PuffinsMuffins

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    Starting September 14th - Accountability

    Re: mayo, if you have an immersion blender, you can make it right in a jar. I go ahead and make a double batch in the jar at the beginning of the week and we're good to go with virtually no clean up. I swear,mas long as you drizzle the oil, it is very easy.
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    Starting September 14th - Accountability

    Also, I should say that I started prepping yesterday by making some basic sauces. I made Whole30 compliant mayo and ketchup. I also prepped breakfast (eggs with pepper, onions, avacado and bacon) and well as lunch (tuna with my mayo, celery and apples over a BUNCH of arugula.) My goal for this Whole 30 is to work out. I was in pretty bad shape when I did my first Whole 30 last year due to autoimmune conditions. Whole 30 helped me figure out that gluten just does not agree with me and now my joints, etc are much, much better! I hope you all have as positive first experience as I did.
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    Starting September 14th - Accountability

    Good morning, all. I am also starting the Whole 30 today. This is my second time doing this and I found accountability to others on these boards was a HUGE factor in my success!
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    September 8th, anyone?

    Congratulations to everyone! Great results. Anyone else having fun with reintroductions? I added dairy today. I swear... as soon as it passed my lips, I blew up like a balloon. YUCK. I guess that is why we do the whole 30... to figure out what works for us and what does not.
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    September 8th, anyone?

    Good morning, all. I weighed in this morning... exactly 10 lbs down! I did not take measurements but, from my before and after pictures, it is clear I have lost weight particularly in my waist. (Which, ironically, was not really a place I needed to lose weight but I will take it.) I also look WAY WAY healthier. My skin is clear and my face is not puffy anymore. And I look happy! One of my goals is to get to a healthy BMI. I realize BMI is an imperfect measure of health. However, as someone who has joint issues, I think it is a worthwhile measure for me in terms of the stress I put on my joints. I am now out of the "obese" category and just overweight." I have another 24 lbs to go to be in the normal range and another 29 lbs to hit what I would consider a comfortable stopping weight. I am hopeful I can make this happen. I am a little nervous about "off roading." I have a feeling I am going to slide back into my old habits. For now, I am just trying to not eat things that I don't want. For example, this morning, I thought to myself... I can have coffee with cream now! But honestly, I am fine with almond milk. So... I will continue with that.
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    September 8th, anyone?

    My goodness! Great results, guys! Laxmom... 4.5" off your waist! That is unbelievable! (As is losing 17.6 lbs.) Great work, everyone.
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    September 8th, anyone?

    Libbyhunter - Nice work! That is amazing! 46" is fantastic! I did not take measurements, which I am now regretting. I did take a before picture, though. Does anyone know of a photo site that is somewhat protected? Maybe there is one that requires you to have the link to open. Sort of like Google docs but for pictures? I would feel way better posting my pictures if I knew only a select few people would be seeing them. I don't need my "before" pics floating around the interwebs....
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    September 8th, anyone?

    Good morning, all. Day 29... can you believe we've all made it this far? On Day 7, it felt forever away and we're nearly here! And now for the big question... who is willing to post before and after pics on Wednesday morning? I went out to lunch with my in-laws yesterday. We were at the Cheesecake Factory, which isn't really known for its health foods. I wanted so badly to just throw in the towel and say 28 days is as good as 30. However, I did not and, for me, that is a sign of how far I have come. Before I started to Whole30, all food was FWOB for me. I just had no willpower whatsoever and could never say NO to food I knew was not healthy. I think, to some degree, I felt like I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs... I work full time as a poverty lawyer, I am raising a kid. I felt I "deserved" to splurge on whatever I wanted to eat. However, it got to the point that the treats were destructive because I was overweight and felt like crap about myself. I desperately hope I find I've lost weight when I step on the scale on Wednesday but, even if have not, I hope I am not too disappointed because being in control of my eating is a MAJOR step forward.
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    September 8th, anyone?

    I would think any period of eating on plan would be good. I don't know that you would see the full results you would get in 30 days, but I don't see any harm to doing it. In theory, if you are eating close to plan most of the time, you should not have the same negative symptoms that many of us had during the first few weeks on this go around. (Hello, carb flu!)
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    I am Experiencing Hives

    I also got hives while in my second or third week of my Whole30. I thought it might be Whole30 related but couldn't figure out what new food I was eating. I went to both my rheumatologist and dermatologist and it turns out it was environmental. Apparently, a lot of folks with inflammation issues do break out with hives during the change of seasons. Who knew? This may not be your issue but, if you have inflammation issues, it might be worth checking that theory out.
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    September 8th, anyone?

    Good morning, all. I'm back after being MIA for a few days. I am glad to see other folks are starting to consider how they are going to handle the end of their Whole30. I've been thinking about this too. My tentative plan is to keep eating paleo almost all of the time. I have significant weight to lose (about 40 lbs to be a healthy BMI) and this plan seems to suit me. I think, short term, I need to follow a slow reintroduction protocol and reintegrate categories of food at least one week apart to see if I can pinpoint whatever was causing my inflammation. Also, I plan to keep out refined carbs and sugar, but allow honey, maple syrup and agave from time to time. My biggest goal is to keep up the veggie intake. Really, I think that is the key to all of this. I was not eating nearly enough vegetables before doing my Whole30. I want to maintain the habit of eating for nutrition, versus eating for fun or stress relief. Lofty goal. However, it is nice to feel free from my previous disordered eating. Longer term, I am putting another Whole 30, maybe a Whole 45-60 on my calendar for early January. I know there is bound to be some slippage over the holidays and I want to schedule a clean-up for immediately after as a safety net.
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    Whole30/Whole 9 for weightloss

    Yes, all of this makes sense. I am a REALLY bad dieter. I've been trying to explain to my mom how much easier I've found it to eliminate sugar than I ever found it to reduce sugar. I think I've found this program somewhat liberating because there are no "good foods" or "bad foods," just foods with more or less nutritional content. I feel like when I was on WW in particular I was always trying to game the system with lower point "swaps." Sugar free jello pudding, no matter how few calories it may contain, simply is not a building block of good health. Also, it tastes like glue.
  13. Hi all, I am on day 22 of my Whole30. I feel it has been a fabulous experience and I have seen a number of benefits. I feel much healthier, my skin looks great and many of the symptoms of my autoimmune disorder have gone away. I have not weighed myself as suggested by the program. However, I know when my Whole 30 is done next week, I will still have a lot of weight to lose. I started this at 174 and, given my short stature, 135 puts me on the higher end of a normal BMI. I realize I should not expect weight loss miracles from the Whole30 as it is not a weight loss program. I appreciate the other health benefits. However, I am looking for ways to keep a Whole 9 lifestyle while also losing approximately 40 lbs. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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    September 8th, anyone?

    Good morning, everyone. Kristinmarta, hang in there! If nothing else, get through 30 days before you decide the program doesn't work for you. We only have a week to go. Regardless of whether or not you ever get the "Tiger Blood," you committed to giving yourself 30 days. If you quit now, I promise you will feel like you let yourself down. (And, this is coming from someone who probably has some sort of World Record for quitting diets... You always feel like you let yourself down.) I had a what most people would probably consider a nightmare weekend for the program, but I muddled through. My husband was off at a bachelor party shooting at small animals (fun, right?) so was watching my two-year-old daughter who is definitely going through a growth spurt all on my own. The growth spurt means she wants to eat constantly, doesn't nap and sleeps intermittently at night but only in mommy's bed. On Saturday, we went to a pumpkin patch replete with donuts, cider, caramel apples etc. I had... a bottle of water. On Sunday, we went to the circus. It was a work event and, as we walked in, we were handed popcorn, hot dogs, cotton candy, etc. I ate... an apple. In between, I struggled a bit to put meals together. I had a slight oops when I drank some flavored coffee with artificial flavor at my mom's house. However, other than that, I was completely compliant. I think I used to feel like an event was ruined if I could not eat the "treats" that came along with an event. However, I really didn't care too much this weekend. I think this is a sign that I've got the sugar dragons back in their cave. Also, I have not slept much in the last 4 days but I am surviving. In the past, I would be laid out with exhaustion and (sorry if this is TMI) a mouth and throat full of canker sores, as this is a huge symptom of my autoimmune condition. I am surviving and I have no canker sores. As others have said, I think this "better me" IS my tiger blood.
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    September 8th, anyone?

    I also had migraines from birth control. After my daughter was born, I went ahead and got an IUD. I highly recommend ParaGuard. There are no hormones at all (unlike Skyla and Morena) and it can stay in place for up to 10 years.