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  1. Update update: I made it through to Day 91 and even got some reintroductions done! I def have issues with dairy, gluten, and sugarrrr. I'm happy I chose to do 90 days as it showed me that I can make this way of eating into a lifestyle and I also discovered how much stress (from whatever source) is really my biggest issue.
  2. Hey all, I am doing my first Whole90 after doing several Whole30s over the past five years and with two Whole45s and a Whole60 under my belt. I'm on Day 63 today and have been WANTING junk food for a week or so now. It's not cravings like my blood sugar is low or I'm still in sugar-burner mode. I happily eat all the fat and am rarely hungry anymore unless it's been six or so hours since I've eaten. A typical day looks like today... Meal 1 -Salisbury steak meatballs over sweet potato noodles, topped with cilantro -herbal tea with collagen powder Meal 2 -shrimp and broccoli with coconut aminos, furikake seasoning, and scallions -pickles with mayo -GT's Gingerade kombucha Meal 3 -burger with shallots and Brussel's sprouts topped with ghee -handful of TigerNuts I'm following the meal template to the best of my abilities, most of my recipes come from one of the Whole30 books, and I can easily go four to five hours without eating. I don't snack anymore and have post-work out meals when needed. I do relaxation yoga at home nearly everyday, took part in a meditation course last month, and have been sleeping 8-9 hours most nights. I also always have water on hand; have been using the Whole30 Day By Day this round (which is what I think got me this far!); and take Vital Proteins beef liver, Beauty Boost, and spirulina supplements. I feel like my brain may just be throwing a tantrum as I've never stayed Whole30 this long, but it's super frustrating and I've worked so hard and don't really want to eat junk food! Could this be an extinction burst? Any insight would be appreciated! <3
  3. Update: This phase has passed and I no longer feel the need to eat junk food! I'm on Day 77 today and things are going much more smoothly. Any sugar/junk food/binge cravings are gone and my digestion has improved significantly!
  4. @jmcbn Yeah, I think that may be what's going on. The mediation and relaxation strategies have helped significantly! To the point that the depression I've experienced for nearly 20 years disappeared sometime during the first 30 days! As for gut health...I drink bone broth or kombucha, eat sauerkraut or pickles everyday, and take a probiotic daily, but I still have lower GI issues.
  5. Thanks for the response, @jmcbn! I've been thinking along those lines too. I even chose to limit myself to 90 days so I didn't risk creating a scenario where I would binge. However, I chose 90 days as I've been having gut, skin, and mental health issues for awhile now and 30 to 60 days didn't seem to cut it. I've also incorporated yoga and other relaxation techniques over the past year, but diet was the last piece I thought I was missing. Hmmm...
  6. Raven

    Reintro - In Full This Time!

    During the two days after my non-gluten grains reintro, everything seemed back to normal. Today, I reintro'd gluten grains with an english muffin at breakfast, wheat crackers at lunch, and a pretzel sausage bun at dinner. I felt normal after breakfast, though tired (however, I was up early). At lunch, I had trouble with eating too many crackers...even once I was full, I kept wanting more. For dinner I had tuna salad on the pretzel sausage bun (with a regular salad as well) and immediately wanted more! Also, my belly started getting puffy after lunch and is even puffier now. Aaaand I'm starting to feel kinda down.
  7. Just completed Whole30 number 358,973(ish)! Today starts my first full reintro. Despite doing many Whole30s, I have only once done a reintro (but never reintro'd gluten). I had many NSVs this time around! My joint pain improved dramatically and I have significantly more range of motion in a 3+ year old toe injury! My digestion is the best it's been in decades (though I started taking Prescript Assist, so I'm sure that helped). I am considerably less depressed and anxious about everyday things. My outlook is much brighter and I feel so optimistic that I've actually had troubling sleeping the past few nights because I'm so excited to live my life. I am more confident and generally do what I want instead of doing things I think others want me to do. I am much less apathetic and strive more to get things done at work and at home. My cravings are nearly non-existent, except for just before my period when I totally would've enjoyed falling into a pile of cupcakes. My hair looks nicer and is easier to style! My pants are looser and I can fit into a bunch of smaller shirts I found in my closet. My teeth are less sensitive. My skin is AMAZING. I've started waking up earlier. And my nails are growing super fast! Today, I am reintroducing dairy. The one thing I missed the most during this Whole30 was butter. So this morning, I added butter to my tea. I was expecting to wake up feeling like this was Christmas morning, but I wasn't as excited about having butter as I had anticipated. With my first taste, I noticed that it wasn't as exhilarating as I had remembered. I had my tea and although the first sip was good, it was also not as good as I thought it was going to be. So far my stomach and head feel normal. Generally, I don't care for dairy (especially milk) as I often experience a gross taste from it and I'm definitely getting that from the butter. This is Organic Valley Pasture Butter, btw, which I've eaten pounds of in the past and absolutely loved. ::le sigh::
  8. Raven

    Reintro - In Full This Time!

    Yesterday , my belly wasn't as puffy and things mostly seemed normal, except for some GI upset but that may have been due to too much bacon at lunch. ha Today, I did my non-gluten containing grains reintro. For breakfast I had gluten free oats, at lunch I had freeze dried corn, and for dinner I had rice. My stomach was definitely protesting after the oats in the morning and my teeth felt scummy, but my energy and mood stayed pretty normal. After lunch, I definitely had some blood sugar issues. The corn (it was just freeze dried organic corn and salt) tasted super sweet! Just before dinner I started feeling light headed, then got a head ache, and then the anxiety kicked in. I didn't sleep well last night due to working a earlier shift than normal today, but that low blood sugar feeling felt super off. I was starving by dinner time and felt pretty good after eating the Whole30 chicken (and shrimp) stir fry with the rice, but still felt like my blood sugar was not where it should be. I'm looking forward to being back to W30 eating tomorrow!
  9. Raven

    Reintro - In Full This Time!

    This morning I woke up with a slightly puffy belly and my lower back hurting. Otherwise, things seem normal.
  10. Raven

    Reintro - In Full This Time!

    Forgot to mention that after having breakfast and lunch on the dairy day that a switch flipped in my head and I suddenly had the urge to eat whatever because I was officially off the Whole30. It went away as soon as I recognized it and realized how silly it was. After both lunch and dinner I definitely got cravings like I haven't had in a few weeks! The roasted chickpeas I had after dinner were definitely too snacky and I ate more than I intended, which led me to eventually give my bag away to a coworker. Ha. I was sorta tired today with a bit of tummy grumbling and some neck soreness again, but otherwise felt normal.
  11. Raven

    Reintro - In Full This Time!

    Today is legume reintro. I had peanut butter with breakfast, miso at lunch, and will have roasted chickpeas with dinner. The peanut butter was not at of interest when I went to consume it. I felt different after breakfast...almost as if my blood sugar was low and my stomach was gurgley while doing yoga later. For lunch I had broiled mackerel with a coconut aminos, coconut vinegar, and brown miso sauce. It was delicious! However, I am now experiencing a bit of a cramp in my left side. Will report on dinner later.
  12. Raven

    Reintro - In Full This Time!

    Yesterday was my final day of seeing how dairy does. My GI tract seemed to be back to normal. My neck was still a bit stiff and later in the day I started feeling grumpy but I think it was due to low blood sugar as my schedule was thrown off due to work and I ate a small lunch at an odd hour.
  13. Raven

    Reintro - In Full This Time!

    Yesterday went fairly smoothly except that I still was having lower GI issues throughout the day. At work I kept feeling like I might need to run to the bathroom, though I never actually did. I was fairly tired too and my neck felt stiffer than usual. My mood seemed pretty even though and this morning things seem mostly back on track. I even woke up the earliest I have during the past 33 days!
  14. Raven

    Reintro - In Full This Time!

    So, last night I had a bit of trouble falling asleep because I kept feeling like I might need to run to the bathroom. And this morning, I woke up with slightly stiff fingers, my toe injury is hurting again, and my back pain has returned. None of these things were as bad as I was expecting, but they were still there.
  15. Raven

    Reintro - In Full This Time!

    With dinner I had a regular yogurt which was boring and I don't understand why I used to like yogurt so much. Blech. My belly is now puffy and my stomach hurt a bit afterward, plus I had to run to the bathroom twice. Boo dairy. Correction: Boo pasteurized dairy. (Even if it is 100% grass-fed and organic.) I wish I had access to raw dairy to reintro it.
  16. Raven

    Reintro - In Full This Time!

    For lunch I had a plain greek yogurt at the end of my meal. It tasted better than I was expecting, but I got a bit of a head ache after and felt kinda meh. And that gross milk taste persisted.
  17. Raven

    What Foods Make You Feel Good?

    I feel good after eating beef (not ground beef though) with lots of different greens and zucchini or yellow squash. I totally get a food high!
  18. Raven

    Intermittent Fasting?

    Just want to add my observations in case anyone else has experienced this... I've done several Whole30s (six? seven?) over the past five years and I've noticed that in the evening I get into a rhythm of not eating for about 12 hours over night. So, I might finish dinner by 8:00pm, then wake up just before 8:00am the next day and then have breakfast. I've noticed that when I do this I have more stable energy and that my body seems to heal faster. Is this an example of intermittant fasting?
  19. Raven

    What did you have for supper last night?

    Last night I worked, so I had leftover cod sprinkled with salt and Old Bay and baked in ghee. Nothing fancy, but sometimes that does the trick! But to post something that's actually interesting... I've been making stew in my InstantPot with a stew kit I get from Whole Foods that consists of rutabaga, carrots, celery, sweet potatoes, bay leaves, and rosemary. I add chuck roast, water, salt, and pepper and it has been a miracle meal this winter!
  20. Is there anyone out there planning a Whole30 for the month of November? I realize this isn't the best time for some people, as there are family dinners and treats galore, but this year I won't be doing anything extravagant for the holidays. So I'm thinking it would be a good time to do another reset, and I'd would love some support!
  21. Raven

    Haven't Eaten Meat in a While...

    @KianaV If you don't like hormones/antibiotics/bad environmental effects with your meat, it's totally possible to only eat meat from animals who were raised properly and have a positive impact on the environment. I was a vegetarian for over a decade, but have been eating -good- meat for the past four years. It can be difficult to find places to eat out, and it's more expensive, but I like to think of it as voting with my dollar and I know that I'm supporting good farmers and ranchers.
  22. Raven

    bbq sauce and ranch trouble

    Tessemae's mayo is compliant, but it's cheaper to make your own.
  23. Raven

    Starting November First!!

    Well done, guys! I'm so happy to see that you made it!
  24. Raven

    Starting November First!!

    You're probably fine! Are you following the meal template?