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    Rojo got a reaction from Xandra in The crazy things people say   
    I, too, have a positive! My aunt, the same one who was comparing this to Atkins when I discussed it with her, read the book I gave her. Her and her boyfriend are both doing Paleo now. I am so excited when she texts me about them experimenting with different veggies and meats. I feel less alone now. My mom called me yesterday and they want to have a Paleo meal for my brother's B-day! I come from a very stubborn family (I am stubborn myself) and I think it will be really great to see that same determined stubbornness used in application for a lifestyle change such as this. They all have really terrible health problems too (IBS, Crohn's, depression, CFS, high blood pressure, Type II diabetics). I hope this sticks. I fear for my brother's life, it's that bad. I just keep putting out the example, giving resources, and hopefully the people I love will see the positive change and want it too.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Selcazare in I keep thinking I should just give up...   
    Hey, Chelle. All I can say is that I've been there. No amount of tough love ever got me through it either. I had to enter a program, and even then getting 'clean' from my "alcoholic" foods has been such a struggle! Especially if you deal with disordered eating, it may take some time, or additional help for emotional support. I know I have to log my food in some form to be honest with myself. Putting it out here helps me to be accountable to follow through. Most of the time the thing we are craving is more than we think it is. Have you had any sweet potatoes, or bananas, or blueberries? I'm not saying to binge on them, but maybe things are too black and white for you right now. Try adding in one more mini meal if you feel legitimate physical hunger. I am always amazed at how strong my ED is. It can talk me into all sorts of stuff, and masks itself as hunger a lot of the time. If it is not emotional hunger and you are adding in a bit of fruit, then I'd try to look deeper...spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, and in terms of life stress. When I look deeper through writing, praying, talking, meditation, yoga, long walks, I find it hardly ever is the food, but something inside that is off. Drink some water, breathe, take some kind of positive action and the answers will come to you. Good luck, and lots of love!!!
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    Rojo got a reaction from Keri W. in Sugar Addict? Is it possible to actually do this?   
    Sugar is an addictive substance. I've read some books on recovery and one of the big things recovered alcoholics turn to is sugar in place of the alcohol. For me, hands down, it is addicting. I can handle fruit and some starches, but when I get into paleofied food forms, like brownies or cookies, it is all over. I don't think it would be wise for me to even approach honey after this. I have been through a food recovery program and I'm also doing a study with others from the book Made to Crave (this is a faith based book, so if this is not your thing, then I'd say skip it). I would say for me, the thing that has helped was working the 12 steps, and continuing on in my maintenance recovery program work. I journal. I keep in contact with other food addicts, and I've been able to repair my connection with God. I meditate daily and do yoga. I have to cultivate peace in my life, emotional balance, be humble, and connect to something greater than myself each day. I don't know if this helps and it is really hard to be this candid about my life experience, but I hear you are really struggling. Sometimes 'white knuckling' it works, sometimes it works for years, but for me there is always a stress, or circumstance that sends me back to my alcoholic foods without the extra help. Seeking help can be beneficial; whether it is from a Cognitive Behavior Therapist, Food Recovery Specialist, general therapist, a 12 Step program. When it became apparent to me that I was not going to be able to stop on my own, I realized it was time to reach out, even though it embarrassed the hell out of me. I am glad I did though. Food is just as powerful as alcohol, heroin, drugs....think about all the inflammatory diseases in this country. What one substance is being abused that drives those conditions? Food. Unfortunately it is more socially acceptable to put two pints of Ben & Jerry's away a night, than fifth of whisky, or bottles of wine. But really, they both have similar impacts on our liver and organs. Pretty crazy stuff.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Xandra in The crazy things people say   
    I, too, have a positive! My aunt, the same one who was comparing this to Atkins when I discussed it with her, read the book I gave her. Her and her boyfriend are both doing Paleo now. I am so excited when she texts me about them experimenting with different veggies and meats. I feel less alone now. My mom called me yesterday and they want to have a Paleo meal for my brother's B-day! I come from a very stubborn family (I am stubborn myself) and I think it will be really great to see that same determined stubbornness used in application for a lifestyle change such as this. They all have really terrible health problems too (IBS, Crohn's, depression, CFS, high blood pressure, Type II diabetics). I hope this sticks. I fear for my brother's life, it's that bad. I just keep putting out the example, giving resources, and hopefully the people I love will see the positive change and want it too.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Shelda17 in Let's talk cashews......   
    Kel - I do the same thing! It is amazing how roasting and salting something can completely change a reaction in your mouth and mind.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Annette Louise Alvidres Grable in Is ghee worth it?   
    If you do make it on your own you have so many options to spice it up. When I made mine, I added spices. You can break the batch up and make several different kinds of compound butters at once. I absolutely love my eggs in ghee!
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    Rojo got a reaction from Keri W. in Sugar Addict? Is it possible to actually do this?   
    Sugar is an addictive substance. I've read some books on recovery and one of the big things recovered alcoholics turn to is sugar in place of the alcohol. For me, hands down, it is addicting. I can handle fruit and some starches, but when I get into paleofied food forms, like brownies or cookies, it is all over. I don't think it would be wise for me to even approach honey after this. I have been through a food recovery program and I'm also doing a study with others from the book Made to Crave (this is a faith based book, so if this is not your thing, then I'd say skip it). I would say for me, the thing that has helped was working the 12 steps, and continuing on in my maintenance recovery program work. I journal. I keep in contact with other food addicts, and I've been able to repair my connection with God. I meditate daily and do yoga. I have to cultivate peace in my life, emotional balance, be humble, and connect to something greater than myself each day. I don't know if this helps and it is really hard to be this candid about my life experience, but I hear you are really struggling. Sometimes 'white knuckling' it works, sometimes it works for years, but for me there is always a stress, or circumstance that sends me back to my alcoholic foods without the extra help. Seeking help can be beneficial; whether it is from a Cognitive Behavior Therapist, Food Recovery Specialist, general therapist, a 12 Step program. When it became apparent to me that I was not going to be able to stop on my own, I realized it was time to reach out, even though it embarrassed the hell out of me. I am glad I did though. Food is just as powerful as alcohol, heroin, drugs....think about all the inflammatory diseases in this country. What one substance is being abused that drives those conditions? Food. Unfortunately it is more socially acceptable to put two pints of Ben & Jerry's away a night, than fifth of whisky, or bottles of wine. But really, they both have similar impacts on our liver and organs. Pretty crazy stuff.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Keri W. in Sugar Addict? Is it possible to actually do this?   
    Sugar is an addictive substance. I've read some books on recovery and one of the big things recovered alcoholics turn to is sugar in place of the alcohol. For me, hands down, it is addicting. I can handle fruit and some starches, but when I get into paleofied food forms, like brownies or cookies, it is all over. I don't think it would be wise for me to even approach honey after this. I have been through a food recovery program and I'm also doing a study with others from the book Made to Crave (this is a faith based book, so if this is not your thing, then I'd say skip it). I would say for me, the thing that has helped was working the 12 steps, and continuing on in my maintenance recovery program work. I journal. I keep in contact with other food addicts, and I've been able to repair my connection with God. I meditate daily and do yoga. I have to cultivate peace in my life, emotional balance, be humble, and connect to something greater than myself each day. I don't know if this helps and it is really hard to be this candid about my life experience, but I hear you are really struggling. Sometimes 'white knuckling' it works, sometimes it works for years, but for me there is always a stress, or circumstance that sends me back to my alcoholic foods without the extra help. Seeking help can be beneficial; whether it is from a Cognitive Behavior Therapist, Food Recovery Specialist, general therapist, a 12 Step program. When it became apparent to me that I was not going to be able to stop on my own, I realized it was time to reach out, even though it embarrassed the hell out of me. I am glad I did though. Food is just as powerful as alcohol, heroin, drugs....think about all the inflammatory diseases in this country. What one substance is being abused that drives those conditions? Food. Unfortunately it is more socially acceptable to put two pints of Ben & Jerry's away a night, than fifth of whisky, or bottles of wine. But really, they both have similar impacts on our liver and organs. Pretty crazy stuff.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Keri W. in Sugar Addict? Is it possible to actually do this?   
    Sugar is an addictive substance. I've read some books on recovery and one of the big things recovered alcoholics turn to is sugar in place of the alcohol. For me, hands down, it is addicting. I can handle fruit and some starches, but when I get into paleofied food forms, like brownies or cookies, it is all over. I don't think it would be wise for me to even approach honey after this. I have been through a food recovery program and I'm also doing a study with others from the book Made to Crave (this is a faith based book, so if this is not your thing, then I'd say skip it). I would say for me, the thing that has helped was working the 12 steps, and continuing on in my maintenance recovery program work. I journal. I keep in contact with other food addicts, and I've been able to repair my connection with God. I meditate daily and do yoga. I have to cultivate peace in my life, emotional balance, be humble, and connect to something greater than myself each day. I don't know if this helps and it is really hard to be this candid about my life experience, but I hear you are really struggling. Sometimes 'white knuckling' it works, sometimes it works for years, but for me there is always a stress, or circumstance that sends me back to my alcoholic foods without the extra help. Seeking help can be beneficial; whether it is from a Cognitive Behavior Therapist, Food Recovery Specialist, general therapist, a 12 Step program. When it became apparent to me that I was not going to be able to stop on my own, I realized it was time to reach out, even though it embarrassed the hell out of me. I am glad I did though. Food is just as powerful as alcohol, heroin, drugs....think about all the inflammatory diseases in this country. What one substance is being abused that drives those conditions? Food. Unfortunately it is more socially acceptable to put two pints of Ben & Jerry's away a night, than fifth of whisky, or bottles of wine. But really, they both have similar impacts on our liver and organs. Pretty crazy stuff.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Keri W. in Sugar Addict? Is it possible to actually do this?   
    Sugar is an addictive substance. I've read some books on recovery and one of the big things recovered alcoholics turn to is sugar in place of the alcohol. For me, hands down, it is addicting. I can handle fruit and some starches, but when I get into paleofied food forms, like brownies or cookies, it is all over. I don't think it would be wise for me to even approach honey after this. I have been through a food recovery program and I'm also doing a study with others from the book Made to Crave (this is a faith based book, so if this is not your thing, then I'd say skip it). I would say for me, the thing that has helped was working the 12 steps, and continuing on in my maintenance recovery program work. I journal. I keep in contact with other food addicts, and I've been able to repair my connection with God. I meditate daily and do yoga. I have to cultivate peace in my life, emotional balance, be humble, and connect to something greater than myself each day. I don't know if this helps and it is really hard to be this candid about my life experience, but I hear you are really struggling. Sometimes 'white knuckling' it works, sometimes it works for years, but for me there is always a stress, or circumstance that sends me back to my alcoholic foods without the extra help. Seeking help can be beneficial; whether it is from a Cognitive Behavior Therapist, Food Recovery Specialist, general therapist, a 12 Step program. When it became apparent to me that I was not going to be able to stop on my own, I realized it was time to reach out, even though it embarrassed the hell out of me. I am glad I did though. Food is just as powerful as alcohol, heroin, drugs....think about all the inflammatory diseases in this country. What one substance is being abused that drives those conditions? Food. Unfortunately it is more socially acceptable to put two pints of Ben & Jerry's away a night, than fifth of whisky, or bottles of wine. But really, they both have similar impacts on our liver and organs. Pretty crazy stuff.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Keri W. in Sugar Addict? Is it possible to actually do this?   
    Sugar is an addictive substance. I've read some books on recovery and one of the big things recovered alcoholics turn to is sugar in place of the alcohol. For me, hands down, it is addicting. I can handle fruit and some starches, but when I get into paleofied food forms, like brownies or cookies, it is all over. I don't think it would be wise for me to even approach honey after this. I have been through a food recovery program and I'm also doing a study with others from the book Made to Crave (this is a faith based book, so if this is not your thing, then I'd say skip it). I would say for me, the thing that has helped was working the 12 steps, and continuing on in my maintenance recovery program work. I journal. I keep in contact with other food addicts, and I've been able to repair my connection with God. I meditate daily and do yoga. I have to cultivate peace in my life, emotional balance, be humble, and connect to something greater than myself each day. I don't know if this helps and it is really hard to be this candid about my life experience, but I hear you are really struggling. Sometimes 'white knuckling' it works, sometimes it works for years, but for me there is always a stress, or circumstance that sends me back to my alcoholic foods without the extra help. Seeking help can be beneficial; whether it is from a Cognitive Behavior Therapist, Food Recovery Specialist, general therapist, a 12 Step program. When it became apparent to me that I was not going to be able to stop on my own, I realized it was time to reach out, even though it embarrassed the hell out of me. I am glad I did though. Food is just as powerful as alcohol, heroin, drugs....think about all the inflammatory diseases in this country. What one substance is being abused that drives those conditions? Food. Unfortunately it is more socially acceptable to put two pints of Ben & Jerry's away a night, than fifth of whisky, or bottles of wine. But really, they both have similar impacts on our liver and organs. Pretty crazy stuff.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Xandra in The crazy things people say   
    I, too, have a positive! My aunt, the same one who was comparing this to Atkins when I discussed it with her, read the book I gave her. Her and her boyfriend are both doing Paleo now. I am so excited when she texts me about them experimenting with different veggies and meats. I feel less alone now. My mom called me yesterday and they want to have a Paleo meal for my brother's B-day! I come from a very stubborn family (I am stubborn myself) and I think it will be really great to see that same determined stubbornness used in application for a lifestyle change such as this. They all have really terrible health problems too (IBS, Crohn's, depression, CFS, high blood pressure, Type II diabetics). I hope this sticks. I fear for my brother's life, it's that bad. I just keep putting out the example, giving resources, and hopefully the people I love will see the positive change and want it too.
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    Rojo got a reaction from bljf1006 in Rojo's Whole30 Log: Round Two   
    Thank you. Yeah, I had a couple of late nights due to a party and coffee consumption. And then Sunday/Monday night I think I was being a little childish in ignoring my sleep cues. Last night was much better...head hit the pillow and I was out by 9:30. Making an 8pm bed time a priority helps. I'm finding that if I edge the lines in any given area of my life just a little, I tend to swing into the opposite behavior. Learning discipline at 33 years old is humbling!
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    Rojo got a reaction from bljf1006 in Rojo's Whole30 Log: Round Two   
    I liked your post, because of the encouragement you give me, and also for reaching out to your sister.
    I am sorry to hear about your sister. I have an uncle with Ulcerative Colitis and it has not been a fun road for him. My aunt and I are both trying to get him to try out the Paleo way of eating, but he is very resistant. Lately he's been getting really sick...chills, fevers, lot so other nasty symptoms. It hurts my heart, because I am so close to my uncle - he's like an older brother. He's been through resection surgeries. It got a little better after that surgery, but he still has a ton of problems and daily pain.
    My whole family has IBS, spastic colons....I am trying to reach them, but it has not worked so far. It hurts me inside to see my family choose pain and disease. At a certain point I have to disconnect and focus on what is in my control, and remember, like you say, how often I have chosen the same thing in my life.
    Thanks for writing!
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    Rojo got a reaction from Jessica Reagan in I keep thinking I should just give up...   
    One more thought. I know as women sometimes we are driven to go, go, go. I don't know if you a perfectionist like I am, but I sometimes get really caught up on the 'shoulds' in life. I should be doing this; I should be feeling that; I should, should, should. Sometimes we just need to be gentle with ourselves and remain where we are, at peace with life. I had to scale back my workouts. In my quiet time, I realized that I was driving myself too hard for an ideal of perfection during this process, but honestly my body is saying to take walks more, drink more water, rest! (This is my Whole30 and it's going to be tailored to me, not anyone else.) I think we are afraid to rest our bodies. If your body is saying time-out, take a listen. I know I must sound like some new age hippie here, but really I am high strung and like action. I am finding my balance in being sill lately and throwing out the 'shoulds'.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Derval in Rojo's Whole30 Log: Round Two   
    Day 10
    M1 - 3 eggs, roasted brussels/carrots, rooibos chai tea
    M2 - Chocolate chili, iced hibiscus tea
    M3 - Chicken apple sausage, roasted veggies (Not sure yet...thinking of trying out parsnip fries. Or are those too paleofied?)
    Feeling super duper great today! The sun is out and I feel so optimistic!! Really, I'm jumping out of my skin excited about this day.
    I remembered yesterday I'm on a spending fast, so no cookbook yet. Since starting this fast, I realize how often I spend money. When I want something, I shell out the dough without a thought. We broke down our budget at the outset and it is amazing how much we can save each month, just by cutting out impulse spending.
    I'm meeting a really good friend of mine for a walk today. We have coffee plans afterward, but I am going to have tea or decaf coffee (Nope, forgot the damn spending fast!! Argh! I will bring my tea along from home). I am trying to cut out coffee completely and have been successful since Saturday morning. I'm praying for the strength to order herbal tea!
    My friend's mom used say this on her message machine: "The sun is out and so am I!" I am going to lay in the sun today, soak it up until my skin is warm, fragrant, tingling with energy. I love California!!! I do hope the rain clouds don't move in today.
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    Rojo reacted to bljf1006 in Whole30 #1...maaaayyybe whole45??   
    I have a mandolin for my Zoodles. It took me long enough to get one of those (which I LOOOOVE), so to get one of those crazy cool devices; will probably take me an extra 2 years 😜
    Last night I had chocolate cake!!!!!!!! With fudge filling and whipped chocolate frosting and cherries....in my dream 😠haha! But seriously, craving much? It was funny because I took one bite and instantly felt guilty. Whomever I was with asked why and I started explains whole30 to them!! Whole30 is in my dreams!! Lol! Then I woke up & was instantly relieved it was a dream. something crazy - I started my period (sorry for the random dude reading this), but it's a whole week early!!!! And I'm on BC. So I'm not really sure what to do; but at least I'm feeling like my cravings have had a good reason and not just because I can't control my body. (Usually on my period week, anything goes, cuz I just want to pretend I'm feeling awesome) AND it explains why I've been so tired! (Like nappy tired, not, over the hill I can't move tired)
    So yesterday went really well eating wise. I had eggs, andouille sausage, and asparagus for breakfast (I've been LOVING asparagus in the mornings!) then I had leftover Zoodles and meatballs with an apple and sun butter. I was super tired after cleaning for 8 straight hours, so I took a nap when I got home while the chicken was cooking. It was Baked Artichoke Chicken (thank you Pinterest!) and it was incredible! My DH had 5 pieces and I had 2, although later I was feeling like I should've had 3 after such a long day, but now I have a piece for lunch today 😠which will be another long 8-9 hr day of cleaning (2 houses). So I should get going. Thankfully I got up so early I was able to unload/reload the dishwasher, make 2 batches of Almond milk (love my new nut milk bag!) and clean all the pots and pans from the past 2 days.
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    Rojo reacted to Purple in Depression/Anxiety? Any Whole30 successes?   
    As a fellow anxiety sufferer I would agree that getting off of caffeine is imperative to help overcome this. Chocolate can also be a trigger for anxiety because of the caffeine / sugar combo. If he can start doing 3/4 of a cup and then 1/2 cup etc of coffee to ease himself off of it and try drinking other "hot" drinks like herbal teas as a substitute this might help. I have been off coffee over 10 years now.
    Klopin (aka rivitril, aka clonazapam) is one of the worst benzodiazapene's on the market in my opinion. (Google benzo withdrawal for more info on this nasty drug). It causes awful side effects and screw up the brain even more and is highly physically addictive. It is a an anti-seizure medication so it really targets the whole central nervous system, including the brain. Klopin is usually only prescribed in the UK as a anti-seizure med, in North America it is prescribed for anxiety frequently. If he needs a med, try and get his doctor to prescribe an old school benzo like Valium. Prof Heather Ashton of the UK has been doing work on benzo's for years and is a good place to start for information http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/index.htm ) .
    Anxiety is usually a combination of food or other allergies and amino acid depletion (the brain food found in meat).
    Getting of grains and sugar and caffeine, uping his amino acid intake (meat), and getting some exercise in any form and fresh air and sunshine will go a long way to helping this young man out. Maybe you could offer to throw a football around together once the weather warms up, or go on a bowling night occasionally.
    You are a great uncle and I wish both of you all the best (and your wife too!).
    Hugs.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Derval in Mo rothar féin   
    Your food looks so good I want to cry. I hope your husband knows what a catch he has!
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    Rojo reacted to bljf1006 in Rojo's Whole30 Log: Round Two   
    Insomnia is the worst! I'm sorry 😟 I've found that if I just suck it up and make it thru the day like you planned, the next one is bound to be better 😃
    Hang in there! You've come so far and the healing is just beginning!
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    Rojo reacted to Derval in Mo rothar féin   
    Saw this on Fb today & thought I'd share

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    Rojo reacted to Bethany Gingerich in Bethany's "Keep Me On The Wagon" Log!   
    Day 30! Can't believe it's here. It really did go by fast, especially the last 10 days.
    I'm back and forth between looking forward to things I've really been missing (a sushi night is definitely in my near future) and being nervous to be outside of the specific guidelines. But above all I'm happy, proud, and SO glad I did this! I can't even explain how happy, actually. And my parents are in the something-teen? days of theirs, so proud of them too!
    Eating another elaborate salad for lunch, and planning the lime Well Fed shrimp again for dinner and some random sides since I have some more stuff to use up before our trip.
    As I drove to yoga this morning, I had the most overwhelming feeling of well-being I've had in a long time. And I am NOT a morning person so that's saying something! My body just feels fully taken care of.
    Another thing I haven't mentioned is that my soreness from Crossfit has been less extreme lately, and seems to go away faster. Could be a coincidence or just that I'm finally getting to a new point in my fitness, but I can't help think my diet has a bit to do with it. I just feel so HEALTHY. That's the only way to say it, just truly healthy!
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    Rojo reacted to Bethany Gingerich in Bethany's "Keep Me On The Wagon" Log!   
    Had another pretty epic dinner so I wanted to share....I made this
    http://allrecipes.com/recipe/spicy-bok-choy-in-garlic-sauce/detail.aspx
    and added sugar snap peas, so good! Obviously had to sub some stuff to make it W30 compliant but it was DEEELISH! Will definitely be making this again. It would be good with broccoli and probably other veggies too. Just so tasty!
    Also made some makeshift eggplant parmesan with leftover spaghetti meat sauce piled on top of eggplant. Pretty much just an effort to clear some stuff out of the fridge since we'll be away Thurs. to Sunday. A VERY satisfying meal! Once again I'm full and happy.
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    Rojo got a reaction from mrsmaggie in Ovulation   
    I thought I'd share this, just in case there are any ladies out there who suffer from this particular problem I have had since the birth of my second child in 2007.
    I have always known when I ovulate. They symptoms in my body were very clear. After I had my youngest though, the pain became severe. I went to the doctor two or three times for exams, and also had a pelvic ultrasound last year, just to make sure it was just my ovulation causing the pain. And sure enough my insides were clear of pathology, so mittelschmerz it was.
    I know this may be TMI, but today I am ovulating and it does not hurt! Yeah, there's a little puffiness and a little bit of dull pressure, but I am devoid of the stabbing pain that ensues. Usually it is hard to sit down on my bum, the tissues inside are so swollen, painful, and tender. The discomfort, after the stabbing pain, usually lasts anywhere from 24 hours to two days. It is bothersome.
    I started my Whole30 on the first day of my menstrual cycle to observe any cycle differences this time around. I am well versed in the symptoms and times they occur.
    I am really thankful for this positive side effect.
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    Rojo got a reaction from Connie Mac in Anyone Else Starting Jan 5, 2013?   
    It's not you!!!
    Good job for getting right back on. I love this quote: "At any given moment, you have the power to say this is NOT how the story ends."