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  1. River30

    Starting September 20!

    Hi Lucy! Joining in on this too. Not sure why I picked today either, but it seemed as good a day as any. Why wait until a Sunday or a Monday to start something anyway?? This is my THIRD W30, and it gets better every time. Haven't done one of these in over a year, and my body is craving it. Keep posting on this forum and I will be your buddy
  2. River30

    April 11 Re-Intro Start

    Made giant batch of Kahlua pork today. Looking forward to going back to W30 tomorrow. Feel bloated and a little nauseous after today's gluten re-intro. A more intense reaction than last time. And also a little... angry?... not quite, but it's a strange emotion that does not in any way match my satisfied, happy W30 self. Yuck. On Thurs I think I'll reintro non-gluten grains. This reintro phase has been a little haphazard -- the sequencing hasn't been perfect... but def better than last time, when I barely even understood what reintro was! We used to say this all the time during the W30 and I think it deserves to be said here as well -- you all rock! Stay strong.
  3. River30

    April 11 Re-Intro Start

    @alexd8 I'm with you there with the food guilt .. and then feeling guilty about feeling guilty!!! However, Melissa has a GREAT video out there on YouTube I watched the other day on reintroduction. The whole point -- the W30 shouldn't create fear or guilt -- just recognition and awareness about what different foods do to our bodies, how we react emotionally and physically. There's no reason to feel bad about having bread if your body tolerates it, for example. I have to remind myself that there's no guilt, there's just choices! And everyone's choices will be different. Interestingly, I never feel guilt about a glass of wine, or any alcohol really -- I've never had a problem with drinking so it's not a "weakness" of mine, doesn't make me feel "out of control". But I do feel guilt about things like bread and butter, ice cream, certain desserts, cheese!... why? Because at times, I feel "out of control", like I'm consuming just out of habit, or impulse, or addiction... so it's a struggle! After this W30 I feel much more in control of these impulses, and so far am also more aware of the particular foods (like dairy) that also make me feel physically ill. Even so -- if I was to decide I wanted to have cows milk ice cream at a cookout on the Fourth of July, I would try to fully enjoy it in the moment and then move on.
  4. River30

    April 11 Re-Intro Start

    Day two with family down, and stayed on plan except for a glass of wine tonight. More wine tomorrow as well. No ill effects so far. I have noticed my allergies have returned very slightly (I sneezed once or twice today, and at one point itched my eyes)... I attribute this to the bit of off plan food and drink -- but I'm also out in the burbs where there's much more pollen, so hard to tell. Easter tomorrow! Have a great day everyone!
  5. River30

    April 11 Re-Intro Start

    @MtnGoat this is probably not the real, scientific answer -- but when people ever ask me things like that (grains v seeds, etc) I say something along the lines of -- if it has to be cooked or processed in order to be edible, or to remove some dangerous compounds, then we remove it. So, we couldn't physically eat beans raw (uncooked / soaked), or wheat raw, but we could eat a potato raw, or meat / fish raw, or sunflower seeds raw. I think this goes back to evolutionary health bc our ancestors ate and survived on what they didn't necessarily have to cook. Certain grains like corn are also never even properly processed / digested by our bodies! You will recognize this visually if you ever give a diaper-wearing toddler corn (TMI?), yet seeds are digested and used by our body. I think I'm at least 50% accurate here, though some helpful mod might shoot me down!
  6. River30

    April 11 Re-Intro Start

    @alexd8 yes! Based on my reintroduction so far, I'm also planning to stay off dairy now. The bloating, stomach pain and General discomfort were crazy! So not worth it.
  7. River30

    April 11 Re-Intro Start

    First day home with with family down. Only off-roading was a small piece of incredible homemade bread, which was definitely worth it, and didn't make me feel bad. I know we're supposed to save gluten re-intro for the end, but the "worth it" moment came and I took it. However, I didn't have any other gluten at all today ... so I'm thinking that's not a proper re-intro? Are you "supposed" to be having more servings to tell if it really affects you? I'd rather not, honestly... even before this W30 I was 99% gluten free except for rare special occasions.
  8. River30

    April 11 Re-Intro Start

    So interesting -- from what I can tell, it looks like I now have HORRIBLE response to dairy! Crazy, since that wasn't my experience during my first re-intro at all. So today, I am 100% back on W30 to try to get back to normal. Even cut the butter. This weekend with family for Easter will be difficult. I'm planning to re-intro wine on Sunday but will avoid dairy and other off-plan things as much as possible (as in, I'm not going to ask my mother in law to remove all butter from her dishes, but will avoid a side dish if it's baked in cream). There is a cheesecake though that I only have once a year on Easter that will be a little sad to turn down!
  9. River30

    April 11 Re-Intro Start

    HI there all! Glad to keep this community going! I'm on Day 31 and started to add in a little dairy, but already feel a little off -- noooooo, I can't imagine life w/o wine and cheese! As far as my results from W30 -- I didn't lose any weight -- in fact, it looks like I gained a pound or two, which is disappointing. I struggled with keeping my breastmilk supply up throughout the W30 and was advised by the mods to add extra "meals", plus added fat to my diet, which felt like a lot at times, but definitely did the trick of reestablishing my milk supply. So we do what we can, I guess! I wasn't overweight (was around 125 when I started, and this AM was 127 -- which interestingly enough was the exact weight I ended on after my last W30), but still, it was one of those fun fringe benefits from last time. This time, I don't feel crazy, ridiculously amazing -- more like a steady, good, solid hum. My clothes fit about the same too. Meh. However, there are many NSVs... first being that my seasonal allergies have completely disappeared! This is HUGE for me, since I can't take Claritin D while breastfeeding! .... The sugar dragon is gone, and I can resist sugar so much more easily now .... The quality of my sleep is so much better, I feel alert and rested in the morning ... I have great energy for my workouts... and I'm cooking more, and better - thereby saving money on takeout and feeding my family more wholesome food. Also, I got promoted at work! Hah. Don't think I can attribute that one to W30 -- but in general I was feeling more focused and driven at work this past month. After re-intro, I'd love to keep this up, at least through the rest of allergy season, and hope to continue trolling these boards for inspiration and motivation!
  10. River30

    Starting March 12

    Hi there! @MtnGoat I know, ive been one of those people who have stopped posting regularly! Sorry! But still going strong here on Day 28... and planning to continue longer than the 30 days (with a one-day break for Easter). Today we had a brunch out with friends and then dinner out with another group of friends -- both times it was so easy to resist the wine and drinks, and I actually find it easier to eat out than at someone's house, or even at home -- because, menus! The number one reason I went on the W30 again (and at this specific time) was my seasonal allergies, which are worst in the springtime. Last w30 was like a miracle -- my reactions completely disappeared, at a time when normally I am shackled to my Claritin D. I'm thrilled to say that it's working again this time!! On Friday, I walked right through a literal gauntlet of lawnmowers, grass blowers, tree trimmers, etc, in front of my building, and not a single sneeze or tingle in my eye. AMAZING. I am so curious to know what the actual culprit is... some of my research has suggested it could be the histamines in fermented foods like cheese and wine ... but other sources have said gluten is the trigger. Either way -- I'm dreading the reintroduction phase and don't want my symptoms to come back, but still would love to know for sure what the connection is for me. Anyone else in the same (allergy) boat?
  11. River30

    Starting March 12

    Hi all! Haven't posted in a while but just wanted to check in as I've just completed Day 20. However, this W30 will officially not be "perfect" compliance During the work event I had to go to, I was good until dessert -- a chocolatey thing came around, and as everyone else, including my bosses, started eating, I took one bite. It tasted bad to me, and I put the spoon down and didn't have any more. Then during the drinks portion of the night, I had half a cocktail, and put it down and drank club soda the rest of the night. It was interesting... what motivated me to cheat was (1) my plan from the beginning that I would allow myself one off-road during this event, and (2) social pressure, which I thought I was totally OVER, but turns out I'm not. Today was perfect compliance, and I'm planning to stay strong through the end and even add on a few more weeks because of my off-roading -- but I have to offer a warning to all... Although it was a small slip/cheat whatever you want to call it -- it's true that just doing it once makes it even harder to stay compliant afterwards. The "all or nothing" sense of the program has been altered for me, and it is even more of a mental struggle to not give in to "what the hell, I'm almost done" and "well, that cheat didn't kill me, so what's another tiny bite of ___". If any of you are planning to off-road as part of your program, I would advise against it for this reason. HOWEVER -- it was also so liberating to take a tiny bite of the dessert, realize it was not worth it, and stop, when everyone around me was clearing their plates. It was nice to take a sip of the cocktail, think "I don't need this" and put it down halfway and move on. It was such a fancy event, I felt the need to take advantage of the decadence in some way -- but it really opened my eyes to the fact that those things do not really make me feel better or happier. I feel a bit like a failure but hope you can all learn from me!
  12. River30

    Starting March 12

    @ShannonM816 thank you so much for the guidance for nursing moms!! That all makes me feel so much better. I do think I've been using more fat than the standard meal template because I've felt the need to do so -- some extra avocado here and there, etc -- and will continue to do so. I'm about 125lbs but will def add more H2O and meals as well. I just successfully navigated a vacation weekend, complete with multiple restaurants and family obligations -- and it's SUPER inspiring to see all of you doing the same as staying strong (esp you @elaes at your dinner party!). I thought I'd face challenges or weird looks bringing it up to people -- but everyone has been so accommodating, kind, and genuinely interested in learning about the W30 and paleo. This weekend I have a fancy work event that pretty much revolves around drinking expensive booze. Since I started this W30, I was always planning on "off roading" for this event by allowing myself just one drink -- but now, I barely have the desire to do so. It will be tough to forego the unlimited champagne and fancy cocktails -- but I'm going to take a lesson from this past weekend and just be totally open about what I'm doing, without shame (which can sometimes come from saying you're on a "diet", which this is not). THEN, I'll have both instant accountability from everyone around me (like you, @elaes) and an easy way to avoid the peer pressure.
  13. River30

    Starting March 12

    Hey there! I had been feeling this same way -- and also ridiculously TIRED all the time. I didn't know what the problem was (I knew I wasn't having the best sleep, but this was next level)... and then, at my mother in laws house, I ate a sweet potato -- I'm embarrassed to say it was only the second time I had eaten a starchy carb while on this program. I think I thought I was being disciplined but it really is crucial!! It was seriously like a miracle drug. Within the course of the meal, I could feel myself getting my energy back, getting happier, a headache going away, I was even funnier at the dinner table. Aaah. Eat some starchy carbs! Add some fat and salt! See if that helps -- def helped me, and I'll now be incorporating root veggies more in my daily diet. In other news -- I've been traveling the past few days -- it's been a little rough, but here are some travel hacks I've used so far: - I was without a pan one day but was able to get some eggs -- so microwaved them for less than a minute. Instant omelette! - At a restaurant -- I noticed the server was not the best (even messing up drink orders). So instead of going with complicated orders like "hold the sauce", change out the sides, etc -- I just went with a steak with a side of steamed veggies, and a salad with olive oil and vinegar on the side. I used a little of the olive oil to top off the steak and veggies too. - while with family, I made myself very present in the kitchen while cooking was going on, and cooked a few of the dishes myself, so I knew what was in everything. Voila, the entire dinner ended up being W30 friendly, and the host was so grateful for the kitchen help keep it going, friends! Everyone's doing great.
  14. River30

    Starting March 12

    Hello friends -- Day 8 ended yesterday! My meals were not as balanced yesterday -- dinner was cauliflower fried rice and I think could have used more protein ... but it was SO delicious. Big fan of cauliflower. I wish I could say that longer sleep is one of my NSVs so far, my kids are sabotaging this. I've been going to bed earlier and earlier, but now one or both of them will wake up in the middle of the night crying for various reasons -- which they never do. So I've been having horrible sleep for two past few days, despite my best efforts :/ I think my baby is going through a growth spurt -- she seems to be nursing soooo much more than usual (And in middle of the night) ... and part of me is wondering if W30 is affecting my milk supply. I'm pretty sure I'm eating enough fat though --which is the big thing they always tell you, and drinking about 60oz of water a day. Other NSVs -- I feel sharper at work, have more energy with the kids, and typically don't feel the need to snack between meals. I had a chocolate-eating W30 dream last night that felt so real -- in fact, I even thought about THIS discussion board during the dream, once I realized what I was doing. I thought -- oh no, now I'm going to have to tell everyone on that board that I cheated!
  15. River30

    Starting March 12

    Hi everyone! It's the evening of Day 7, and feel so much better than any other day this week. I feel like my energy level is starting to rise, and I'm not as sluggish or cranky. @MtnGoat, I just picked up a few of these "RXbars" -- kinda like Larabars, but they also include egg whites. While not a meal replacement, they would be helpful and better than nothing for those times post-workout when you need to refuel. I'm no moderator (side note -- why don't we have any moderator love on this board??!!) but you might need at least a snack post-workout -- Especially if you are feeling hungry when going to bed. I always have poor/restless sleep when I'm noticeably hungry, so just a thought! Or, have you ever tried Epic Bars? I personally am not a fan, but they are just meat bars (bison, turkey, etc), and w30 compliant. Both are easier to carry around than an avocado! @nanners, welcome to the board! So great that you got your hubby to join, and amazing that he's seen results already! ... that was honestly my original motivation for doing this -- in the hopes that my hubs would do this too, or at least some of what I was doing would inspire him to change some habits. He's not doing the program with me, but I do think that over the years he's learned some things by osmosis @Dannelle stay strong!!! Today I was just reheating pizza and chicken parm for the fam, and definitely felt the lure of melty cheese and crispy edges. Ugh. Then, I made some fantastic scrambled eggs with spinach, plus these thyme and garlic-sautéed mushrooms that were EVERYTHING, topped it off with a lil hot sauce -- and was so much more satisfied that I would have been if I caved. Eye on the prize!
  16. River30

    Starting March 12

    Day 6 just finished! Am I the only one who feels like this is so much food?? I'm eating according to the meal template and limiting starchy veggies and fruit, and not really snacking, but I still feel that often I'm not hungry for dinner, but make myself eat a full meal anyway. And then part of me actually feels "guilty" for eating that normal meal, because I wasn't hungry at all -- and in the past, I would have just skipped if I felt so satisfied. I know all the reasons for not skipping meals, but this is one thing I'm struggling with right now. Full disclosure -- had a bout with an eating disorder many years ago, so I'm always aware of those nagging thoughts that can turn disordered. Otherwise, I feel good! Congrats to everyone on such a successful week! I hope we don't have any attrition aver the next 23 days
  17. River30

    Cashew Cream Veggie Lasaga?

    Happy to help, Laura. And @kirkor, it's really the fact that in this recipe, cashew cream is masquerading as cheese, trying to be something it's not. That's definitely the iffy part. If it was just veggies and tomato sauce, like a ratatouille, that would be fine though!
  18. River30

    Cashew Cream Veggie Lasaga?

    I'm no moderator (or expert), but I personally wouldn't make something like this. It seems to fall heartily into the "SWYPO" category -- replicating something using W30 ingredients that could trigger an emotional / psychological response. It's just like they say with off-limits paleo pancakes that are just egg and banana, right? It seems to be the same concept, just coming at it from a savory instead of sweet angle. Similarly.. what if you did something like create a savory "pizza crust" out of just cauliflower (something I've seen pop up a lot) or plantain or whatnot, and cover that with tomato sauce, cashew cream, and basil, and put it under the broiler until it looks like pizza... I personally wouldn't do that. I I think there's a real value in preparing and looking at whole foods on your plate, and not trying to replicate non-W30 dishes. AND YET ... I use cauliflower "rice" and zucchini "noodles" all the time, so is there really a difference? All this to say I don't have an answer...I'd only GUESS that probably there should be some personal reflection before making a compliant "trigger" food like this, if that's a problem for anyone.
  19. River30

    Starting March 12

    Hi all. Day 5 here for me. Past two days have had more work-related frustration than usual -- annoying and sometimes even sad. Feeling a little bit of mild "kill all the things" I guess -- feel like I have a shorter fuse and that I don't have as much patience as usual (hah! ... I don't have a lot to begin with), and that I'm more emotional (double "hah"!). Maybe a good thing the husband is away on business. Trying to work on my response when I get upset -- letting myself feel the emotions, acknowledging it / naming it, and then moving on. Often, it's easier said than done and takes longer than I'd like . But when I don't just pour myself a glass of wine at the end of the day as part of a chill-out, it's great to come to terms with the things I'm going through, and really experience them / deal with them head-on. I'm also exhausted, and NEED to start going to sleep much earlier -- my goal for the weekend is to improve this. Going to a yoga class tonight which should help me get my zen and mojo back. Sorry for the less-than-uplifting post, all!! Happy St. Paddy's Day from NYC!
  20. River30

    Starting March 12

    Day 4! Reading your posts has become part of a great start to my day. Like many of you, I don't really see changes in the mirror yet or in my clothes. In fact, I think I look a little bloated. @alexd8, that's a good question about skin appearance. In yesterday's W30 daily email, they included this important blurb about what to expect around this time: Detoxin’: You may be experiencing some physical symptoms; the result of your body starting to heal from the damage done by your old less-healthy food choices. Acne and rashes, worsening allergies, and digestive distress are common during this first week. Sometimes, things get worse before they get better, but know this is a common, even healthy stage as your body starts to heal. Be patient—by the second week, these should be largely resolved. Anyone have the crazy W30 dreams start yet? Last night, I dreamed I was scarfing down this huge bag of pretzels -- they weren't even good, and at the point when I realized what I was doing, got so upset. Even when I woke up, I had to think for a second: wait, did I really do that? This morning I had leftover roasted branzino for breakfast, with some shredded broccoli slaw sauteed in coconut oil. Delicious!! A good reminder for me that breakfast doesn't always have to be egg related.
  21. @RoseyGW I'm no expert but can't see how that would be a problem. I'm going to call our ped. about this actually... I too am looking to start supplementing breastmilk soon for my 1 year old daughter -- I work FT out of the home and also will be going away on a work trip for about 4 days soon. I don't have enough breastmilk saved up to last her for the full 4 days and although she eats a lot of solid food, drinking is still a major comfort for her and a part of her routine (especially in the morning and at night). Coconut milk is a great idea. I'd probably supplement that with some liquid multi-vitamin drops that our pediatrician prescribes. I'd personally much rather go coconut milk (or honestly even cow's, goat's, or nutmilk) rather than formula.
  22. River30

    Starting March 12

    Day 3 here. So great to read all these posts -- I'm inspired by everyone's dedication! You are all rockstars. This morning I was feeling super tired, and really NOT feeling W30. After trekking my kids to school in the ice and snow, all I wanted was one of those amazing almond croissants and coffee from our cute local cafe/bakery. Had a little argument with myself and eventually just made coffee at home. To calm my cravings and my cranky mood, I had a tiny spoon of almond butter and coconut butter, waited 10 mins, and then felt amazing. I read somewhere that on this "tired/cranky" day, or whenever cravings hit, to turn to fat instead of fruit. I think it made a huge difference. My first instinct when I got home was to grab a banana, but the almond butter/coconut butter mix was so much more satisfying and didn't leave me wanting more. Breakfast was then some eggs scrambled with all of my leftover veggies from yesterday thrown into one pan -- an odd but ultimately delicious mix of shishito peppers, cabbage, and cucumber (!). Weird but it worked. And just now finishing a fantastic lunch of chicken salad -- shredded chicken, homemade mayo, celery, cashew, and a little chopped apple and date. Fantastic. So good, it might be my dinner too, with broccoli and/or sweet potato. @asbren13 Good luck with your date night on Saturday and ENJOY! And good for you for calling them up in advance to find out about ingredients -- that's some serious planning right there. I too fear restaurants / eating out on W30 because I hate being "that girl" with all the dietary restrictions. But these days, it's much more accepted ... and if you mention you have an "allergy", you bet those servers will make sure to accommodate you Also, asbren -- I can't stand shopping in most Manhattan grocery stores -- even Whole Foods. These days, most of my food shopping (esp in the winter before our farmer's market opens) is done via FreshDirect and Amazon Fresh. I can take the time to look around at the selection without feeling like I'm blocking someone's path with my big-a** double stroller, and it's much easier to find exactly what I need.
  23. River30

    Starting March 12

    Morning, everyone -- Day 2 for me. Crazy snowstorm here in the Northeast! Last night my husband brought home a bunch of really fantastic wine to ride out the storm with, and it took every ounce of restraint not to take a sip -- but there's my first "victory", I guess... Breakfast was a heaping pile of the cabbage I sauteed yesterday, with some eggs and chives -- all cooked in duck fat. Today for lunch I'm having some of the leftover roast chicken from yesterday, and some zucchini noodles -- sauteed with sundried tomatoes and onion. @asbren13 -- you said you "missed the butter" in your dinner -- what fat did you use? Ghee is delicious and still has that buttery flavor you're looking for. I have def expanded my pantry of cooking fats since Round 1, and it's made a big difference. The first time, I only used ghee, coconut oil, and olive oil. This time, I also have pork lard, duck fat, goose fat, (compliant) bacon fat, coconut butter, sesame oil, avocado oil... the list goes on! I try to think about the food I'm making when I consider what fat would be the best accompaniment. Also -- try making some spice blends and sauces like the ones you can find in Nom Nom Paleo, Well Fed, or any paleo/W30 food blogs. Or just buy good, compliant spices and sauces -- they bring life to food! @Danelle, congrats on your commitment to quitting smoking!! You got this!! Are you taking up meditation, or yoga, running, etc to "replace" the soothing feeling you'd get from smoking? On my first W30, I kept a list of activities that were like little "treats" when I felt like I might go off track -- a quick walk, painting my nails, reading a fun article or a chapter of a book, calling a friend, brewing some really nice tea in a beautiful teapot, etc etc... even just coming to this forum and reading stuff. Happy to be here for you when you need encouragement ALSO, MODERATORS: Is there any way to revise the Wiki page for the W30? When you search "whole 30" in Google, it's a little depressing to see it defined as a "fad diet" in the Wikipedia right hand sidebar. I know Wiki pages go through a ton of peer review and it has to be an unbiased description, but still -- it makes me so sad to see it called a "fad diet", which it is not It makes it harder for people going through this program too -- when they tell people (like family members) what they're doing, and those people Google it, it's going to look like something potentially harmful or cultish.
  24. River30

    Starting March 12

    Hey y'all! This board has so much energy and enthusiasm, LOVE IT! It's the morning of Day 1 for me, and I feel so pumped. @MtnGoat (and others) -- as far as how to quickly shut down questions about what you're doing and if it's a "diet" (yuck!)... In my circles, saying you're on a "detox" seems to be universally accepted and understood. While it might not be 100% accurate to define what we're doing, it's much easier than saying "I'm cutting out grain, sugar, alcohol, processed food..." because then (the uninitiated) people might look at you like you're nuts, or on some crazy-restrictive diet, which couldn't be farther from the truth. Another way to frame it: In certain situations, I've said in the past -- "For the next month, I'm trying to cook more and only eat food that I cook." I've said that I'm doing this to provide better food for my kids, to help THEM cut out the junk in their lives, etc., which is also true. However, the best advice I've gotten is to not even worry about crafting a response to people. Most of the time, you should just be able to say "no thanks!" and move on. If you don't make a big deal over it, others won't either.
  25. River30

    Starting March 12

    OOh, yay! So excited to see so many people joining this thread, this is going to be great. And Karib, congratulations on the new little one! I'm breastfeeding as well and know the feeling of wanting to make the food you eat as good as possible for baby And Mtngoat -- I too am a sweets bandit. I love the W30's ability to completely banish those cravings and temptations.