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    CaseyD got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Beginning June 1   
    This allergy season has been particularly bad. Both my daughter and I ended up with allergy-induced pink eye and my son's turned into a sinus infection. Too much medication has been needed this year. Hope your symptoms have improved!
    Today is also day 1 for me. Doing a Whole30 with an online group makes it more enjoyable for me, and helps with accountability. I would love to hear updates on how everyone is doing this month!
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    CaseyD got a reaction from Selcazare in Need to get back on the Whole30, looking for inspiration and help   
    Focus on little improvements - not a huge overhaul. Can you eat a Whole30 style breakfast everyday - or at least x-amount of days a week? Do that and then when it feels like a habit, maybe focus on lunch or changing some other smaller thing. Don't convince  yourself that it has to be 100% or nothing at all. I fell into that trap for years - wasted years. Change small things and keep consistent with those small changes, and they will add up to a big change. Perhaps you will find your food freedom gradually this way, instead of yo-yo-ing through hard shifts and total train wrecks. 

    p.s. I hate the idea of trying to be inspired by people on the internet. You don't get the full story and most importantly - none of these people are you. Inspire yourself by finding your big whys in your own life. :-) 
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    CaseyD got a reaction from Shell22 in Brand new and starting September 1 to get my health back   
    I started today also! I use Whole30 occasionally as a reset at this point. There is just nothing that comes close to how much better I feel on Whole30. I hope you experience the same! I'd love to join you on this journey! 
    It took me a long, long time to get to a place with sugar where I don't need it anymore. My sugar addiction got very severe at one point. I really credit doing repeat Whole30's for getting me to the place I am. Now, even when I start to derail with it, it is nothing like a binge and I can easily get it under control again by just going back on my reset for a couple of weeks. You should definitely read Food Freedom if you haven't already. It really works if you work it. One day you'll cringe at the thought of having sugar with breakfast. :-) You can do this!!
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    CaseyD got a reaction from ladyshanny 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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    CaseyD got a reaction from ladyshanny 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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    CaseyD got a reaction from LoriBeth in Should I Start Today??   
    I have an alternate opinion. Don't rely on your friend. You two can do it at the same time (or overlap most of it), but don't make when you're ready based off when this person is ready. That leads to needing the other person to succeed so you can succeed. You have to do this for you, so if your person isn't starting on the day you agreed to, it doesn't mean you have to delay. It just means they start a little later. 
    It sounds like you were ready to start, but then life gave you an excuse that your cravings latched on to. And, no, it isn't somehow easier to track if you start on the first. That's just another excuse to keep eating the things your primal brain doesn't want to give up. 
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    CaseyD got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Day 17 success   
    This is not my first Whole30, so I knew what to expect going into it (tiger blood and clear head ftw). What I didn't expect was to spend most of it with acute illnesses! 
    I went through a pretty bad cold/flu(?) right at the beginning of the Whole30 and survived on meat and veggie soups, broth, some coconut water, and a lot of rest (or as much as you get with two kids who are also sick). But, the illness I'm currently battle truly put my Whole30 to the test.
    Thanksgiving was a breeze because I basically couldn't eat. I came down with horrible gut pain that landed me at the hospital. It took two visits to figure out I had a stomach infection and an infection of my lymph nodes in my abdomen. For four days I was very hungry but couldn't eat due to the pain (kind of like IBS can get). I found myself snacking on small amounts of soft foods - boiled chicken, baked sweet potato, and what is now my new favorite soup - mushroom, spinach, onion, and salty broth puree. (It actually is kind of amazing). The doc suggested gluten free bread (since I can't eat gluten anyway) or rice, and when I said I don't do grains, he happily suggested many Whole30 approved alternatives. Yes, you can eat soft meats in place of bread on a bland diet. 
    I'm on the mend and was able to reintroduce meals of salmon, zucchini and sweet potato today. Not once did I deviate and here I am, Day 17, with tiger blood giving me the right attitude to get through this hard month of illnesses! I just wanted to share that you can do this even if you fall ill. It is tempting to abandon ship and just "treat yourself" as some form of self care, but real self care is feeding your body real foods. 
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    CaseyD got a reaction from GraceMelodie in Day 17 success   
    This is not my first Whole30, so I knew what to expect going into it (tiger blood and clear head ftw). What I didn't expect was to spend most of it with acute illnesses! 
    I went through a pretty bad cold/flu(?) right at the beginning of the Whole30 and survived on meat and veggie soups, broth, some coconut water, and a lot of rest (or as much as you get with two kids who are also sick). But, the illness I'm currently battle truly put my Whole30 to the test.
    Thanksgiving was a breeze because I basically couldn't eat. I came down with horrible gut pain that landed me at the hospital. It took two visits to figure out I had a stomach infection and an infection of my lymph nodes in my abdomen. For four days I was very hungry but couldn't eat due to the pain (kind of like IBS can get). I found myself snacking on small amounts of soft foods - boiled chicken, baked sweet potato, and what is now my new favorite soup - mushroom, spinach, onion, and salty broth puree. (It actually is kind of amazing). The doc suggested gluten free bread (since I can't eat gluten anyway) or rice, and when I said I don't do grains, he happily suggested many Whole30 approved alternatives. Yes, you can eat soft meats in place of bread on a bland diet. 
    I'm on the mend and was able to reintroduce meals of salmon, zucchini and sweet potato today. Not once did I deviate and here I am, Day 17, with tiger blood giving me the right attitude to get through this hard month of illnesses! I just wanted to share that you can do this even if you fall ill. It is tempting to abandon ship and just "treat yourself" as some form of self care, but real self care is feeding your body real foods. 
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    CaseyD got a reaction from kirkor in KETwhOle30   
    Primal Edge Health has an excellent new cookbook out, too. Lots of keto- paleo/primal recipes. Many would fit (or could easily modified to fit) Whole30. It is a pdf cookbook though. 
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    CaseyD got a reaction from kirkor in KETwhOle30   
    Primal Edge Health has an excellent new cookbook out, too. Lots of keto- paleo/primal recipes. Many would fit (or could easily modified to fit) Whole30. It is a pdf cookbook though. 
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    CaseyD got a reaction from carlaarend in KETwhOle30   
    Ok, jumping in here at T-minus 2 days until the July 1st W30. Thanks for having me aboard!
     
    This is my 7th? Whole30. Plus I've done an 8 week and a 10 week paleo challenge (which I did W30 style) with my CrossFit box and then there was a month of random clean paleo that led into a short keto experiment. That is why I know I want to do this. In just 3 days I felt mental clarity like I have never felt before. But, I did taper myself off the carbs to get there. I expect it to take a few weeks to experience that again.
     
    I'm turning 35 soon and I have ~50 pounds I'd like to shed. I am recovering from a wrist fracture I sustained on April 1st (haha, thanks Universe for the April Fool's joke). The head trainer at my box is very experienced and fortunately he is helping me rehab my wrist. The point is, my workout routine is light on the metcons and more focused on strength right now, so I feel this is a good down time to change up the diet. 
     
    Basically, just looking to find my optimal health place and I think the low carb approach may be it. Excited to get this show on the road!
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    CaseyD reacted to kirkor in KETwhOle30   
    Cool! I'm always glad to see another "keto kook"!
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    CaseyD got a reaction from Beets in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I didn't read through this whole thread, so it may have been suggested already, but get him tested for Celiacs if he hasn't dumped the wheat already.
    I have decades of depression under my belt, and plenty of years of anxiety. Medication was the worse thing I ever tried. I tried eating "healthy" by conventional wisdom standards and exercising, like they tell you to do and it didn't do enough. The ONLY thing that has ever helped is sticking to a very clean diet, taking a vitamin D3 supplement (despite the fact that I get outside all the time), and taking a quality fish oil supplement for a time. It has taken a lot of experimenting with diet to fully see exactly what foods I react to. I've spent more than a year experimenting by eliminating then reintroducing. But, now I know exactly what food does what in me and that is incredibly valuable. I know for a fact that wheat is my number one contributer to both depression and anxiety. And, if I have a little wheat it can take weeks of clean eating for that side effect to fully lift. I am a night and day different person when I eat clean versus when I let wheat and sugar back in my diet. And those are words from my husband.
    I suggest the Celiacs test because depression and anxiety could very well be linked to wheat intolerance and it is good to find out if he has this issue.
    If I remember right, I believe the book Primal Mind, Primal Body talks about the wheat-mental health connection in it. that might be worth a read, too.
    Sorry if I'm repeating anything already posted here!
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    CaseyD got a reaction from MeadowLily in Fed Up!   
    This was an excellent documentary. But, it is very frightening and sad. It makes me want to work extra hard at helping my kids understand the foods they put into their bodies so they can make informed decisions about their diets. Even to the extent of understanding how food industry actually bring scientists in to formulate their food to hit our brains hard. Just disgusting, and shameful how that's even legal. So, food companies are allowed to try to make their food addictive...
     
    On that note, I really like the parallel between tobacco and food products that was made.
     
    We were at a birthday party today and there were several babies just over the age one, of course all with their sippy cups. The babies were shuffling them, and most of the moms were like, "(name), don't drink that, it's not yours!" While I had to be very on top of it because all the other sippy cups had Kool Aid in them. Seriously, blue sugar water they were just letting these babies drink. My poor son was crying the whole drive home because he did end up drinking out of a couple of them before I got to him.  It is frightening how o.k. parents are with just giving sugar to their kids all day long. 
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    CaseyD reacted to LisaLulu in Fed Up!   
    At home we only eat good real food because that's what I cook. When we go to parties and such we are more lenient with treats and food choices (like cake). The kids are all for the sweet treats on special occasions, but because we only eat real food at home, they refuse to eat 'junk meat' like chicken nuggets, hot dogs and hamburgers when people offer it to them outside the home. They find it disgusting.
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    CaseyD got a reaction from MeadowLily in Fed Up!   
    This was an excellent documentary. But, it is very frightening and sad. It makes me want to work extra hard at helping my kids understand the foods they put into their bodies so they can make informed decisions about their diets. Even to the extent of understanding how food industry actually bring scientists in to formulate their food to hit our brains hard. Just disgusting, and shameful how that's even legal. So, food companies are allowed to try to make their food addictive...
     
    On that note, I really like the parallel between tobacco and food products that was made.
     
    We were at a birthday party today and there were several babies just over the age one, of course all with their sippy cups. The babies were shuffling them, and most of the moms were like, "(name), don't drink that, it's not yours!" While I had to be very on top of it because all the other sippy cups had Kool Aid in them. Seriously, blue sugar water they were just letting these babies drink. My poor son was crying the whole drive home because he did end up drinking out of a couple of them before I got to him.  It is frightening how o.k. parents are with just giving sugar to their kids all day long. 
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    CaseyD reacted to Joey in Nightshade Reaction Symptoms??   
    I definitely support you in testing for nightshades and bet you'll see a result, but I would also ask you how often you eat sauerkraut and if you've ever reacted to it before? I remember reading recently (pretty sure it was in Practical Paleo, but not 100% certain) that fermenting already goitrogenic vegetables actually increases goitrogen content. So the kraut that is awesome for everyone else is not so awesome for people with thyroid conditions. Personally, I thought it was great for me, until I went several weeks without it and ate a bunch and my throat swelled up.
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    CaseyD reacted to Tom Denham in Fat adaption, starchy carbs   
    Eating Whole30-style removes a huge amount of carbs from the diet of most people. The lethargy and suckiness that many people feel during the first few weeks of a Whole30 reflects the struggle of their bodies to adjust to living without all those carbs as fuel. You know you are becoming fat adapted when you begin to feel good living on the lower volume of carbs that result naturally from getting the carbs only from vegetable sources like sweet potatoes, beets, plantains, etc.
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    CaseyD got a reaction from kb0426 in Whole 30 and your social life?   
    I think you really have to shift your mindset when you go out. A restaurant or a bar is just an easy common ground for people to get together, but everyone is probably not really just there for the food. If you eat a real meal before you go, you won't be hungry and so it will be easier to not worry about the food. Then, you can put all your focus on your friends. If people ask you if you're eating/why aren't you eating, then just say you ate before you came. There doesn't have to be more said than that, if you don't want to.
    It really just takes practice. You have to practice disconnecting the social aspect from the actual eating. The best place to practice this is in a social setting at a restaurant.
    I have a friend who doesn't like to spend money, so he never eats when he goes out to restaurants and rarely drinks at the bar. He's done this for years, and he never appears to be focused on the food/drinks anyone else has. We just know that this is the way he is, and we actually admire him for it. The guy gets to travel while working a seasonal landscaping job because he's so smart with his money. I've started trying to think of this approach as a money saving reason, too.
    However you handle it, refusing to go out because you're doing a Whole30 is not a good idea. That's a fast track to resenting what you're doing. Go out without an empty stomach and just enjoy your company.
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    CaseyD reacted to jpketz in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    Just wanted to update any of you who have generously shared your thoughts and concern about my nephew that there is good news to report. He's just finished his seventh week of eating Paleo and is having some dramatic results; he's sleeping better, has his anxiety under control (no significant attacks since eating Paleo), has lost some weight (he's a big boy, former wrestler and football player who was pushing 320 a few months ago). He says he can now actually "use" his bathroom scale because he doesn't max it out.
    We didn't ended up having him live here or do much hands on beyond preparing a pretty expansive PDF with recipes and shopping tips for him (which may end up becoming a min-Paleo cookbook for picky eaters).
    Anyway, it may be a while before he attempts a W30 but at least he's off sugar and wheat and has severely limited his caffeine and dairy. And, the boy is learning to cook vegetables, which for a single guy who has eaten a "beige" diet his whole life, is huge! An adjective he may no longer use to describe himself if he keeps it up. But most important, the anxiety attacks/panic attacks are being managed with diet alone, finally, which is opening up a window for success.
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    CaseyD got a reaction from Beets in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    I didn't read through this whole thread, so it may have been suggested already, but get him tested for Celiacs if he hasn't dumped the wheat already.
    I have decades of depression under my belt, and plenty of years of anxiety. Medication was the worse thing I ever tried. I tried eating "healthy" by conventional wisdom standards and exercising, like they tell you to do and it didn't do enough. The ONLY thing that has ever helped is sticking to a very clean diet, taking a vitamin D3 supplement (despite the fact that I get outside all the time), and taking a quality fish oil supplement for a time. It has taken a lot of experimenting with diet to fully see exactly what foods I react to. I've spent more than a year experimenting by eliminating then reintroducing. But, now I know exactly what food does what in me and that is incredibly valuable. I know for a fact that wheat is my number one contributer to both depression and anxiety. And, if I have a little wheat it can take weeks of clean eating for that side effect to fully lift. I am a night and day different person when I eat clean versus when I let wheat and sugar back in my diet. And those are words from my husband.
    I suggest the Celiacs test because depression and anxiety could very well be linked to wheat intolerance and it is good to find out if he has this issue.
    If I remember right, I believe the book Primal Mind, Primal Body talks about the wheat-mental health connection in it. that might be worth a read, too.
    Sorry if I'm repeating anything already posted here!
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    CaseyD got a reaction from kb0426 in Whole 30 and your social life?   
    I think you really have to shift your mindset when you go out. A restaurant or a bar is just an easy common ground for people to get together, but everyone is probably not really just there for the food. If you eat a real meal before you go, you won't be hungry and so it will be easier to not worry about the food. Then, you can put all your focus on your friends. If people ask you if you're eating/why aren't you eating, then just say you ate before you came. There doesn't have to be more said than that, if you don't want to.
    It really just takes practice. You have to practice disconnecting the social aspect from the actual eating. The best place to practice this is in a social setting at a restaurant.
    I have a friend who doesn't like to spend money, so he never eats when he goes out to restaurants and rarely drinks at the bar. He's done this for years, and he never appears to be focused on the food/drinks anyone else has. We just know that this is the way he is, and we actually admire him for it. The guy gets to travel while working a seasonal landscaping job because he's so smart with his money. I've started trying to think of this approach as a money saving reason, too.
    However you handle it, refusing to go out because you're doing a Whole30 is not a good idea. That's a fast track to resenting what you're doing. Go out without an empty stomach and just enjoy your company.
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    CaseyD got a reaction from kb0426 in Whole 30 and your social life?   
    I think you really have to shift your mindset when you go out. A restaurant or a bar is just an easy common ground for people to get together, but everyone is probably not really just there for the food. If you eat a real meal before you go, you won't be hungry and so it will be easier to not worry about the food. Then, you can put all your focus on your friends. If people ask you if you're eating/why aren't you eating, then just say you ate before you came. There doesn't have to be more said than that, if you don't want to.
    It really just takes practice. You have to practice disconnecting the social aspect from the actual eating. The best place to practice this is in a social setting at a restaurant.
    I have a friend who doesn't like to spend money, so he never eats when he goes out to restaurants and rarely drinks at the bar. He's done this for years, and he never appears to be focused on the food/drinks anyone else has. We just know that this is the way he is, and we actually admire him for it. The guy gets to travel while working a seasonal landscaping job because he's so smart with his money. I've started trying to think of this approach as a money saving reason, too.
    However you handle it, refusing to go out because you're doing a Whole30 is not a good idea. That's a fast track to resenting what you're doing. Go out without an empty stomach and just enjoy your company.
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    CaseyD got a reaction from kb0426 in Whole 30 and your social life?   
    I think you really have to shift your mindset when you go out. A restaurant or a bar is just an easy common ground for people to get together, but everyone is probably not really just there for the food. If you eat a real meal before you go, you won't be hungry and so it will be easier to not worry about the food. Then, you can put all your focus on your friends. If people ask you if you're eating/why aren't you eating, then just say you ate before you came. There doesn't have to be more said than that, if you don't want to.
    It really just takes practice. You have to practice disconnecting the social aspect from the actual eating. The best place to practice this is in a social setting at a restaurant.
    I have a friend who doesn't like to spend money, so he never eats when he goes out to restaurants and rarely drinks at the bar. He's done this for years, and he never appears to be focused on the food/drinks anyone else has. We just know that this is the way he is, and we actually admire him for it. The guy gets to travel while working a seasonal landscaping job because he's so smart with his money. I've started trying to think of this approach as a money saving reason, too.
    However you handle it, refusing to go out because you're doing a Whole30 is not a good idea. That's a fast track to resenting what you're doing. Go out without an empty stomach and just enjoy your company.
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    CaseyD got a reaction from kb0426 in Whole 30 and your social life?   
    I think you really have to shift your mindset when you go out. A restaurant or a bar is just an easy common ground for people to get together, but everyone is probably not really just there for the food. If you eat a real meal before you go, you won't be hungry and so it will be easier to not worry about the food. Then, you can put all your focus on your friends. If people ask you if you're eating/why aren't you eating, then just say you ate before you came. There doesn't have to be more said than that, if you don't want to.
    It really just takes practice. You have to practice disconnecting the social aspect from the actual eating. The best place to practice this is in a social setting at a restaurant.
    I have a friend who doesn't like to spend money, so he never eats when he goes out to restaurants and rarely drinks at the bar. He's done this for years, and he never appears to be focused on the food/drinks anyone else has. We just know that this is the way he is, and we actually admire him for it. The guy gets to travel while working a seasonal landscaping job because he's so smart with his money. I've started trying to think of this approach as a money saving reason, too.
    However you handle it, refusing to go out because you're doing a Whole30 is not a good idea. That's a fast track to resenting what you're doing. Go out without an empty stomach and just enjoy your company.