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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from AnitaC in How to get back on?   
    Instead of looking at doing a full Whole30 and seeing that as daunting perhaps, why not commit to having one Whole30 day.  Just focus on the next meal and then the next one and before you know it, you'll be feeling good again and that may help keep you going.
    Did you do your reintroductions last time?  If not, then you might tell yourself that you're doing another Whole30 so you can carry out the reintroductions - sometimes having a concrete 'reason' aside from 'just because I want to feel good' is motivation to do it.
    If you can't do a full Whole30 and you've done reintroductions and know how food makes you feel then how about making a WholeAnnayllop program? For instance, maybe on WholeAnnayllop, you ALWAYS eat a Whole30 template breakfast and bring your lunch to work.  Maybe it means you don't eat treats inside your house but when out with someone and worth it, you have a little ice cream or bread at a restaurant.  Whatever parameters you think might work, do that for a week and then reassess...
    And for some recognition, you'll notice if you read through this subthread, you're definitely not alone in having struggles getting back to it... there are a LOT of conversations about just this including much more advice similar to what I've outlined above... 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Tarrantrl in Smoothie bowl success?   
    Soups also don't have the sugar load that a smoothie usually has.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Jim4884 in Starting November 1st - support is key! Men???   
    Hi Mike,
    I am not currently doing an official Whole 30, but I am a man who has done two complete Whole 30's, and I have just switched my diet to be at least 95% Whole 30 all the time, I'm just am not as strict about eating out or an occasional off-plan splurge.  I have been maintaining this for almost a year and a half now, and have no desire to go back to how I used to eat.  Why?  All of the incredible health benefits I experienced.  I am now 56, and was obese when I started, so my results may not be typical, but I:
    Went from pre-diabetic and my doctor e-mailing me personally to tell me I had to do something about it, to completely normal blood sugar Got off of blood pressure meds and my BP has stayed lower than it was on meds Lost 40 lbs without limiting portion sizes or increasing exercise Mild eczema completely disappeared Inflammation in arthritic ankle was so bad I could not run due to the pain, that has totally cleared up and I can run and hike without issue Cholesterol lowered modestly and triglycerides dropped 3X Mood and sleep improved modestly Resurrected my joy of cooking and learned to love vegetables (which used to mostly be condiments on burgers/subs and pizza toppings  ) Hopefully that's a little motivating.  I will happily go ahead and be strict whole 30 for the rest of yours, hope to hear from you!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to ladyshanny in Starting November 1st - support is key! Men???   
    Always love hearing your results, Jim! And what a wonderful offer to another member to jump in with both feet as a show of support! Well done, you give me the warm-fuzzy feelings!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from MichelleCA in Thinking of going cold-turkey W30 during the holidays-   
    Hey Frank!
    First, I loved the comment about how missing pasta was easy to get over with a ribeye!  Ain't that the truth! 
    I see where you're coming from in wanting to do Whole30 over the holidays so that there are 'others imposed rules' on what you can and can't eat so that you have a reason to decline things you don't want to eat.  But what if you stood in the power of what you're doing and what YOU want to eat and not eat and let that be enough?  What if you used the time to practice your own food freedom - decline that bread at dinner with a smile on your face and an 'Oh, I'm good, thanks' or whatever phrase comes naturally to you that feels genuine.  Sometimes I think that we think people notice what we eat and don't eat as much as what we notice of ourselves and honestly, if you're gracious and kind when you decline an item you aren't willing to eat, people move on... 
    If you were going to do the Whole30, you really have to be committed to it over the holidays... there's no Whole30+... If you don't think you can decline every item including butter in the mashed potatoes and ask all the questions, don't do a Whole30...
    I think you CAN do one if you wanted to but I also think you're strong enough from what I've read of your posts here that you can create your own plan for the holidays and stick to it and come out in January feeling empowered that you used your own rules and feelings to get through the holidays without falling face first into everything that was offered to you just because you're not on a Whole30.
    We can definitely help you make a plan... there are posts I recall where people put their own 'rules' around holidays such as 'one glass of wine at each party is acceptable - wine when I'm sitting at home by myself is not'.  Or, my fave, 'no alcohol at parties but a glass of wine on Friday night sitting in the dark staring at the Christmas tree is a-ok'.  Decide what's important to you as far as the spirit of the holidays, how you know food makes you feel and what you want to achieve at this festive time and set a playbook.
    Forgive me if I"ve overstepped and misunderstood what it was you were looking for advice wise - always here to chat it out and help you figure out what you want to do and of course whatever you decide, we'll all support you!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Elizabeth33 in Anyone starting the beginning of next week!?!? (Nov 2018)   
    Welcome!  As per forum rules, please do not cross post the same copy/paste message into multiple threads/subforums.  Your other post has been removed.
    Good luck with the program, eggs and seafood will be great!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to goingthissolo in can't stop cheating   
    When my wife passed away, food was the only thing that made me happy. So don't feel bad. I put on 65lbs in four months, that's weigh's as much as a bag of cement. Just keep starting over until you get it right. It's been 14 years since she died and I've probably started over 14 times or more. Then the pain set in and I started the Whole30 at my Dr's. request.. Finally think this time it will work.. Pain is a good motivator. Good Luck to you.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Thickening Agents   
    I think it depends on your definition of 'functional'.  I use arrowroot and tapioca but yes without being very careful, you can end up with something a bit gelatinous... the nut flours are not going to work the same because they'll always be gritty due to the fact they're ground up nuts... 
    Maybe someone will have a great idea but each thing is going to have its own properties and none of them are going to line up to flour or cornstarch.
    What is it you're using it for?  Maybe that'll help with suggestions.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from MichelleCA in Thinking of going cold-turkey W30 during the holidays-   
    Hey Frank!
    First, I loved the comment about how missing pasta was easy to get over with a ribeye!  Ain't that the truth! 
    I see where you're coming from in wanting to do Whole30 over the holidays so that there are 'others imposed rules' on what you can and can't eat so that you have a reason to decline things you don't want to eat.  But what if you stood in the power of what you're doing and what YOU want to eat and not eat and let that be enough?  What if you used the time to practice your own food freedom - decline that bread at dinner with a smile on your face and an 'Oh, I'm good, thanks' or whatever phrase comes naturally to you that feels genuine.  Sometimes I think that we think people notice what we eat and don't eat as much as what we notice of ourselves and honestly, if you're gracious and kind when you decline an item you aren't willing to eat, people move on... 
    If you were going to do the Whole30, you really have to be committed to it over the holidays... there's no Whole30+... If you don't think you can decline every item including butter in the mashed potatoes and ask all the questions, don't do a Whole30...
    I think you CAN do one if you wanted to but I also think you're strong enough from what I've read of your posts here that you can create your own plan for the holidays and stick to it and come out in January feeling empowered that you used your own rules and feelings to get through the holidays without falling face first into everything that was offered to you just because you're not on a Whole30.
    We can definitely help you make a plan... there are posts I recall where people put their own 'rules' around holidays such as 'one glass of wine at each party is acceptable - wine when I'm sitting at home by myself is not'.  Or, my fave, 'no alcohol at parties but a glass of wine on Friday night sitting in the dark staring at the Christmas tree is a-ok'.  Decide what's important to you as far as the spirit of the holidays, how you know food makes you feel and what you want to achieve at this festive time and set a playbook.
    Forgive me if I"ve overstepped and misunderstood what it was you were looking for advice wise - always here to chat it out and help you figure out what you want to do and of course whatever you decide, we'll all support you!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to ladyshanny in can't stop cheating   
    Aw, I'm sorry, that's rough. Part of the Whole30 is changing that habit. And knowing that it's not in your body's best interest to use foods as happiness, there have to be other way. The food "high" is so temporary. Can you make up a list of other things that make you happy? Watching your favorite show, enjoying a cup of tea under a nice blanket, painting your nails, taking a bubble bath, doing a face mask, going for a gentle walk. Even just sitting out on your porch for 5 minutes and focussing on your breathing. Those "cravings" for the happiness that sugar brings are short lived but the nice things you do for yourself last much longer. 
    Not sure if you're on instagram but Melissa talks about this concept of self love in a way that doesn't damage yourself. I've linked one post here but you can also look up the tag #melissaexplainsselflove on instagram.
     
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to ladyshanny in Reintro Help   
    Aw, @Jess0205 - you didn't "cave", you just made a decision that you now know was perhaps not the right one. However, you reintroduced a non-gluten grain. Go through the process of seeing how you feel afterwards and you should then know if rice is going to be included in your personal eating plan going forward.
    For the wedding cake..........this might not be the popular response - but cake is cake. Take your hubby-to-be with you or a friend or family member and let them taste it. Although it is your wedding cake, it's not YOUR wedding cake - yet. Hold on, do some proper reintroductions so that on your wedding day you have the info you need to know if gluten is going to mess you up, if you can have butter in the icing etc. You don't want to get to your wedding, not know, eat the cake and end up bloated or sitting in the bathroom with a stomach ache. (I would also suggest that the majority of people that have gotten married don't have "cake flavour" as the top memory of their wedding).
    If I were you I would move into a reintroduction schedule now. Rice is done, go back on Whole30 for a couple days and then move on to another food group to reintroduce. Don't be scared though, you aren't doing anything scary. Food is neither good nor bad, right nor wrong. It's only about how it affects YOU as an individual. Do the tests, get the results and then decide how you want to eat going forward. Maybe it is mostly Whole30, but staying stuck in a fear-state takes the power away from you.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from EllieHH in The crazy things people say   
    That whole 'when you're fun again' thing really irks me... I'm accused of not being 'fun' all the time... I, actually, am a blast. the 'fun' that is being referred to is that the other person wants to indulge in whatever (cake, booze) and they don't want to feel judged for it (not that you're judging... that's all on them for how they feel).
    Also, LOL at the 'main part for the most part'. Uh, booze is one of the MAIN PARTS! LOL!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from EllieHH in The crazy things people say   
    There, fixed that...
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to ladyshanny in Starting October 17th   
    Welcome! There's lots of support here, just reach out if you need anything!
    (I'm a twin with @SugarcubeOD - we have a special love for fellow twins and twin-moms!)
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in Can't wait to stop eating so much meat!   
    A better idea for a lifetime of eating for you. This whole program is about learning what's best for you. Nothing can be applied with such a broad brush. 
    I can't eat legumes. So it is basically impossible for me to do well with less animal-based protein. Can't do tofu, lentils, beans...that leaves me with nuts and??? Seitan? 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Tarrantrl in Day 19 Questions   
    The fact that it varies from person to person is exactly why we recommend using this body metric... so a 6'4 200 pound person is going to need more than a 5'1 90 pound person... 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Zee_1 in Day 29 and just a little amazed at myself...   
    This is not really a valid argument... there are studies that also show that whole grains are good for you and dairy is a necessary component of a healthy adult's diet and yet, those are rules that the original poster 'chose' to follow. No one here is saying she should never weigh herself again (altho most people that complete a Whole30 end up breaking up with their scales for good). Tom was saying that it's frustrating that for 30 days, she chose to follow SOME rules and not others. Would you say the same if she said she did a whole30 but decided to allow herself International Delights coffee creamer? No, of course not. The Hartwigs understand that how we TREAT our bodies/minds is just as important as what we put IN them... hence the no scale rule. After a Whole 30, people are free to weigh themselves as much as they want... but knowingly and blatantly breaking a rule is not a successful completion of Whole30 and the people that come by here in the next days, weeks and months looking for an 'excuse' to break the scale rule should read this discussion and know that it's not acceptable.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from CassieK in Eating before a workout and How it has helped my works outs get done   
    Oh!  Yes, it's not - a pre workout meal is not an enormous amount of food but sometimes those kinds of mind games that we play with ourselves to make sure we stick to our plans for working out are effective   
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from mariebolnous in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Hey there - I wish I could say that yes, it probably just 'didn't work for you' but honestly, especially when we're in our late 30's, things can take longer to level out... There is nothing wrong with eating 3 nourishing meals a day and assuming you're not going wild on fruit and lara bars between meals or sneak eating mounds of nuts, your body will eventually sort itself out... I know this is not the answer you want, but you didn't gain the weight in 30 days and while some people do have drastic weightloss, those are outliers, not the norm... I would wholeheartedly suggest that you do the reintros and then find a food freedom plan that works for you (maybe it's mostly whole30 with the occassional sugar in ketchup... something like that is very common).  Keep fueling your body and honoring it, dont' jump to a weightloss diet... the reason those are multi-billion dollar industries is because they don't work... a 'diet' of calorie restriction does not work, is not sustainable, is not any sort of fun and is not honoring your body... You're free to exercise your adult free will but I really encourage you to consider the long game here...
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to CassieK in Tobacco Products   
    Shaming was not the right word to use more discouraging to continue the whole30 if what I should have said. And sorry I am new to this so I didn’t mean to clutter! Thank you for responding! I just want everyone to be encouraged to try changing there life with this program no matter what there dealing with example smoking.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from loveallisonsmith in Will extending the program help eczema if it's worse than ever?   
    It's unfortunate that sometimes when people who have autoimmune conditions like eczema do the program they tend to eat items in abundance that trigger symptoms... if you're eating more eggs, nuts, night shades or other eczema triggering foods than you usually do then it's definitely possible that you're impacting your condition.  I would try cutting out those items for a couple weeks and see how things go... unfortunately again, with something like a skin condition, it can take more time to heal the symptoms so you can then see where you're at - I know someone that if they get an eczema flare, it takes 14 days to get back to a solid baseline. 
    I don't think cutting out known eczema triggers is arbitrary but that's definitely your call to make... if you cut them out and that doesn't help resolve it, then add them back - maybe you have a tolerance limit that you've exceeded and cutting them out and then going back to having 'some' of these items would work for you.  It's not possible for us to say exactly what it is and it really does suck that the only way to figure these types of things out is with experimentation which often takes a while and can be very frustrating.
    Maybe just keep going with the program as written for a couple weeks and if things get better then great and if not, then go the next two weeks cutting out triggering foods.  Make notes/journal what you eat and the symptoms etc... so you can take a lot of great personal information to the doctor.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from justinefl in Breastfeeding, help with morning schedule!   
    Can you eat while you're breastfeeding?  What about making some egg muffins or fritatta that you can eat one handed while feeding?  Honestly, putting yourself last behind your baby and the dog is not going to be sustainable.  Maybe if you can't eat while breastfeeding, you could eat before putting clothes on the baby... jammies until mom is done eating isn't the end of the world.  When you're back from your walk and if the baby is in a playing mood, is this not something that can be participated in with one hand free to eat? 
    Can you let the dog out in the backyard or something for a quick pee before you go for the walk so dog is not panicked?  Can your husband, older child, neighbor help with the dog?  If you don't prioritize eating in the morning, it won't become a priority and therefore will fall to the bottom of the list of 'things that need doing'.  I don't have kids or a dog but I know that being a breastfeeding mother, even one working on your PHD, is not a sentence to starve all day...
    Can you husband help you batch cook or prep food? Your ability to properly nourish yourself (and therefore the baby) should 100% be his priority as much as it is yours.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Tarrantrl in Slip Up   
    @Mikkim1231, don't worry! Every additional whole30 you do, you learn something. It seems like you're intending to wait a year for the next one, but maybe you could do the January whole30 too. I did one in July-August and I'm already doing another! And even if you missed some non-compliant ingredient, there are still lots of gains, like practicing cooking this way and changing how you think about food. You still have that even if you might have some soy complicating your results, and it will definitely help you on your next whole30 and your life in general when it comes to good food habits. Since you emotionally don't want to do a whole 56 (which I understand!), I'd say do the reintroduction as normal and just be aware that some of your results may be confounded by the soy. Think of it this way: if you learn a lot about what doesn't agree with you from this reintro, you'll learn even more from your next reintro after a totally clean whole30!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from ar1zona1 in Can you please help me understand "technically compliant but off limits foods"?   
    Before anyone goes into a detailed explaination, have you read any of the articles about 'SWYPO' (Sex With your Pants on).  If you google 'Whole30 SWYPO' you should get some good articles and discussion about this... if you still have specific questions, then we can definitely go into detail with you but first, read the resources that are available and then let us know how you interpret it
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Zenana in Breakfast help   
    This is actually a really common question and there are tons of discussions on our forums about breakfast.  The thing about wanting to gag or being nauseated when eating savory foods for breakfast is due to hormones being unbalanced.  The only way to get those hormones balanced is by eating a template breakfast every day.  Make a plate, eat as much as you can from evenly around the plate and then pack it up and take it with you to eat from again as soon as you feel you can keep it down.  Subbing nuts, nut butters or fruit is not going to get you were you want to go and not eating is definitely not going to get you there.
    Try googling 'whole30 nauseous at breakfast' and other similar search terms and you'll find tons of conversation and tips.
    Here's a good article about the issue as well https://whole30.com/2017/05/i-hate-breakfast/