Skepticallytrying

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  1. Hello ladies! I'm currently in my Day 3 of reintroduction phase & I still feel great! I have two interesting things to share, however: 1) I did have some increased hunger pangs between breakfast & lunch yesterday, which had almost been eliminated during the W30. Here's what I'm thinking: - My stomach may have stretched a bit the day before as I inserted corn tortillas into my menu for the reintroduction phase - I refused to decrease my veggies, protein & fats, while I introduce foods. Perhaps, my stomach anticipated the same amount the next day? - Or, since I ate breakfast early (4:30 am) which is a solid hour earlier than I normally eat, it makes sense I was hungrier, earlier in the day... - Or, since I was about ready to start my period, I may have been hungrier? Historically, I'm ravenous before my period... Which leads me to my second observation... 2) My period started this month as a lamb, not the roaring lion it usually is!!! I literally woke up this morning & there it was - not surprised, as I knew it was coming, as I had some minor salt cravings & moodiness (typical) but not the usual PMS symptoms... read below: - I had absolutely NO breast tenderness prior to starting my period: this is EXTREMELY rare for me. I always chocked up my tenderness to excess salt & caffeine in my diet: well, I would argue that I decreased the 'bad' processed salt in my diet, while adding 'good' salt (Himalayan sea salt, W30 approved hot sauce) to my cooked foods. I also, decreased my caffeine (coffee) intake in half: I now prepare my coffee half regular/half decaf. - NO bloating: again, super rare for me. - Only minor cramping (so far): In my past, I've had everything from minor cramping to cramps so severe, I've been hospitalized for possible appendicitis observation!!! So, I was a bit surprised my period started w/no cramping fanfare - only minor cramping started AFTER my period arrived.... - Started a day "late" - this is good for me! The enormous amount of school/work/life stress (per my gyno) I've experienced over the year(s) has wrecked havoc on my menstrual cycle, shortening it to as little as every 23 days , which is very irritating & annoying. So, rather than my average 24 day cycle turnaround, I got to day 25 this month - I'll take it! That's it so far!!! I'll keep tabs of how my body reacts as the day moves on & report anything remarkable! Tomorrow, is Day 4: Cheese!!!
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    A minor victory

    That's fantastic!!!
  3. Hello my fellow W30-ers! It's seems a bit late in the W30 process (Day 23 woot!!) to come to this realization, but I think I've finally conquered my off & on bloat, particularly in the evening, as well as decreased my need for an afternoon snack of nuts... * Adding just a bit of extra fat at lunch: 1/2 an avocado (in addition, to a healthy dousing of olive oil on top of my salad), lasted me 4 - 5 hours until dinner!!! Today, I had no need to munch on hazelnuts or cashews in between!!! After dinner, I was full but not feeling uber bloated!! **The INCREASE of good fat at a meal, results in a DECREASED need for snacks!** This is CLEARLY stated in ISWF, as well as listed in several posts on this forum, but until I experienced persistent bloat & experimented w/my food, it didn't sink in!!! Oh, silly me!!! But, anyway, I'm still happy to report my 'discovery'!
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    Looking for Orange Recipes

    Aww, man! I've been craving blood oranges... send any unwanted, my way (New England!!!)
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    HOLY SMOKES! MADE IT DAY 20 :)

    Hahaha!!! I'm glad my 'sexy gas' phrase put a smile on your face! That makes MY day! Good luck with your W30!!!
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    Looks like it's over

    You poor thing! I'm glad it wasn't from what/how you ate; so good you asked. Take care
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    Looks like it's over

    Oh no! So sorry! Are you diabetic? Hope you're out of there soon! Take care of your self!!! Hugs!
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    Day 17 - No Tiger Blood - Expectations too high?

    I'm on Day 20 & don't have one drop of Tiger Blood either. I was worried about not having the boundless energy described on the timeline, but realized I was starting to feel.... calm & content, just being. This is huge for me! Before, W30 I was exhausted & had very low energy... literally, chugging coffee all the time, prying my eyes awake at 3pm to last the rest of the work day, falling asleep on the couch by 7pm. I felt this way for a bit in the beginning of W30, as I was detoxing, but now I'm slowly becoming 'me' again... & 'me' means eventually working past equilibrium & having more energy to exercise & move more! It took months (if not, years) to create these bad habits that zapped my energy, so it'll take some time to come back fully. So, I echo what everyone is saying here: focus on the positive & everything will fall into place when your body is ready for it!
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    Explosive GI issues on Day 5 (TMI. You've been warned.)

    Sometimes the screaming [email protected]#s can be a sign of fat malabsorption in the gut... Any personal or family history of Crohns, IBS or Celiac's?
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    HOLY SMOKES! MADE IT DAY 20 :)

    Me too, cwildwest1... I'm looking forward to having more energy. I don't have the 'boundless' energy the timeline mentions, yet, but my fatigue has lessened & I'm just calm... which makes me WANT to exercise more. So, I guess that's a start! I'm sure you're bloating will settle down soon... I was having some serious bloat up until Day 17 or 18 & it turned out I was eating too many cruciferous veggies in one day (kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, arugula, etc). That helped me a lot! Good luck to you!
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    HOLY SMOKES! MADE IT DAY 20 :)

    Dogmom - Heck ya, you can make it!!! I'm like you... could totally pass on the cake, but that wine would be taunting me to pick it up!!!
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    HOLY SMOKES! MADE IT DAY 20 :)

    Littleg - I know!!! I was actually quite skeptical (thus my "name") when my MD was telling me about it 3 months ago. He approached me with, "I don't believe in any 'diet', but ISWF/W30 approaches chronic health issues from a logical viewpoint: what may be causing hormone (particularly leptin & insulin) imbalances & gut permeability issues, as related to our food." He didn't shove it down my throat, he just planted the W30-seed, since he knew my work in the medical field, history with gluten issues & that I was fighting increased fatigue & lack of energy. He completed the W30 himself & found that dairy & legumes were giving him issues. He says his aches & lack of energy disappeared & has lost, 30 - 40 pounds. If you happen to live in New England, I'll tell you his name! And Clabby, Awww, thanks for your kind words!!! I don't feel inspiring most days, but that's nice of you to say!
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    Normal to be SO hungry when on your cycle?

    That's exactly me, Brittany... I gotta schedule at least one fruit in my day, plus a starchy veg like a sweet potato (usually at dinner), to deal with my mad cravings, especially right before my period... I indulge with roasted, sautéed or baked sweet potatoes!!! Yummy!!!
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    HOLY SMOKES! MADE IT DAY 20 :)

    Hello Everyone! I'm proud to say that I've made it, without cheating to Day 20!!! I had a bump in the road when I discovered glycerol in my Vit D supplement, but that was only about 5 days & has since been corrected! I've gone through headaches, RAGING bitchiness, self-doubt, extreme fatigue, fighting major temptations, answering nay-sayer questions, major bloating & sexy gas But, I can now say that I feel, shall I say it... CALM... for the first time in a long time! Even amongst a heavy workload, scaling down my caffeinated coffee intake & planning an elopement. The whole reason for starting the W30 was because of worsening fatigue & lack of energy. I haven't regularly exercised in months! I'm not overweight (5'5 1/2, 125-130 pounds), but can tell my body needs to MOVE - all bodies need to move in any capacity they can. I just haven't had the energy. So, after the recommendation from my MD, I read ISWF, did my own research & realized that elimination diets have worked before (I'm gluten-free), I then decided to embark on my W30. Now, my goal is to start exercising again. I'd like to try in the upcoming days... my body feels ready... again, for the first time in a long time!!! Here are the benefits (some surprising) I've experienced so far, in such a short time: 1) Less gum sensitivity when I'm flossing and/or brushing my teeth (not surprising, but I didn't expect it!) 2) Increased satiety between breakfast & lunch - easily 4 - 5 hours until I'm hungry! 3) Decreased oiliness in my scalp (did not expect this, either!) 4) More comfortable in the kitchen, better time management 5) Falling asleep earlier & staying asleep longer - no longer waking up at 3 am! Now the earliest I get up is 5 am... still early, but much better!!! 6) Less achiness in my joints: carpal tunnel & knee... still present, but less severe. 7) Stomach is flatter - once I figured out not to OD on my kale/brussels sprouts/broccoli, etc There's probably more, but that's all I can think of! Anyway, to those who are struggling... hang in there, it does get better! I've found this forum my saving grace!!! I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOU! Off to make today's lunch! xoxoxo
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    ermmm....

    Hang in there! I love your 'benicetoyourselfwhole9'! I'm my own worst enemy! Hugs!