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    kew got a reaction from FightingHashi in Approved sausage?   
    I don't think anyone mentioned these guys up-thread already; US Wellness makes a compliant pork sausage which you can order online.  There is a minimum order size but I find it very easy to meet their minimum.  (They also make a compliant bacon.)
     
    http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok
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    kew got a reaction from livingseaside in The crazy things people say   
    Mom and sister in chorus: "You're not having wine?? YOU are not having WINE???"
    I guess we know one reason why I need to be doing a Whole30.....
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    kew got a reaction from Rabbitfighter in LadyM's seduction continues (sur son propre velo)   
    I think Moluv makes a seriously important point here. Wearing clothes that are flattering and comfortable for the bodies we have, not the bodies we want or the bodies we see on tv, is very healthy, I think.
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    kew got a reaction from livingseaside in The crazy things people say   
    Mom and sister in chorus: "You're not having wine?? YOU are not having WINE???"
    I guess we know one reason why I need to be doing a Whole30.....
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    kew got a reaction from livingseaside in The crazy things people say   
    Mom and sister in chorus: "You're not having wine?? YOU are not having WINE???"
    I guess we know one reason why I need to be doing a Whole30.....
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    kew got a reaction from livingseaside in The crazy things people say   
    Mom and sister in chorus: "You're not having wine?? YOU are not having WINE???"
    I guess we know one reason why I need to be doing a Whole30.....
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    kew got a reaction from raptah in I feel like a cranky, entitled, TEENAGER! Anyone understand?   
    Addiction is a serious topic and hard to talk about in personal terms.  And I don't want to suggest that you don't take your own concerns seriously.  But another approach would be to think about something like Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint (google if you're not familiar), which does allow red wine in moderation, and also allows high-quality dairy and even occasional very high % cocoa dark chocolate.  
     
    You could perhaps test yourself to see if you can live long-term with that less restrictive plan, without then also straying back to the sugars and excessive or non-paleo carbs.  To do that, though, I personally would suggest a stricter clean up for at least 3 weeks, W30 style, and then reintroduce red wine only, and see if you can stick (1) to moderation in the wine and (2) clean paleo eating.  And if you cannot manage it, then perhaps you know that wine is, for you, the biggest "without brakes" trigger.  Or maybe it turns out that something else is the trigger, which you can avoid.  
     
    And I would also suggest -- simply because this is how I approach it -- that you adopt the "1 person experiment" approach.  This is not about whether you can earn another notch, or succeed, etc, but rather an experiment to learn how you, in particular, function best in the world.
     
    PS: one might say I am no one to give advice, because I fell off the wagon hard over the summer.  And I think it was because I made life easier for my mom and more short-term pleasurable for myself by returning to bread, pasta, etc, during our family vacation.  In truth, it really would have been hard for her and for me to work around a W30 or even paleo plan.  Really, really hard....for two weeks.  But it was super hard for me to clean up my act afterwards.  That vacation ended in late July, and I am only now getting back to a W30.  I didn't want to believe I needed it, but oh, brother, do I ever!
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    kew reacted to Roz Griffiths in Effects of Eating Poorly for YOU? Curious.....   
    1. Depression/low mood
    2. Congestion - one or more of stuffy nose, runny nose, blocked ears, itchy eyes
    3. Swollen inside mouth, sore on inside of cheeks etc.
    4. Poor/disturbed sleep
    5. General tendency to spend lots of time plotting where the next chocolate fix will come from
    I've now done several spells of whole30, so i know exactly that this is food-related!
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    kew got a reaction from trezkholl0806 in Starting today - Oct 23 - Anyone else? :)   
    I started on Monday, which is pretty close.  This will be my third W30.  How about you?
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    kew got a reaction from melcrawf in Obsessed with body image   
    I'm rereading this thread because I just finished my Whole30 and I feel pretty great: more toned, more comfortable to claim my body as a good thing, and down about a size (.5 to 1.5 sizes, depending on the cut....)...but I'm afraid to get on the scale and learn that I am "wrong" for feeling great.  And that is soooooo warped.
     
    And it doesn't help that my son -- who is only 6 -- laughed at my legs today while we were at the pool, calling them short and my calves too wide.  I was too shocked to smack him into next week (joke! -- but I didn't say anything, either, like commenting on my muscles or anything like that.)  And later he called me a big fat bear.  Clearly, someone needs to have a talk with the little man: this is school talk coming home, I think, because he certainly doesn't hear that at home, but still.
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    kew reacted to MrsStick in The crazy things people say   
    Tuesday night, at a friend's house with several other friends for dinner.
     
    V: Speaking of carbs, I made this terrific low carb dessert! It was gluten-free brownies on the bottom, with whipped cream and raspberries and chocolate sauce.
     
    Me: I don't think it was low carb.
     
    V: Oh, but it was! The brownies were gluten free!
     
    Me: Gluten =/= carbs. 
     
    V: Oh. But it was at least healthy because it was gluten free!
     
    Me: *mental facepalm* *polite smile* *talk to someone else*
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    kew reacted to EileenRBe in The crazy things people say   
     
    LOL x 2. When I read about healthy fats it's so often referring to canola oil. But they don't specify, so I could probably get away with using olive oil. I don't suppose they'd like it if I used lard.
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    kew reacted to Physibeth in The crazy things people say   
    Half of zero grains is zero grains. Make a grain free chicken dish and see what happens. Is there a stipulation on the fat content other than lean proteins?
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    kew reacted to EileenRBe in The crazy things people say   
    Two AARGH moments today related to crazy things in our culture at large.
     
    (1) My employer wants us to help make our state a Blue Zone state, which supposedly means we rank as healthier. We're supposed to agree to "pledges" available online. Some of the actions are using smaller than 10-inch dinner plates (but then where will I fit my veggies), keeping a scale in a prominent place, putting snacks like pretzels into smaller portion-sized bags (yeah, I'd better do that with my pretzels), and dedicating the top shelf of my refrigerator to fruits and veggies (how about all of the shelves).
     
    (2) a recipe contest through a local grocery store requires the recipe to use local ingredients, to "make half your grains whole grains," and "select lean proteins" a la the ChooseMyPlate.gov guidelines. Guess I won't be entering that one.  
     
    I'm out of step with so much of what's considered healthy, yet oddly I'm healthier than I've ever been.
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    kew reacted to osborne116 in The crazy things people say   
    Coworker: I know you ~can't~ eat that.
    Me: I ~can~ eat anything I want. I am choosing not to eat it. No processed foods for me for at least 30 days.
    Cw: yeah, I've done whole30 before.
    Me: (sincerely interested) oh, how was it? I struggling with breakfast. I am sick of eggs and trying to find another option.
    Cw: it was okay. I did it for 21 days or so. Mostly had greek yogurt or these almond muffin thingies for breakfast. It really wasn't that hard.
    Me: (face palm)
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    kew got a reaction from raptah in I feel like a cranky, entitled, TEENAGER! Anyone understand?   
    Addiction is a serious topic and hard to talk about in personal terms.  And I don't want to suggest that you don't take your own concerns seriously.  But another approach would be to think about something like Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint (google if you're not familiar), which does allow red wine in moderation, and also allows high-quality dairy and even occasional very high % cocoa dark chocolate.  
     
    You could perhaps test yourself to see if you can live long-term with that less restrictive plan, without then also straying back to the sugars and excessive or non-paleo carbs.  To do that, though, I personally would suggest a stricter clean up for at least 3 weeks, W30 style, and then reintroduce red wine only, and see if you can stick (1) to moderation in the wine and (2) clean paleo eating.  And if you cannot manage it, then perhaps you know that wine is, for you, the biggest "without brakes" trigger.  Or maybe it turns out that something else is the trigger, which you can avoid.  
     
    And I would also suggest -- simply because this is how I approach it -- that you adopt the "1 person experiment" approach.  This is not about whether you can earn another notch, or succeed, etc, but rather an experiment to learn how you, in particular, function best in the world.
     
    PS: one might say I am no one to give advice, because I fell off the wagon hard over the summer.  And I think it was because I made life easier for my mom and more short-term pleasurable for myself by returning to bread, pasta, etc, during our family vacation.  In truth, it really would have been hard for her and for me to work around a W30 or even paleo plan.  Really, really hard....for two weeks.  But it was super hard for me to clean up my act afterwards.  That vacation ended in late July, and I am only now getting back to a W30.  I didn't want to believe I needed it, but oh, brother, do I ever!
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    kew reacted to Mom2A&M in I feel like a cranky, entitled, TEENAGER! Anyone understand?   
    I can relate. I feel like W30 "for me" has been just another notch in my dieting belt. I act the same way..when I'm on, I'M ON...but when I'm off I'm way off. I can truly see addict behavior in me I never realized I had before. I just thought I was a person who liked food. I will confess, I have hidden food and eaten it in private, I have eaten so many sweets to the point of illness and then thought about when I could have more. I was definately lacking support throughout my W30's so it was difficult and isolating to maintain. I feel good eating that way but the external factors (time consuming, expensive, low variety, not very convieient) were taxing to me. I agree with physibeth, as I am trying to follow a more general paleo template right now. I had a serious talk with my husband about the lack of support and I think it is getting better. I have asked him to do a W30 with me in January, but I won't hold my breath on that. I think, each meal or each day that is on track is still better than no days at all. Just don't give up. One bad choice doesnot have to lead to more and doesnot make you a failure. You can accept it (can't change it) and move forward. Best of luck to you
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    kew got a reaction from livingseaside in The crazy things people say   
    Mom and sister in chorus: "You're not having wine?? YOU are not having WINE???"
    I guess we know one reason why I need to be doing a Whole30.....
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    kew got a reaction from Renee Lee in Dessert?   
    In this, as in so many things, Physibeth is really smart.  
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    kew got a reaction from conniedraws in what I did over summer vacation: a teacher's 1st w30   
    Good luck with your Whole30!  I can't think of anyone who deserves 'tiger blood' more than a teacher....  
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    kew got a reaction from Roz Griffiths in Struggling to Find Sustainability Post Whole 30   
    For many of us, a little relaxation of the rules is all it takes to move into a long-term comfortable lifestyle.  For many others, a little leeway becomes a runaway train of less-good food choices.  As you try to figure out whether you are one of these types, it can be tricky to trust yourself -- even if you know, it can be tricky.  For my part, I know I have many food without breaks and that I was really happy during my W30 with my not-obsessed-with-cheating feelings.  Now, I want badly want to cheat in small ways, which I think for me is next-door to cheating in big ways, and I am struggling.  Especially since my re-introductions, like yours, did not result in catastrophic never-again sorts of reactions.
     
    I think that a wholistic approach to the postW30 period can be a good one, by which I mean, factoring in the total picture of your life, not just (for example) your eating and your weight.  What really matters to you?  And what is the way for you to be in the world (food, exercise, sleep, play, relationships, work, the Whole9 [sic]) that best serves those goals.  We cannot be perfect, but we can be honest with ourselves about our priorities and try to be faithful to them. 
     
    And on a more practical note..... do you know about the F*** Off list?  This is the idea that there are some foods we eat because we know they are so healthy for us that we do it even if we don't like them.  And then there are some foods that we love so much that we eat them even though we know they are not healthy.  The idea, I think, is that we are not striving to be automata who always follow the rules, but people who live the best, fullest lives we can.  But it's also key to think hard about your list so that you don't end up with 50 everyday treats but with two or three or four truly exceptional ones.   http://whole9life.com/2010/12/the-healthy-f-off-scale-version-2-0/
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    kew reacted to AmyS in sad and frustrated   
    Adding to the above, I have seen here on these forums several times where women talk about wanting to lose weight for their weddings.  I would love to wave a magic wand so that every bride would understand that she is exactly as she needs to be for her wedding and beyond.  The person marrying you is not marrying you because you are a certain weight, and the folks coming to your wedding want to know you are having a good time and that you are in love.
     
    Maybe stay away from magazines and media featuring photos of starving twenty year olds who are six feet tall and haven't actually completed puberty.  Look into your partner's eyes and see what s/he sees in you.  That's the truth.  The stuff society says to us about how we ought to look in order to deserve to be happy on our own wedding days, that's just fucked up.
     
    You got this.  Really.  As someone said above, you string together all those 8 day stretches and you've got lots of healthy eating under your belt.  And your relationship with food is changing.  Believe.  Promise.
     
    And everyone will cry at your wedding because you'll look just like you.  The bride who is setting off on an adventure based on love.  Beautiful.
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    kew got a reaction from Rebecca30 in sad and frustrated   
    My situation is not like yours, but I thought I would share a little tweak in my head that I stumbled across recently in the hopes that it might be useful 
     
    I have been struggling with wanting to go off plan a lot lately, now that I have finished a W30 but have not had all the results I want in terms of fat and inches lost (to heck with the lbs).  
     
    I suddenly started asking myself NOT "do I want wine/cookies/ice cream?" because the answer to that was "hell, yes!" but rather "Is this particular instance of cookie/ice cream/wine/whatever worth it, worth breaking my streak?"  
     
    I think what made the difference was twofold: framing it in terms of my past accomplishment AND framing it in terms of a particular item, not the idea of the item.  Because the idea of the item is almost always better than the item itself.  And if I think about the particular example instead of the idealized general, it's often obvious true that no, this one is NOT worth it.  (And I leave open the possibility that another one could be worth it, which removes the "oh, no, I can never have X again!" reflex.)
     
    I hope you get some comfort/support from this forum, and thank you for asking that question -- you are certainly not alone in this struggle.  And I wish you all the best -- weddings are amazingly stressful even in very good circumstances.  Just ask my husband, who saw me burst out sobbing in public twice in the week before my wedding, once just because the music in an outdoor pizza joint was too loud...  {I cry buckets for Hallmark commercials and sad things in the world, but not for myself as a rule.}
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    kew got a reaction from Jessica M. in 2nd try at Whole30   
    I had some wine today.  And some Pirate booty.  And I feel pretty darn good about it.  I feel good because I have been asking myself, do I want to break my streak?  And today, I wanted to.  And tomorrow, I will eat W30 style or pretty darn close.  That feels really good.
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    kew got a reaction from Jessica M. in 2nd try at Whole30   
    Okay, so I didn't eat perfectly today, in fact.  I had some cheese before dinner, and some more wine at dinner, and a delicious takeout meal that surely had verboten ingredients at least according to the W30.  
     
    The interesting thing, though, is that I am sitting here feeling a little buzzed and I don't think I like it so much.  That is a first.  I haven't not liked feeling a little buzzed since I started drinking, even though it's been a long time since I've decided that being really drunk is a fool's errand into Yuckytown.  Between that and the bad night's sleep last night, I may be arriving at a more or less "meh" point about alcohol, where it really is about the flavor and not the distortion.  To consolidate this, though, I must now say "no" multiple days in a row, or else I will re-habituate to this feeling.