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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Of COURSE it does!! 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    NSV over here on Day 11 - I'm down a belt loop in my regular belt I wear! (As @ladyshannysaid, 'who wears a belt anymore... apparently I do!). 
    It's funny you mention the candy @Lorna from Canada- I was at the office on Tuesday and my office mate asked for the Jelly Belly container that I keep in my desk drawer - she eats the majority of them so not sure why in my desk... anyway, the smell of them was so intense (this weird sugary fruit scent)... that was hard to resist... but I did it! 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    NSV over here on Day 11 - I'm down a belt loop in my regular belt I wear! (As @ladyshannysaid, 'who wears a belt anymore... apparently I do!). 
    It's funny you mention the candy @Lorna from Canada- I was at the office on Tuesday and my office mate asked for the Jelly Belly container that I keep in my desk drawer - she eats the majority of them so not sure why in my desk... anyway, the smell of them was so intense (this weird sugary fruit scent)... that was hard to resist... but I did it! 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Saiee in January 1st Start Date!   
    This is a good thought process to apply to all foods - to ensure that you're not trying to cram non-compatible food into compatible packaging. the good thing is, that unless you're coming off a massive hot dog or breakfast sausage addiction, these are fine.  Baked goods of any kind are definitely not fine as per the rules but other things, such as say... almond coated chicken tenders would be fine... again, unless you were coming from a place where all you ate was fast food chicken tenders.  Does that make sense?
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I'm here lagging behind you guys on Day 8 but being part of this group and you guys blazing the trail is definitely keeping me motivated and on track!  I have to go to the office two days this week (unfortunately my 'office' is actually the hospital so that makes me quite nervous) but I got my breakfast and lunch all packed up in the fridge waiting and my teabag and travel tea cup are even ready for tomorrow already. My drive to the hospital is quite long (about an hour and 10) and in the mornings if I'm feeling drowsy, I usually have a mint... I'm hoping that I'm far enough along in the Whole30 that I'm alert and wide awake so I don't have to worry about that - I'll take some ice water along with me and I can always crank the windows down - it's about 4c (39f) here in the mornings so that should keep me awake  
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    This is a good thought process to apply to all foods - to ensure that you're not trying to cram non-compatible food into compatible packaging. the good thing is, that unless you're coming off a massive hot dog or breakfast sausage addiction, these are fine.  Baked goods of any kind are definitely not fine as per the rules but other things, such as say... almond coated chicken tenders would be fine... again, unless you were coming from a place where all you ate was fast food chicken tenders.  Does that make sense?
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    This is mostly true except for where commercially available chips come in.  Those are definitely a no go regardless of intention.  The Larabars and RX bars and the like definitely need to have some consideration taken before eating and are only recommended as emergency foods - stuck on the tarmac in an airplane for three hours before a four hour flight... 
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    good work!  I like my own roasted potatoes much more than a frozen french fry also... I've been doing 'oven fry' experiments to try and get the crispiest oven fries using only potato... to soak or not soak, to pre cook or not pre cook, to dust with starch or not... So far the ones I just soaked in hot water and then dried and oiled tasted like the best potato I'd ever eaten in my life but they were not even remotely crispy so... LOL!
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    Haha! I wish! Unfortunately there's no secret button for us that makes the entire journey easier... it does help to be on here helping other people but you don't have to be a 'staffer' to do that so...
    I'm doing okay! Coming off a habit of having something after dinner so that's a bit hard to break but if I ask myself if I'm actually hungry or just grieving the loss of that habit, the answer is pretty clear.
    The one thing I LOVE about Whole30 which I always experience right away is the feeling of extra brain space that I get when I don't have to 'debate' food. There's no 'but I already ate a _____' or ' I deserve ____'.  If it's not Whole30, there's no argument and if it is Whole30 then again, no argument... it really does free up a lot of thought capacity for me!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in My 11 year old “isn’t hungry”   
    Was she behaving like this before the Whole30? Has there been conversations about weight and losing weight and somehow she thinks that if she doesn't eat, she will reach her 'ideal' weight? Could she be sneak eating other foods and actually not hungry for what you're offering her? Have you asked her what she does want to have? Some things that are not allowed for adults (banana pancakes) are okay for kids...
    We're not doctor's here so if you're very concerned, I would take her in to see a doctor. it's a slippery slope when a child starts refusing to eat and can be a symptom of something psychological that you'd want to get on top of right away.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in January 1st Start Date!   
    Haha! I wish! Unfortunately there's no secret button for us that makes the entire journey easier... it does help to be on here helping other people but you don't have to be a 'staffer' to do that so...
    I'm doing okay! Coming off a habit of having something after dinner so that's a bit hard to break but if I ask myself if I'm actually hungry or just grieving the loss of that habit, the answer is pretty clear.
    The one thing I LOVE about Whole30 which I always experience right away is the feeling of extra brain space that I get when I don't have to 'debate' food. There's no 'but I already ate a _____' or ' I deserve ____'.  If it's not Whole30, there's no argument and if it is Whole30 then again, no argument... it really does free up a lot of thought capacity for me!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    @Rebecca001 yum your meals sound delicious! I made Turkey chili yesterday - split it in half and added beans to my husbands pot! Having it right now for lunch with cauliflower rice and avocado. I think chili is delicious with sweet potato too! 
     
    quote of the day “people are weird about food”  
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from christine19 in January 1st Start Date!   
    I find that when I bring things to work that were leftovers from the night before or from a meal prep it reduces the comments... Like... no one would comment on something like this because it just looks like 'food'... really really good food! http://meljoulwan.com/2010/07/27/baked-eggplant-farmesan/
    Not to say that you can't have salad or that you deserve people to be judgey but it's something to consider that for some reason if food looks less like 'healthy veggies' people seem to comment less... just something I've learned.
    ALSO, you don't have to justify anything girlfriend! You decide what to wear, how to do your hair, where to live, what to watch on tv... and what to eat... none of that requires justification to anyone, certainly not work folks or anyone that is not directly impacted by what you choose... and it's GREAT that none of your work people are directly impacted by what you choose to eat
    I get that it's hard... people are weird about food. 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to jlmoia in feedback/help   
    Also, I really appreciate such a quick response. That is so very helpful!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Jennifer McC in Can I have Smoked/Cured Turkey Meat?   
    I think if you can't verify the ingredients on the item that you're going to use, you should skip it - only because, like ham, sometimes there's incompatible ingredients in the item... If you buy from a reputable butcher, they might do their own smoking and be able to let you know.  We definitely can't make blanket 'all are okay or all are not okay' statements about this kind of thing since they vary so much by manufacturer and even by region.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Question about forum vs social media.   
    We are doing okay... we're not fully locked down but we've got Provincial Health Order restrictions that are getting old fast (but 100% necessary and I support!). Quebec just got a curfew??!?  It's definitely a nutty time! I decided to join in on doing a Whole30 with you guys (I'll be a few days behind). I've been working from home almost exclusively since March... need something to shake things up and what better than a Whole30!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Robyn43 in Question about forum vs social media.   
    Hi Lorna!  Nice to see you here!
    @ShannonM816 and I are still here so let us know if you need a hand with anything and I will start posting more as well, maybe that'll get a little juice flowing if a few of us are chatting on here!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Lorna from Canada in Question about forum vs social media.   
    Hi Lorna!  Nice to see you here!
    @ShannonM816 and I are still here so let us know if you need a hand with anything and I will start posting more as well, maybe that'll get a little juice flowing if a few of us are chatting on here!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in Can i have balsamic vinegar?   
    Go with what the bottle says. Stores and other websites can copy and paste random information from other places or just throw in information from other products if someone doesn't feel like researching what that particular product actually lists. Always go with what the label on the product in your hand says. 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Lorna from Canada in Question about forum vs social media.   
    Universally forums have fallen out of favour. It's too bad because they have been a mainstay for me over the years for crowdsourced knowledge. I really miss the active W30 forum. I'm going to post here everyday because I dislike FB pages and don't find that as helpful - I hope a few people are doing likewise so we have a tiny community.
     
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to PearlsPrayer30 in Whole30 Coaching Dreams   
    Hi! I'm PearlsPrayer30 and I'm on Day10 of my 5th Whole30. I have been on my Whole30 journey for 3 years after almost 25 years of struggling with food. Before my first Whole30 I had learned, quite extensively about anti-inflammatory foods and their benefit and seen significant changes in my body with strict smoothie and one meal a day regimens, heaping on the omega-3s and really feeling amazing, but that lifestyle had lasted about 3 months before all the old foods that I had been warned caused a hyper inflammatory response in my body, had crept back in. It wasn't until Whole30's tough love, no nonsense program, that I began to see real changes in my psychological behaviours regarding food. Now I spend the bulk of the year in food freedom forever, with an occasional Whole7 if I need it to get back on track. I decided to do a full Whole 30 after Thanksgiving, because bread had crept back in and was causing some major upheavals in my gut, not surprisingly, because a month before I chose to become sober from a 10 year dependence on cannabis for chronic pain. I haven't had chronic pain in quite awhile because my habits had begun to eliminate a lot of the factors that contributed to inflammatory pain, so I realised that cannabis had truly become an addiction, and faced that. 36 days into that journey, which has been going very well, I realised that comfort foods has slipped into replace the comfy habit I had for years. But Whole30 is built for this! It taught me to have awareness and to build my trust muscle so that I knew I could be both sober from all intoxicants and from sugar and wheat as well as long as I continued to choose me and my commitment to myself.  
    Now I'm here to start to communicate with others in this forum, something I've never relied on in the pre-covid world, because I had a great irl Whole30 community, but now, in isolation, I think it's time to reach out to others and start to offer my experiences as proof that this lovely and accessible program utterly transformed my life. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and thanking Melissa Hartwig a year ago when I was invited by Dr. Will Cole to attend an event he was having in Brentwood, CA. Back then I was driving for LYFT and picked up Dr. Cole in Beverly Hills one day and had an amazing conversation that inspired me to dive into my 3rd Whole30 (I would do another one at the beginning of quarantine to ensure that I kept up self care during this stressful time). He told me in that rental car that I should become a Whole30 coach. And I thought, "you know what? I should!" Meeting Melissa last year felt like another sign that I was destined to help others with this beautiful journey into nourishment. I'm here now, to follow through on that desire. If you want to follow my instagram where I will be posting recipes and other inspiring things about nourishing the self, check me out on @pearlsprayer. I'm also a tarot reader = Tuned In Tarot on youtube where I do daily live readings and @tunedintarot on insta, and the musician, Pearl from @pearlandtheprayers (insta). I'm so excited to be here! Lets do this! 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from TONTO99 in Challah - Should I still do Whole30?   
    I think you should definitely still do the Whole30   When you did it last time and didn't eat the bread, did you do reintroductions to determine how bread products affect you? If so, what was the outcome?  
    I will confess I am not educated on Jewish law so please know I am not trying to be offensive here - do you have to actually swallow the bread? I recall a very old conversation on here about Catholics and communion and the whole30'er would remove the biscuit from their mouth after the ritual of having it placed by the priest.  Is that an option?
    Whole30 is respectful of doctor's orders and religious practices and while you may not see the full results of the program, especially if bread products are something that really work against your system, I think you'll still find it worth doing and that you'll get good results from it - sometimes the results that we get from subsequent rounds is more mental than physical and that's totally okay and actually quite wonderful!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Primal Kitchen frozen meals - serving size   
    I think they're definitely more of an 'emergency food option' rather than a full meal... but still great to have on hand for those 'prepless' days! Thanks for the update, I'm sure it will help others with the same question.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Jennifer Jensen in Primal Kitchen frozen meals - serving size   
    I have not seen the actual meals (Canadian here) but you're right, I would have thought the same thing.  It brings to mind a discussion that was had surrounding the same concern on the Walmart Whole30 meals and the general consensus was that these are for emergencies... much the same as eating a couple Applegate hotdogs and roasted potatoes on a super busy day should be considered 'good enough', these would fall into that same category.  Also, nutrition is cummulative so if you've been eating template meals for a couple weeks and then one day you end up needing to press one of these frozen meals into service, it may not keep you as full as your own home cooking but it might just be good enough to stop you from going to a drive through or eating the leftover ice cream cake in the freezer (just silly examples).  if you were relying on these for every meal (or even a meal a day) for your entire program, you would likely need to eat more than one or supplement with extra veggies and maybe a fried egg.
    Does that help?
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from laura_juggles in Pan fried or roasted potato   
    This is exactly how things are done at my house... love the use of 'fling' in cooking!