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    Raven got a reaction from -Kara in What symptoms did you feel with which foods?   
    Dairy caused my fingers to be swollen the next morning, soy gave me a stomachache and headache, and non-gluten grains gave me diarrhea.  Oh and when I had sugar for the first time after my reintro (without eating a meal before hand), I WANTED SUGAR SO BAAAAD.  It was scary.  
    Has anyone done a reintroduction where you reintro for a whole week or month, not just a day?  Sometimes I wonder if the reactions are just because you're body hasn't had that food for 30+ days.  It would also be interesting (and probably sucky) to see what other reactions to the foods would develop.  For me, maybe dairy would cause my fingers to swell the following day, but after a month of eating (even grass-fed, organic) dairy, it would cause depression or something else.
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    Raven got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Possible Extinction Burst During Whole90   
    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.
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    Raven got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Possible Extinction Burst During Whole90   
    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.
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    Raven got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Possible Extinction Burst During Whole90   
    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.
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    Raven got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Possible Extinction Burst During Whole90   
    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.
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    Raven reacted to NoMoreCrunchyCravings in BREAKING: dietary cholesterol isn't bad   
    I've had several physicians (endocrinologist, nephrologist, and internist) all tell me that my high cholesterol was directly related to biological factors and carbohydrate/simple sugar ingestion, as well as low activity levels keeping them all high. As a vegan at the time, they all knew that I had ZERO dietary consumption of cholesterol to be causing elevated triglycerides, LDL, and total cholesterol. So the knowledge is out there, perhaps we just need to find the right practitioners who hold that knowledge.
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    Raven reacted to Munkers 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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    Raven got a reaction from kirkor in Possible Extinction Burst During Whole90   
    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!  
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    Raven reacted to jmcbn in Possible Extinction Burst During Whole90   
    You're obviously working on the mental health with meditation & relaxation which is hopefully turning things around for you, but what are you doing in terms of gut health? Poor gut flora is also known to impact mental health... Are you taking probiotics? Eating fermented foods?
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    Raven reacted to jmcbn in Possible Extinction Burst During Whole90   
    Hey @Raven - is there a reason you're doing 90 days? Research shows that continued restriction often results in a binge, so I'm thinking that your comment above is spot on. NOT eating Whole30 doesn't have to mean you eat junk, it just means you use what you've learned to develop a sustainable eating planned tailored to you. Just a thought... 
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    Raven reacted to ElizabethG in Whole 30 on a very tight budget   
    Hi Fitmom, as stated by others, Whole30 does not mean everything has to be organic. I too keep a tight hold on my food budget, but have found doing a Whole30 is completely within my limit. Here are some things I've learned:
    - Most of the time, the "fancy" ingredients are not needed (coconut aminos, avocado oil, nuts). 99% of the time, I just leave them out of a recipe, or pick a recipe that works with what's in my house.
    - Frozen veggies! This is key, not only are they inexpensive, but they won't go bad, so you don't run the risk of wasting food that goes bad.
    - Canned salmon, tuna, and eggs are great sources of protein that won't hurt your budget. Just make sure to read the labels on tuna and salmon to make sure it's compliant.
    - meals don't have to be complicated. I maybe cook 1-2 new recipes each week, but otherwise, I'm all about salads, frittatas, eggs.
    - Take a little extra time each week to scan your area for sales on fresh produce.
    I hope this helps.
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    Raven reacted to laura_juggles in Whole 30 on a very tight budget   
    I did most of my last Whole30 buying food at ShopRite, on sale, and WalMart. Except for buying some random things like coconut aminos and avocado oil to make mayo, it cost me no more than my usual grocery budget.
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    Raven reacted to Tom Denham in Friends of Bill W.?   
    Now might be a good time to do another 90 in 90. I'm just saying. And do the work to avoid Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. Many people lose weight doing a Whole30, but you don't have to go hungry to lose weight when you eat real, whole foods. Eat plenty.
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    Raven got a reaction from Bellmaestra in 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!
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    Raven reacted to Namaste2017 in Getting clear on the WHY   
    Thanks so much, Kirkor and Lea!
    I shared the list with my husband and he said that before he didn't really get it, but now he did.  I am so happy.
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    Raven reacted to Namaste2017 in Getting clear on the WHY   
    On the weekend, my MIL kept asking why I'm doing this, hinting that it's not healthy and that I should be checking my vitals weekly since it's basically Atkins and Atkins is unhealthy and only for losing weight.
    Last night, my husband told me that even though I told him I'm not doing this for the weight, he's asked around and everyone says it's for the weight, that this is the reason people do the Whole 30.  Then he asked me why I'm doing this, since I'm healthy already so saying it's for health doesn't make sense to him either.
    Both of these exchanges bothered me tremendously, and I see now that it is because I didn't have a clear answer for them (or me) as to WHY I'm doing this.  So here is my attempt to sum up why I chose to do a Whole 30, and why on Day 16 I remain committed.  I will come back to this list when I wane in motivation, which is sometimes hourly :-)
    1)  Connecting with my food connects me to the earth and to what is really important for me.  Choosing to eat only whole foods for 30 days nourishes not only my body, but my mind and spirit as well.
    2)  The Whole 30, for me, is a celebration of how far I've come with food.  I have a history of eating disorders (which may explain why my family is concerned), but I do not feel at all that my Whole 30 is about losing weight (which I don't need to do).  It is about celebrating food, eating when I'm hungry and as much as I need to feel satiated, eating lots of fats, and eating animal protein and being ok with that after various failed attempts to become vegetarian when in my heart I knew it just wasn't for me.
    3)  The Whole 30 is about saying YES to me, and kindly being firm with others when they try to tell me what to do (in overt or subtle ways).  I have always been a people-pleaser, and while I already know sugar, white flour and alcohol are not good for me, I often partake because it's the social thing to do or because I know others will feel better if I have something with them (my mom - sweets, my husband - alcohol).  This time is all about ME, and asserting that I don't have to eat or drink things I don't really want to to make others feel better.
    4)  The veggie, protein and fat combo is delicious and satisfying.  I've been trying Whole 30 recipes at home and the whole family loves them.  I have discovered new combinations of foods, new foods altogether, and rediscovered foods that I had overlooked (hello tahini and shredded coconut!)
    5)  I recently made a big decision in my life, choosing to step down from a management job and stay at a more comfortable job in order to have more space and time for myself, my family, and my passions.  Doing the Whole 30 at this time feels like a RESET.  Starting fresh, becoming new again, recommitting to the things that are most important to me.
    6)  It is only 30 days.  I do miss whole grains and the occasional sweet, but I know that soon enough I will be able to partake if I really want to.  Yet it is more than 30 days.  Getting so crystal clear on what my body needs and likes will help me be more conscious of my choices going forward.  I love Melissa's questions around whether to eat something post Whole 30 - something like - Is this a special occasion?  Will it make me feel terrible after?  Do I really want it?  Do I really want it is key for me, and will help me make good food decisions going forward.
    7)  The community.  I love the book, the website, the Forum!  I feel like I've connected with like-minded people who are committed to good food, to taking care of themselves, and to working for something they believe in despite of what others may think.  It's all about tuning in to what is right, and to working with others to help you see that when it is not clear.
    8)  Although I feel I am now a normal eater after many years of eating disorders, I still fall to sugar, white flour and alcohol when I am stressed or depressed, and was falling into that habit again before Whole 30.  The Whole 30 is a good way to just stop those bad habits and remind myself that the short-term pleasure is not worth the lethargy, low mood and negative thoughts that I fall into when I'm back on a daily sugar hit.
    9)  On Day 16, I've hit Tiger Blood.  I feel connected, refreshed, energized, and able to make good decisions about food and life.  Having an experience like this reminds me of what's possible, and that happiness is an inside job.
    10)  Last year I went off anti-depressants, and good food was a big part of that.  Kelly Brogan's book, "A Mind of Your Own" uses food as the first way to reconnect with yourself and heal depression, and her dietary guidelines are very much aligned with Whole 30 - lots of good quality proteins and fat, lots of fruits and veggies, no sugar, flour, alcohol.  When Dr. Brogan works with patients, she has them do a 30 day food reset eliminating grains, legumes, white potatoes (resistant starch), and processed food, so doing this is something I had been thinking about, and I'm already seeing improvements in my mood.
    So there you have it!  My top 10 reasons WHY I'm doing the Whole 30.  I will send this to my hubby :-)
    What about you?  Why are you YOU doing the Whole 30?
    Lots of love,
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    Raven reacted to praxisproject in ADHD success stories?   
    I know a few parents who have seen great ADHD results through removal of gluten, dairy and even preservative 282 (aka Calcium Propionate - often in bread products and flour, you will not be excited to find out it's used in manufacturing as a mould retardant, ugh  ).
    Preservative 282 is a fairly recent mainstream additive in Australia and gets quite a bit of coverage in the media here as at certain times, it was almost impossible to get bread or flour without it and for some people (including children), the reaction can be extreme. http://fedup.com.au/information/fin-campaigns/bread-preservative-research
    Also, SWYPO does not apply to kids
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    Raven reacted to Cheshire Cheetah in ADHD success stories?   
    Not with my kids (I'm 16, so no kids) but I did a mostly on track Whole30 in 2015 and found it much easier to concentrate. On a diet called Feingold my mom put me on when I was 9, the removal of artificial colours, flavours, and preservatives helped a lot with my ADHD. Since Whole30 is focusing on real foods, these are removed by default. Just make sure you do the reintroduction for Whole30 correctly, and maybe consider not reintroducing artificial colours at all.
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    Raven reacted to AmyS in What Foods Make You Feel Good?   
    I feel very annoyed to say this, but dark leafy greens really make me feel good. And I don't even like them that much!!!!!!!!!!!! But yeah, especially collards and rainbow chard (which are mild enough that I can cook them down and eat plenty without being too bothered) make me feel really good after I eat them.
    It's so annoying. Everybody who speaks about nutrition from any viewpoint whatsoever talks about the importance of the dark leafy greens. Grrr And it's true.  Grrr
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    Raven reacted to Bellmaestra in What Foods Make You Feel Good?   
    Have any of you noticed there are certain foods that leave you with a sense of well-being after you eat them?
    This morning I had a scramble of eggs, leftover lemon potatoes that I'd cooked for Easter, and fresh spinach. Afterward, I just felt good... don't know if it was the overall dish, or the starchy veg content, or what. But it was a pleasant way to start my day.
    I also get the same feeling after eating fresh salmon, pan-seared in ghee.
    What's your clean, feel good food?
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    Raven reacted to Alaska Woman in Documentary: Sugar Crash   
    Just finished watching That Sugar Film. What an eye opener! If you're dreaming of all the sugary good things you'll go back to at the end of the 30 days, watch this first!
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    Raven reacted to bigmamabird in Documentary: Sugar Crash   
    We are experiencing this first hand in our family.
    With our first three children, the first pureed food we introduced them too were vegetables.  We slowly worked in fruits over time, but to this day they all love veggies and I credit that with early exposure.
    Fast forward to the present.  Our 10 month old has been on a strawberry/vanilla flavored medicine since she was four days old.  I cannot get her to eat vegetables to save my life.  She'll gobble down the pureed fruit all day long, but if I try to sneak a spoonful of vegetable in there, even if it's sweet potato, she spits it out and glares at me.  
    I'm really hoping Whole30 helps me learn to control these intense sugar cravings I have.  
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    Raven reacted to ladyshanny in Documentary: Sugar Crash   
    Excellent documentary!  This should be required watching for everyone!  
    I especially love the comment "people have no choice any more because it's so pervasive".  We Whole30-ers know that we have a choice, but the average consumer who does not have the names of all sugars memorized and who believes the marketing on the front of the package over the facts on the back...............they should be so, SO angry with how they are being manipulated.
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    Raven reacted to jmcbn in Documentary: Sugar Crash   
    I'm in the North of Ireland kirkor so statistically I fall into the United Kingdom catchment area, but that doesn't change the fact that sugar is everywhere.

    I've a friend who is a dental nurse and she works primarily in theatre with kids having extractions and she tells me that the number of kids requiring multiple extractions is shocking and most definitely on the rise. Sports drinks & the little bottles of Danone (yoghurt type pro-biotic drinks) that were shown in the documentary, which are marketed as healthy but are anything but, are a big part of the problem - that and a lack of knowledge.

    My youngest son goes to (& my older son went before moving up) a school with a focus on healthy foods - only water allowed as a drink (and drinks bottle have to be transparent so that this is evident!), and only healthy snacks & lunches - that said what most parents think is healthy really isn't at all. And I have to say that sadly it is very evident that many children eat A LOT more than they should given the number of over weight & obese children (& adults) I see.

    The stat of 42 million kids worldwide being classed as obese in 2014 was one of the first stats thrown at me on my course and it has stuck with me ever since. Those kids are not responsible for their health. As adults WE are - and we need to ensure that our children have a future.

    There IS a big shift though to improve things, and the Irish Government are actually very good at campaigning for change. The UK are making efforts too - I'm not sure if you saw the article I linked to a few days ago in my log from the Royal Society for Public Health on the changes they have recommended for food packagaing, or the earlier one for the release of a new app which shows the number of tsps of sugar in an item when you scan the barcode - both good steps toward change.

    I rarely set foot in a supermarket - I get all my produce from Farm Shops and order the cleaning products etc online & have them delivered, but when I DO have to nip in for some item I've forgotten or whatever I'm generally shocked at the vast quantity of crap that is on sale, and the shopping trolleys's full of it. I'm forever preaching at anyone who'll listen. People have to WANT to change, but they have to first LEARN that what they are eating is slowly killing them - many just don;t want to know.

    Low fat & Sugar Free are my bug bears.

    And advertising.

    I'm NOT a sugar addict. I can have one scoop of home-made ice cream and I'm done. I can choose to have one slice of fresh cream fruit pavlova and I'll not fall face first into a family sized bag of Chocolate M&Ms & go on a downward spiral until I catch my reflection in a mirror 6wks later, but for those who ARE addicted to sugar the advertising is enough to get them salivating & craving - food manufacturers know exactly what they're doing.

    /steps off soap box
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    Raven reacted to praxisproject in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Is this your first Whole30? This is what it's all about
    There are lots of PDF downloads to help you out
    http://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/ including the fabulous Meal Planning Template
    Not sure what you can have? Whole30 Rules & Can I Have...
    You'll also find great info searching in the forum section Can I have...?
    Did you know there's Rules AND Recommendations?
    It's early now, but bookmark the Timeline, it's really great http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/
    Really want to complete your Whole30, might want to read this now - Do I really have to start over?
    Welcome you've totally got this!