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    Veritaserum got a reaction from Susan W in Final Stats After My First Whole30   
    I'm a 32-year-old mother of six. My youngest is 5 months old. I chose to do Whole30 because I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and I wanted to see if drastically changing my diet could help. It did.
    I lost 11.5 pounds (~7% of my starting weight).
    I lost almost 9 inches off my body (mostly from my belly/hips).
    I gained a huge appreciation for Real Food and how great my body feels and performs when I feed it properly.

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    Veritaserum got a reaction from Susan W in Final Stats After My First Whole30   
    I'm a 32-year-old mother of six. My youngest is 5 months old. I chose to do Whole30 because I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and I wanted to see if drastically changing my diet could help. It did.
    I lost 11.5 pounds (~7% of my starting weight).
    I lost almost 9 inches off my body (mostly from my belly/hips).
    I gained a huge appreciation for Real Food and how great my body feels and performs when I feed it properly.

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    Veritaserum got a reaction from Natalie.s.a in Reintroduction Starting 10/30   
    I started reintroduction today, too. The reason I did Whole30 was to determine which foods (if any) have a negative impact on my body. I will test all of them because I want to know the answer for each group even if I stay mostly paleo in the future. :-)
    I'm trying dairy today. I bought ice cream yesterday to try tonight and it was tricky to find one that didn't have some kind of corn product in it. If dairy agrees with me, I will probably just make my own in the future. Organic cream sweetened with organic maple syrup sounds pretty good. I might try that with coconut milk, too. :-)
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    Veritaserum reacted to aks801 in My After Action Report!   
    Before I started my Whole 30, I was very unhappy about my weight, my physical appearance, and my health in general. My self-confidence was shaky at best. My sleep patterns were terrible, I had chronic digestive issues, and any sort of everyday physical activity (from getting in and out of the car or tying my shoes, to exercise or strenuous activity) was difficult. I knew I needed to lose the weight as a precursor to improving my overall lifestyle, especially since I had a “cardiac scare†in the summer of 2011, and since then had only lost about 10 pounds.

    During the second week of September I saw a tweet sent by one of our pastors, mentioning that he was doing the Whole 30 and was feeling great. So I looked up the website and started checking it out. What I read really made sense to me and struck some kind of chord, enough so that I committed to really do it, not just “give it a shotâ€. It is this commitment up front that really kept me on plan throughout.

    The first 3 days were probably the hardest. I had a few cravings that were fairly strong, had lingering digestive issues, and had headaches. But after that it was largely clear sailing. At the end of the first week I received my first unsolicited comment that it looked like I was losing weight (thankfully it was not the last!). These types of comments really served to encourage me throughout the 30 days, and were a nice bonus. I settled into a new way to look at food, and typically did not “miss†anything that I had cut out. I was pretty successful at eating a combination of proteins/meats, fruits, nuts and vegetables, but probably should have tried more new foods and had more vegetables. I played tennis one day with two of my kids, and found I was more mobile and had more endurance than the last time I had tried to play. I had planned on doing more exercise than I ended up doing, but I imagine it will be easier and more enjoyable to mix this in as I continue to lose weight.

    Now that I'm done, I can say without hesitation that this has been an incredible success and one of the best things I have done for myself (and by extension, for my family)! My clothes fit better. My suit jackets are much less tight. My sleeping is better, and my snoring has lessened. I find myself just plain happy a lot of the time. My decision-making and thought process in general are much improved: everything just seems clearer. This may be due to a significant boost in my self-confidence.

    I have lost a total of 24 pounds. I had set a goal to increase my maximum single set of pushups by 10, and ended up increasing it by 5. I plan to mix in to my diet some of the foods that were “off planâ€, but in a way that makes sense, such as: stay entirely off soft drinks since I have not missed them at all: mix in some dairy but minimize it, and then only if it does not bring back any bad side-effects; probably enjoy some croutons on salads, as well as pepitas: have some breads but not much: enjoy the rare sweet treat, but keep it REAL rare (have not missed sweets anyway). I will probably weight in once a week just to keep things on track, but will not allow the scale to dictate my plans or actions. There is a pretty long way to go until I reach my target weight and fitness levels, so I will be stepping up my exercise and repeating the Whole 30 plan on a semi-regular basis just as a way to focus on health and keep myself true to sound nutrition principles. And I can tell you, it is going to be a BLAST getting rid of my fat clothes and wearing the fit clothes that are still in my closet, plus getting some new things!
    Alan
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    Veritaserum got a reaction from Susan W in Final Stats After My First Whole30   
    I'm a 32-year-old mother of six. My youngest is 5 months old. I chose to do Whole30 because I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and I wanted to see if drastically changing my diet could help. It did.
    I lost 11.5 pounds (~7% of my starting weight).
    I lost almost 9 inches off my body (mostly from my belly/hips).
    I gained a huge appreciation for Real Food and how great my body feels and performs when I feed it properly.

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    Veritaserum got a reaction from Susan W in Final Stats After My First Whole30   
    I'm a 32-year-old mother of six. My youngest is 5 months old. I chose to do Whole30 because I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and I wanted to see if drastically changing my diet could help. It did.
    I lost 11.5 pounds (~7% of my starting weight).
    I lost almost 9 inches off my body (mostly from my belly/hips).
    I gained a huge appreciation for Real Food and how great my body feels and performs when I feed it properly.

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    Veritaserum reacted to Jaylee in "Concerned" friend...I'm in over my head!   
    I sent a reply with links and simply said that what people choose to eat is fairly individualized and certainly personal. I appreciated her concern and if anyone was really interested in what I was doing then they could read all the same things I had.
    No one responded.
    Then, this weekend, I was at a birthday party for one of my boys' cousins and several family members were there who had been cc'd...but my cousin (who had NOT been cc'd and didn't have any idea about the Whole30) came over to me in front of the other family members and said, "Oh my...what are YOU on?? You look great. Glowing. I'd be suspicious that you were pregnant if it wasn't clear you'd lost so much weight. Please tell me it's a pill or something easy!!" I laughed and said, "Well thank you and you're in luck, it IS easy. It's called food - real food. Radical, I know, but I'd be happy to give the website." Then I smiled at my "concerned" family and that was the end of that.

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    Veritaserum got a reaction from Bridget in Losing too much, too fast?   
    I'm feeling so much better this morning! I made sure to snack before bedtime and I didn't wake up shaky. I made sweet potatoes as part of my breakfast. I grated some sweet potato yesterday and put it in the fridge so that I could easily and quickly cook some in coconut oil today (like hash browns).
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    Veritaserum got a reaction from Bridget in Losing too much, too fast?   
    I'm feeling so much better this morning! I made sure to snack before bedtime and I didn't wake up shaky. I made sweet potatoes as part of my breakfast. I grated some sweet potato yesterday and put it in the fridge so that I could easily and quickly cook some in coconut oil today (like hash browns).
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    Veritaserum got a reaction from meleigh in Halloween Party Menu - Suggestions?   
    I'm a newbie to Paleo and am only on Day 6 of my Whole30. However, I am the mother of six children. We hand out little tubs of Play Doh. We've done this for the past few years. The kids all seem to like that and not feel ripped off. You can buy 80-packs at Costco. My kids play with the leftovers. When we handed out candy, my husband and I would eat the leftovers. Play Doh is better. :-P
    Hopefully someone will answer your food questions. :-)
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    Veritaserum got a reaction from meleigh in Halloween Party Menu - Suggestions?   
    I'm a newbie to Paleo and am only on Day 6 of my Whole30. However, I am the mother of six children. We hand out little tubs of Play Doh. We've done this for the past few years. The kids all seem to like that and not feel ripped off. You can buy 80-packs at Costco. My kids play with the leftovers. When we handed out candy, my husband and I would eat the leftovers. Play Doh is better. :-P
    Hopefully someone will answer your food questions. :-)
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    Veritaserum reacted to Renee Lee in Pumpkin-Themed Birthday Potluck--What to bring?   
    Try this guy:
    http://www.whatigather.com/2012/09/paleo-pumpkin-chili.html
    I haven't tried it, btw...but it looks good and is hearty!