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    Round Two of Whole30 starting August 4th. Anyone with me??

    Id like to join the folks who are restarting. I actually started today. I had leftover steak and broccoli and some carrot sticks for breakfast. Now off to the grocery store to stock up for the week.!
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    Starting August 20!

    I’m in for the 20th. I actually started today....a “ soft start”. I had leftover steak and broccoli and some carrot sticks for breakfast. Now off to the grocery store to stock up for the week.!
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    January 2nd start date

    Ok, Day 6 is now Day 1 for me. I'm on a restart. I had chili last night, and it had beans and corn in it. I made the conscious decision to eat it, and to NOT eat rice, cheese, or tortillas. Or sugar. This is my 5th or 6th W30, and I'm in it this time around for either 90 or 180 days. I know from past experience that - for me at least - it's a journey of more than 30 days. Generally speaking, and based upon past re-intros, I'm fine with beans, but corn "can" turn into a "food with no brakes" situation with me. I LOVE ME SOME CORN! Any, like I said - I'm so fine with this. A W30 is a W30, period...and I'm in it for the long run. I consider making the decision to not eat rice, cheese, or tortillas last night, and then sticking with it, to be a win in and of itself. All-in-all ... to date I've definitely seen a reduction in the inflammation. That is totally sugar and dairy for me. My hands still ache horribly - and I know that will go away in time as well. Based upon experience, I also know that I'll see other NSV's in the upcoming weeks, and I CAN'T WAIT! I am still amazed that I can un-do 10 months of "good" eating with 2 months of "bad" eating...but there you go. I gained 22 lbs between the end of October and the end of December. Whaaaaaattttttt?!?!? So, I invested in "RealPlans" for this time around, and I'm loving it, honestly. I'm having so much fun playing around with recipes and menus, and then having a grocery list at the end of it all is just simply the icing on the cake (whoops, I guess I need to find another saying!) While my eating was "technically" compliant over the first 5 days (other than the chili episode), I do realize that I need to focus on eating 3 robust, balanced meals with no snacks. I start great with breakfast every day, but by lunch I can be scattered between work and just life in general. I need to do some better planning for lunch. My plan for the first week was "leftovers". That's fine, if you execute. My tendency over the past week was more toward starting to "graze" at around 1-2 PM when I realized I'd worked thru lunch, and was in back-to-back meetings until dinner. Working at home is great - but I was trotting to the kitchen and grabbing stuff to graze on instead of eating a true meal. Lesson learned! Also, I was eating too much fruit, too many nuts, and not enough protein and veggies and good fats. Allrighty, everyone - let's go strong into week two, no matter what day it is for you!
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    Older women following Whole30

    LOVE the Whole30Daily - it's a great tool! I am getting that again this time around, and I also signed up for RealPlans meal planner, and am really having fun playing around with it!
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    Older women following Whole30

    Thank you praxisproject, I'm definitely looking forward to it!
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    Older women following Whole30

    Started a "fresh" W30 today. I fell face-first into a (bottomless) plate of cookies back in mid-October, and I have managed to eat myself back into arthritic hands, achey joints, acne, mood name it. I'm an "all-or-nothing" girl!
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    January 2nd start date

    Day one in the bag! Looking forward to spending the next 30 days (or more!) with all of you!
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    January 2nd start date

    I'm starting on Jan 2 also! I'm sooooooo ready for this!!!
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    Hi everyone - and Happy New Year! I'm in for this also. Last April I started my 3rd or 4th W30, and stayed with it until December 23. In the process I lost 30 lbs (8 months, 30 lbs - slow and steady). Unfortunately, I fell face first into a plate of cookies on December 23. So, as of Jan 1 I'm up 7.5 lbs and fighting the sugar dragon, constant headaches, and achiness. Doesn't take long at all to undo all the good does it? I figure it's going to take at least 30 days to fix what I messed up the last week of the year. About me - I'm 48, married with a 14-yo son. Highly stressful job. But a good job - it's GREAT to have a job! I am amazed at how much I am impacted by food. Each time I do a Whole30 I learn more about how food impacts me. I already know that I can't handle dairy, sugar, or most grains. I seem to do ok with rice, corn and beans but try to stay away from them anyway. I also steer clear of soy. I am highly addicted to sugar - my sister was spot on when she said - if sugar was heroin, I'd be dead ... several times over. So, yesterday was the start of the rest of my life. I know what I need to do...and I know what happens when I don't!!! Here's to great success for all of us! I can't wait to get rid of the migraines, achiness, puffyness, and headaches - and to feel the tiger blood again!
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    Starting Monday, July 13

    I'll join the Monday July 13 group! Looking forward to it!
  11. I agree with everyone. I have been following W30 for 90 days. I lost 8 lbs the first month, 2 lbs the second month, and hit 90 days today, and had lost a total of 5 lbs in that third month. So, 15 lbs over 90 days. I figure if I keep going...I'll get there evenutally. Slow but sure wins the race. I think that only getting on the scale once a month is critical for me. I will eventually break up with the scale. For now, I'm good with getting on the scale and measuring once a month, and continuing this program until i hit my "happy place" (not sure when that will be, but I figure I'm probably 6-8 months or more before I get there!) After that I'll look at doing reintroductions...if I even want to. Remember - its a journey, not a destination!!!
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    Colon polyps

    One of the things I always keep in mind any time I'm talking to a doctor - is how long ago were they in medical school, and how much have they stayed current on medical literature/learning. I've been to docs who were in medical school 30, 40, 50 years ago...and still hold fast to an unwavering view of what they learned back then...including the gospel truth that "whole healthy grains are the most important part of your diet", and "don't eat more than two eggs a week, and stay away from red meat becuase it has (gasp!) too much saturated fat". Those docs don't "practice" on my family for long, if at all. Please remember that doctors are human...and people don't like change. Many of them still hold fast to what they learned when they were in medical school years and years ago. Do your research, know your doc's background, and be willing to have open, transparent conversations. If they won't reciprocate, find a different doctor. I have had polyps removed as well. My doc at the time (about 6 years ago and pre-W30) told me that I need to eat lots of whole healthy grains to increase my fiber intake, and also to cut the fat out of my diet and severely limit red meats as a protein source. I told her that when I add too much fiber and remove the fat from my diet I get VERY constipated. Her response? "Interesting, I've had other patients tell me exactly the same thing. BUT, you need to eat more grains and limit the fat anyway". I found a different doc.
  13. Hope that the W30 works for you. I have gotten migraines for years (not the same thing I know, but still headaches!) There were times when I had 4-5 debilitating migraines a week, and the Rx meds I was taking were causing rebounds, short term memory loss, general exhaustion, sleep disruption...etc, etc Following the W30 plan works for me to limit those headaches. I am currently someplace around day 80 of "W30 eating", and this time around it took the full 30 days before my headaches stopped. I literally had daily headaches ramping up to the start of the W30 this time around and that continued for the full first 30 days. Don't give up! It could take more than 1 or 2 or even 3 weeks to see your headaches start to abate, but have faith! It has now been over 30 days since my last headache. All of the other benefits aside (great sleep, more energy, BEAUTIFUL skin, allergies nearly gone, and more...knowing that eating this way has such a major impact on whether or not I have headaches makes it TOTALLY worth sticking with the program! Good luck!!!
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    Older women following Whole30

    Hi Everyone! So glad I found this thread. I'd love to join y'all. I'm on day 73 (started April 12). DH is on this journey with me. As of day 60, I have lost 10 lbs (weighing every 30 days for as long as I continue...and probably just "forever", if I don't end up totally breaking up with the scale). I do have at least 30 more lbs I want to lose, but that would be a bonus. I'm really following this lifestlye to get/stay as healthy as possible, and to try and minimize any impact that menopause will have on me. My sis is 2 years younger than I am, and is in the throes of night sweats and hot flashes right now. Not sure why she's ahead of me on this schedule, other than because of how I'm eating right now. She doesn't eat gluten, but does eat other grains as well as everything else on the "no-no" Whole30 list. Even though I haven't experienced hot flashes or night sweats, I can tell you that I've been as cranky as H-E-double-hockey-sticks, but no hot flashes thank heavens. The reasons I'm still following W30 with no reintroductions are: Hoping that eventually I'll get control of my crankiness mentioned above. Sugar dragon still going strong - even just from fruit, which I try to limit to a couple times a week. I already know that I'm very sensitive to dairy - no desire to experience the cramping and nausea that dairy causes. Wheat...without sugar...meh... Don't really miss legumes I think soy is evil anyway...why add it back in? Not much of a drinker anyway, so no loss there. I haven't hit "tiger blood" yet. I've had it within 30 days in the past when I've done a W30, but right now I'm not feeling it. I've been very tired - drained, exhausted even. I guess I just have some extra healing to do... To introduce myself (since I lurk and read a lot, but don't post very often) I turn 49 next month. One teenager at home, one out of the house. Two dogs, two cats. And DH, of course...who is on W30 plan with me. Hair? Until last month, natural...then I broke down and got some highlights. So, not full color, but tried to brighten things up a bit with some highlights - I don't have a lot of gray, but what gray there is in my mousey brown hair was looking quite drab and dull. Haven't yet decided if I'll continue or not. Time will tell I suppose.
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    Shhhh! Its a Secret!

    Fantastic post! Love this - congrats on your huge success!!!