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  1. MeadowLily

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    Right back at you and LadyLisbette, too. Melissa summed it up a short time ago. 'It's not enough just to do the thing'. That's it in a nutshell and not the whole bushel. Unless you reframe everything about food and what it can do to you, dieting the pounds away by remote control will never ever be enough. You have to unravel and unwind yourself. Go back to the very beginning where you tripped and undo every tangled web. A healthy relationship with food begins in the kitchen but transformation happens in the mind.
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    Where have all the people gone?

    People still come and go. The half has not been told but I'm here to tell that this is one of the best run forums. You may have tried others but you won't find the same friendly discourse. No, siree. You'll find all kinds of snarkalicious snark and potshots. This place is downright user friendly. Kind. Good will towards others. I see some of my old group from time to time, I've heard some very sad news and some good news. The ebb and flow of life. So long now. The Dude abides.
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    Rural area....

    Correct, I was assuming it was compliant bacon. Sugarcube, you look wonderful in that light.
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    Rural area....

    Just take your share out and add the cheese for the kids. You like bacon. Fry the bacon and then fry your cabbage. Throw all of your vege on a baking tray and drizzle bacon fat over the top. Roast in the oven around 375-400 until done. Voila.
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    Rural area....

    Do you like specific vegetables?
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    Rural area....

    Go to one of Lady Shanny's replies. She has links to the most popular resources. Read through all of those.
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    Rural area....

    You've struck a chord with many of us and that's why we're all trying to help you. We care. Within that Walmart and Kroger you'll find everything you need. Read the book if you want but all of the resources are in Lady Shanny's profile or signature. Your usual fare is vegetables and meats. The only difference is not using straight butter, you'll have to learn how to clarify it. You choose, you decide. Take a break or keep going. I'm trying to interpret your needs and goals for the Whole 30. Not sure if you're working with food sensitivities or allergies but it's a worthwhile 30 day experience for anyone, regardless. Even if we return immediately to our former ways of eating, we still learn something from the 30 days. P.S. We posted at exactly the same time. I had no idea you were right above me.
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    Rural area.... This is my favorite Whole 30 testimonial. They did everything on a shoestring budget with no running water, no fridge and without an oven. They owned one knife, one frying pan, one pot, two plates and one mug. No one is offended. How are you eating now, how do you get by. I didn't order a single ingredient from anywhere. No fancy dressings or sauces. No bars or convenience foods. Those are all there for those who can afford them but not required. Don't overthink this. Just take it one step at a time. I didn't use ghee and I don't even like coconut oil. Start with olive oil.
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    Rural area.... see the comments, too. Imagine you're camping or backpacking for 30 days. There are many Grab-N-Go Whole 30 ideas. Google search for those. The bottomline, you can do a Grab-N-Go but a certain amount of cooking will be required. You could live on canned fishes, dill pickles, boiled eggs all from the gas station. What's your end game and what kind of results are you looking for - beyond 30 days.
  10. MeadowLily

    High Cholesterol!!!

    You seem to have a really good grasp of what's going on. SugarCube is correct. You've got to find someone you can work worth, hopefully Nurse Ratched has retired by now.
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    Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!

    Sojurabbit, Whole 30 is about getting rid of moral judgments about food. Good or bad, naughty or nice. My triggers are all artificial. They're not even real foods. They're highly engineered to be craved, purposefully made to sux the life right of everyone. Things filled with HFCS and really artificial sweetners. Worthless. Useless. Dieting books are virtual fountains of useless information. Part of my food addiction recovery homework was to toss all of them out. I did that and I wanted to hang onto them for dear life. My husband did it when I wasn't looking. Goners. It created a vacuum so that I could clean the slate and clear the decks. Clearing my head out for creating new habits and a sustainable, consistent way of living that I can do each and every day. Our mileage will always vary.
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    Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!

    A self-induced Food Prison vs. Food Freedom Forever. The absolute best part of Whole 30 and Food Freedom Forever, for me, is creating a sustainable positive food management plan that I can actually live with for the rest of my life. Don't throw anymore money in the toilet on another diet. It dieting actually worked, it would only take one diet and one diet only to fix all of your problems with weight and food. You would conduct one diet, swish your hands together and walk away. Cured, healed and happy. Dieting doesn't work that way. There is no such thing as one diet that can heal everyone for the rest of their life. You have to create and find the foods that you like and can live with for the rest of your days. The best of the best, is allowing yourself actual freedom to include every food you like in the quantities that work for you. You create your own food thoughts, rules and recommendations. This is the launching pad and springboard that gives you permission to do that for yourself. You know the way. It is filled with gentle changes for the permanent WIN. Your way. Have it your way, not SPT's way or even Melissa's way but your way. It's all fun, really, creating your way.
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    Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!

    Without a Reintro Phase, that's missing out on the most important part of Whole 30. Whole 30 and Reintro are mates like salt and pepper. I know, I know everyone wants the side effects of weight loss. Follow through with Reintro and you won't regret it. As long as I've been here, I've yet to see one person come back and say I'm soooo happy I never bothered with a Reintro. Those that do come back, regret that they did not strike while the griddle was hot and immediately follow through. We've watched them, try to conduct repeat Whole 30's without doing reintros and they end up walking away without one. They start over and over and disappear. Embrace the greater purpose of conducting a Whole 30. I've not ever seen weight loss permanently fix or change a relationship with food. Thoughtful decisions going forward will. A Whole 30 without a Reintro can come undone on Day 31. Eating all the things in one day. You don't want to do that and experience those consequences. A belly ache and misery. Take it slow and follow through. I promise you, you'll be glad you did.
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    Whole30 with toddlers.

    Could be colic/ food allergy, ear aches.... any number of things. Agreed. Take her to the doctor.
  15. Throw it in the trash. "When she first started making kombucha, someone told her that they were good for septic systems so she was flushing her old mushrooms down the toilet. A couple years later the septic tank guy came to empty out her tank, and he opened it up to stick the hose in to start draining it, but he couldn’t. He was totally baffled and had to get out his knife and hack away at the large, tannish, leathery thing that was floating at the top of the tank! She was quite sure what it was and she was quite sure she was not about to tell him! Can you imagine? A kombucha mushroom the size of a septic tank! If only someone in the sci-fi industry knew about SCOBYs!"
  16. Why not throw it down the toity?
  17. MeadowLily

    Depression and Sadness

    Hang onto your sweet potatoes. That's some amazing changes in only 2 weeks. I wouldn't use hairclips to hold onto them...
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    Day 17 and NO Results!!

    Lastly, thanks for asking this question. I'm speaking in general. I remind myself that brutally strict diets made my life a living hail. I'm not starting over. I won't let anyone lead me into a dieting hack. Honing in with discernment we clearly see that Whole 30 is a springboard into finding a sustainable way of eating for the rest of your life without ever dieting again.
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    Day 17 and NO Results!!

    I believe the best thing we can do is stay true to the spirit of the Whole 30. I like giving honor to ISWF and the Whole 30 pioneers who've gone before me. That includes the Boss, Mods - past and present and alumni that have given it their all. Those of us who've been here a few years have watched those who've dialed down a Whole 30 into a few chicken thigh bones and a spinach ball, never to be heard from again. They had a chance at finding their pathway to healing but they did not listen to sound advice. They tried to combine all past dieting practices with a Food Reset program. It doesn't work. Change your gut and you can change your life. I've known that since reading every manifesto and many threads on this forum. It's the key to everything. Out of your gut flow the issues of your life. Fix that and everything will fall into place. Mostly hormones but it's the silent autoimmune diseases and issues that people may not even know they have. More dieting won't fix it. More dieting will actually speed up the destruction of the thyroid gland. The most honorable thing we can do is quit coaching others strictly for the weight loss. If that actually worked, the secret dieters would've found true lasting success, forever. They wouldn't need to keep starting over and over and over again. One diet, one time and it should solve everything. It doesn't and it never will. Focusing strictly on weight loss actually stops the weight loss. The body and brain are connected. They are bent on survival. You've got to throw the weight loss focus out with the bathwater. Wash it on down the drain. Don't give it another thought. If all of the other things that people have done worked...they wouldn't be looking for a dieting hack. It doesn't work. Even a gastric bypass can't fix it...not long term, anyway. The appetite control center is located in the brain, not the stomach. Start eating the template, 3 meals aday for 30 days. Don't look back over your shoulder. If all of the past experiences did not result in lasting weight loss's time to clean the slate. It anyone tries to lead you down another dialed down path that reduces your food down into a 2 or 3 items while trying to outexercise all past dieting flops...don't listen. Keep your eyes forward and remain focused on template, template, template. Yesterday's past temporary dieting successes are gone. We only have NOW and today to make real changes for the future.
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    Day 17 and NO Results!!

    Melissa says it best... My short answer is… no. No, I cannot offer you suggestions to tweak the Whole30 for weight loss, because the Whole30 is not a weight loss program. But that’s the “tough” part of my tough love, and there’s way more “love” to be found in this answer. So, here’s the longer version (which, by the way, does actually include a few tips). I don’t want anyone to take the Whole30, designed for a VERY specific purpose, and try to tweak it to accomplish something it was not designed specifically to do. Could you make some changes to your lawnmower engine so it turns into a bubble machine for your kid? Probably. But that’s pretty dangerous, and it probably won’t mow your lawn very well after that. Samesies with tweaking the Whole30 for weight loss by purposefully counting/cutting calories, unnecessarily restricting food groups (like carbs or fat), or adding protocols like Intermittent Fasting. You’ll do some serious damage to the way the program is supposed to work… and you probably won’t get much further in your weight loss journey either. At least, not the kind of sustainable, permanent weight loss the Whole30 offers, exactly as written. Because I just KNOW you’re not looking for a quick-fix. You’ve done that. It never works. Moving on. Our premise is simple—change your health (tastes, blood sugar regulation, hormonal balance, digestion, immune system), habits (how you reward, self-soothe, comfort, and show love to yourself), and emotional relationship with food (losing cravings, attachments to, and dysfunctional thoughts around food), and a healthy body composition has to follow. It HAS to. But it doesn’t work the other way around. You can make your Whole30 a low-calorie, low-fat, low-carb approach, and you’ll for sure lose weight. But you’ll screw up your hunger, cravings, hormones, and willpower AND slow your metabolism. Which means (you guessed it)… welcome to Rebound-O-Rama, where you violently descend into a frenzy of donuts/cookies/cakes/chips/wine, and end up regaining all the weight and then some. How do I know this will happen? SCIENCE. The literature clearly shows that diets based on caloric restriction simply don’t work for sustainable weight loss. So don’t turn your Whole30 into another quick-fix crash diet. The very idea breaks my heart. Here’s the thing; the Whole30 isn’t a weight loss program, but I know you want to lose weight. And I honor that. I just want you to do it the right way. So, now we get to the meat of the question: Can I offer some suggestions to help you lose weight on the Whole30? I can. Here you go. Sleep more, and sleep regularly. Yes, I’m serious. This is perhaps the biggest unrecognized factor in body composition, and really just about everything else. Walk. Here’s a bold statement: walking is the most underrated form of exercise. You don’t have to join a gym, kill yourself at home in front of a DVD, or sign up for an adventure race. Just go for a walk. Regularly, at a brisk pace. Maybe sometimes up a hill. Maybe sometimes with a backpack. Ideally outside in a green space. Hey, bring a friend! Reduce stress. Yeah, yeah, easier said than done, but I’ve got a strategy outlined in Food Freedom Forever, and a 20-minute talk about the stress/craving connection to get you started. Embrace a growth mindset. I talk about this a lot in Food Freedom Forever, but the best thing you could do for healthy, happy, sustainable body composition is embrace the idea that you are a healthy person, living a healthy lifestyle. Then, surround yourself with people, places, things, and experiences that support that! Armed with those tips, the new Whole30 Cookbook, our amazing @whole30 social media community, and our extensive NSV Checklist (many of which, as requested, are things you can SEE and not just feel!), there’s no way you won’t rock round 2 of your Whole30—regardless of the scale. Best in health, Melissa
  21. MeadowLily

    Day 17 and NO Results!!

    Google fu, Whole 30 discouraged, I'm defeated, I'm bloated and my jeans no longer fit, I'm ready to quit, this isn't working for me, HELP.... with Whole 30 and you'll come up with previous answers. A Food Reset has nothing to do with dieting or losing weight. If you didn't lose a single pound, it wouldn't matter. Trading UP for muscle mass is far superior than a quick weight loss fix. That doesn't last. Losing 10 or 18 lbs in 30 days, it's mostly muscle mass. If you regain that same 10 or 18 lbs back in the next month or so, it does not come back as muscle mass. Rebounding quickly, regaining it all, it comes back as fat, the unhealthiest kind. A Food Reset can change your gut which can change your life. Gut healing is superior to fast tracking it with fast weight loss. Regaining everything within another few weeks or even a major 100 lbs - regaining all back within the next year. That's some real mental discouragement and feeling defeated...never to be heard from again. Far better to goooo Oooooo sooooo slowly and actually maintain the positive results of Whole 30 than having to start over and over and over again. The mindwarp of the scale, the scale, the scale...or the inches. Be honest. How long have you been struggling with other plans that were so brutally strict right out of the chute that you could not continue. Stay the course, finish it out and complete a reintro phase. Immediately. Then come back for further tweaking or help with creating a positive food management plan that you can live with for the rest of your life. One that you can manage.
  22. MeadowLily

    Are you new here? Welcome!

    I'm with Shannon. Ghee isn't my cuppa tea, either. I make my own clarifed butter with KerryGold.
  23. MeadowLily

    Are you new here? Welcome! You can think of orange juice, grape juice as something used to bring a person out of diabetic shock. The juice sugar shot is a jolt to the bloodstream.