thought I would!  I mean, yes, it was tasty, but I think I would have enjoyed the meal just as much without it, so...   who knows... maybe I'll just skip it from here on out.
     
    The wheat situation is very different, and I don't care if I have another grain of flour for the rest of my life.  Yes, I love bread and pasta, and before dabbling in paleo last year, I never thought it gave me problems.  Since starting the Whole30, I realize what wheat was doing to me...  HEARTBURN, with a capital "H"!

    So, to recap:
     
         •  Sleep like a baby.  My Fitbit says I used to be "restless" about 22-25 times a night and "wake up" 5-6 times a night.  After Whole30, that's down to around 8-10 times a night of "restlessness" and 0-2 times "awake" at night.
     
         •  Lost a cool 22 pounds in weight.
     
         •  SEVERE, constant heartburn gone after day 3.  G.O.N.E.
     
         •  Gas and bloating gone.
     
         •  Afternoon headaches gone.
     
         •  Cleaner tongue and better breath upon waking (don't ask me why, but it's true!)
     
         •  Excessive sweating GONE.  THIS IS A BIG ONE FOR ME!  I would leave the house in the morning and have sweat rings on my shirt and be in a full-on "flopsweat" by the time I arrived at work. Meetings, restaurants, walking, sitting, standing I would ALWAYS sweat.  Had to carry around a handkerchief every day to wipe sweat with.  That is 100% GONE and I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!
     
    I am so glad to have found this program, and will definitely stick to it with minimal "cheats".  I'm excited to go to Happy Hour today and enjoy a cocktail, as I've certainly missed that camaraderie, but I know that can now only be a once-in-a-while treat and not a 3-or-4 times-a-week treat.
     
    Thanks to Dallas and Melissa and the entire Whole9 team for an amazing experience, and also to all you forum mods and members who helped me along the way! I'll close with the post I made to my Facebook wall last night, because that sums up my feelings nicely!
     
  20. Like
    look_alive got a reaction from ninadude in What's the haps with plantain?   
    I think, for me personally, I'm going to have to nix the plantains for the remainder of my whole 30.  I have an irrational, out-of-control craving for tortilla chips....  of any sort.  Dipped in queso or salsa, in a salad, assembled into nachos, and just plain by themselves. It's a texture thing for me... I love the contrast of the crisp of the chip against the smooth, creaminess of cheese and guacamole.

    I've made the Plantain Nachos from WellFed twice now... once with ground beef and once with pulled pork.

    O. M. G. they are DIVINE.  Buuuuut, they flip that "tortilla" switch in my brain and I eat the whole tray.  I LITERALLY cannot stop myself.

    I guess that's a testament to both how fantastic the recipe is as well as how low my willpower is.  I think, in the spirit of Whole30, I should refrain from them for the remainder of my program even though they are technically compliant.  :-(
     
    For those of you without my irrational tortilla chip cravings, go for it!
  21. Like
    look_alive got a reaction from Lyolya in My First Whole30 complete - 22 pounds gone!   
    What a wonderful, crazy experience.  Finished my first Whole30 and went to the doctor today to get weighted and have bloodwork done (which I'll share when the results come in.)
     
    I lost an amazing 22 pounds!  I exercised very little, mostly walking.  I was large to start with (39yo male, 6'2" and 297 pounds on start day). Weighed in this morning on the same scale at 275 pounds.  Still a long way from my goal weight, but much closer than before I started, and now I have a clear path to success!
     
    I introduced dairy today, in small amounts.  So far, I feel okay, but the interesting thing was that I didn't really go crazy over the cheese like I thought I would!  I mean, yes, it was tasty, but I think I would have enjoyed the meal just as much without it, so...   who knows... maybe I'll just skip it from here on out.
     
    The wheat situation is very different, and I don't care if I have another grain of flour for the rest of my life.  Yes, I love bread and pasta, and before dabbling in paleo last year, I never thought it gave me problems.  Since starting the Whole30, I realize what wheat was doing to me...  HEARTBURN, with a capital "H"!

    So, to recap:
     
         •  Sleep like a baby.  My Fitbit says I used to be "restless" about 22-25 times a night and "wake up" 5-6 times a night.  After Whole30, that's down to around 8-10 times a night of "restlessness" and 0-2 times "awake" at night.
     
         •  Lost a cool 22 pounds in weight.
     
         •  SEVERE, constant heartburn gone after day 3.  G.O.N.E.
     
         •  Gas and bloating gone.
     
         •  Afternoon headaches gone.
     
         •  Cleaner tongue and better breath upon waking (don't ask me why, but it's true!)
     
         •  Excessive sweating GONE.  THIS IS A BIG ONE FOR ME!  I would leave the house in the morning and have sweat rings on my shirt and be in a full-on "flopsweat" by the time I arrived at work. Meetings, restaurants, walking, sitting, standing I would ALWAYS sweat.  Had to carry around a handkerchief every day to wipe sweat with.  That is 100% GONE and I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!
     
    I am so glad to have found this program, and will definitely stick to it with minimal "cheats".  I'm excited to go to Happy Hour today and enjoy a cocktail, as I've certainly missed that camaraderie, but I know that can now only be a once-in-a-while treat and not a 3-or-4 times-a-week treat.
     
    Thanks to Dallas and Melissa and the entire Whole9 team for an amazing experience, and also to all you forum mods and members who helped me along the way! I'll close with the post I made to my Facebook wall last night, because that sums up my feelings nicely!
     
  22. Like
    look_alive got a reaction from Lyolya in My First Whole30 complete - 22 pounds gone!   
    What a wonderful, crazy experience.  Finished my first Whole30 and went to the doctor today to get weighted and have bloodwork done (which I'll share when the results come in.)
     
    I lost an amazing 22 pounds!  I exercised very little, mostly walking.  I was large to start with (39yo male, 6'2" and 297 pounds on start day). Weighed in this morning on the same scale at 275 pounds.  Still a long way from my goal weight, but much closer than before I started, and now I have a clear path to success!
     
    I introduced dairy today, in small amounts.  So far, I feel okay, but the interesting thing was that I didn't really go crazy over the cheese like I thought I would!  I mean, yes, it was tasty, but I think I would have enjoyed the meal just as much without it, so...   who knows... maybe I'll just skip it from here on out.
     
    The wheat situation is very different, and I don't care if I have another grain of flour for the rest of my life.  Yes, I love bread and pasta, and before dabbling in paleo last year, I never thought it gave me problems.  Since starting the Whole30, I realize what wheat was doing to me...  HEARTBURN, with a capital "H"!

    So, to recap:
     
         •  Sleep like a baby.  My Fitbit says I used to be "restless" about 22-25 times a night and "wake up" 5-6 times a night.  After Whole30, that's down to around 8-10 times a night of "restlessness" and 0-2 times "awake" at night.
     
         •  Lost a cool 22 pounds in weight.
     
         •  SEVERE, constant heartburn gone after day 3.  G.O.N.E.
     
         •  Gas and bloating gone.
     
         •  Afternoon headaches gone.
     
         •  Cleaner tongue and better breath upon waking (don't ask me why, but it's true!)
     
         •  Excessive sweating GONE.  THIS IS A BIG ONE FOR ME!  I would leave the house in the morning and have sweat rings on my shirt and be in a full-on "flopsweat" by the time I arrived at work. Meetings, restaurants, walking, sitting, standing I would ALWAYS sweat.  Had to carry around a handkerchief every day to wipe sweat with.  That is 100% GONE and I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!
     
    I am so glad to have found this program, and will definitely stick to it with minimal "cheats".  I'm excited to go to Happy Hour today and enjoy a cocktail, as I've certainly missed that camaraderie, but I know that can now only be a once-in-a-while treat and not a 3-or-4 times-a-week treat.
     
    Thanks to Dallas and Melissa and the entire Whole9 team for an amazing experience, and also to all you forum mods and members who helped me along the way! I'll close with the post I made to my Facebook wall last night, because that sums up my feelings nicely!
     
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    look_alive got a reaction from ninadude in What's the haps with plantain?   
    I think, for me personally, I'm going to have to nix the plantains for the remainder of my whole 30.  I have an irrational, out-of-control craving for tortilla chips....  of any sort.  Dipped in queso or salsa, in a salad, assembled into nachos, and just plain by themselves. It's a texture thing for me... I love the contrast of the crisp of the chip against the smooth, creaminess of cheese and guacamole.

    I've made the Plantain Nachos from WellFed twice now... once with ground beef and once with pulled pork.

    O. M. G. they are DIVINE.  Buuuuut, they flip that "tortilla" switch in my brain and I eat the whole tray.  I LITERALLY cannot stop myself.

    I guess that's a testament to both how fantastic the recipe is as well as how low my willpower is.  I think, in the spirit of Whole30, I should refrain from them for the remainder of my program even though they are technically compliant.  :-(
     
    For those of you without my irrational tortilla chip cravings, go for it!
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    look_alive got a reaction from Badwolf in Well Fed or Well Fed 2?   
    I had a hard time deciding which to get, so I purchased them both from Amazon for about $30 total just this week.  (If you buy them both, you can get free shipping!)

    They are both FANTASTIC.  I'm a cookbook lover. I read them like novels (literally) from cover to cover, and both of the Well Fed books are at the top of my list.
     
    I'd just plan to get both.  If they both aren't in your budget at the moment, get the first one now and the second one next month.  Once you see one, you will instantly want the other one. 
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    look_alive got a reaction from Lyolya in My First Whole30 complete - 22 pounds gone!   
    What a wonderful, crazy experience.  Finished my first Whole30 and went to the doctor today to get weighted and have bloodwork done (which I'll share when the results come in.)
     
    I lost an amazing 22 pounds!  I exercised very little, mostly walking.  I was large to start with (39yo male, 6'2" and 297 pounds on start day). Weighed in this morning on the same scale at 275 pounds.  Still a long way from my goal weight, but much closer than before I started, and now I have a clear path to success!
     
    I introduced dairy today, in small amounts.  So far, I feel okay, but the interesting thing was that I didn't really go crazy over the cheese like I thought I would!  I mean, yes, it was tasty, but I think I would have enjoyed the meal just as much without it, so...   who knows... maybe I'll just skip it from here on out.
     
    The wheat situation is very different, and I don't care if I have another grain of flour for the rest of my life.  Yes, I love bread and pasta, and before dabbling in paleo last year, I never thought it gave me problems.  Since starting the Whole30, I realize what wheat was doing to me...  HEARTBURN, with a capital "H"!

    So, to recap:
     
         •  Sleep like a baby.  My Fitbit says I used to be "restless" about 22-25 times a night and "wake up" 5-6 times a night.  After Whole30, that's down to around 8-10 times a night of "restlessness" and 0-2 times "awake" at night.
     
         •  Lost a cool 22 pounds in weight.
     
         •  SEVERE, constant heartburn gone after day 3.  G.O.N.E.
     
         •  Gas and bloating gone.
     
         •  Afternoon headaches gone.
     
         •  Cleaner tongue and better breath upon waking (don't ask me why, but it's true!)
     
         •  Excessive sweating GONE.  THIS IS A BIG ONE FOR ME!  I would leave the house in the morning and have sweat rings on my shirt and be in a full-on "flopsweat" by the time I arrived at work. Meetings, restaurants, walking, sitting, standing I would ALWAYS sweat.  Had to carry around a handkerchief every day to wipe sweat with.  That is 100% GONE and I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THAT!!!!!!!
     
    I am so glad to have found this program, and will definitely stick to it with minimal "cheats".  I'm excited to go to Happy Hour today and enjoy a cocktail, as I've certainly missed that camaraderie, but I know that can now only be a once-in-a-while treat and not a 3-or-4 times-a-week treat.
     
    Thanks to Dallas and Melissa and the entire Whole9 team for an amazing experience, and also to all you forum mods and members who helped me along the way! I'll close with the post I made to my Facebook wall last night, because that sums up my feelings nicely!