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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Dragonslayer in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    I've been using 'What would your future self want' and 'do something nice for future self' and it honestly works... we're people who want immediate gratification (as people in general) and stopping to ask what future self wants or needs... I find that more effective than 'Is it worth it' because I consider 'worth it' an immediate moment question and 'future self' brings the consequences into mind... 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Dragonslayer in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    I've been using 'What would your future self want' and 'do something nice for future self' and it honestly works... we're people who want immediate gratification (as people in general) and stopping to ask what future self wants or needs... I find that more effective than 'Is it worth it' because I consider 'worth it' an immediate moment question and 'future self' brings the consequences into mind... 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to rachellil in Hanukkah Latkes on Whole30   
    Happy 2nd night of Hanukkah!
    I had the chance to celebrate with my family and even played a few rounds of dreidel! Latkes are delicious potato goodness that we eat every year, that typically include matzo and vegetable or peanut oil. Here's how I made them tonight -
    3 potatoes, shredded
    1 egg
    3 tablespoons almond flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    Mixed together, formed into about 12 latkes (6 servings), and cooked in olive oil on the stove. Served with unsweetened apple sauce.
    I was very skeptical but it was delicious! Not exactly traditional, and not as healthy as my typical Whole30 meal, but I was able to have a traditional food while still doing my Whole30, and no, I will not be having latkes for all 8 nights!
    Hope you all enjoy your holidays.  
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from purplepadres in Supplements Whole30 Compliant   
    Sorry you feel that way.  It is 100% my intention to give people information to help themselves.  One person can't respond to everyone's posts in the way that they would prefer, we are volunteers and humans with personalities... we also respond to dozens and dozens of posts per day on our own time as a service to this community and sometimes getting the information out is prioritized over a lot of fluff.  If you can point out what about the above posts you feel is condescening, perhaps I can make a change, but I re-read my own posts and while they might be a bit lacking in fluff, I dont see where they're condescending.
    Thanks!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Kimiora in Less meat? (not no meat!)   
    You can do whatever you like as long as the food is compliant, however nuts are not a great source of protein or fats... they're very imbalanced in their omega 3 and 6 and can cause bloating and gastrointestinal distress.  I understand your concern, but it would be our recommendation to do the 30 days as written with meat, eggs and fish and then after you've done your re-intro, you can make a plan that suits your body and your ethics
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from RandiW in Day 20 - my stomach is a mess   
    It would be hard for me to say but I don't think it's a normal reaction and I would encourage you to go see your doctor.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from RandiW in Day 20 - my stomach is a mess   
    Okay first, the stomach pains that require laying down and deep breathing are something you should definitely have checked by your doctor, that's pretty unusual for a Whole30.
    I honestly don't think you're eating enough, evidenced by the snacking.  Eggs when they are your sole source of protein are as many as you can hold in one hand without dropping... I'm sure you can hold more than two.
    You also have no added fat in your lunch or dinner... cooking fat is generally not counted as much of it stays in the pan or cooks off... even if it was counted, 1 tsp is barely a drop.
    How much salad was that dinner?  Like a dinner plate piled high?  salad greens (even heartier ones ) need to be in quite a volume to fil you up and while it's great that you added more veggies to it, I picture either a robust salad filling your plate, or a little pile of greens with a few dices of each thing you listed... if it's the latter, that's definitely not enough.
    Are you constipated or do you think it's possible that you're just not going as much because you're not eating enough volume to move things through your digestive tract at a daily rate?  I would also slow down on the starchy carbs which can cause constipation... every meal is a lot - we suggest starting at one fist sized serving a day and moving up from there... more for people who are very active, people who have concerns with mood disorders, women on or near their period.  May turn out you do best with three meals a day but you could try cutting that back and replacing with non starchy veg and see how that helps... those non starchy veg are what give the fibre to keep things moving.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to ShannonM816 in Losing too much weight   
    This is the article we typically direct people to about keeping weight on during a Whole30:   https://whole30.com/2013/12/keeping-weight-whole30/
    On your salad, are you including dense vegetables as well as leafy greens? Starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, other root vegetables like turnips, beets, rutabagas, or carrots, and winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash are going to have more calories than leafy greens will. Are you adding post-WO meals after you work out? Even if you think they're not very taxing, since you're having trouble keeping weight on, it might be worth adding something like chicken and sweet potato or some other combo of lean protein and starchy vegetable post workout, in addition to your other meals. 
    Another thing you might consider doing -- track your food in a calorie counter (like My Fitness Pal or Spark People) for a few days. We don't normally recommend this during a Whole30, but do it for just a few days, and see where you really stand calorie wise. If you seem to be in a decent calorie range such that you shouldn't be losing weight, it might be something you need to talk to your doctor about, to rule out any kind of underlying problem that might be going on. And if you are actually low on calories, then really look at what you're eating and see where you can substitute in higher calorie items. 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to kirkor in Things I Learned on the Whole30 Journey   
    The thing about reintros, is that while even though it might not be something you miss and want to add back right now, it can be important to know how your body reacts to these things while you are still at the "clean slate" stage.  If you don't have any reaction, then cool, you can continue to "take it or leave it" when it comes to those foods.  But if you do have any adverse reactions, then you know that in the future you must continue to be diligent with label reading, asking questions at restaurants, etc.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Kimiora in Less meat? (not no meat!)   
    You can do whatever you like as long as the food is compliant, however nuts are not a great source of protein or fats... they're very imbalanced in their omega 3 and 6 and can cause bloating and gastrointestinal distress.  I understand your concern, but it would be our recommendation to do the 30 days as written with meat, eggs and fish and then after you've done your re-intro, you can make a plan that suits your body and your ethics
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Perry Chaffee in A Little Help Simplifying?   
    I've added some notes to your  meals to help you get the template down. I would also suggest if possible, bumping your lunch to later so you're not going so long between lunch and dinner because with the current time, you have 3.5 hours between meal 1 and 2 and then almost 6 hours between meal 2 and 3.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from RandiW in Support Before Round 2   
    This is not really fair... it is recommended to find 30 days where you do NOT have a holiday, birthday, once in a life time holiday etc... where you might be set up for failure. It's not an excuse as far as what I read, it was her planning to start when she has the most likely ability to be successful.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from RandiW in Support Before Round 2   
    This is not really fair... it is recommended to find 30 days where you do NOT have a holiday, birthday, once in a life time holiday etc... where you might be set up for failure. It's not an excuse as far as what I read, it was her planning to start when she has the most likely ability to be successful.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to EWilber34 in Start Date: December 1st   
    New here...I will start on December 1st. I will start no sugar today because mentally, I am just ready. I have been a sugar addict for years and I have recently discovered that I am definitely sensitive to milk products. I tried Paleo a few years ago, as prescribed by my doctor, but I just didn't keep up on it, especially after I had met my soon to be ex-husband. He never wanted me to be healthy (he definitely wasn't) and It was so hard to fight for that. I have decided that now being in a safe place, I am going to break free from not just the bondage he and sugar had me under, but to finally take control and stop making excuses. I am ready to slay the sugar dragon and move forward. A friend of mine did the Whole30 for 100 days and has made it a lifestyle to help her kiddos and they did it as a family and saw drastic changes. I'm ready to make the drastic change for my body. I'm nearly 300 pounds, biggest I've ever been and I use to be healthy and an athlete, till college and a back injury. Just sick and tired of being sick and tired. I have goals and dreams and my body isn't going to be the result of those things unanswered. I'm ready to do this!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to littleg in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    Ok, I'm going to do what I've always said I will do but never once have.  I have an urge to binge today and I'm going to write about it and try not to do it.  I had one last night too and sort of gave in but not quite.  I didn't eat my first meal until close to 1 PM yesterday. Famished.  Ate 3 eggs, lox, spinach, onion and pepper scramble with mayo like always.  Didn't feel full.  Decided to have a "bite" of the goat cheese in the fridge.  Whole package later (5oz).  Oops.  Drank some kombucha, stayed out of the dried fruit and managed to not give in to a full binge (was sort of surprised - I was stuck in the house because little man was napping - notoriously tough time for me when I'm feeling binge-y).  Munched on too much cheese during dinner prep but managed to not do anything worse than that.  I even ate a small piece of chocolate after dinner with the intent of eating more and just stopped.  I went to bed sooooo wanting all the food.  I told myself, if you wake up tomorrow and still want to you can.  I went to bed, literally, thinking of frosting  Anyway, woke up this AM still in the mood.  But thankfully I have a MD app't with a weigh in at 11:30 (which I almost called to reschedule just to accommodate my urge).  So I bargained with myself that if after the appointment I still want to binge I can.  But, not surprisingly I'm feeling sort of rumbly after all of yesterday's cheese.  And I don't feel like feeling *worse* tomorrow which I will if I binge today.  I know this is totally crazy but partly because my intestines can be heard across the room I'm going to try fasting instead of eating today.  The urge to binge has decreased a bit because of the discomfort and I'm going to try to workout this afternoon (which always helps) and I'd like to try to ride this out.  I'll check in throughout the day today BEFORE doing ANYTHING.  Even if it is to come on here and announce it.  If I'm going to binge, gosh darn it I'm going to binge mindfully!  
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from racheleats in Confused about coconut oil vs. olive oil vs. ghee   
    The smoke point of an oil is the temperature at which the oil starts breaking down... the lower the smoke point, the less heat you need to damage the molecules... Here's a good article if you want to read a bit more about it
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/cooking-fats-101-whats-a-smoke-point-and-why-does-it-matter.html
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from racheleats in Confused about coconut oil vs. olive oil vs. ghee   
    The smoke point of an oil is the temperature at which the oil starts breaking down... the lower the smoke point, the less heat you need to damage the molecules... Here's a good article if you want to read a bit more about it
    http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/cooking-fats-101-whats-a-smoke-point-and-why-does-it-matter.html
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to kirkor in Confused about coconut oil vs. olive oil vs. ghee   
    >Real Foods app
    Haven't used the app -- double check that the recipes you're using are Whole30-compliant.
    >and it seems like most websites are saying that while coconut oil is ok in small amounts, olive oil is much better.
    First I'm hearing of this. What is "most websites"?  Sounds like it might possibly be based on outdated "saturated fat is bad" information?
    >So from now on should I substitute olive oil for the coconut oil in most of the recipes?
    Coconut oil can have a different flavor than olive oil, so if a recipe is designed for coconut oil it might not taste as intended if you swap out.
    >and I'm worried that because of all the coconut oil that I ruined that for this first week. 
    If you sub oils as you're wondering about, the amount of "all the coconut oil" would still be the same amount of the other oil.  The Whole30 template recommended quantity of fat per meal is 1-2 thumbs worth, regardless if it's coconut, olive, avocado, etc. https://whole30.com/downloads/whole30-meal-planning.pdf
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to T2Andrew in Support Before Round 2   
    Yeah, I see how it can read harsh...my apologies.  It was not my intent to offend anyone, that was the thought that formed in my mind while reading the entire post.
    I agree that the best strategy to successfully pursue this program is to plan it to avoid said distractions.
    I can relate to having a dragon.  For a long time, as I spent a lot of time on the road, I frequented the drive thrus a lot.  It was just mindless eating / one more won't hurt kind of thing - damn those dollar menus!  The food if / when done right didn't even taste good anymore.  It got to the point where I was hoping the next, and the next, and the next one were really bad food experiences to use as a negative reference to help me quit.  Instead, it was several bad customer service experiences at those places that made me stop giving them my money!  
    That story doesn't help your sugar dragon woes, but I can relate to the situation.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to racheleats in WTH? Gained weight. Trying not to be deflated!   
    Why did you want the number on the scale to go down? Was it because losing weight would make your clothes fit better, and people would notice and say you look great? Those things happened anyway, so why worry about the number on the scale? If you hadn't weighed yourself at all would you be happy with the results? This is why the w30 does not focus on weight loss and one of the rules is to stay off the scale. It can be so defeating not to see the number go down, even if all the results you're experiencing are positive!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to musclesglasses5 in Whole30 - Day 32 and Going Strong, Recap on W30 AIP for IBD and Ulcerative Colitis   
    Hi guys --
    As part of the Whole30 AIP for IBD/ulcerative colitis, I removed the following from my diet:
    Sugar, dairy, grains, coffee, alcohol, white potato, legumes, nuts, and nightshades (vegetable and spice kind).
    Basically, it was a lot of meat, vegetables, fruit, and sweet potato.
    It went so well that I'm not stopping the dietary portion of the Whole30. I am crushing Day 32.
    Here are my NSVs:
    Less:
    Less time spent in the bathroom
    Less heal time on injuries and infections
    Less bloating
    Less chest pain, less ankle pain
    Less stress
    Less reflux symptoms
    Less graphic GI symptoms
    Less abdominal/stomach pain
    Less need for Rx meds
    Better/More:
    Better quality of BMs
    Better breathing
    More strength in the gym (I did 66 deadlifts yesterday (4x225, 245, 255, 275), and then 20-15-10-5 185lb deadlifts and 20lb wall balls)
    More leanness
    More energy
    More efficiency and mental focus
    Besides all of these benefits, I lost somewhere in the vicinity of 8-10lb this month.
    I am feeling so thankful this Thanksgiving holiday that changing my diet made this much of a difference in my quality of life!
    If anyone wants to learn more about my experience using the Whole30 AIP to improve my IBD/UC symptoms, please feel free to message me.
    Thanks for your support! 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from ladyshanny in Whole30 Christmahannukwanzadan List 2017   
    Is this things people are putting on their list to Santa?
    In that case, microplane, large high quality sheet pan, crock pot
     
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from ladyshanny in Whole30 Christmahannukwanzadan List 2017   
    Is this things people are putting on their list to Santa?
    In that case, microplane, large high quality sheet pan, crock pot
     
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in Day 27...I need some help   
    Fruit is recommended as 0-2 servings per day. No one *needs* fruit. 
    Pre-workout should be protein and fat, so I'd ditch the carrots. Post workout should be lean protein and maybe a starchy carb (might have those carrots post workout...). Your workouts are likely suffering because you're frequently doing multiple workouts a day and not eating enough as a result. Are you getting sufficient rest? You mention you're drinking a lot of water, but how about electrolytes? Are you salting your food and, with that much exercise, getting enough potassium and magnesium?
    First thing I'd say is to get rid of the dried fruit and nuts. Completely remove them from your house and don't buy more. If they're not in the house, you won't be able to graze on them. After that, make sure you're actually getting those post-workout meals. If you're only going to have one workout-related meal, post-workout is preferred. 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Dragonslayer in Binge eating and re-starting Whole30   
    CONGRATS @hmg1993!!! So awesome! Keep it rolling! I made it through today, but it wasn't easy. The store was good. I wanted to buy fruit and other things that seemed compliant but satisfying, and then I told myself the only reason I want the fruit is because I am craving sugar. Not because it's what I truly want. So I didn't buy anything remotely sweet or that could be snacked on. BUT, I did come home and start to munch too much. Ate lots of coconut with cacao bar, leftover sweet potato with butter, salt, and cinnamon, and then pesto zoodles and way too many country style ribs for dinner. I have a headache and feel overloaded, but overeating here and there is way better than caving and eating the chocolate bar that I was eyeing in my fiances "section" of the pantry (I put his sweet and snacky stuff in a top shelf not so visible for me)... and then probably not stopping there. I'll take today as a win. Another day of working on mindfulness, getting in tune with my thoughts, behaviors, and triggers, and how I can learn to change my responses. And even the fact that I am slowly learning how to stop after I have had too much is good for me. Usually it would be "ugh I am so full, but I still want sweets, so might as well bc ive already failed and ate too much." Now I think way more differently and have conscious debates in my head and try to pick the smart answer as much as possible. I think the "good side" of my brain that wants to NOT binge is becoming a little more present each day. 
    Anyways, food today: small piece of frittata, leftover rosemary sweet potatoes, sauteed veggies, half an avocado; leftover sheet pan chicken and veggies, a salad with some of the other leftovers of chicken thigh, veggies, and avocado, and then the stuff listed above. Lots of food, but it could be WAY worse. Ok, I'm going to bed now. Gotta be at work at 5:30 tomorrow. blahhhhh.