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    rachelmaria33 got a reaction from SchrodingersCat in Coffee Smoothie?   
    Searched for Whole30 recipes on pinterest today and found a whole 30 berry crisp.  So sick of this .  Call it paleo if you want but not only is desert not allowed, but it also had vanilla in it.  boo!
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    rachelmaria33 got a reaction from BabyBear in My big Fear   
    You should really get the food freedom forever book! (bought it last night on amazon kindle for $3.99)  It talks about staying on the whole 30 forever not being freedom.  But on the other hand, as you do your reintroduction you create your own perfect version of healthy eating for YOU.  When you do reintroduction you get the amazing benefit of knowing exactly how each individual addition will affect you and it helps you to establish your own baseline of "worth it."  You can't decide what is worth it and what is not if you don't know what the actual affect on your system will be.  You can certainly reintroduce only what you want to.  You can chose not to ever reintroduce dairy, if you don't even like it in the first place, for example.  But here is the downside of not going through some form of reintroducing...  You stay on whole 30 for 4 months.  You feel great, you don't have to fear your bodies response to food, you are completely loving life.  Then you are on vacation somewhere unique, you desperately want to try this amazing food that is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  It has both dairy and gluten in it.  You react horribly.  You spend the next 4 days of your vacation feeling awful.  Not only is vacation sort of ruined, but you don't know what triggered the episode.  Was it dairy, gluten or both?  You are now afraid of both because you don't ever want to re-live those 4 days.  Wouldn't you wish you'd have taken an average weekend at home to try out one reintroduction and gain the knowledge of how your body reacts to that one specific group?
    I did my first whole 30 in 2015.  I was actually excited for re-introduction because I was so intrigued by the thought of having solid answers for me!  Not just a slew of differing opinions.  One doctor demonizes beans, another calls them the perfect food.  etc.   I was so sure I would react to dairy.  I was put on goats milk as an infant because I couldn't tolerate it.  I have never enjoyed milk and only have cheese now and again.  I didn't like the taste of cheese after my whole 30, It tasted like the smell of mold - that's the only way I can describe it, but I didn't react to it.  Gluten, on the other hand, bothers me.  I have to really want something with gluten for it to be worth it.  It's a worse reaction when paired with sugar. So 1 dinner roll won't be nearly as "costly" as a slice of cake.  I love having that information.  I may still have a slice of cake some days, but if I know enjoying a slice of sourdough bread occasionally will disrupt life far less than a slice of cake, I might just prefer the crispy buttery sourdough.  
    This is a very personal journey.  You can take all the time in the world to reintroduce, or decide not to reintroduce much.  These are just things to consider as you plug along for the next 19 days to decision time   I will also say I have no experience with Hashimoto's.  I also am running a marathon in October!  I have never done a full before, I have done 5 half's.  I usually run   6+ miles with a box of raisins "in case" though I rarely eat them.  I am looking at coconut water as a possibility for the longer runs to come too.  
    Congratulations on taking this step towards a healthier you!
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to SchrodingersCat in Accidentally had a small amount of chocolate   
    Which RX bar? Some of them have "chocolate" in the ingredients but have been said to be compliant anyway, as they use it as a synonym for cocoa. 
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    rachelmaria33 got a reaction from True Primal in Pre and post workout snack bars   
    Rachel Nicole,
    Do you need a pre and or post workout meal?  I don't.  Sometimes I run first thing in the morning.  Sometimes right after I get off work.  I actually prefer the first in the morning empty stomach runs.  Some people say they "have to" eat something before they run.  I don't.  I am tired of letting other people dictate my food needs.  Try it out, see for yourself.  If I run after work I'll eat lunch between 12:00-12:30 and run at 4:00.  As long as you are eating enough at your meals you may find you do ok with 3 meals still.  For the record I am currently running 5-9 miles 3 times a week.  I have done this when training for a half marathon, I just signed up for my first full marathon and am planning on doing the same.  I don't have a hard time eating big good fatty meals though, either
    I am certainly not saying that you have to do this, or that it's right for everyone, but I want to ask you to challenge what you are being told you "need".  N=1, right?  You are your own experiment of one.
      I do run with a box of raisins (natural electrolytes!  woohoo!) in my pouch - just in case - when I go more than a certain number of miles. I carry water.  This is what works for me.  I tried nut butters and different concoctions, I had a hard time swallowing and got tired of making.  Sheer lazyness caused me to decide to try and go without.  For the Marathon I'm looking at trying a coconut water/lemon or lime juice (or watermelon chunks!) salt concoction.  Either that or some of these little pre-bottled coconut water kids drink (I told you, lazy!) if the ingredients check out.  "vitamins added"
    Ok, I'll stop blathering on
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to Rachel Nicole in Pre and post workout snack bars   
    Thank you both for these replies! I'm sorry I didn't see them until now. I will try both of these things.
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to SugarcubeOD in Day 28 - Depressed and Fat   
    Sometimes, even tho we have weight to lose, our bodies prioritize other healing over dropping pounds.  It can be disheartening to have done the entire program and not have visible results but I honestly encourage you to find other results... is your skin better? Your sleep better? Cravings diminished? How's the depression and anxiety? One thing that you might also consider is that stress hormones can impact your ability to lose weight and if you've been stressing this entire time about losing xx pounds, you could be actually working against your own body chemistry.
    Stay the course, eat three template meals a day and believe that choosing health will make you healthy... 
    Also, on that note, if you have been under-eating in an attempt to hack the program and restricting to count calories, it's VERY likely that you've done yourself a disservice... when you restrict calories and food, you put your body into survival mode and it does not drop weight when it thinks you're in a famine.  If you would like to know more about whether this could be what's going on, feel free to list out a few example days of what you've been eating including portions etc... and we can have a look and see.  I know it seems counter intuitive to eat more to lose weight but you want your body feeling safe and nourished so it knows that sufficient food is coming again every 4-6 hours...
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to KLA in Leg cramps   
    I have reviewed the archived information on leg cramps, but I would like to recommend that this be included as a possible side effect for future Whole30ers and how it might be remedied with helpful suggestions. I’m in the Reintroduction phase and started having leg cramps a about a week ago; now almost every night.  Are you planning on integrating this into future material as it would be helpful to all.
    By the way, I love the Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook. Quick and easy recipes are included that anyone can prepare!
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to AliciaN in Leg cramps   
    First and second rounds I had horrible calf cramps at night.  Third round I had none, and so far, on my fourth round none also. I attribute it to adjusting to whole food eating, trying to add enough salt and get enough water. I found that I was eating a lot LESS sodium then pre-whole30. I had to add more salt to certain meals.
    I also added in natural calm magnesium supplement, coconut water after intense workouts, and journaled to see any other relationship to the cramps. The good news is the went away after the first week.
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to johnsjodie in Leg cramps   
    I have terrible cramps in the muscles around my jaw. It is odd, I know, but I know that it is nutrition related because when I change anything in my diet those muscles knot up off and on. Very strange. 
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to ShadowInTheKitchen in Help! What to do with frozen avocado?   
    Oh I’ll try it mixed in with taco toppings, I think I’d like that.  I’m reading the whole 30 protein salad recipe rn, it says you can use mashed avocado for a creamy base, so I’m going to try that too.
    I don’t like coconut milk so I can’t do the white chilli.  
    Thanks a bunch for the suggestions!
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to lauriebug in Day 1 Round 2   
    I finished my first whole 30 a couple of years ago and am committing to my second whole 30 as of today. I’ve been putting it off, knowing I needed a reset, and I woke up this morning sick of not feeling good and just didn’t put creamer in my coffee. From there I just said- rip the band aid off. Not ideal to start without the appropriate food and plan on hand, but since I’ve done it before I’m hoping this won’t be a huge deal. I went and grabbed what I needed for the day and then spent a few hours planning. Good luck to everyone else who is in the process!
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to Hydrophiliac in Just turned 40 and starting the Whole 30   
    Hello, today is day 1 of my whole 30 journey and I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Erin and I just turned 40 and live with my husband in Wisconsin. Hoping to improve my health and gain some clarity of food sensitivities over the next month. Look forward to finding encouragement on this forum. Does anyone know how to sign up for the Whole30 Daily Newsletter? I see if mentioned in the book but am not finding it on the website so wondering if that’s been discontinued. Best wishes to everyone on their journeys 
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to WholeUs in The crazy things people say   
    Another question: Why are people more concerned about what we eat when we're eating healthy? If I showed up at work in the morning with McDonalds breakfast with a soda, had Taco Bell for lunch with a soda, and then pizza for dinner - complained of a headache the next day - not a single person would mention that maybe its due to the food that I ate the prior day. But if I eat Whole30 and then complain of a headache - people are concerned that I may be missing out on a nutrient or something.
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to stealthstitcher in The crazy things people say   
    Ah, yes, the "the food is not allowed to touch" diet. Lose hundreds of pounds on this miracle diet by simply not letting any of your foods touch each other! 
    I think my all-time favorite (that I just heard again recently) is "How can you have eggs if you're not eating dairy?" Seriously, the number of people who firmly believe that eggs are dairy ... The latest person to say it to me explained, "Meat is when you eat an animal, and dairy is when you eat something that comes out of an animal. We learned that in school."
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to Carlaccini in The crazy things people say   
    Smile and nodding helps
    People pity me a lot. I get a lot of "I feel so bad for you, you can't have X"  My reply is always is: "Don't feel bad for me, I feel the best that I have ever felt in my life!  X makes me feel less than sublime, so why would I want it?"
    I used argue, discuss, engage, but now I find the best route of action is just to quietly eat the way I eat.  Do I feel judged or judgey at times?  Sure I do.  But it all comes down to something making me more healthy or less healthy.   
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to Carlaccini in The crazy things people say   
    This was a couple of years ago where I went to a restaurant (I believe they are a chain of restaurants in Western Canada) where they specify that they have a gluten free menu options.
    So I ordered a bunless burger and a salad which had a variety of nuts, seeds etc. added to the salad.  The waitress then argued with me that if I was gluten and dairy sensitive I should order the salad without the nuts.  I told her that unless the nuts and seeds were coated with flour, that they should be fine.  She looked at me strange at that point - like I didn't know what I was talking about.
    I had no real issue with the waitress herself - after all not everyone is aware of what a gluten sensitivity is.  However, I was slightly appalled that a restaurant that market's itself  as GF - doesn't take the time to explain to the staff what GF actually is.....
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to MBC in The crazy things people say   
    What is Paleo? Spanish food?
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to paisleypeach in The crazy things people say   
    "I feel like you are trying to make me feel guilty by eating this way."
    Yes, because me doing this program is all about YOU... 
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to RachelRoberts2 in The crazy things people say   
    Okay, I lied....I have one!!
    My co-worker wanted to go out to dinner at a bar..
    he turned me to me and said...
    "oh wait you don't eat or drink."
    I died laughing. I eat real food and don't drink alcohol! 
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to Physibeth in The crazy things people say   
    Does this make anyone else start quoting the Princess Bride or am I the only weird one?
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to GLC1968 in The crazy things people say   
    I have to post this. It's not really something stupid that was said - rather the opposite. Nothing said and nothing stupid...for once.
    I've been paleo since Aug of 2011. I've been to see my parents (they live in FL, I live in Oregon) about 5 or 6 times since my switch because I travel to their area for work twice a year. I've been to see them three times now while on a Whole30 (I even put copies of ISWF in some stockings at the holidays this year!). Every time, it's a food battle with my mom and mostly because she likes to question me and my motives (not because she disagrees that my food is healthy). Every visit, I try to be as non-confrontational as I can and I often buy and prepare my own meals or dishes on the side.
    This past visit, I arrived and she immediately pulled out all the stuff she'd bought for me: a big container of baby greens, organic apples and blueberries, compliant chicken apple sausages, a new bottle of olive oil and avocados!! My parents don't eat ANY of these things (except olive oil). I didn't ask her to prep anything either. She just got it all right, without having to ask. All these visits and what do you know...she was paying attention!
    For dinner that night we had grass fed lamb chops, roasted veggies (in olive oil) and a greens loaded salad (my dad skipped the greens - he can't eat them for medical reasons...don't ask). No sugar. No bad oils. No grains/legumes/starches. I didn't even have to ask.
    AWESOME. Truly. (plus, they loved the dinner and are eating more like that even when I'm not around!)
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to kshacklett in The crazy things people say   
    We always drank ginger ale when we were sick as kids, not because of anything to do with the soda/sugar, but because the ginger calms your stomach. Now, I drink ginger tea for stomach aches/cramps - same effect, no chemicals or sugar.
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to jeepifer in The crazy things people say   
    Actually, warm/flat coke or sprite/7 up is a very common thing to give after vomiting. I don't know the science behind it, but oddly enough it does seem to settle the stomach.
    I'm from the west coast, and my mom always used 7up; my Midwest in-laws swear by coke.
    I give my kids coconut water, to replace electrolytes. Kind of a more natural pedialyte.
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to kshacklett in The crazy things people say   
    Totally going to use this image as inspiration next time I'm faced with peer pressure about my eating choices
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    rachelmaria33 reacted to juju in The crazy things people say   
    "salad is not a food!"
    wha-what? I still wonder what they think salad is.
    One of my favorites was a vegetarian co-worker who was drinking a Diet coke and eating Fritos and a hostess cupcake told me that the grassfed steak on my salad would give me colon cancer. I looked at her lunch and then at mine and said "that is a risk I am willing to take."