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    jmcbn got a reaction from Revelate in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from SarahS2018 in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    The protocol in the UK for a Coeliac test is actually 6wks of eating gluten prior to testing as far as I know. What we're doing here, however,  is looking for food sensitivities, and in most cases, having eliminated gluten from the system for 30 days, the reaction will be fairly quick & obvious when it is reintroduced.
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    jmcbn got a reaction from McKay in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from MJK3000 in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from salsasis14 in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from suzannes in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Unless you went particularly low carb & entered ketosis which can *sometimes* effect ovulation (although unlikely in such a short time) I'd say it's unlikely that eating healthy, wholesome, nutritious foods would prevent ovulation. Inflammatory foods, low fat low cal diets & random meal times play havoc with hormones. Whole30 serves to rebalance them. As you'll have seen in this thread & others Whole30 can & often does effect the cycle, but things do fall into place...
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    jmcbn reacted to Puckertoe in Help! Resources in the UK   
    I think that you can be pretty flexible, I live in deepest Cumbria and I suspect my nearest Spaghetti Squash is London!  Butternut is fine as a substitute. If you want fancy buy a spiralizer and make butternut noodle and things like courgetti with it. Quite frankly, life is too short to worry.. I just make cubes and eat them with what ever Im eating. 
    Meat is expensive.... I must say that Americans have it easy, with the price of things over there. Here I'm not prepared to spend too much on meat. I but a bit of grass fed on line from Green Pastures... Its not organic but they just dont want to have to pass the prices of an organic certificate on to customers. Its the best meat Ive come across. I "bulk" it out with local butchers meat as you can ask him where it came from. Round here its probably the field behind the house. 
    In a city... get to know a local butcher and you'll get better deal than the supermarket. Don't think that it is practical with meat price being £20 a kilo to buy organic grass fed here. Any lamb is grass fed! beef here too if you ask your butcher for  it.
    above all don't stress about having the right things in the house... there's always Aberdeen angus, good old fashioned lamb,rope grown mussels, prawns, scallops,cabbage, carrots,neeps and tatties! Why buy from half way round the world when Scotland produces magnificent food of its own?
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    jmcbn reacted to Boogie in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Just wanted to provide an update.  My period did finally show up - 4 days late and everything seems normal since.  I went to see my Naturopath and she reiterated what JMCBN said (exactly :)) -- so now back to TTC...  The food reintroduction is slow but I'm moving along. 
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    jmcbn reacted to Boogie in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Thank you.  I very much appreciate the information and encouragement.  I should have got on this forum sooner! Great resource.  Good Luck to everyone out there!
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    jmcbn reacted to littleg in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    I think I am keeping GT's Kombucha in business single handedly... Not taking any bottled probiotics.  Not a ton of fermented stuff these days either.  I should buy some.  Overall gut feels the best it has in a while.  But pregnancy seemed to have somehow done that - after getting over the insane post partum rabbit pellet poops I've settled into the least bloated/gassy I've been in a while.  I do have an appointment with a rheumatologist next week.  That should make my fingers heal up - making a doctors appointment usually cures me! 
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    jmcbn reacted to ladyshanny in PSA: Don't Get Lost!   
    Public Service Announcement: 
    The group threads in this section of the forum can be extremely fast moving and as such, the volunteer moderators have a hard time keeping up with reading the hundreds of posts that go whizzing by.
    That said, if you are struggling or something doesn't seem right or you need some specific help, please create a new post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 portion of the forum. Make the title of your post as specific as possible to assist in getting a response sooner. For example, titling your post "Can't Break the 3pm Slump!" rather than just "Someone Please Help!" makes it quicker for the moderators to understand and assist you. 
    The moderators try to get to everything and we appreciate your patience but members following this outline is one of the ways that you can help us to help you!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from tinman57 in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from Dyann in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from Ivie20 in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    jmcbn reacted to SugarcubeOD in Headaches   
    Actually, yes, snacking on basically junk food instead of eating real food, thereby depriving your body of actual nutrition IS likely contributing to the headache... she wasn't saying a Larabar is going to cause a headache, I think you are looking for an arguement which you're unlikely to get here.  If you don't like the program, it doesn't work for you or you're not interested in reading the material, that's fine, but you're asked to be polite in our house and calling our mods thoughtless and brainwashed doesn't fit the bill.
    You'll also take note of the fact that this program has been around and popular since 2009, so it's hardly a fad, being that it's coming up on just short of a decade... just food for thought.
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    jmcbn got a reaction from Jane3797 in UK "E Numbers" to avoid   
    Actually Blue Dragon is fine - there are no off plan ingredients added, it's just not the best option.
    Not sure on the price of Biona, but you could also go for this option on Amazon which is purely coconut extract & water next time you're ordering you're coconut oil (I've found it's the cheapest place to get it) and get free postage....
     
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    jmcbn got a reaction from Kaylee1 in UK "E Numbers" to avoid   
    E1420 is potato starch and is fine, as is E452 which is an emulsifier.
    'Spices' should be fine on your pickles - they'd have to list out in bold any allergens (which covers most of what we're excluding here), as well as any added sugars etc.
     
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    jmcbn got a reaction from gabby15 in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    You want about 6-8 tea bags & between 160-200 sugar for every 2ltrs. Let the tea cool before you add it to the SCOBY, which would probably want to come back up to room temp & out of hibernation before it starts brewing... There are mixed opinions on whether or not the SCOBY will survive it's spell in the fridge...
    Good luck!!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from MeadowLily in Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered   
    I get good carbonation even in my first ferment - it's from all the excess yeast. See below on bottling day just this past Sunday...


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    jmcbn got a reaction from Melsanie in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from Melly88 in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    Yes.
    Break it down as much as you like to gather the most accurate information that you can.
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    jmcbn got a reaction from Melly88 in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    The protocol in the UK for a Coeliac test is actually 6wks of eating gluten prior to testing as far as I know. What we're doing here, however,  is looking for food sensitivities, and in most cases, having eliminated gluten from the system for 30 days, the reaction will be fairly quick & obvious when it is reintroduced.
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    jmcbn got a reaction from MeadowLily in Are you new here? Welcome!   
    Hey @CleaH - apologies for the delayed reply - sometimes if the forums are active some posts get 'lost' in the activity streams.... Butter - nope, butter butter is out. Clarified butter is fairly easy to make (lots of tutorials on the web), or you can purchase Ghee. Unfortunately I am in Ireland so can't recommend any brands but I know that here Ghee is most easily found along with other asian foods & spices.
    As for juice - again nope, juice can be used for adding to sauces etc to sweeten them up, or for adding a dash to some water to liven it up a bit. 100% fruit juices are pretty high in sugar which will in turn impact your blood sugar, and so we'd prefer that you just eat the fruit, which will also provide fibre.
    Hope this helps!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from LadyLisbette in What to Expect Calendar (Symptoms)   
    Can I just comment here that not everyone follows the timeline so if you're NOT experiencing the listed 'symptoms' you're not necessarily doing it wrong - also sometimes the expectation actually brings it on, which isn't always the best thing

    Comparison is the thief of joy - enjoy your OWN journey!!
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    jmcbn got a reaction from Esta2636 in Don't over think this.   
    Breakfast, lunch & dinner for me are all interchangeable so if I've got enough food prepped I just need to piece together a meal from what I've prepared. I do a large batch cook session each weekend - uslaly maybe 4 types of protein (one of these generally being a whole chicken), 3 veg dishes (one based around root veg, one based around greens and the other maybe a blended veg soup), and make sure I'm stocked up on salad veg, home made mayo, eggs, avocados, olives & tinned fish.
    For me a weekly cook up is key, otherwise I'd be living on salads.....
    It really does get easier though - right now you're still getting to used to what you can & can't eat, reading labels, forseeing stumbling blocks etc - soon it will all be second nature, honest!!