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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Espie in My vegan friend just made me cry   
    I find it easiest to keep my "diet" to myself (by diet, I just mean the food choices I make), as I wish others would keep their choices to themselves.  
     
    If she's throwing a party, she should make food that most people would eat, not just to suit her own special dietary needs.  These days, so many people have food allergies, gluten sensitivities, etc.  It would have been simply a kind thing for her to have been ok with you bringing your own food.
     
    But vegans seem to be a special breed.  I read a Facebook thing that said, "How do you know if someone's a vegan?  They TELL you!!!".
     
    I used to be in an online diet support group, back when we counted calories and fat grams.  One person had a lot of success becoming a raw food vegan, and that was her "mighty stick".  Got to the point that I de-joined the group.  Later, I read that she posted about a lot of severe aches and pains and actually admitting to craving an egg.  She must have posted 10 times about craving an egg.  I was like, eat an egg, for *&^%'s sake.
     
    I went to a dinner party last night, and no one even noticed that when I "shared" a piece of cake with my friend, I never took a bite.  I was so worried going in, but it turns out, people were more focused on what they were eating & drinking, that my "I'm driving, no Uber tonight so can't drink" excuse was completely accepted.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Maryjeano in OK-time to give it up   
    Sleep is directly linked to metabolism.  You are not sleeping well, and that is a large reason your metabolism is completely off, and that you crave these artificial sweeteners and caffeine.  Mountain Dew is the perfect product for you; they make millions on people like you.  I'm not throwing stones, as I used to have an entire fridge shelf for Diet Coke.
     
    Somehow, you have to figure out how to get some great quality sleep.  Not sure of the issues affecting it, but it's a really important part of our health.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from AmyS in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    Update, over a month later:  I still have not had one single packet of little yellow stuff!  Even in my coffee! 

    It's still a habit though, as I still reach for the packets when the iced tea is put in front of me.  I actually tore one open the other day absentmindedly, and threw it away when I realized it.
     
    At home, I make 2 gallons of iced green tea and drink from it all week.  I was putting in a lot of stevia, which I no longer do.
     
    I've learned something:  it's not illegal to drink it without sweetener!  lol
     
    So yeah, upset that I spent so many decades putting that stuff in my body.  
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets reacted to Charona in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    Congrats, that's an awesome thing to learn and to be able to maintain!!  I hope for the same success!
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    Bluebonnets reacted to Krista Billows Rodriguez in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    Good for you for breaking that habit! I'm sure your body thanks you
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from AmyS in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    Update, over a month later:  I still have not had one single packet of little yellow stuff!  Even in my coffee! 

    It's still a habit though, as I still reach for the packets when the iced tea is put in front of me.  I actually tore one open the other day absentmindedly, and threw it away when I realized it.
     
    At home, I make 2 gallons of iced green tea and drink from it all week.  I was putting in a lot of stevia, which I no longer do.
     
    I've learned something:  it's not illegal to drink it without sweetener!  lol
     
    So yeah, upset that I spent so many decades putting that stuff in my body.  
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Brewer5 in Day 24, and learned something about myself re: Iced Tea   
    I've been an Iced Tea drinker for decades.  3 Splendas/Truvias/Equals/Pink Stuffs per glass.  Doesn't matter what the packet says, I "have" to have sweetener.  
     
    I drive the waiters crazy because I'm so "thirsty", they are constantly refilling my tea.  I even ask for extra large glasses, sometimes even 2, just to keep them from running around.  
     
    So, enter W30.  Plain iced tea....are you kidding me?  OK add lemon, big deal, I do that anyway.  No little packets?
     
    What I've learned:  I no longer drive the waiters crazy.  I drink 1-2 glasses during a meal, and I'm good.  So, what I learned is, I was chasing the sweet taste, not the "thirst".  I had no idea I wasn't really that thirsty until I started drinking tea straight.  It's like water....I drink it as I need it.
     
    Just a Day 24 realization, you can go back to your previously scheduled activity....lol.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Maryjeano in OK-time to give it up   
    Sleep is directly linked to metabolism.  You are not sleeping well, and that is a large reason your metabolism is completely off, and that you crave these artificial sweeteners and caffeine.  Mountain Dew is the perfect product for you; they make millions on people like you.  I'm not throwing stones, as I used to have an entire fridge shelf for Diet Coke.
     
    Somehow, you have to figure out how to get some great quality sleep.  Not sure of the issues affecting it, but it's a really important part of our health.
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Maryjeano in Advice on how to proceed post Whole 30   
    Thanks, Shannon, those articles do help.  
     
    I'll have to go back and re-read ISWF re:  reintroduction.
     
    I do get that reintroducing "added sugar" (i.e. sugar in bacon, ketchup, tomato sauce) is different than diving into a box of cupcakes.  And that, during reintroduction, it's fine to eat a special piece of something.  But like is often said here, it took a lot longer than 30 days for me to get to this place, and I feel it will take longer than 30 days to get out.  I'm so afraid of myself, of ketchup leading to a special item, leading to a total binge.  So for now, I think I'll plan on continuing on until I feel ready.
     
    Of course, I still have 10 days to go to finish my first W30, so a lot of this is my anxiety talking!  
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    Bluebonnets reacted to Brewer5 in OK-time to give it up   
    You may have your metabolism in a crappy place from years of yo-yo dieting.  It happens.  A lot.
     
    If you've been eating like a bird and caffeine-ing your way through your days... and your body has adjusted to this... what do you think is going to happen when you add in a lot more calories?  Give your body time to make some healthy adjustments.  That is not a WEEK.
     
    Did you weigh yourself on your previous Whole 30?
     
    You aren't following the rules of the program by doing this, and you know it.  Seeing that number on the scale just wiped out any other good feelings you were having about this Whole 30.  Seeing that number on the scale DOES affect what you are eating, how you are eating, how you are taking care of yourself.
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    Bluebonnets reacted to SugarcubeOD in OK-time to give it up   
    My suggestion would be to not weigh yourself... maybe not ever but certainly not for a while. I did a whole 30 before Christmas... actually it was 68 days. I weighed the same when I finished as when I started... only my clothes are looser, my rings are looser and my tummy is flatter. I always knew the scale wasn't a good judgement of anything but a number but once I saw that, it was pretty eye opening!You may be doing 100% compliance, but when you've got that disappointing number in your head, you may be subconsiously eating more than you normally would.. also, stress makes it difficult to let go of extra pounds and if you're constantly putting yourself under unnecessary stress by worrying about the number, you're making it harder... Just my two cents
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    Bluebonnets reacted to MeadowLily in OK-time to give it up   
    If at the end of 3-6 months,  an individual eating a healthy protocol of Whole 30 foods  had virtually stopped all thrill or binge eating....AND were able to maintain this new lifestyle going forward on a very positive health journey - would you consider it a successful strategy?
     
    Think long term success.   Try gentle change.   Gentle permanent change for the WIN.
    Whole 30 is a gentle change for many of us...especially after one week.      Individuals can be champions of the binge followed by make-up for binging by stripping meals which is really self-induced starving  - plus doing a bunch of super intense cardio followed by yet another binge cycle.
     
    Fasting is part of this over-restriction binge/cardio cycle.   Over-restriction leads to a life of  binge eating.   Individuals who've put their bodies through these kind of paces will have to edge their way down slowly.   They'll have a much better shot at getting there and staying there.
     
    Individuals  give themselves permission to give up.   The Whole 30 will be here long after many have decided to throw in the towel.   The Whole 30 doesn't give anyone permission to give up....because it's our personal choice.
     
    The gentle approach is far more effective without lots of pain.    Over-restriction  is folly and a recipe for failure.
     
    It's so important to keep making good choices so you can heal.   Embrace this gentle approach with every fiber of your being.    
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    Bluebonnets got a reaction from Maryjeano in OK-time to give it up   
    Sleep is directly linked to metabolism.  You are not sleeping well, and that is a large reason your metabolism is completely off, and that you crave these artificial sweeteners and caffeine.  Mountain Dew is the perfect product for you; they make millions on people like you.  I'm not throwing stones, as I used to have an entire fridge shelf for Diet Coke.
     
    Somehow, you have to figure out how to get some great quality sleep.  Not sure of the issues affecting it, but it's a really important part of our health.