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    MeadowLily got a reaction from mariebolnous in 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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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Laura55 in I woke my Sugar Dragon   
    I'm speaking in general, but you don't need to start over again. 
    Extended Whole 30's don't really fix it when you're finished.The off and on again approach...Whole 30's mixed with binge eating or just minor/major off-roading inbetween is not Food Freedom Forever.  
    It's boxing yourself into a corner. It creates more black and white thinking about food. Whole 30 or Not. All in/on target or falling back into old habits.
    After watching others do this for years now, I am convinced that the original constructs of a Whole 30 are optimum, in every way.
    Elimination protocol of 30 days, a Reintro of about 10 days or longer and done.  Next.
    Immediately create a plan you can live with for the rest of your life. Your personal decisions will be liberating. Maybe you like eating the same lunch every single day, some do. Some like eating the same food 3X aday, that wouldn't work for me but you choose, you decide.
    Read FFF, you'll find ideas for putting your positive food management plan together.  
    My plan is consistent but it has leeway. I can eat full fat plain greek yogurt or cottage cheese, legumes, even some non gmo grains in whole form, fish, fish, fish, proteins of every kind, nuts, fruits and vegetables. What I can't do is eat is deliberately engineered to be craved candy or donuts or bakery items or white sugar, white flour, white pasta. These things cause an immediate uptick in my blood sugar even in small amounts.
    I don't eat them. I don't touch artificial sweetners or soda pops. No fast food or ice cream. I have enough leeway that I don't ever feel deprived.  I eat everything with a protein. Fruit, vegetables, everything is paired with protein. That's my Rx for blood sugar control.
    It works for me.
    Starting over and over again will not make it any easier on Day 61 or Day 91 when you're done. FFF = not doing a Whole 30 Forever.  
    It's going to take work to find your way. I'm consistent but that's my way.  The sooner you can find your way the easier this will be. Create something consistent for awhile until you get your footing back. 
    After an elimination protocol, there is an adjustment period. You're used to reading every label. Find your wiggle room and branch out. You can always prune yourself back before it goes sideways.

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    MeadowLily reacted to Bellmaestra in Where have all the people gone?   
    Favorite movie ever.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Bellmaestra in 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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    MeadowLily got a reaction from elle_oh_elle in Metamucil Dr Orders   
    Metimucil isn't the only brand. NOW makes caps and powder, no added sugars or sweeteners either. Same ingredients, psyllium. Research sugar free psyllium products.

    No Artificial Color, Flavor or Sweetener, No Preservatives, No Sugar, No Starch, No Milk, No Lactose, No Soy, No Gluten, No Wheat, No Yeast. No Fish.

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    MeadowLily got a reaction from MmeSMichelle in W30 during the week/chill on weekends?   
    There are individuals who've never had any issues with food.   They can gauge what's appropriate and off-road like a pro.  They can eat whatever and whenever and it doesn't make them cray cray...ever.   I don't know anyone like that but I wish I did.  I'd follow them around, take notes and observe them like hawk.
    There are folks on the opposite side of that spectrum who have an eating disorder by proxy.  My relatives would probably fall into this group.   They take great delight in making all kinds of homemade things and watching other people eat them.   They get their kicks by proxy.   I'll just watch you eat that and pretend I'm enjoying it, too.
    Eating disorders and thrill eating comes in all varieties.  I've been in the midst of most variations on a theme.  The Week-End Blow-Out.     Eat real food during the week and exercise a ton.  Thrill eating on the weekend.   
    Food is medicine and if you get it right it will heal your body and mind.  
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from naomi_munoz in What sayings help to keep you on track?   
    Another binge is not a cure for a food addiction.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Kimgh29 in Day 31 and beyond; We can Eat.All.The.Things...or can we?   
    This is such a loaded question.  A good one.  One size does not fit all.   
    Generally speaking.  No.  You cannot eat all the things.  There are so many variables but I can only vouch for myself.  If you've spent years or decades dieting....eating all of the things without a shut off valve is thrill or binge eating.
    If you're coming at it from food sensitivities,  Crohns, IBS, AIP, FODMAP, T1 AND still can't eat all of the things. 
    Food addictions.  Nope.   There may be highly-refined-deliberately-engineered-to be craved foods that will always dig a deep hole for us.  Trigger foods.  Death by lack of Cheetos seems highly unlikely.
    Brain chemistry.   Not having a shut-off valve or knowing when to tie the sack off before it bursts at the seams.   Seldom seen in the animal kingdom unless it's forced in a lab situation.   May not be able to eat all of the things without suffering the consequences of no shut-off valve with trigger foods.
    Food obsessions.  Food disorders.   Food addictions.  May not be able to eat all the things.
    There are people who can eat all the things.  They've never had a problem with food as the apex of their life.   It's fuel.  That's all.   It would be hard for them to imagine not being able to tie the sack off before it's too full or using food for a lover and a friend.  That's not their mode or even in their wheelhouse. 
    They can take one bite and walk away.  Buffets do not make their eyes open wide or give them a thrill. Ain't no big deal.  They don't hide food or eat in their car.   These people can eat all of the things.  Here a little, there a little and meh,  walk away.  
    Most of these people didn't start dieting in their youth and completely mess up their relationship with food.   I love these people.   They went through puberty and let their brain fully develop to the mid 20's without dieting, counting calories, weighing and measuring out food portions.   They did not pay someone every week to hop on a scale surrounded by peers.
    Nope.   So they can eat all of the things all of the days of their life with weight stability and sanity.  I wish I'd met these people so they could've told me....never ever start dieting.  You'll regret it and I really do.
    I want to be one of them.  With a shut-off valve. Tie the sack off before it bursts open.  I don't want to eat all of the things unless it means I'm tooling along with a bite here and there like they do.  No big whoop just part of the normal course of a day.  
    I want a redonkulousy normal relationship with food.  Like them.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Grandmadisney in Why is caffeine allowed?   
    The sooner you can give up coffee....the better off you'll be.  It took me months and months to give up the final one cup per day.   When I did, the tanker I was carrying around my middle started to deflate.  I'd stacked all of my weight around my middle and it would not go away.   Coffee and cortisol were the hitch in my gitch.   My blood sugar is stable and I'm starting to reverse the curse of coffee and what it did to me over the years.  It's nightmare fuel.
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    MeadowLily reacted to ultrarunnergirl in Should I stop IF for Whole30?   
    Hi LEMorgan,
    We normally advise using the Whole30 as an opportunity to reset your hormones, learn to trust your hunger signals, discover any food sensitivities and change your relationship with food.
    Give it a try without IF -- you may find benefits you hadn't anticipated, like waking more easily in the morning and going to sleep more easily at night. You can always go back to using IF after your 30 days and see how that feels.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Fernsk in Faith, Fasting and Whole 30   
    Wise woman.  The price of wisdom is above rubies.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Jess0321 in Affording Whole30 on a Budget   
    Tessina, I believe certain WM's have a butcher but I don't believe they would do that for you.   
    I'm thinking about the quality of health in those 5 lb. rolls of burger.    The reason my husband and I suggest the brisket and chuck roast for your burger....we know it would be a vast improvement over the rolls.   Brisket

    and chuck roast

    are two of the most reasonably priced cuts of beef you can buy, but they're good quality.
    This is the only way to know what is in your hamburger.

    I think the best meat for burgers come from the Beef Chuck, followed by the Beef Round. Both are tasty, the Round being leaner than the Chuck. Buy Boneless Chuck Roasts, Boneless Underblade Roasts, etc and Boneless Beef Chuck Shoulder Clod. The Brisket  will make one of the best burgers you've ever had. If you opt for the leaner, buy Top Round, Eye Round or Bottom Round Roasts. Occasionally you will find whole Sirloin Tips on sale and these make good burger, also, but extra fat may have to be added.
    As far as value, that would be entirely up to you. If you can find any meat around $2.00 a pound these days, that's a good buy! Check with your butcher or Sam's/Costco/BJ's, etc for a price on whole primal cuts, such as Boneless Chuck, Shoulder Clods, Gooseneck (Bottom) Rounds, Peeled Top Rounds or Sirloin Tips. I would avoid buying "marked down or reduced" steaks or roasts for grinding UNLESS you are going to use the burger that day. It's already got an 'age' on it and defrosting it will add some more time to it. 
    If you're living on hamburger, we would like you to consider doing this for your health.   I don't know what kind of grocery stores you have, but call around and ask if they have meat counters with a butcher.   Have them package in 1/2 lb packages vs. one lb.   Put the rest in your freezer.   If you will try it, it will make some of the best tasting burger without all of the the other things that go into 5 lb. rolls of burger.    
    This is the one item I would do for myself and the EV coconut oil.    WM has reasonable fresh broccoli.   The frozen is really the weeds, very little heads and all stems.  Go for the fresh vege when you can.  When you pick fresh broccoli, look for the darkest purple green color in the bin.

      It's the best.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from crlt in Lentils, where do they stand   
    They'll have to wait for reintros.  They are the first thing on my agenda to add back.   
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from alliemcpherson in Flavored drinking apple cider vinegars   
    Have you tried Kombucha.  Some think it tastes like vinegar, too.  You could add ACV to your salad and your salad could have some berries or other fruit mixed in with the greens. Drinking fruit juices is not recommended even though a small amount of fruit juice is allowed for recipes.  You can save these fruit drinks for post W30.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from eatclean_4life in Metamucil Dr Orders   
    They make one that is completely free of all sugars and sweeteners.  You can also get it the same way in capsule form, no sweeteners, no sugar.

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    MeadowLily got a reaction from BarbMezz in Corn the vegetable   
    Corn is a grain and it's the most popular grain for finishing livestock.  They grow leaps and bounds on corn..doubling their weight.  Grain-fed or corn-finished.
    Horses grow rapidly on oats.  Grains finish livestock and humans. 
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from naomi_munoz in What sayings help to keep you on track?   
    Another binge is not a cure for a food addiction.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from dee1314 in Continuing to Whole90   
    I've completed one W90 and I did learn what I should do going forward. Many conduct consecutive Rounds of Whole 30's and some are doing W30 forevers. May your W90 be the ticket to food freedom and wellbeing.    
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from Mvardama13 in Eating so much and so badly 5 days after Whole 30   
    No way would I judge anyone for completing 28 days or 128 days or 328 days. If I would point a finger at anyone, I would have 4 pointing back at myself. You have to do what's best for you.
    The greatest lesson that I've learned is that you have to declare a truce with your body. I've only completed one round of Whole 30 in 4 years. I won't do another one because I had to draw a line in the sand, declare that truce and completely surrender.  That's when I turned my life around from a lifetime of binge eating and dieting and I had to reach out for some help. 
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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in Day 29 - no appetite and feeling bummed   
    Excellent article, thank you for sharing!
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    MeadowLily reacted to HealingWithin in Day 29 - no appetite and feeling bummed   
    Have you ever heard of the "Upper Limit Problem"? It is a term coined by the Gay Hendricks, the author of The Big Leap. The upper limit problem happens when we reach a new "level" of happiness or satisfaction in our lives and our unconscious mind FREAKS OUT and tries to push you back into your old ways. It sounds like that might be what is going on here. Here is a great article from Experience Life magazine:
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from hollysmokes in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    Fear stops you from striking while the griddle is hot.
    The best time to start your Whole 30 is when your spirit urges you do so.  Discernment is not the same thing as flying by the seat of your pants making impulsive decisions.
    Locomotive Breath doesn't care if you ever start a Whole 30. When your spirit says NOW. Today is the day of your new beginning.
    Don't stand around and twiddle your thumbs. Get with it. Now. Move. 
    Every day that goes by the ground gets colder. Your enthusiasm and desire and willingness wanes. Don't do that to yourself.
    People who play with the stock market do the same thing. They read the patterns and signs and with practice they know when to buy or sell. It can still be a crapshoot but they weigh their risks.
    What are you waiting for - for crying outloud.  Announcing weeks out ahead of time that you will begin a week or so from now after you've eaten all of the things and sufficiently stuffed yourself to the gills.
    That's nothing but fear.
    Fear that you won't know how to take the tiger out of the cage 3 X day and ask it to sit down at the table and enjoy its' portions of food.  Fear that the tiger will eat you head first, once again.
    Fear stops the presses. Fear stops you from recovering from food addition. Fear stops you from sitting down with someone. Face-to-Face. 
    Fear stops you from forgiving others.  If you stay in fear you can remain meaner than a skunk. Fear is stink on stink.
    Animals can sense and smell that fear on you.  They know that you live in fear of them. Horses, dogs, lions, tigers and bears. Oooooo my.
    Strike. Move. Don't edit yourself and stop editing your innermost being, your spirit's desire to see you change.
    Fear is the only thing standing between you and recovery.
    Another frickity frick frick binge won't cure your food addiction.
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from hollysmokes in Did you find yourself sweeter and kinder after Whole30 reintro?   
    If you care about the Whole 30, you will complete a Reintro Process.
    You will pay homage and honor the Whole 30 pioneers who've gone before you. They paved the way and that deserves following through in the manner it was written.
    It will flip the switch on your stinkin' thinkin'.
    If you don't do one, you're secretly dieting.  You will be doomed to repeat the weight loss and weight gain cycles because you've not in the right head space.
    You want to turn all of the old habits UPside down on their head.  Do everything in reverse. Reverse engineer all of steps that brought you here with a full blown food addiction.
    You don't want to keep relapsing never to be heard from again = Your tail between your legs and head hanging down like ole Tom Dooley.
    Nooo, Felicias, Nooo.  
    You've got to keep caring about yourself. There's no such thing as the Finish Line with your overall health and well being.
    Follow through with a thoughtful Reintro.  You were meticulous for 30 days...what was that for if you're not going to do a Reintro.   
    Don't you want to go back to the days of your youth when everything came so naturally with great ease?  
    There is a way without weigh.  When you were a child, you weren't scale hopping to validate yourself.  The scale, the scale, the scale.  The mindwarp.
    Remember when you cared about everything but that wasn't even a fig newton in your imagination.  
    Go back to the well and  days of your wild and reckless imagination.  The sky is not the limit and it never was.
    Don't let anyone take control of your nutritional decisions. Ever.
    Allow your spirit and instincts to make the decisions now. No longer thinking outside of the box but getting rid of the box.
    Keep moving and motivating yourself.  
    You can't rest on past successes. That dog won't hunt.
    We only have TODAY.   
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    MeadowLily got a reaction from purplepadres in 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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    MeadowLily reacted to ladyshanny in Rural area....   
    What do you have for grocery store in your area? Are you legit in the middle of nowhere with nothing but a gas station less than a 3 hour drive away (one of our LONG time members is very remote)? If you have an actual grocery store, you shouldn't be in too much of a pickle. Roast meats with seasonings (sage, thyme, rosemary for chicken, pepper, garlic, onion for beef), toss veggies in olive oil or ghee that you make and roast them. 
    Steer away from recipes for the most part if you're frustrated.