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    Brewer5 reacted to LizaQ in FODMAPS Questions   
    @Brewer5 This has been so helpful. Thanks!!
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from LizaQ in FODMAPS Questions   
    No problem, @Marj K ~ happy to help.
    I have been "aware" of that chart for many years, and it has affected my choices in that time.  It was a HUGE wake-up call when I realized on my first Whole 30 that my digestion was taking a serious turn for the worse, instead of better.  So many of the things that are supposed to be "good" for us did not agree with me.  I had to start customizing.
    When I need my digestion to calm down completely, I find all it takes is a couple/fews days on that green list.  Yes, I stick to it completely during those times. And it works.  
    Cumulative effect:  I think it's easier to understand if you realize what these FODMAPs are doing:  They are feeding an overgrowth of bacteria.  So I wasn't giving you a specific example of one of my days, I was just giving an example of how things "could" play out.  Just an imaginary scenario.  
    So picture it like this:  You eat *some* FODMAPs, you feed *some* bacteria.  You eat *a lot* of FODMAPs ~ your bacteria are having a party in there.  They've invited all of their friends, they're reproducing like crazy, they're having a feast... which is what is creating all of the gas and bloating (and even if you don't have gas -- that's what bloating is -- trapped gas).
    My personal opinion, based on my own experience, would be to follow that green list until you feel like you have a considerable, noticeable, comfortable, difference in how your gut feels.  Then, when you care to re-introduce things, I would recommend picking your favorite polyols, for example ~ and just eat them freely.  Add some in each day and see what happens.
    If you do that for several days and you still feel like things are A-ok in the digestion department, try adding in another group.  Etc etc.
    You may be able to find better details of the groups somewhere else online.  I know some of those items don't specify.
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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 falkenschloss in Whole family starting Whole30 on 5/1   
    Thank you!  My daughter is 18.  She is actually having FUN with the Whole30 program.  She loves looking for recipes, making the shopping lists, and helping with meal prep, so the three of us have been doing great so far.
     
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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 Cjcheck in Why would reintroducing plain, non fat Greek yogurt bring out my sugar and snack dragon?   
    Thank you!  I really liked this article as it explains that some people can have an unhealthy insulin response to dairy and that's definitely what it felt like to me.  I even took my fasting glucose a few hours later because I was so ravenous and angry and it showed I was just ABOVE the normal range, into the diabetic range.  Dairy may be a trigger for me. I went back to a whole30 breakfast the last two mornings and felt great. I may experiment again with different types of dairy (with veggies, full fat, raw milks and cheeses etc) 
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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 laura_juggles in Energy Balls   
    They're called energy balls because people who want to eat healthy foods wouldn't be interested in "sugar high balls". 
    They give you energy because you're on a sugar high. 
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    Brewer5 reacted to Nikki Jean in Day 23 and still not feeling good   
    You have been a HUGE help....going to try this immediately!  Thanks!
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Nikki Jean in Day 23 and still not feeling good   
    Are you eating potatoes for dinner?   Sounds like carb coma to me.  If so, try a dinner without them & see how you feel.  They are great for helping people sleep.  If you want to stay awake in the evening ~ not so much.  
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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 darianrd in day 26 and i just wanna quit   
    Sounds like PMS to me.  
    EAT more Whole 30 food.
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Mr. Greg 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 darianrd in day 26 and i just wanna quit   
    Sounds like PMS to me.  
    EAT more Whole 30 food.
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    Brewer5 reacted to falkenschloss in Whole family starting Whole30 on 5/1   
    My husband, daughter and I will be embarking on the Whole30 journey together on 5/1.  Some of our friends have had great success with the program and have encouraged us to give it a try.  We're all trying it for different reasons.  My husband (57 years old) is hoping to get some relief from his joint aches and pains, my daughter wants to see if Whole30 can help her identify some food sensitivities that may be contributing to her skin issues,  and I'm hoping to build better eating habits, lose weight, and feel better overall.  I've struggled with an under-active thyroid my whole life, so I'm hoping that a better diet will help with my energy level.   We're very motivated by all of the helpful advice on this forum, so we're ready to go!
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    Brewer5 got a reaction from Andria G in Not feeling well in the am   
    Andria, what have you been eating in the evenings -- and how close to bedtime?   
    I've recently made a histamine connection, and it can cause symptoms almost like a hangover the next morning.  Maybe do some googling of "high-histamine foods" and see if anything stands out to you.  
    Hope you feel better soon.  
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    Brewer5 reacted to laura_juggles in Day 26 - Itchy scalp?   
    Yeah, I'd say drastically reducing your nut intake would be a good start. Nuts should be limited and the fats in your meals should be varied.
    Here's from the "Whole30 Can I Have?" article, specifically from the entry on Almond Milk: 
    Tip: Nuts and seeds aren’t your best fat choice, in general, and drinking your food is always less healthy than eating it. So when it comes to almond milk, even if you make your own… we’d rather you just eat the almonds once in a while!
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    Brewer5 reacted to JourneyingTowardsWellness in May 1st Start Date - The Next Step to Health and Wellness   
    "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
    Hello everyone!  I am beginning the next step in my health and wellness journey on May 1st, 2018.  I began this adventure on January 16th with a desire to improve my dietary choices and incorporate exercise back into my life.  I have been preparing to take the leap into Whole30 for the past four months by focusing on foods with nutritional value,  incorporating more fruits and vegetables into meals, reducing foods with sugar, and limiting gluten consumption.  I have also improved my physical activity by participating in dance classes and increasing my step count by walking.  Through these efforts, I have lost 40 pounds and have an increase in motivation, energy, and confidence.  I feel prepared to begin Whole30 with the success and momentum I have experienced over the past four months.  I am looking forward to continuing my journey to living a healthier lifestyle through the Whole30 program and getting to know other members to share our experiences.
     
     
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    Brewer5 reacted to ladyshanny in Tired of saying "moderation won't work for me"   
    It may be worth reminding yourself that there is nothing about ice cream that is designed to be a spoonful and done. Its highly processed sugars and fats which together bombard your brain with the desire for more and rarely allows a satiety limit to be reached. You're not weak or undisciplined for not being able to stop at a spoonful....its designed so that you won't/can't.