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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Mr. Greg in Hit a wall   
    @Mr. Greg ~ I am so happy to hear your great news.  
    A couple of minor tweaks, and look where it's getting you.  Nothing crazy ~ not getting frustrated and giving up ~ just staying the course with perhaps a little more mindfulness.  Seriously, great work.
    I want to add one more thing.   It's clear that you are invested in your family.  I want you to know that, while they may not recognize what you are doing right now (or at least not fully) ~ they will be able to appreciate it down the road.  
    Kids are pretty wrapped up in themselves & their own lives.  And that continues as they grow older, spread their wings, and truly build a life of their own, with their own families and responsibilities.  
    But there will be times when they just need to call Dad.   When they just really need your advice about something, or they just need you to listen.  
    You are adding years onto your life right now.  Making the lifestyle changes you are making set the odds in your favor to extend that amount of time you will be there for your kids.  Grandkids.  Maybe even greats.   
    I am close to 40 years old, my father is highly overweight, and has been for some time.  He also has sleep apnea.  He doesn't feel good.  He is having attacks of anxiety & high blood pressure that land him in the ER.  He is plagued with digestive problems.  Always.  He is still here with us, but not living life to its fullest.  Not by any means.  It is difficult for me to see & it is equally difficult to feel that my phone could ring any day with the news that he's dropped dead from a heart attack.
    So I just wanted to share those thoughts today.  What you are doing right now is huge, and there are numerous benefits that are far-stretching, and some yet to be seen.  
    Keep on rockin' your Whole 30 lifestyle, keep on posting here if it helps you ~ and if you run into any more snags ~ please tag me to be sure I see your post.
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Mr. Greg in Hit a wall   
    @Mr. Greg ~ I am so happy to hear your great news.  
    A couple of minor tweaks, and look where it's getting you.  Nothing crazy ~ not getting frustrated and giving up ~ just staying the course with perhaps a little more mindfulness.  Seriously, great work.
    I want to add one more thing.   It's clear that you are invested in your family.  I want you to know that, while they may not recognize what you are doing right now (or at least not fully) ~ they will be able to appreciate it down the road.  
    Kids are pretty wrapped up in themselves & their own lives.  And that continues as they grow older, spread their wings, and truly build a life of their own, with their own families and responsibilities.  
    But there will be times when they just need to call Dad.   When they just really need your advice about something, or they just need you to listen.  
    You are adding years onto your life right now.  Making the lifestyle changes you are making set the odds in your favor to extend that amount of time you will be there for your kids.  Grandkids.  Maybe even greats.   
    I am close to 40 years old, my father is highly overweight, and has been for some time.  He also has sleep apnea.  He doesn't feel good.  He is having attacks of anxiety & high blood pressure that land him in the ER.  He is plagued with digestive problems.  Always.  He is still here with us, but not living life to its fullest.  Not by any means.  It is difficult for me to see & it is equally difficult to feel that my phone could ring any day with the news that he's dropped dead from a heart attack.
    So I just wanted to share those thoughts today.  What you are doing right now is huge, and there are numerous benefits that are far-stretching, and some yet to be seen.  
    Keep on rockin' your Whole 30 lifestyle, keep on posting here if it helps you ~ and if you run into any more snags ~ please tag me to be sure I see your post.
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Mr. Greg in Hit a wall   
    @Mr. Greg ~ I am so happy to hear your great news.  
    A couple of minor tweaks, and look where it's getting you.  Nothing crazy ~ not getting frustrated and giving up ~ just staying the course with perhaps a little more mindfulness.  Seriously, great work.
    I want to add one more thing.   It's clear that you are invested in your family.  I want you to know that, while they may not recognize what you are doing right now (or at least not fully) ~ they will be able to appreciate it down the road.  
    Kids are pretty wrapped up in themselves & their own lives.  And that continues as they grow older, spread their wings, and truly build a life of their own, with their own families and responsibilities.  
    But there will be times when they just need to call Dad.   When they just really need your advice about something, or they just need you to listen.  
    You are adding years onto your life right now.  Making the lifestyle changes you are making set the odds in your favor to extend that amount of time you will be there for your kids.  Grandkids.  Maybe even greats.   
    I am close to 40 years old, my father is highly overweight, and has been for some time.  He also has sleep apnea.  He doesn't feel good.  He is having attacks of anxiety & high blood pressure that land him in the ER.  He is plagued with digestive problems.  Always.  He is still here with us, but not living life to its fullest.  Not by any means.  It is difficult for me to see & it is equally difficult to feel that my phone could ring any day with the news that he's dropped dead from a heart attack.
    So I just wanted to share those thoughts today.  What you are doing right now is huge, and there are numerous benefits that are far-stretching, and some yet to be seen.  
    Keep on rockin' your Whole 30 lifestyle, keep on posting here if it helps you ~ and if you run into any more snags ~ please tag me to be sure I see your post.
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    Brewer5 reacted to Mr. Greg in Hit a wall   
    @Brewer5 @SugarcubeOD
    Thank you very much for the info. I weighed in today, and lost another 3.5 lbs this last week. (I know, I know...) which means that in the last 12 days I have lost 7 lbs. Aside from weighing once a month, I am sticking to the plan. And technically today would be the end of my 4th Whole 30: back to back to back to back. I am down 65.4 lbs.
    I am grateful for the input.
     
    My energy level is good. I feel good. I am logging my food daily. I eat when I am hungry, 3 meals a day with no snacks.
    I can play with my kids again. Sit ups are easier. And I can actually do full push ups.
    My edema is down even more, snoring level is going down, sleep apnea is gone.
    My flexibility has increased, bloating is gone, and my step is light.
    My shoes have become noticeably looser as the feet have become smaller due to the weight loss and other factors
     
    Thank you for your insight,
    Greg
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    Brewer5 reacted to Mr. Greg in Hit a wall   
    Amazing.
    And I've been getting compliments on how good I am looking... from people who see me regularly, and know I am losing. It's almost as though I made a major change.
    Had some more leafy greens yesterday and today... kind of missing those earlier in the week. My first Whole 30 involved a LOT of salads!
     
    So, to recap: No snacking. No Larabars. 3 meals per day. Pack your meal, (I do keep 2 Larabars in the truck as a Just in case.) and minimize the nut intake.
    Oh, and LOG MY FOOD (to keep me on the straight and narrow and remind me what I am actually eating.)
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Mr. Greg in Hit a wall   
    Thank you, Mr. Greg.  I appreciate your kind words more than you know.
    And you haven't been chastised.  You've been *encouraged* to do just a little better for your body and your goals.   Because you are ready for that next step.  That's all.  
     
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    Brewer5 reacted to GrammaJo in Leg cramps every morning!   
    Thank you so much! All ideas are welcome. We already eat several of the foods high in these minerals, including avocados, but I'm going to look at the list again and really up that. I do like the idea of fixing the problem with real food if possible but it is unpleasant enough that I'm open to anything. Blessings!
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    Brewer5 reacted to Mr. Greg in Hit a wall   
    @Brewer5
    Fair enough. I won't send in the spread sheet.
    But I will be logging my food. I think that process alone will help me be significantly more conscious in my food intake... especially if I post it to others...
    I definitely will NOT be counting calories.
    Yes, I have learned a lot about my body over this past 3 months.
    And while I understand the not weighing one's self on the Whole 30, (I did not the first month) I have a pretty big weight loss goal this year. (I'm a very goal oriented person.) So, I really need to be tracking where I am at. I think weekly will be sufficient. (I agree with you about the daily.) Now, if the weight continued to keep coming off like it did the first month... I'd say OK... once every month... at the end of the Whole 30. Yes, I know it's not all about weight... it's about health. I get that. My goal is already in place, and I have several people holding me accountable on it. (and several other goals.)
    If my weight goes up, then there is a problem. I understand that I need to eat healthy and what I feel is right. But I don't think that going up at all is a good thing. Period. Last week I weighed 309 lbs... I know that 309 is not my equilibrium point... not even close. In fact, I believe my ideal weight would be closer to 205 - 220. With that said, if the weight does go up, I'm not going back to LaraBars and nuts... I have been chastised enough. Besides, if I plan ahead, I will have proper nutrition ahead of time.
    So does this mean that I am not on a Whole 30? No... I'm still following the foods. I'm just weighing myself once a week... instead of waiting the month. 
    By the way, I think you have a gift in encouragement.
    Thank you.
    You certainly have encouraged me
    One final thing: Yes... this is different. I can see sticking to this plan. I see it as a lifestyle change. Whereas other things before... you are right... they were temporary.
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from ladyshanny in Hit a wall   
    First of all, congratulations!  58 pounds in 3 months is a HUGE accomplishment -- as is sticking to Whole 30 eating for that amount of time.  Seriously.  You have made so much progress ~ don't lose sight of the non-scale victories you've gained.  That is awesome.  
    It would be helpful if you list what your typical days look like.  That could help with suggestions you might get.  
    The #1 thing that stands out in my mind (which may or may not apply) is that IF you have been eating nuts, nut butters, dried fruits, Larabars, trail mixes -- it may be time to think about replacing some of those items with more protein.  They are not very satiating, and they are easy to overdo.  Protein, on the other hand, will provide much-needed nutrients and long-lasting energy to help blast you through your days & keep this good thing going.  
    If you are not eating those things at all, it could also be that your body is working through a period of stress or healing, and you just need to stay the course that makes you feel good, and trust the system.   It could also be that you've simply reached a point of energy balance, and you may have to play around with the composition of your meals a little bit to shake things up & see what works.
    In any case, best wishes, and again -- CONGRATS!    
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Mr. Greg in Hit a wall   
    @Mr. Greg yes, that was a very detailed response -- but I'll bet it was helpful for you just to think about it & type it all out, wasn't it?   
    Whew.  You've got a lot going on.  But that's ok.  Many (most?) of us do.
    Two thoughts this morning:
    1) "You did call that one!"
    Yes.  Yes I did.  And do you know how?   Years of my own experiences with the effects of food and Whole 30's.  Years of seeing people coming to the forums, struggling.  
    I would be willing to bet that if you focus on that one change -- cutting out Larabars and also not relying on nuts as a stand-alone "get me through" -- replacing them with meat and/or eggs instead -- you will not only see the number on the scale begin to drop as you want it to, but you will FEEL better.  You may not think that they make you feel badly now, but I believe you will take note of a noticeable improvement in energy, mood, and mental clarity.  
    2)  Hey, it's Monday!   What a great time to start logging your meals & snacks for a week.  If you want real-time feedback, I know of at least one person who is willing to be here & do that for you.   It can be very helpful, even without feedback from others, just to put it somewhere in writing.  We can start to see our own theories emerging.  "Wow, I went a long time without eating and then I wanted to eat the whole house by the time I got home" etc etc.  
    Best wishes!
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Mr. Greg in Hit a wall   
    @Mr. Greg ~ a couple of thoughts.  
    I am a spreadsheet person myself.  I LOVE spreadsheets!   BUT.   Not for my nutrition.  
    Also not a fan of tracking macros or calories like on MFP.  Yep, been there, done that, years ago when I first started lifting for the first time in my life.  
    Since my time at Whole 30 forums (4 years now), I'm pretty sure I can honestly say I haven't done that.  If I did, I can tell you it was very short-lived ... because there's nothing natural about it.  It adds stress & just feels wrong.
    I think you've learned a lot about your body in this time.  I think you are feeling pretty good -- that's why you've stuck with it, instead of going off looking for the next thing to try.  I think you have a good thing going here & I think you know it, too.  This *feels* different from previous attempts at weight loss, doesn't it?
    That's because it IS different.
    I don't think you'll find anyone here encouraging the use of your spreadsheet.   Not because spreadsheets aren't awesome!   They are SO awesome.  Lol.  But because you need to listen to your body and adjust accordingly.  That's what this is all about.  
    So.  When I said log your food, I simply meant exactly what you did above.  That's great.  At this point, probably no one cares how many eggs & sausage you had.  BUT, if you were having issues with energy, mood, snacking, etc -- now people could look back and say, ok, Mr. Greg, just how many eggs & sausages are you eating at breakfast?  (Because in that case, it may not be enough).
    On the issue of weighing:  as you know, it is a rule to not weigh on a Whole 30.  And you didn't.  If you are weighing yourself weekly now ~ you are riding your own bike.  We probably won't comment on that, because it's your choice.  I personally will say that I NEVER encourage daily weighing.  Ever.  I think it's a horrible practice to get into that can really mess with someone's mind, as there are just too many variables on a daily basis.  
    If you decide to cut out nuts & Larabars for a week, feel better overall, and want to hop on the scale just to see if the number lines up with *what you are already feeling* ~ well, no one is going to stop you.  Just have your head in the right place before you do it.  If the number is the same or even more -- are you going to go back to Larabars & nuts?   ...I would hope not.
    The weather is beautiful here today.  Finally.  After a long, hard winter.  I hope it is nice where you are, too ~ and you can spend some time out enjoying it!   Keep on keeping on, man.  You're doing great.
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from ladyshanny in Hit a wall   
    First of all, congratulations!  58 pounds in 3 months is a HUGE accomplishment -- as is sticking to Whole 30 eating for that amount of time.  Seriously.  You have made so much progress ~ don't lose sight of the non-scale victories you've gained.  That is awesome.  
    It would be helpful if you list what your typical days look like.  That could help with suggestions you might get.  
    The #1 thing that stands out in my mind (which may or may not apply) is that IF you have been eating nuts, nut butters, dried fruits, Larabars, trail mixes -- it may be time to think about replacing some of those items with more protein.  They are not very satiating, and they are easy to overdo.  Protein, on the other hand, will provide much-needed nutrients and long-lasting energy to help blast you through your days & keep this good thing going.  
    If you are not eating those things at all, it could also be that your body is working through a period of stress or healing, and you just need to stay the course that makes you feel good, and trust the system.   It could also be that you've simply reached a point of energy balance, and you may have to play around with the composition of your meals a little bit to shake things up & see what works.
    In any case, best wishes, and again -- CONGRATS!    
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from ladyshanny in Hit a wall   
    First of all, congratulations!  58 pounds in 3 months is a HUGE accomplishment -- as is sticking to Whole 30 eating for that amount of time.  Seriously.  You have made so much progress ~ don't lose sight of the non-scale victories you've gained.  That is awesome.  
    It would be helpful if you list what your typical days look like.  That could help with suggestions you might get.  
    The #1 thing that stands out in my mind (which may or may not apply) is that IF you have been eating nuts, nut butters, dried fruits, Larabars, trail mixes -- it may be time to think about replacing some of those items with more protein.  They are not very satiating, and they are easy to overdo.  Protein, on the other hand, will provide much-needed nutrients and long-lasting energy to help blast you through your days & keep this good thing going.  
    If you are not eating those things at all, it could also be that your body is working through a period of stress or healing, and you just need to stay the course that makes you feel good, and trust the system.   It could also be that you've simply reached a point of energy balance, and you may have to play around with the composition of your meals a little bit to shake things up & see what works.
    In any case, best wishes, and again -- CONGRATS!    
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    Brewer5 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Whole30 causing anxiety/depression?   
    AMEN sister!  I hardly ever make recipes... just cook proteins you like, veggies you like and dump some mayo on top of that and voila!  When I make soup (which is an amazing way to get a good meal), I stew a whole roasting hen all day, cut up the entire quantity of meat, chuck in a few blocks of frozen spinach, some frozen mixed veggies, mushrooms, whatever veggies you like and then pour a can of coconut milk in... mix a scrambled egg into a portion that you warm for yourself for whatever meal and you have it made in the shade!  It does suck to dump it on the floor tho... can't say i"ve done that exact thing but I"ve dump a LOT of stuff on the floor - usually the really hard to clean up stuff
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    Brewer5 reacted to Noelle in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Guess what? It worked!
    My doctor (who is an ND) started me on some supplements, and those plus lots of nutrient-dense foods got my body back on the right track. I've had a normal, easy period once a month for the past four months. Yay!
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    Brewer5 reacted to GBR in Whole30 in France   
    My whole 30 is over !
     
    I am proud of myself !
     
    Few poor choices though :
    - some medications with rice and soya : I have realized that after one week and stopped after that
    - use of vinegar without knowing it contains sulfites : after ~20 days I have realised it and stopped.
    - few lunch at restaurants. I have done my best but I could have asked more questions. (difficult when your colleagues are already thinking you have anormal food habits) - I hope my meats was not cooked with margarine or that there were no added sugar in the guacamole I had once. I will never know !
     
    I do not remember what my weight was before starting the whole 30 so I can not say if I have lost weight. It was not my goal. I was more worried to loose weight. And I am happy to observe that if I did, it is not significative. It really means that when you give the right food to your body, it is able to adjust perfectly the level of body fat.
     
    I was looking for improvement regarding my mood... I was depressed as I never been during most of the 30 days ! Yet it taught me a lot about myself. I really think I need very low carb to be in the state of having fat as fuel and that when I am in between carb/fat as fuel, I feel very bad. I need to confirm this and I will in the next day.
     
    I close this log to open an new one in the section about reintroduction
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    Brewer5 reacted to SugarcubeOD in The crazy things people say   
    My very overweight, very unhealthy, lives on fast food neighbor last night:
    I've learned that as long as you take a multi-vitamin, you can eat anything you want including fast food because the vitamin gives your body the means to deal with the toxins. The problems come when you eat the junk and DON"T take a multi-vitamin.
    I was dumbfounded.
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    Brewer5 reacted to WholeUs in The crazy things people say   
    Another question: Why are people more concerned about what we eat when we're eating healthy? If I showed up at work in the morning with McDonalds breakfast with a soda, had Taco Bell for lunch with a soda, and then pizza for dinner - complained of a headache the next day - not a single person would mention that maybe its due to the food that I ate the prior day. But if I eat Whole30 and then complain of a headache - people are concerned that I may be missing out on a nutrient or something.
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    Brewer5 reacted to keightlynn in Are the risks worth it?   
    That reasoning seems a little strange to me.  My husband quit smoking 2 years ago and now being around smoke makes his eyes burn and really bothers him, even though when he was a smoker, he seriously enjoyed smoking.  It would be like if he said, "I don't want to quit smoking (or I shouldn't have quit smoking) because I used to love to smoke but now cigarettes makes my eyes burn and my lungs hurt."  Well....they are SUPPOSED to make your eyes hurt and your lungs burn because they are doing terrible things to your body!! When he was a smoker, his body was just so damaged that it didn't notice the effects anymore.  Once the body heals, then it is able to recognize poison again.  The Whole30 doens't make your body turn against foods you like, it heals your body, and when your body is healed, it's not going to be happy when you try to harm it.
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    Brewer5 reacted to ladyshanny in Are the risks worth it?   
    Hi Laketon,
     
    It is true that people can feel more sensitive to certain foods (including processed ones) after a Whole30.  Following the Whole30 allows a person's gut to heal.  When consistently eating things that are bothersome, a person's gut creates a thicker mucosal lining in order to try and protect itself.  Working through a Whole30 allows that thicker layer to slough off and thin down to what is normal.  Then, when the person eats something that their body finds irritating, that thicker mucosal layer isn't there and the irritation is felt much more intensely.
     
    It is possible to "inoculate" yourself to irritating and upsetting foods by eating them consistently because that helps to build that mucosal lining...but that is not a healthy thing to do.  It can cause hormone disruption, gut disruption, poor nutrient absorption, leaky gut and a whole host of other problems that may or may not be experienced physically.
     
    Doing a Whole30 allows you to figure out what foods are harmful or damaging to your body.  It can be scary or depressing to discover that you can't eat dairy or legumes (or whatever your desired foods are) without causing your body harm and discomfort but the health that you gain instead is so valuable that people often choose to make the discovery and then act accordingly.  Sometimes that means never having the item again and sometimes that means having the item and knowing what the outcome will be (stomach pain, headache, skin issues etc).
     
    The old saying; you don't realize how bad you were feeling until you feel good again!