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  1. WholeReese902

    White hair grows in brown!!!

  2. This is an amazing perspective on the power of numbers and how easy it is to get hung up on them! It's so ingrained in us!!!! Good for you for recognizing that and being able to separate it out in your success story! Thanks!!
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    Whole 30 Completed! On for more

    Wonderful! Congratulations!
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    Round 2 Starting 3/13/14

    Hi girls! Just in case any of you are still checking in here, I wanted to let you know that I finally posted my success story today. It's here. Just wanted to say thanks and encourage any of you who are struggling to keep going! It's soooo worth it!!
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    Forever Changed

    My paleo journey began over a year ago when I suddenly discovered that wheat was making me ill. I immediately eliminated it from my diet and the changes to my digestion and disposition were almost instant. No more chronic heartburn, no more gas and bloating, no more painful cramping and diarrhea for no apparent reason. No more intense mood swings or PMS. After a few months I was happily adjusted to my new life as a “gluten-free†person, so I sat back and waited for my body to change. Having made such a huge change to my eating habits, I expected the pounds would just float away. They didn't. This was happening against a backdrop of body image, weight management, and disordered eating issues that had plagued me for as long as I could remember. Throughout my childhood, adolescence, and early twenties this was the primary battle of my life. I hated my body and my body hated me. By my late twenties I knew this needed to change, so I devoted much of my time and emotional energy to tackling the underlying issues that had led to this internal conflict. I made huge, life-changing progress. I stopped chronically “dieting†and finally just learned to accept myself. Then, when I found paleo, things finally clicked. It was unexpected, but I realized that it wasn't until I starting eating to care for myself and my body that it became truly impossible to hate myself. How could I hate my body while eating to nourish, love, and care for it? The two could just not exist in the same space. Any last remnant of unhealthy self-criticism or shame simply dissolved. But while the mental and emotional battle had been won, the physical battle was still raging. It turned out that living life in a cycle of bingeing and purging had wreaked havoc on my system. Despite cutting out all wheat products, decreasing other grains and processed foods, and increasing vegetables and healthy fats, the composition of my body stayed exactly the same as when I was bingeing on bowls of cheesy pasta and junk food. That didn't make sense to me. It was frustrating. I had finally accepted my body but knew for the sake of health that I needed to lean down. I began to think I had a thyroid problem. Pursuing that particular avenue was like falling head first down the rabbit hole into wonderland. Confusing. More frustrating than ever. Then a friend who really DID have a thyroid problem told me about Whole30. Of course I'd heard of it in the paleosphere, so I dove right in to see what all the fuss was about. I consumed It Starts With Food like I used to consume Doritos—with great enthusiasm and like I couldn't get enough. I would get so excited while reading the book that I couldn't read it before bed or I wouldn't fall asleep. My heart would race like I'd had too much coffee. THIS. WAS. IT. The mental preparation I did leading up to Day 1 was intense. I entered my Whole30 with a steely and unmovable resolve. But just as important was the preparation I did in my kitchen! If you aren't prepared to cook for yourself, you aren't prepared to eat whole food! Then, as the days rolled by, it was just like everyone said. Hard in the beginning, then….magic. The sleep was the best part. There's no way to describe it other than delicious. For the first time in my life I would put my head on the pillow and be OUT and stay out. For the first time in my life I didn't become overwhelmingly sleepy in the afternoon. I could walk for hours without aching feet and legs. I could rise above the gossip at work because my mood was so positive. And finally, finally, finally, I could feel my body changing. By the second week my pants were baggy. By the third week I could barely keep them up. Even after washing and drying them on hot! And was that a collar bone I just saw in the mirror? I went for a total of 37 days. I fumbled the re-introduction (see that post under OOPS!), but still considered myself wildly successful. It wasn't until after a week of re-intro that I decided to take my “after†pics. I wasn't in a hurry. I knew I looked different, but not that different, right? WRONG. What I saw in my pics truly surprised me. To see the physical manifestation of my hard work and self-love was overwhelming to the point that tears ran down my face. The grand total of my weight loss was 15 pounds in 37 days. I've certainly lost more (and faster) in the past. But this was weight loss for the sake of health, and it was sustainable. Besides, it wasn't about the number itself. It was about the fact that this was the first time in my life that I'd ever lost weight without pills, compulsive exercise, starvation, or any form of self-harm. Essentially, it was the first time I'd treated my body as something to love instead of something to punish. My body had done it on its own. Naturally. Healthfully. I had wondered for years if that was even possible. I'm not sure I can ever truly put into words the significance of this change. But I know I'll be forever grateful to Dallas and Melissa and this community for their support. The best part is, this is only the beginning. Who knows where this journey will ultimately take me? Wherever that may be, I know I'll be healthy when I get there. J
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    OOOOOPS! Lesson Learned!

    Thank you Physibeth (I like your screen name). Your feedback is very helpful. That's exactly what I'm going to do. Still not feeling great today--the brain fog and negative emotional response yesterday then became tummy troubles last night--so I'm super motivated to get back on plan and feeling better again. Sheesh, I'm finding this whole re-introduction thing more tricky that the rest of it. Wish me luck!
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    OOOOOPS! Lesson Learned!

    Since before I ever started my Whole30, I knew I wanted to end on Easter. So, in what turned out to be a total of 37 days, I stuck strictly to the Whole30 principles, then began re-intro yesterday. (Stay tuned for my results to be posted under "Sucess Stories", because it was definitely a success!) I'd been flying high on tiger blood, so when my beloved Easter Brunch came around yesterday I was feeling a bit invincible. Thinking that was mistake #1. Mistake #2 was giving away my ISWF book to a coworker and thinking I could just "wing it" during re-intro. So instead of coming up with or sticking to a plan, I just told myself I'd take it nice and slow. At brunch I helped my self to a salad with sugary dressing with soy-bean oil, little appetizers made with quinoa, and a bite of a cookie, which I didn't even enjoy. I felt ok, but not awesome. Today I still hadn't come up with a re-intro plan, and thought--for whatever reason--that I could handle the pressure of the abundant bounty of Whole Foods for lunch today. That was mistake #4. DUMB. I know you're supposed to do it one ingredient at a time, but when you fail to plan, you plan to fail (ugh!). I wound up having lots of non-gluten grains, sugar, probably some dairy, and half a cookie. All at once. I IMMEDIATELY felt a dense brain fog come on, along with a strange, buzzing headache. A few hours later I burst into tears at the slightest provocation. Overall, I just felt like total crap. So now I'm considering going back to plan for at least a week then taking the time to re-intro correctly. I mean, I'll pretty much be eating Whole30 the rest of my life, but I want to know what and how I react to the specific things I've cut out of my diet. Because if I can have a tablespoon of grass-fed whole milk in my coffee and a glass of red wine with my steak and still feel sharp and be healthy, that's worth it to me. :-) The rest of it? Sugar? Soy? The greatest of all evils--WHEAT? They're just not worth it. Lesson learned.
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    Messed up my reintro on Easter...

    Gluten can ABSOLUTELY cause that kind of reaction. But since it was mixed with dairy, you should really have them separately to see what causes what. Good luck.
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    Round 2 Starting 3/13/14

    Hi Gittmo! I'm here. I just finished yesterday so I've been meaning to post an update. How are you doing? Are you getting started again soon?
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    Day 23 - Realized: avocados = satiety; too many cashews = bloating

    I had the same discovery two days ago and I'm on Day 27! I ate too many cashews and was totally bloated, gassy (sorry), and my belly was sore!! Ooops! Won't be doing that again!
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    After 30 Days I'm a New Woman

    Awesome! Congrats!
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    Round 2 Starting 3/13/14

    Ladies! Man, it's tough to keep up on here as much as I'd like to. How is everyone doing? Gittmo, are you back on the wagon?! I've been thinking about you! I'm still going strong as we get near the end, but I've got to be honest and say that I feel a little disappointed lately. Besides a few days of the second week of the program when I felt the weight loss and had crazy energy, I haven't been feeling as great as I expected or wanted. Last week I struggled a lot with nausea and kitchen burn-out. I had one particularly emotional day that led to a total breakdown (complete with tears) in the grocery store. I was sick of all the food I had on hand, I was in NO mood to cook, and I felt there was NOTHING I could just grab at the store. I felt trapped and desperate and was THIS CLOSE to quitting. Luckily I didn't, because if nothing else, I want to be able to say that I stuck with something and finished what I started. I'm just bummed that I'm not feeling the TIGER BLOOD, you know?? But I'm determined to carry on.
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    Mayo fail

    For folks who make mayo on a regular basis an immersion blender is absolutely key. Melissa J. says she won't post a mayo recipe using an immersion blender because she doesn't want anyone to have to use anything fancy. What?? I think an immersion blender is LESS fancy than a regular one! I got mine on Amazon for $14.99! It's small, light, easy to use and just generally improves my life! Haha! Seriously, though--get an immersion blender, make sure all your ingredients are room temp, and don't over-blend. This is the fail-proof, magically easy method!
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    Round 2 Starting 3/13/14

    Thanks medleman!!!