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    ladyshanny got a reaction from alisonegilbert in How do I know if I've reached an optimal weight?   
    You keep eating nourishing food in appropriate quantities and get some reasonable amount of healthy movement and wherever that gets you is where you're meant to be.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from NancyAmy in Iron supplement   
    Hi there, this topic (both iron and vitamins) is super common. Give google a go "Whole30 iron supplement" and "Whole30 vitamin" and you'll get lots of results rather than me typing it all out again.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from nicoledawn913 in Impact of eating starchy veggies?   
    There's a difference between fat adaptation and being in ketosis where your body ONLY burns fat. It's a common misconception. The fist sized serving of starchy veggie or one-two servings of fruit will keep you out of ketosis (which is fine) but if you balance your meals according to the template and use the 4-5 hour meal timing along w/ eating that first meal within an hour of waking, you'll become fat adapted. This means your body can easily switch between fuel sources (carbs and fat) as needed w/ no impact to you.
    We recommend not propping up sugar cravings with fruits, not eating fruit alone and limiting things like the carbier nuts (cashews etc) and dried fruits. These items will slow down that transition to fat adaptation. The sweet potato is fine and kudos to you that you figured out that you feel best with that included.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from LindsayO in Insulin Resistance-Sugar Addict   
    Hi There, we can't give out advice for medical issues but do know that eating a Whole30 templated meal every 4-5 hours is going to teach your body to become fat adapted which means that you are less reliant on sugars. You are likely going to have a pretty rough first few days if you were actually eating cupcakes for lunch.  Make sure you are eating within an hour of waking, eat every 4-5 hours, if you have to eat between meals, prioritize fat and protein combos. Ensure you are having a fist sized serving of starchy veggie at least once a day, drink tonnes of water, salt your food and be nice to yourself. Rest when you can, take it easy.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from -Kara in RX Bars   
    Snacking is discouraged, not outlawed. If people are in highly active professions or have super-long days or are nursing/pregnant, we understand that they may need to eat between meals. RX Bars, while delicious, are a less than optimal choice if you have the option of picking between that and a more Whole-Food style thing like hard boiled eggs and mayo or chicken thigh and avocado. Some uses that we understand for RX Bars are as "emergency" in the bottom of your carry-on in case your flight is super-delayed. Or a long hike. Things like that. To just eat them as meal replacements or to quell sugar cravings - no, highly discouraged.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Jothika in 8/8 Starting my Whole30!   
    Hi @Jothika - we understand the desire to go animal free - however you are actually in a perfect position to delay that for 30 days + your reintroduction. Here's why. Some of the common vegetarian protein sources are those that we eliminate during a Whole30. This way your system is completely reset and you can reintroduce those items and see how they affect you going forward. If you will continue to be an omnivore during Whole30, you are in the best possible position to create the perfect vegetarian plan for you. 
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    ladyshanny reacted to ____Emily____ in Planning Legume Reintroduction - soy latte from Starbucks   
    Thanks @ladyshanny for the response. I didn't stop for the latte this morning because I was running late, and based off what you say, I think I'll just wait til dairy day to get a regular milk one. I miss my lattes, but I've been without them for 30 days so another week won't hurt. 
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    ladyshanny reacted to pags98 in Whole 30 Victories   
    My wife and I completed our First Whole30 (I have a feeling we'll be doing more).  We were both ecstatic with our weight loss (19 pounds for me and 16 for her), but the NSV's were so much more amazing!
    Bowel Movements are normal now (previously a big issue for me) Kicked the Caffeine Dragon (I don't like coffee so I was Mr. Coke Zero) Kicked the artificial Sugar Dragon (see above) Clothes fit better Sleep is Amazing Energy is consistent throughout the day Mental Clarity (I was finding myself not being able to summon the right word - now that's gone) Found that there are some amazing healthy whole30 recipes that we want in our "daily" life Found great support and ideas on Instagram I didn't find "Tiger Blood" but I'd say I found "Tiger Cub Blood" This is going to be a big part of our life going forward.  Both for weight loss/maintenance and for feeling amazing.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in PSA: Don't Get Lost!   
    Public Service Announcement: 
    The group threads in this section of the forum can be extremely fast moving and as such, the volunteer moderators have a hard time keeping up with reading the hundreds of posts that go whizzing by.
    That said, if you are struggling or something doesn't seem right or you need some specific help, please create a new post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 portion of the forum. Make the title of your post as specific as possible to assist in getting a response sooner. For example, titling your post "Can't Break the 3pm Slump!" rather than just "Someone Please Help!" makes it quicker for the moderators to understand and assist you. 
    The moderators try to get to everything and we appreciate your patience but members following this outline is one of the ways that you can help us to help you!
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Hope4Overcomers in EDITING POSTS   
    Effective Thursday, August 27, 2015, members can no longer edit their own posts indefinitely.  Unfortunately the constant editing in the threads was causing issues within the forum, necessitating the change.  
    Members will now be allowed to edit their own post for 15 minutes after publishing (for fixing typos or adding a quick afterthought).  Beyond that initial 15 minutes, the post will be considered closed and can only be edited by an administrator or moderator.
    Thank you very much for your understanding and for helping the forum to run as smoothly as possible.  
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    ladyshanny reacted to dawndblue in Day 20...Found my Tiger Blood!!!!...finally   
    This is my 4th (or maybe 5th) Whole 30 in 2 years.  While the others have been during times when I've had a mostly healthy lifestyle (sticking to a mostly paleo diet (at least at home) and exercising regularly) before starting.  This one, however, follows about 4 months of food and (lack of) exercise debauchery...just because #life.  I knew it was exactly what I needed to reset my body (and my mind).
    Because my previous Whole 30's were so successful, I had high expectations.   I've been very frustrated that I haven't been feeling the extreme positive results and NSV's this time that I have in the past.  I started questioning whether I was "doing it wrong" and considered giving up...because, you know, my newfound love of good, craft IPA's was much more satisfying (see debauchery above)   I've been reading the Whole 30 day-by-day and trying to stick with it.
    At any rate, the point of my post is to offer encouragement to others who are as frustrated as I was.  Whether this is your first or your 5th+ Whole 30.  Everything that the program says about everyone experiencing Tiger Blood differently and at different times as well as where you are coming from before starting your Whole 30 making a big difference is 100% true!!!   Stick with it!!!   2 days ago I was considering giving up.   Today, I'm considering extending for another 15 days (though I'm not gonna lie...I'd still kill for a good IPA LOL!).
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Crazygrazing in Fruit can wake up sugar dragon   
    Advice for what? If peaches are giving you digestive problems, don't eat them? If you are saying berries aren't "satisfying" because they aren't sweet enough to quell sugar cravings then that's something to work through because maybe you were using fruits to answer those cravings and in that case we would tell you to stop doing that. Maybe I've misunderstood what sort of advice you're looking for?
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    ladyshanny reacted to CaseyD in Start: Aug 1 / Goal: 100 lbs in 1 year   
    From one sugar addict to another, let me give you some advice on that end: Do not quit sugar using fruit and sweet potato. Quit it using bacon, avocado, Whole30 mayo, steak, eggs - basically fat and protein. If you are going to eat a little extra of something for a bit to quit sugar, this is what you "overeat". Eating sweet potato and fruit just hits that craving and it is soooo much harder and longer to get through. I know, because I've done it both ways! Yes, it will suck more at first, but the suck will no last as long. It is hard to be 15 days in and STILL be craving sugar like it is day 4 because you're using fruit and starches to feed the dragon instead of telling it to shut up with fat and protein. So, eat your carbs at times when you are most definitely NOT craving. It is really worth the short amount of suck, I promise you. 
    Also, I hope you take the no weighing rule very seriously. It is truly life changing to stop weighing yourself and helps change the way you see both food and your body. 
    I'll be looking forward to your posts!!
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Lissitree in Discouraged at Day 18 - Suggestions?   
    Overall you don't appear to be eating enough. Eggs as protein are as many as you can hold in your hand - 3 or 4 for most people is a good start. A handful of sauteed greens cooks down to absolutely nothing so add a sturdier veggie to that - 2-3 cups. Add an eating fat to your breakfast (ie, in addition to whatever fat you are cooking in). Ditch drinking the almond and coconut milk all together - we do not recommend drinking any milk substitutes. 
    Meals should be 1-2 servings of protein (either eggs as noted above or the length, thickness and width of your own palm), 2-3 cups of cooked veggies (greens would need to be far more just due to how compressed they get when you eat them) and 1-2 servings of fat that is not the fat you cooked with.
    If you need to eat between meals, prioritize protein and fat. 
    Try the starch every day and for now, even two meals/day. Go with lunch and dinner rather than at breakfast.
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    ladyshanny reacted to Vandy113 in All Day Exercise and Low Blood Sugars   
    Those are definitely snacks that I could have near our staging area to get people ready to go so I’ll be sure to incorporate those into my routine. I have been able to become fat adapted in the past so that’s a plus. We are on shore about every 90 minutes so that does allow me time to throw a snack in. I’ve stuck to the three meal structure in the past but you’re right that it might be a good idea to structure in a couple small snacks throughout the day and should work well as the biggest rapids or at the end so I’ll be able to renourish right after the biggest calorie burn. 
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    ladyshanny reacted to Newsland33 in Achieving is believing   
    Three days ago, I celebrated six months since I seriously began taking control of my health by beginning my Whole 30 journey. Today, nearly 45 pounds lighter and feeling better than at any time as an adult that I can remember, I am jumping back into the W30 pool with my second dip at a month of living compliantly.
    This time, I'm bringing reinforcements in the form of my wife who was ultra-supportive during round one and who has had a front-row seat to the remarkable changes in my body, health and outlook on life. 
    I've chronicled many of the obvious benefits and positive changes that W30 has delivered for me in previous posts, so I won't bore you by repeating them here. Suffice to say, that not only has my relationship with food done a 180-degree turn but I've also embraced a more active lifestyle that has fueled much of my weight loss and health improvements. I even took my first hot yoga class last weekend (it kicked my butt, but I'm going back for more)!
    Since completing my first W30 cycle, many of the basic tenants of the program have stuck. In the five months since completing round one, I've not been compliant every - or event most - days,  but I have achieved an increased mindfulness about what works for my body and was doesn't.
    For example, I have almost completely avoided added sugar and I save eating large portions of grain for special occasions. Dairy has not been an issue for me, but I have found that I don't crave it was much as I once did so I've also reduced my consumption. At the same time, I have discovered a new-found appreciation for fresh fruit, which I now eat as both part of my daily routine and when I need a treat. And my 6-pack (or more)- a-day Diet Coke habit? Safe to assume it's been kicked after 185 days (and counting), though I take nothing for granted.
    Still, work remains to be done.
    I want to lose another 20 pounds over the next six months, and since my weight has leveled out over the last month I'm hoping this will provide a jump-start. More importantly, I want to serve as the best possible example for the most important person in my life as she heads down the same path.
    To be honest, I'm bracing for this to be more difficult that the first time around.
    I'm better prepared, for certain, but the visible signs of progress aren't likely to be as readily apparent this time since I'm starting in a better spot. (Hoping this is where all of Melissa's reminders about those NSVs will come in especially handy.) If I can help my wife make it through the program, and if she experiences even a fraction of the gains I've enjoyed,  that will be victory enough for me.
    Day 1/31 is off to a good start. Wish me luck - and to all those fighting the good fight, cheers!
    With appreciation,
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    ladyshanny reacted to laura_juggles in Nuun Hydration   
    I would say that Zinc Sulfate is compliant. LyteZone/LyteShow are on the Whole30 approved page and contain zinc sulfate.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from happileeWhole30 in Start Date Aug 6th - Best tips for preparation? Totally new to this!   
    If you have 10 days before we start, I would get your meals and meal timing as closely aligned to Whole30 as you can. Start practicing meal prep, get some foods prepared, do a grocery shop when you are not pressed for time so you can get used to reading labels and what to watch for.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Starting the Whole30 on 7/23   
    If you are breastfeeding we recommend that you are eating up to 4 full template meals each day. If you need to eat between meals, prioritize protein + fat or protein + veggies. Fruits and fruit/fat combos won't do much for you. You can also sip on coconut milk or eat olives and avocados throughout the day to keep your fats up.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from -Kara in Why Costco and Sam's Club are bad for my Whole30   
    Oh my gosh! I get a "flyer" every week that shows ACTUAL PHOTOS that some gal goes and takes of all the sale items in Costco. And I sit at my computer at work and imagine some alternate life I have whereby I need a caesar salad kit for 12 people or a prawn tray that would feed 6 people or 4" of sliced roast beef deli meat or 20# of potatoes. And then I bring it home and we eat it. All of it. Because we don't want it to go bad. 
    When we move next week Costco will not be close enough to be regular anymore and I am more than good with that. Because instead of shopping for our actual life of a married couple who should be watching what we eat, I keep shopping for this imaginary life of abundance and cheer and then we eat it all and now we need to go shopping for our real life of needing new pants.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from happileeWhole30 in Start Date Aug 6th - Best tips for preparation? Totally new to this!   
    If you have 10 days before we start, I would get your meals and meal timing as closely aligned to Whole30 as you can. Start practicing meal prep, get some foods prepared, do a grocery shop when you are not pressed for time so you can get used to reading labels and what to watch for.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from alisonegilbert in How do I know if I've reached an optimal weight?   
    You keep eating nourishing food in appropriate quantities and get some reasonable amount of healthy movement and wherever that gets you is where you're meant to be.
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from FireftrJN in Flavored coffee   
    Natural ingredients are fine. Watch for added sweeteners. "Caramel color" for example is actually a sweetener (cooked sugar). 
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Crazygrazing in Reintroduction and back to Whole30 days   
    Yes, that's right. Test legumes. Go back to Whole30 for a couple-three days and then when you test the new thing, it is the ONLY thing which is off-plan from Whole30.  Rinse and repeat.  
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    ladyshanny got a reaction from Crazygrazing in Can I rearrange the order of reintroducing foods?   
    The order is designed to put the reintroduced foods in order of least likely to mess you up and most likely to mess you up. The order is not written in stone but you may require more days in between when you start with more disruptive foods.