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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from Cathy125 in You know someone is doing a Whole30 when...   
    ...when all they have to offer you at their house is: cold water, mineral water, fruit infused water, fruit infused sparkling water, or coconut water.  Oh, and unsweetened iced tea. (because kombucha is too expensive to share...)   
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from frogtox in Starting 1/4/16   
    So yesterday was a huge challenge for me (I'm one day behind everyone, so today is actually my day 7).  I was hosting a birthday celebration.  Two of the dishes I made - Walnut crusted pork tenderloin and green beans with fig vinaigrette - were from the Whole 30 book.  The other three things were not compliant, so I made compliant versions for myself.  But not having the cheese and salami and crackers and chips that were out for snacking, or the dessert...oh! the dessert: a chocolate trifle with ice cream.  Man, that was hard.  I couldn't even do any taste testing to make sure the dishes were on point - had to call in a helper for that!  But I made it through!!  I have to say, I am not feeling as good this record round as I did on my first W30, feel a lot more tired.  Perhaps I am eating too much protein and not enough veggies.  I don't know.  A little discouraging, but I put on some pants today and they were looser.  Probably got rid of some of my previous bloating.  So win for that one!!  Small steps, right?!
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from frogtox in Starting 1/4/16   
    So yesterday was a huge challenge for me (I'm one day behind everyone, so today is actually my day 7).  I was hosting a birthday celebration.  Two of the dishes I made - Walnut crusted pork tenderloin and green beans with fig vinaigrette - were from the Whole 30 book.  The other three things were not compliant, so I made compliant versions for myself.  But not having the cheese and salami and crackers and chips that were out for snacking, or the dessert...oh! the dessert: a chocolate trifle with ice cream.  Man, that was hard.  I couldn't even do any taste testing to make sure the dishes were on point - had to call in a helper for that!  But I made it through!!  I have to say, I am not feeling as good this record round as I did on my first W30, feel a lot more tired.  Perhaps I am eating too much protein and not enough veggies.  I don't know.  A little discouraging, but I put on some pants today and they were looser.  Probably got rid of some of my previous bloating.  So win for that one!!  Small steps, right?!
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to Cbg84 in Starting 1/4/16   
    I bet you could search the forum for a definitive on this, but I believe that I have read that while some coconut waters are technically compliant they are not an ideal choice (unless you are an endurance athlete) due to the large amount of natural sugar. How about a lap around the office (or wherever you work), a mug of hot tea (or bone broth), or even a fresh sprig of mint in your water bottle instead?
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
    Oh, and also, there is a cool app called YouFood.  Its kind of like a food diary, but you take pictures.  Its fun to see your meals and to look back over time (also good if you ever need to see a doc and share your nutrition).  But you can find lots of other people on there - there are plenty of whole 30 and pale ppl out there.  ITs great for motivation and inspiration when you get bored with the cooking.  
     
    Now I'm off to eat - chocolate chili over a bed of cauliflower rice 
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Hello there!  Several of you were talking about not feeling especially different or not having the typical 'timeline' stuff.  I can only speak from the experience of having 1 whole 30 under my belt, but I never really felt terrible.  Never had the carb flu or wanted to kill everything.  I didn't get tired until my second week in - that lasted a day or two.  In fact, I did feel more bloated (due to increase in veggies/fiber) and pants did feel tighter for a while.  Thats part of the reason they say to stay off of the scale.  In the beginning, you will not see a weight change, or you may even feel more bloated.  You have to wait for the healing to happen, and it will, but by the end of my second week, into my third, I FINALLY had energy (always have been anemic) and could wake up early and I slept like a log, which is unusual for me.  But give it time and don't get too worried!!  Remember, its a process to get your body/gut healthy again.
     
    On another note, I had my first food dream last night.  Never had one on my last round, so it was a bit surprising.  But man, those tortilla chips and chocolate cake were soooooo good!  I woke up thinking I would have to start over to day 1 when I realized it was just a dream - whew!!
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from L_dougherty85 in Starting 1/4/16   
    Hello there!  Several of you were talking about not feeling especially different or not having the typical 'timeline' stuff.  I can only speak from the experience of having 1 whole 30 under my belt, but I never really felt terrible.  Never had the carb flu or wanted to kill everything.  I didn't get tired until my second week in - that lasted a day or two.  In fact, I did feel more bloated (due to increase in veggies/fiber) and pants did feel tighter for a while.  Thats part of the reason they say to stay off of the scale.  In the beginning, you will not see a weight change, or you may even feel more bloated.  You have to wait for the healing to happen, and it will, but by the end of my second week, into my third, I FINALLY had energy (always have been anemic) and could wake up early and I slept like a log, which is unusual for me.  But give it time and don't get too worried!!  Remember, its a process to get your body/gut healthy again.
     
    On another note, I had my first food dream last night.  Never had one on my last round, so it was a bit surprising.  But man, those tortilla chips and chocolate cake were soooooo good!  I woke up thinking I would have to start over to day 1 when I realized it was just a dream - whew!!
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to GFChris in Starting 1/4/16   
    While technically compliant, this mixture borders on being a dessert of fruit and fat. As such, it isn't the best choice on a Whole30.Remember: part of a Whole30's purpose is to change your relationship with food. Instead of using food to celebrate an accomplishment, experiment with non-food ways to reward yourself, as ladyshanny summarized above.
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from praxisproject in Starting 1/4/16   
    This is my second time around - first time, I lasted about 45 days.  I didn't get the 'carb flu', probably because I am not a big bread/pasta person.  I felt fantastic by a week in, probably because my body was finally getting tons of veggies.  I was finally more alert, no more brain fog, and I was actually popping right out of bed in the mornings, which is unusual for me as I am a night owl and I have to set like 3 alarms in order to get up in the mornings.  But I did mine in August of 2014 - when it was a bit warmer, so we'll see how doing one during the winter changes my ability to want to get up!  :-)  I tend to have low blood pressure, so about 10 days in, I started getting really dizzy.  Someone suggested adding in salt, which I did, and that solved my problem immediately (in case anyone else ends up getting the same thing).  
     
    I know its only day 2, but I have to say I am dreading the eggs every day for breakfast.  I know that theoretically I can eat anything for breakfast, but I was so burned out by eggs - no matter how they were fixed - that halfway through I never wanted to eat another egg ever again. It also made me want to avoid breakfast, as I am not a big breakfast person either.   Going to have to try to push through that and come up with different ideas.
     
    Best wishes on day 2!!
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to ladyshanny in Personal "rules" - what are yours?   
    Good rules, guys!
    One of our household rules is that the kitchen is "closed" after dinner. Lunches made, cleaned up, lights out, no entry unless it's for tea or water.
    I also make sure I check the "menu plan" before I close the kitchen to make sure that frozen stuff is out defrosting or that I know if I need to prep anything or pick anything up on the way home the next day. I don't like surprises, they lead to nothing good!
    And as a bonus tip for anyone that struggles with drinking enough water, there's a really cute (free) app called Plant Nanny (avail for iPhone and android) that helps you track your water consumption. Basically you grow a little plant and everytime you drink a bottle/serving of water, you "water" your plant and it grows. Nothing sadder than seeing the little guy all shrivelled up and sad looking when you've neglected your water intake.
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to Katherinelknight in From California, US   
    I started today and I live in central California.
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from MeadowLily in Depressed and needing a little encouragement   
     
    Thanks to everyone who responded.  I was going through a moment when I was feeling down, but I'm all good.    Thank you for caring enough to reply!!
     
    Maggiedoll,  in response to your message, I believe that guilt IS a normal response for someone who has been eating unhealthy, and is often a catalyst for spurring on positive change.  My purpose for losing weight is because I have fallen off the wagon and want to be healthy again; I do not have a warped or skewed sense of self. If you picked up from my message that I think I am 'bad' for eating unhealthy, then I must have not quite gotten my thoughts across correctly.  Yes, I feel guilty for not staying strong and giving in to my sugar dragon.  Yes, I want to get back on board to my healthy path once again, yes, losing weight is not the main reason, but it is a reason.  I know what is my healthy range and what is not healthy, and I said in my OP that my goals were to start eating healthier and exercising - those are my focus. I know how great I feel when I am eating right and how terrible and lethargic I feel when I continually eat unhealthy. When I eat healthy and exercise, I know the weight issue will fall in line. I hope that better explains my thoughts...Have a fabulous week!
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from MeadowLily in Depressed and needing a little encouragement   
     
    Thanks to everyone who responded.  I was going through a moment when I was feeling down, but I'm all good.    Thank you for caring enough to reply!!
     
    Maggiedoll,  in response to your message, I believe that guilt IS a normal response for someone who has been eating unhealthy, and is often a catalyst for spurring on positive change.  My purpose for losing weight is because I have fallen off the wagon and want to be healthy again; I do not have a warped or skewed sense of self. If you picked up from my message that I think I am 'bad' for eating unhealthy, then I must have not quite gotten my thoughts across correctly.  Yes, I feel guilty for not staying strong and giving in to my sugar dragon.  Yes, I want to get back on board to my healthy path once again, yes, losing weight is not the main reason, but it is a reason.  I know what is my healthy range and what is not healthy, and I said in my OP that my goals were to start eating healthier and exercising - those are my focus. I know how great I feel when I am eating right and how terrible and lethargic I feel when I continually eat unhealthy. When I eat healthy and exercise, I know the weight issue will fall in line. I hope that better explains my thoughts...Have a fabulous week!
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to Tina Marie in Depressed and needing a little encouragement   
    I feel your pain... I also did not get any support except here  (oh and my daughter but she also lives a little bit away from me) my friends also looked down their noses,.... "what - you not drinking for 30 days ?   No bread ?   No wheat??  Your insane)  
     
    I never did bring it up again.  I thought they would be happy that I was trying to improve my health and my life.  
     
    The forums here will lift you up when you need it - give you a kick in the butt too when you need it.   Lots of recipes out here,  lots of help to keep you from being bored.
     
    You can do it !
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to Krista Billows Rodriguez in Depressed and needing a little encouragement   
    I didn't talk too much about what I was doing during my 2nd W30.  I'm sure my enthusiasm for the program during my first round ages ago made me quite....annoying....to listen to ;-)  
     
    you need to do what's best for you, if you make a plan for that and follow through without any big fanfare your family and friends should see that life will not end as they know it.  This is about you and your health, not them, not how they see you, not how your food choices make them feel about their SAD eating.  It is your time.  You can still socialize without eating and drinking.  Maybe find a friend or two at work that would rather spend some time walking together during lunch than eating at a restaurant.  Tell your boyfriend he's taking the month off of cooking but spell out other ways he can support you-hello fresh flowers and massages?!  Move your time with him out of the kitchen and plan for outdoor activities, movies, museums, etc.  Take the focus off food in your social relationships so you can focus on food for your health.  
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to ingmarie in Depressed and needing a little encouragement   
    I am doing this alone too but I do have support from family and friends. I do cook for my dear husband and I eat the protein with him ,Not the other stuff he eats LOL.
    I don't think you have to go out strong, if You don't have the support, try a bit at a time, maybe they  realize this is how you eat, period.?
    There are lots of restaurants that will adjust for your way of eating also ,just ask.
    Good Luck.
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to ShannonM816 in Depressed and needing a little encouragement   
    There is a happy medium between doing a true Whole30 and letting the sugar dragon rule your life, you know. 
     
    Obviously, I think the Whole30 is worthwhile -- but I also understand that there are times in life when it's just really hard to be 100% compliant, for any number of reasons. If you feel like a true Whole30 is just not possible right now, think about what would be possible for you. Maybe you eat Whole30 compliant when you control the food, but figure out which things you're okay with relaxing on when other people cook or when you're out at restaurants. If your bf likes to cook, there are tons and tons of W30 compliant recipes, including sauces and dressings. Once you've figured out your plan, talk to him about what you're doing, make it clear you're not going to make him also do it, but that you would appreciate when he cooks for you that he focus on leaving out certain ingredients and emphasizing lots of veggies and proteins and healthy fats -- give him links to blogs like The Clothes Make The Girl and Nom Nom Paleo, or show him specific recipes that look good to you that are compliant, and explain the meal template so he know what you're aiming for. Show him that it's not all dry chicken breast and steamed broccoli, which is what people usually assume you mean if you talk about cooking healthy food. If he truly enjoys cooking, he should be able to see it as a way to challenge his abilities and maybe find new ingredients or new ways to use things he's familiar with. And if he loves to cook, say, pasta dishes or cream based sauces, maybe make a plan that allows for that occasionally, if you enjoy those things -- ask him to keep it simple most of the time, but maybe once a month, let him go all out on whatever meal he wants to make, including wine and dessert if you want. On the other hand, if you know that eating pasta makes you feel yucky or you're lactose intolerant and cream-based sauces are just not worth it to you, tell him that. If you can give concrete examples of how eating this way makes you feel better, it should be a lot easier for him to understand that this is not something you're doing on a whim or something you're doing just to be difficult, but that you're really trying to be healthy and feel better.
     
    You might also look around the forum for tips on eating at restaurants. It is possible, although it does require more planning and work on your part. Plenty of people do go out to eat on W30. If all else fails, keep emergency protein at your desk at work (like cans of tuna or salmon or sardines, or compliant jerky, or if you have a fridge where you can store things, some hard boiled eggs) -- that way if you go out somewhere and all you can order is a salad, at least you can eat some quick protein when you get back to work to make up for it.
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to MeadowLily in Depressed and needing a little encouragement   
    You've come back for many reasons.    Support and encouragement. 
    This time, make your own way.  Input from relatives or friends is not necessary. I've been tooling along without support from the homefront. Laying a food program on those closest to us is too much of a heavy. It makes them feel guilty for eating whatever they want or they simply tune all of the food talk out.
     
    When we take complete responsibility for our own health - we take ourselves out of their hands, thoughts and comments from the peanut gallery.  We simply choose to eat compliant food and leave others to their own choices. 
     
    If coworkers were counting the days....this time, don't talk to them or anyone else about it.  Go Cold Turkey with food and W30 talk.   When we put ourselves in their shoes, it's understood and appreciated why others simply do not want the blow-by-blow food log.  The suspense of what we're having for dinner is not interesting to them.
     
    "Now that you have the basic plan, you need to know how to implement it. It’s simple, actually. Start now. Today. This minute. Count out thirty days on your calendar. Plan out a week’s worth of meals, using the Resources we’ve given you here. Take our Shopping Guide to your local health food store, farmer’s market or grocer and stock up on things you’ll be eating. And then… go. Cold turkey. Just start, using our MealSimple™ template to take all the guesswork out of meal planning. But don’t put this off, not for one more day. If you give yourself excuses or reasons to delay, you may never begin. Do it now."
     
    At the end of 30 days, do a Slow Roll Reintro.   Goooo soooo sloooow that it may take another 30 days or more to reach your setpoint.  When you get there, you will have created a weight stability maintenance strategy for yourself.  You will know your food triggers (you probably already know those), food sensitivities and you may not choose to off-road with those until your maintenance strategy is set into blue steel and you have a solid plan going forward.
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to tlefavor in July 14 Support Thread   
    One week left! I was inspired by yesterday's daily newsletter to reflect upon Ten Things I've Learned While Doing the Whole30:
    1. I can MANAGE stress without alcohol.
    2. I MISS Boston Creme Pie.
    3. It's now EASY to decide not to eat something unhealthy.
    4. Lack of planning and having pre-cooked food readily available is ALWAYS the reason I am tempted to make unhealthy choices.
    5. Sugar is no longer the SOURCE of my energy.
    6. I ALWAYS take a healthy snack with me when I know I'll be late getting a meal.
    7. I have finally found a healthy program that I WANT to follow for the rest of my life.
    8. I LOVE the taste of turmeric and rosemary.
    9. My husband is now SUPPORTIVE of my program.
    10. Everything worthwhile just takes TIME.
    Coming up with this list has been insightful. I hope I can add losing weight next week when we weigh in!
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from [email protected] in July 14 Support Thread   
     
    "Now I haven't been able to tell if I've hit tiger blood because of the cranky-bitch-face issues from not sleeping properly"
     
     
     
    Haha!  This cracked me up!  I've had that face a few times in the past few weeks.  
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from [email protected] in July 14 Support Thread   
     
    "Now I haven't been able to tell if I've hit tiger blood because of the cranky-bitch-face issues from not sleeping properly"
     
     
     
    Haha!  This cracked me up!  I've had that face a few times in the past few weeks.  
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from [email protected] in July 14 Support Thread   
     
    "Now I haven't been able to tell if I've hit tiger blood because of the cranky-bitch-face issues from not sleeping properly"
     
     
     
    Haha!  This cracked me up!  I've had that face a few times in the past few weeks.  
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to Betsie_n in July 14 Support Thread   
     
    That's funny! I was a teacher for 15 years and for many of those years I was paid once a month, also. What a STRETCH on a teacher's salary, eh? I thought we might starve my first year because we started work early in August but didn't get paid until the end of September!! Lord knows what I fed my family that month...
     
    Today I'm an instructional designer and still get paid once a month, but it's not quite the stretch it used to be on the teacher's salary. Sad that teachers should have to stretch their food dollars so much when they are the ones who need to be in optimal health to handle such a challenging workload - and to fend off all the school related germs!
     
    High praise to teachers eating right!
    Betsie
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    Twilightfirefly reacted to [email protected] in July 14 Support Thread   
    Penelope - sounds like you've had some great practice for your next Whole30!Good luck to you and the hubby for September.
     
    I'm feeling so much better today, because the wind gods turned down their efforts last night and I could finally get some sleep! We've had a very mild winter so far in my city until Tuesday, when it all apparently came at once in the form of a multi-day storm: wind, rain, cold and snow on the mountain, the first proper one for the year. Its not unusual to have a good dumping at Easter, so this year's is particularly late. But all the wind had been severely interfering with my sleep. And I'm not a happy puppy without my sleep. Even a little less throws me right off.
     
    Now I haven't been able to tell if I've hit tiger blood because of the cranky-bitch-face issues from not sleeping properly, but my arms and legs have been holding on to muscle really well, even though last night was the first time I've exercised (purposefully for an hour, I get incidental in daily). Perhaps a sign? I found during my last Whole30 that my using my muscles was easier and I was able to up the intensity without knowing.
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    Twilightfirefly got a reaction from Betsie_n in July 14 Support Thread   
    Jamie, you wouldn't happen to be a teacher, would you?! I am - get paid once a month, and -FINALLY- got my check yesterday too. Hallelujah!!