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  1. You are so right. I agree with you 100 percent. For the first time in many many years, I was able to just make good food and eat it. I didn't have to worry about anything else and was confident that what I was eating was the best that food has to offer. I've learned so much in these last few months about my relationship with food and have been able to relax and just enjoy it. I'm hoping that I can keep learning from the cues my body sends me and reach a place where eating becomes more intuitive. Being obese makes it tough for me to always trust my body, but the prep work helped me learn enough to know what I need. Thanks for all the good comments on here. Nobody needs validation, but it's nice to get it sometimes.
  2. You're hilarious. You really can't let this go. Cream is a no-no for sure. But I sure did miss it. Of all the changes, that remained the hardest one for the whole 30 days. I have to see how long I can go without it. But so far, day 1 has been great! If I can do this, anyone can. Be your own cheerleader the whole time.
  3. Like I said in my original post, weight loss was doctors orders which w30 says trumps all else. So it had to be my first priority. I just hope that anybody who needs to lose weight and wants to do the w30 knows that you can do both quite easily. My weight loss was pretty effortless because of the work and prep I did prior to the w30. So I never under minded the spirit of the w30 at all. I spent my 30 days 100 percent on plan in every way. Never weighed or measured a thing. And I enjoyed every minute of it. Everyone should be entitled to make this challenge their own, especially if they have medical conditions, including obesity. You can still do the W30 while listening to your doctors and taking care of your condition and be proud that you finished it. I would hate for someone to read some of the comments to my post and think they can't do the w30 because they have special needs. With some advanced prep work, you really can. Good luck to everyone! I'm off to start my second w30. Having done it once, i hope it's easier. I may keep the cream in my coffee now that I know it doesn't bother me, but we'll see.
  4. Missmary, I knew somebody would argue this even though it's my experience... I would have never lost weight on the W30 without calorie restriction, not a pound. I've been around the dieting block enough times to know this. It's a fact. Just accept this, please. I made it work for me my way. And it's the only way it would have worked. Again, that is a fact and my truth. Respect that we all come to this from different places and have to make it our own. If a whole30 meal template ever worked for me I'd be thin. But it doesn't. Calorie restriction worked for me combined with eating nutrient dense food. I needed both in play. Again, this is how it had to be for me. Congrats to everyone for getting through the challenge in their own way.
  5. I had to make sure that I ate at a calorie deficit or else I wouldn't have lost the weight. The meal template, a palm size of this, a thumb size of that, means nothing to me. I'd be skinny if it did. So I worked with a dietician leading up to the w30 and we worked out calorie counts for a lot of meals ahead of time. This helped so much as I have major portion distortion and it made the w30 much more enjoyable. We also met each week during the 30 days so I could tweak anything. For some reason focusing on weight loss is kind of taboo on these boards as some believe it may just happen organically if you do the w30 or that your body will just "release the weight" when it's ready. But after spending 8 weeks with a dietician, you learn the science behind weight loss and how there are numbers involved, whether you want to accept that or not. Our bodies are complicated creatures, but I can tell you for me, nothing helped until I worked out the numbers with my dietician, figured out how many calories I could eat and stuck to it. It took weeks of trying different things, but we eventually settled on a calorie count that has served me well. I suspect the mods will jump on this post but just keep in mind that this worked for me and that's all that matters.
  6. Finished today and feel great. I lost 10 pounds but I made sure to eat at a deficit so that would happen. I'm obese so weight loss was doctor ordered. This way of eating was literally a 180 for me. I've been meeting with a dietician each week and had several appointments with her before the w30 so I was as prepared as possible. My GERD went away pretty quickly. My sleeping is better. I'm not as puffy in the face. I wake up before the alarm. And, I learned to cook, which is huge. I have like 10 new Paleo cookbooks to start going through. I missed cream and sweet and low in my coffee everyday, so that comes back tomorrow. But that's all I missed big time. My sugar dragon never went away, so that will remain a battle for me. And I missed cheese every once in a while. But I plan on staying 90 percent Paleo, just that cream in my coffee. It has been expensive for me, but I'll look for ways to cut the costs because I don't want to go back to eating cheap grains and processed food. Like others have said, the biggest thing is that I actually finished the challenge. I never thought I could.
  7. Sophsmom

    Do I have to eat fruit?

    I think I'd rather just not rely on fruit after my whole30. I was trying to avoid bars and nuts because they are a bigger calorie hit without much value. At least for me. I always get hungry in between lunch and dinner, no matter who much I eat at lunch. It's when I pick my daughter up at school around 3 when the hunger hits. The banana was just easy to eat while sitting in the car waiting for her to come out. I'm sure I can come up with something else for that time of day.
  8. I'm on day 28 and have been eating a banana every few days. I do it more out of convenience than anything. I can throw it in my purse and eat it if I get hungry and can't eat a real meal. It has saved me from cheating more than once. It's kind of the perfect amount of food to get you to your next full meal if you get hungry. But I worry if it's keeping my sugar dragon alive. I still crave sweets as much as I did on day 1. So long-term, as I plan to stick to this way of eating for the most part, do I need fruit every day? I could take it or leave it, but I would stick with it if it's something I need. What do you guys think?
  9. Sophsmom

    over weight

    You have to have a calorie deficit to lose weight, no matter how well you eat. If you're healthy without PCOS and have no medical weight loss obstacles, you're not eating at a deficit. I'm on day 27 and have lost weight, but I had to make sure that I was eating to lose weight or else I never would have if I followed the meal template's upper limits. I really keep my eye on how much protein I eat each meal and stay away from starchy veggies, which I have no use for and are real gateway foods for me. You may like them or need them for workout energy, otherwise they may be hindering your weight loss. I know on Whole30 that they frown at weighing or measuring food, but if I were you, try it for a day or two to see if you have portion distortion. Weight loss is extremely important to me as I have a lot of weight to lose so I made sure there was a loss by keeping track of portions early on. It's so simple to do and can alleviate the heartache.
  10. Sorry ultrarunnergirl, I just don't agree. I get your point but if the op had a cheese allergy or celiac, she probably would not have eaten the cheese. She'd know not to. If that quarter-sized bite unleashed an unknown allergy, I stand corrected. But short of that, any suggestion that she start over or delay reintroducing dairy is just not based in sound science.
  11. Don't sweat it. I think common sense tells us that one quarter sized piece of cheese is harmless when eaten by mistake. You didn't eat a whole wheel of Brie! Just keep going and dont feel like you've deprived yourself of a true Whole30. You're still doing it.
  12. Sophsmom

    Day 12 and no energy at all

    I hear you guys ... thanks for the input. I do realize the connection between hormones and eating, weight loss/gain, and cravings, but eating if I'm not hungry is a tough one for me. In the morning, I'm not only not hungry, but if I try to eat, it doesn't go down. So I wait a few hours, have my warm coffee to loosen up the band, then eat brunch. I'll try to balance things out better. Thanks so much for the help/
  13. Sophsmom

    Day 12 and no energy at all

    So even if I'm not hungry I should eat more? I don't understand how hormones affect weight loss and don't totally buy that argument, unless you have PCOS. I can add a baked potato every once in a while, and switch out the banana for something else, but I'm not sure I'm undereating. I think my dinners are close to two template meals,so I feel like I'm getting those 3 meals in, just not exactly as whole30 says. Because of 2 medications I'm on that have totally messed up my metabolism, I need to eat close to 1,000 calories a day to lose. I'm not sure if I'm hitting that number now, but I'm really not hungry.
  14. Sophsmom

    Day 12 and no energy at all

    I do not eat any starchy veggies and really don't want to. I'm eating less than the template because I'm trying to lose weight. Because I have the lap-band, I cannot eat early in the morning because the band is extremely tight after waking up. So I usually have brunch, then a banana around 2pm, then dinner. I'm almost never hungry so I really don't want to eat more. Losing weight is a priority. I'm thinking that my carbs may be down, although the banana should be helping with that. Brunch: 3 poached eggs, guacamole or half avocado, roasted veggies in EVOO (usually grape tomatoes or peppers) Snack: banana Dinner: 8-10 ounces of chicken or strip steak, roasted or sautéed veggies in EVOO (at least a few cups of veggies)
  15. I literally can barely keep my eyes open despite getting about 9 hours of sleep last night. Yesterday I was a bit tired, but today is nuts. Could be a fluke having nothing to do with diet, but I feel like someone drugged me. I'm eating well so I'm not sure what's going on. Is this usually a tough day for people?