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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Tainá Alencar in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Nope... feel free to join a group in the Join the Whole30 section or start a log to keep track of your food and mood etc in the My Whole30 Log section.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from mmesarahf in Trader Joe's Almond Cashew & Macadamia Nut Beverage   
    Yep!  Good find!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Misrosa in Day 15 ... coffee bothering my stomach   
    Pee or poop?  Coffee can help get the bowels moving and when we improve our gut health and digestion, coffee, in my opinion, 'works' better than previously... it's not uncommon to notice this and if it's bothering you, cut the coffee for a bit and see how you do... add it back when you're home and conveniently located near facilities to see how it goes.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from Libberation 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 reacted to ladyshanny in teen eating junk food when out with friends   
    If she is in agreement that she's feeling poorly and her clothes don't fit and she doesn't like the brain fog, then maybe sit down with her in an environment not already charged about the issue (go for a walk, make a pot of tea) and ask her if she would be willing to try the Whole30 for 30 days. "What if we give it a shot, really put our effort in for 30 days and do it together and then at the end, let's add those favourite treats back one at a time and see how you feel. You might find that your brain feels less foggy and you have more energy when you avoid certain things. Then you can make better choices when it's treat-time that won't affect you so much."
    She's 14 - 4 more years and that kid is off to start a much more independent life. She's a child, sure, but she's also a burgeoning adult. Might be worth trying to treat her more like the young adult she is rather than just cutting off her money and restricting donuts to twice a year. Help guide her but leave the decision making up to her. Because sure, for the next 4 years or so you can Battle Royale it out over this but that's not your energy best spent.  Help her learn how to determine what is and is not worth it here surrounding food - but that also plays out in other aspects of her growing life. What is and is not worth her money, what is and is not worth her time, what is and is not worth her emotional energy. You have an awesome learning/teaching opportunity here.................
    Disclaimer: I don't have kids.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to ldmcniel in Starting Whole30 5/14/2018   
    I'm still here. Technically I've started over though because we were travelling this weekend, and it honestly wasn't worth the stress of trying to make sure I had every single food item be compliant. I followed the program as much as I could, and I started over yesterday. I'm 100% okay with it though because it made for an easier weekend, and I'm showing myself that I can maintain this lifestyle. So, I'm on day 2 again and will wait at least the full 30 days to do a reintroduction. Right now I'm just a little drained. I'm not sure if that's related to this weekend or just not getting enough sleep. I'm still sleeping great, much better than I was. Some of my stiffness and swelling came back this weekend but was gone by the end of the day yesterday. I'm really looking forward to getting more and more out of this by the end of June.  
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in teen eating junk food when out with friends   
    I think you need to tone it back a couple notches with your daughter. 
    Does your daughter ever talk to her pediatrician without you there? Her doc might be able to have that conversation about better food choices and keeping an eye on how clothes are fitting (because strictly focusing on weight with growing teens sets them up for a future life of being obsessed with the number on the scale) without sounding like a nagging mom. 
    If she thinks she needs to be tested for ADD, don't push off a potential mental disorder as "she's just eating poorly". Maybe the symptoms are related to her food choices, but maybe they're not. Mental illness has enough of a stigma that she doesn't need her mom downplaying it. And if the test comes back and she doesn't have ADD, then maybe that doctor can approach the topic of how food affects focus and whatnot. 
    I don't know if you're exaggerating that ice cream is limited to only celebrations or that there is a strict 2 doughnut per year cutoff that you mentioned, but maybe you just need to chill a bit. Teens love to do the things that drive their parents up a wall right? Well, if you're not on her case as much about what she's eating, maybe it'll be less of a big deal. 
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from purplepadres in Tummy issues and nothing is compliant!   
    Throw a chunk of cinnamon stick in there too and it's really lovely!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to marycatherinew in Medication-related Increased Appetite   
    Thank you so much for the input! Skimping on meals and relying on fruits and nuts in between is pretty much exactly what I, historically, tend to do. I need to be mindful, then, of putting together meals that will sustain me for the time you suggested. It is good to hear from someone with experience that the Whole30 is feasible despite the obstacles that some medications can 'bring to the table'. I am currently eating a mediocre diet with a strong tendency towards baked goods/sweets and caffeine. I am so, so tired and hungry all the time, but I am also quite driven towards getting things turned around for the better. I am on one medication in particular that I honestly feel I would not need if my body were in better health and it is one of my primary goals to see how much better I can feel just by nurturing my body with the foods it needs.
    I will keep your suggestions in mind and study up a bit more on the pre and post-workout meals as well, since I am gradually becoming more physically active. Thanks again!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from annael in Meal Portioning   
    I've moved your thread to its own topic as it was off-topic for the thread it was in.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Amy Rose in Starting whole30 6/1/18   
    I feel your pain, @LIEvans! I showed up at the office this morning and the water had been turned off (someone's working on it somewhere).  This means no coffee for me.  Perhaps I should explain a bit more -- THAT MEANS NO COFFEE!!!!!
    I am trying to be civil about it, but I would prefer Total World Destruction to this. Being nice to people just makes it worse.
    They have chosen a poor day to get on my last nerve, to be sure.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from laura_juggles in Buffalo Chicken Dip   
    Good call, I missed that part of the post. Honestly some of the best food I've ever eaten has been some of my whole30 food!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Laurenacc in Tomato Puree?   
    Thank you! My shakshuka was Ah-Mazing!
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in Chai Tea   
    Compare your ingredients list to the program rules and common additives list ( If it's not listed as non-compliant, then it's allowable. 
    If you have a particular ingredient that concerns you, feel free to ask, but learning to read ingredients lists and labels is going to make your Whole30 a whole lot easier. 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in CANADA- compliant beef/turkey/chicken meats   
    It takes maybe 30 seconds more to cook a tray of chicken thighs or breasts in the oven than it does a package of sausages, package, season (that's the step sausages don't have), put on tray, roast. And then you can have a whole bunch of protein cooked and ready to go.
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from peak in Staying On Program 365   
    Harm persay?  No, nothing bad will befall you.  Is it what we want for you? To follow someone else's rules 365? Nope.  You can make your food freedom plan WholeNancyWarner... reintroduce the things you feel you may ever want to eat and then incorporate or exclude them from your own rules as you see fit.  It would be extremely onerous to ask at every restaurant forever whether they put sugar in their sauce or what oil they cook in... if you find during your reintroductions that a bit of sugar in ketchup and soy oil occassionally when eating out doesn't bother you, then that makes your life a heck of a lot easier.  You don't have to go back to the inflammatory foods that cause pain or unwellness for you, but you should do the reintroduction so you know what those foods are... 
    Knowing whether ice cream on a sunny boardwalk is going to send you running to the outhouse or spiraling into a sugar binge would be good info because it's likely that at some point, you may want a summer sunny day treat and you should know what that treat is going to do.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to laura_juggles in coconut meat with coconut water and probiotics   
    What *else* are you having with that for breakfast?
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to ShannonM816 in Whole30 Birthday "Cake"   
    The rules are really, really clear. For 30 days, no recreating baked goods. If it is important to you to have cake for an event, don't do whole30 over a period when that event is going to happen. Once your whole30 is over, you can have paleofied cake or regular cake or whatever works for you, whenever you feel like it is worth it to you. If you do have something coming up during a whole30 that you want to celebrate, find new ways to do that that don't compromise the healthy choices you are making for yourself for a month, or delay the celebration until after your whole30 and reintroductions are done.
    This explains why the no recreating baked goods rule is in place: 
    Learn more about food freedom, life after Whole30, and how you might think about having treats in the future in these posts:
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to Mama Pajama in Hi, totally new here...   
    Hi everyone (anyone)!  My screen name is Mama Pajama, and I'm a 49 year old single mom to a 14 year old young man.  I'm dirt poor, but I work hard at being a freelance writer, love books and movies, live music, having good times with great friends, and relaxing at home.  I'm a terrible cook, mostly because a great deal of my (thankfully small amount of) childhood trauma was centered in my mother's kitchen, around weight and food issues.  I've never really dieted - aside from a flirtation with an eating disorder when I was a teen - and have a casual relationship to exercise, having spent time doing yoga, martial arts, and belly-dancing regularly in times past, though now the only exercise I get is opening the refrigerator!  As a result of my long-standing and well established food issues, I'm currently carrying approximately 245 lbs. on my 5'2" frame, have eczema that comes and goes, many aches and pains including chronic lower back issues, a lack of energy, and a lack of contentment in the way my body looks and performs.  Four days ago, my doctor said the pre-diabetes I've been shrugging my shoulders at and ignoring is now type 2.  Needless to say, my eating habits and resulting health issues, and lack of regular exercise, are not the example I want to be setting for my son.  So here we are.  I did a self-devised 21 day 'detox' last year, and it felt great - a pleasant side-effect (weight loss was not the goal) was that I lost 15 lbs..  I bought The Whole 30 book during that time, thinking it may be of use somehow, but never read it.  I'm reading it now, and picking my 'start date' to be June 1st.  That gives me one week to get ready, get set, and go!  I'm looking forward to having a bit of support along the way.  Thanks for being here ~ 

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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from chichi in I made it 10 days... and then everything fell apart.   
    You deserve nothing but love.  The kind that radiates from everywhere and covers you in a warm glow of safety and security!
    I'm SO sorry of what you have gone through! Your bravery in sharing this is phenomenal and I hope you are very proud of your courage for overcoming your addiction!  Food is a tough one because we can't just turn it off and escape it like we can with drugs and alcohol.
    Does your counsellor potentially deal with disordered eating?  Or know of someone you can talk to that does? I know MORE counselling and appointments is probably not the advice you were looking for but I know for myself, my counsellor has been invaluable to helping me find value in myself and it floods into other aspects of my life that I'm not necessarily going there for.  He's trained by Brene Brown and if you can find someone in your area that has that same base of knowledge maybe that will help you... it's less about the 'thing' that happened and more about finding self worth, value, love and belonging of yourself and knowing you're worth... just a thought that might help you in this situation because the underlying truth that seems to come out of what you're saying is that you need to find those things again.
    As far as what you're currently eating right now, I would say maybe a strict Whole30 isn't your best option right now.  How about you take the basis of the Whole30 which is to eat real wholesome food 3 x a day and just do that?  No fast food, no junk but no other rules... fill your plate with real food and eat until you're not hungry anymore.  Do that again twice more during the day.  Sometimes when we have too much going on, the rules are just one more thing that we have to manage and it's too hard to add something else so we rebel against them by doing the exact opposite.  
    You are beautiful.  It's clear from the way you write and the twinkle in your eyes that you are beautiful on the inside, not just the outside and I sincerely hope you find that beauty for yourself as well because I think when you do it will light up your world!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from badbaum77 in Mini-meal question   
    Yes, basically... we generally suggest people eat protein and fat and then ideally veggies - about a half serving of each... if you don't get the veggies in and you just do a hardboiled egg and mayo or leftover meatballs and guac or something, that's fine too.  We just don't recommend fruit and nuts/nut products as the mini meal as they don't have staying power like protein and fat and can leave you craving sugar.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to IPatrick in I'm starting today--glad I ran into "It Starts with Food"   
    Thank you, Dallas and Melissa, for this opportunity. I literally ran into your book, "It Starts with Food," at a thrift store. It caught my attention and I bought it. Been reading it every since. Crazy that somebody would let go of something this good! I've played with Paleo in the past (Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint) but not done it for any serious length of time. I'm a Personal Trainer and helping clients with basic diet goes hand in hand with it. My health is very good. I'm 57 and in better shape today than 20 years ago. But like all human beings, I'm still overcoming some things, such as I know my sleep can be better, and some of the things I eat cause inflammation. I know they're dairy, legumes, and grains (can make me tired). This diet looks like just what the doctor ordered. I thank God I found the book! I plan to do a "clean" version of this clean diet--i.e.: clean fish, no pig meat, etc. Anyway, you never want to have expectations, and yet I really expect this "diet" to help me achieve better health. Thanks again for creating this forum!
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    SugarcubeOD got a reaction from LizaQ in Banana almond butter cookies   
    Having balanced hormones and eating satisfying meals every 4-5 hours is going to keep your blood sugar stable... when you're not eating simple carbs and processed food that gives you highs and lows with your blood sugar but instead eating a combination of protein, veggies and fat, all of which work together to digest and provide steady energy for around 4-5 hours, you're going to have stable blood sugar (barring any medical condition).  All vegetables and fruits have naturally occurring sugars in them... again, with a varied diet of veggies and occassional fruit with your meals, you'll be getting an appropriate amount of sugar.
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to ShannonM816 in Banana almond butter cookies   
    Here's the guidance on starting over, but in general, if all the ingredients in these "cookies" were compliant, you don't need to, unless you want to prove to yourself that you can do a true Whole30 as written:
    Here's the official word on cocoa powder from the Can I Have list ( 
    Part of Whole30 is changing the way you think about food. If you want to not crave desserts, if you want to stop feeling that a meal is incomplete without something sweet at the end, if you want to stop eating sweets when you're bored or tired or upset, the best way to do that is to not have sweet things. It's 30 days. Focus on making meals that match the meal template (you can download that here:, focusing on lots of vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, that keep you satisfied for 4-5 hours at a time. Have some fruit occasionally if it sounds good. 
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    SugarcubeOD reacted to racheleats in Starting today!!! Gotta lose weight-I don't want health issues   
    Good luck!! Remember, try not to tweak the whole30 to get more weight loss (skipping meals, not eating enough fat, undereating, etc.). In the long run that will not help you, and can often have the opposite effect of what you want since your hormones will still be stressed out!