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    gboyum got a reaction from found.in.nature in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    I'm in! It has been over a year since my last one and I am ready!
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    gboyum got a reaction from found.in.nature in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    I'm in! It has been over a year since my last one and I am ready!
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    gboyum got a reaction from found.in.nature in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    I'm in! It has been over a year since my last one and I am ready!
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    gboyum got a reaction from praxisproject in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Personally I never found counting calories to benefit weight loss or, more importantly, body image. In previous attempts I would use one of those online calorie counters. I would try to keep calories under 2000 a day, for a moderate to highly active person, and I would be starving. Plus the counters would add up my percentages and I would always have over 50% of calories from fat. On days that I would actually stay under 2000 and 20% fat I would be so hungry and tired, and it was so mentally draining. I would follow the counting program for 2-3 weeks before I would just get frustrated and quit. Depressed that I just didn't have the "will power" to eat less.
    That is why I became really interested in the Whole 30 program. No counting! During my first I lost about 12 lbs, and I am sure I was eating well over 2000 calories a day, and lots of yummy healthy fat.
    I do have a question about the portion sizes. I didn't read ISWF during my first Whole 30 and I am about half way through reading it now, a week in to my 2nd. I didn't follow any portion sizes and still don't, and probably won't. How essential is that to the Whole 30 plan? Wouldn't that be kind of similar to counting calories? Looking back at my meals I think that the eating plan seems to naturally dictate the portion sizes with out me trying. Larger portions of fat or protein at one meal seem to prompt me to eat less of that at the next.
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    gboyum got a reaction from praxisproject in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Personally I never found counting calories to benefit weight loss or, more importantly, body image. In previous attempts I would use one of those online calorie counters. I would try to keep calories under 2000 a day, for a moderate to highly active person, and I would be starving. Plus the counters would add up my percentages and I would always have over 50% of calories from fat. On days that I would actually stay under 2000 and 20% fat I would be so hungry and tired, and it was so mentally draining. I would follow the counting program for 2-3 weeks before I would just get frustrated and quit. Depressed that I just didn't have the "will power" to eat less.
    That is why I became really interested in the Whole 30 program. No counting! During my first I lost about 12 lbs, and I am sure I was eating well over 2000 calories a day, and lots of yummy healthy fat.
    I do have a question about the portion sizes. I didn't read ISWF during my first Whole 30 and I am about half way through reading it now, a week in to my 2nd. I didn't follow any portion sizes and still don't, and probably won't. How essential is that to the Whole 30 plan? Wouldn't that be kind of similar to counting calories? Looking back at my meals I think that the eating plan seems to naturally dictate the portion sizes with out me trying. Larger portions of fat or protein at one meal seem to prompt me to eat less of that at the next.
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    gboyum got a reaction from praxisproject in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Personally I never found counting calories to benefit weight loss or, more importantly, body image. In previous attempts I would use one of those online calorie counters. I would try to keep calories under 2000 a day, for a moderate to highly active person, and I would be starving. Plus the counters would add up my percentages and I would always have over 50% of calories from fat. On days that I would actually stay under 2000 and 20% fat I would be so hungry and tired, and it was so mentally draining. I would follow the counting program for 2-3 weeks before I would just get frustrated and quit. Depressed that I just didn't have the "will power" to eat less.
    That is why I became really interested in the Whole 30 program. No counting! During my first I lost about 12 lbs, and I am sure I was eating well over 2000 calories a day, and lots of yummy healthy fat.
    I do have a question about the portion sizes. I didn't read ISWF during my first Whole 30 and I am about half way through reading it now, a week in to my 2nd. I didn't follow any portion sizes and still don't, and probably won't. How essential is that to the Whole 30 plan? Wouldn't that be kind of similar to counting calories? Looking back at my meals I think that the eating plan seems to naturally dictate the portion sizes with out me trying. Larger portions of fat or protein at one meal seem to prompt me to eat less of that at the next.
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    gboyum reacted to Roz Griffiths in Whole30 or 100 Take 2!   
    ^ the lamb stew recipe was from www.paleospirit.com/2012/hunger-games-lamb-stew-with-dried-plums - it's one of my favourites! Goes nicely with a pile of mashed swede or celeriac in winter, or cauliflower rice or greens in the summer
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    gboyum reacted to Roz Griffiths in Whole30 or 100 Take 2!   
    I have all Mark Sisson's books - tbh I've a lot of Paleo books in general The journal seems kinda expensive, but there's loads of detail in there. Plus i can now just aim to fill it..!
    So far so good today. Woke up around 1am feeling incredibly sick for over an hour (i wasn't, but i did NOT feel good!). I ate several gluten containing items yesterday & Saturday, so i think that was it. I'm taking it as a plus, cos it'll stopme being tempted for a good while!! Breakfast was homemade sausage, spaghetti squash, fried egg & gingered carrots. Felt a bit ropey before lunch, but ate a big sweet potato, a chicken thigh & a little crispy bacon & feel better. Washing it down with a mug of 3 ginger tea & considering a nap (if the kids'll let me!). Dinner will be lamb stew with prunes & some cauliflower rice.
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    gboyum got a reaction from Roz Griffiths in Whole30 or 100 Take 2!   
    I have done a whole 30 and a whole 45. I started my first whole 100 yesterday! I am also doing a 100 day burpee challenge. Day 2, 98 days left. 
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    gboyum got a reaction from Roz Griffiths in Whole30 or 100 Take 2!   
    I have done a whole 30 and a whole 45. I started my first whole 100 yesterday! I am also doing a 100 day burpee challenge. Day 2, 98 days left. 
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    gboyum got a reaction from Moluv in Lard and Cast Iron   
    Thanks for the suggestions! I think I might try the salt trick as well.
    What my husband thinks is that the lard may still have a lot of fat solids left in it, we rendered it at home and ran it through a strainer but not a cheesecloth. So the idea that other little bits of things might be getting burnt in the pan may be what we are dealing with.
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    gboyum got a reaction from Derval in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    So as people are finishing up their January Whole 30, I have 4 days left of my Whole 40. But I am already planning my reintroduction.
    I have been pretty relaxed the last couple of days though. I had an awful sore throat so I have been putting honey in my tea. My I'm getting too confidant, but I feel really positive moving forward. After my initial Whole 30 I didn't feel ready, this second experience has really helped. Right now, I feel completely comfortable moving forward without much change. I was planning on reintroducing dairy, but we have a milk share from a neighbor and they are drying down their cows so we will only be getting 1-2 gallons of goats milk until spring, so I won't be drinking much milk anyway. I was thinking about getting some cheese, but then I though why would I need to go out and buy cheese for no reason? I also feel ready to move ahead without processed bread and refined sugar. We have raw buckwheat honey from a neighbor, which I prefer as a sweetener anyway, and the bread we make at home is a fermented sourdough, which I will probably eat from time to time. My husband makes and excellent Sopa de Ajo, which requires croutons, and it is amazing. One of those things that would be considered "worth it" on the whole 30 plan. I also have corn that we grew in our garden last year, that I have been making into polenta, which I will be doing again. I do have some lime, maybe I will try making hominy. We have been really focused on eating from the farm, so a lot of what I eat is dictated by what we have in the cellar, which includes lots of pickled items.
    Before getting into the whole 30 I was trying to stick with a Weston A Price type diet, which was working except I really needed to break my snacking habits. I am hoping to move ahead leaving out the highly processed foods and stick with real foods, veggies, healthy fats, etc. And having three satisfying meals a day has pretty much eliminated any need for snacks.
    Mid February we are heading to Northern California for a short family trip. One of the things I am looking forward to is cheese. Amazing, whole milk, fatty, raw, real cheese.
    So enough rambling. I will be reintroducing limited dairy over the next couple weeks, but holding off on grains for a little while longer.
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    gboyum got a reaction from Derval in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    I haven't been posting regularly, but I have a couple updates.
    First, I pretty much lost count of the days. I was just moving ahead, and this morning I couldn't even think of what day I was on. I had to count on the calendar. This "diet" has become pretty second nature and it is a positive direction for me to think that I haven't been just counting down the days, but really just content, and happy to eat this way.
    Second, for all the ladies out there, I was surprised when I got my period yesterday. Why? Because I didn't have a week of terrible PMS followed by a day of debilitating cramps. Seriously.
    One last note, why didn't I start making mayo earlier? Amazing. Today's lunch was leftover turkey (frozen after thanksgiving from our giant 30-pounder that we raised, pastured, on the farm) with avocado and homemade mayo, plus some leftover grapes from an event last night. Yum.
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    gboyum reacted to Coffeeandshoes in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    Hey! I decided to do a "whole40" this year as well. And then will work on reintroduction. No major health issues, but "seasonal" allergies.
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    gboyum got a reaction from amyjo in Finished my first Whole 30!   
    My first Whole 30 was pretty successful! Although I was pretty excited this morning to have a creamy latte and some cheese. I will probably not be following the reintroduction schedule as outlined, due to the Holidays. I started with dairy today, and will probably have some gluten tomorrow. Planning to stay away from refined sugar and processed foods though.
    I started this program because I needed to do SOMETHING to get my body under control. During my first pregnancy, already about 10 lbs overweight, I gained 50 lbs, I lost about 40 of that afterwards and hung on to the last 10. I recently had my second, again I gained 50 lbs and lost about 40. So I was 30 lbs overweight, with 2 kids and a full time job. In my 20's I could exercise about 1-2 hours a day, 6 days a week and keep my weight and body in check, even while keeping poor eating habits. Now in my 30's that wasn't working. I realized that I actually needed to deal with my poor eating habits. My worst habit was late night snacking, usually chips, a quesadilla, or a huge bowl of ice cream. I would eat well during the day (lots of veggies, grass-fed meat and dairy, and healthy fats), but then spend all night snacking. I was pretty stressed and sleeping only about 6 hours a night, and I felt like I was in an endless cycle.
    So my results!
    - I'm sleeping better, falling asleep when my head hits the pillow and waking refreshed (although my kids still wake me occasionally!)
    - My skin is improved, no more permanent dark circles, less splotchy, almost glowing!
    - I may have lost about 12 lbs! I don't know for sure because my scale is not working, but...
    - My body composition is greatly improved. I feel like I have lost weight in places that I didn't know I could, like my neck, arms, and calves. And I can see muscle tone again, even though I barely have time to do any strength training (about 20 min 3-4 times a week, usually pilates or yoga)!
    - My clothes fit great, squeezing into my old size 10 jeans instead of growing out of size 14
    - My evening snacking is gone, not even craving it
    - I can focus on my family and work, not food
    I probably could have benefited from extending the Whole 30 another week or two, but I think i will enjoy the Holidays without restrictions. I do worry that my old habits will start creeping back, so I am already planning on another Whole 30 in January. If that goes well I should be able to reach my health and fitness goals.
    The Whole 30 Daily was a great help and very inspiring. Knowing that I had to check in every night was very motivating.
    This really does work! Thanks!
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    gboyum reacted to Kirsteen in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    I know you don't want to hear this but personally, I feel if you continue counting, carbs or calories you're defeating the whole spirit of the W30. W30 is specifically designed to change your relationship with food, to learn to listen to what your body wants and needs. I know it's really scary, especially at the beginning but it does, if done properly, really teach you to listen to your body. Your body does know what's best for it, we just have to learn to trust it.
    If you're still counting calories you're basically saying to your body, 'I don't trust you, I'm going to stay in control of how much and what you get, not you.' This is coming from one who used to scrupulously note down carbs, calories and weight every day. Trust me, W30 is different from any other paleo program. It's been meticulously designed to give you everything you need and let your body be the best it can be.
    Follow the W30 meal templates, eat compliant food, listen to your body as it starts to communicate with you, it will tell you how much it needs, and you'll end up with a totally normal relationship with food (something I thought I'd never have) as your body gets on with it's job of releasing the crap and getting to it's ideal weight. Isn't that better than a lifetime spent weighing, measuring, counting and worrying about what you eat?
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    gboyum reacted to MJam in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    Congrats on committing! I've decided to do a Whole100 (Day 24 today 100% compliant!) it's been awesome feeling so great AND losing weight during the holidays.
    Lots of people are starting up Jan.1/2 so y'all will have a bit of a jump on them but stick around to give and receive support from this awesome community.
    Best of luck!
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    gboyum got a reaction from lisajohnson777 in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    Have you considered the Whole 30 Daily emails? I used them when I did my first Whole 30 and they really helped. This time around I am actually reading the book.
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    gboyum got a reaction from lala-lady in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    Getting towards the end of day 1 of my January Whole 40. I am going to try to post in here everyday to stay on track. I am feeling pretty good about this, ready to start feeling better again. Yesterday I was wondering if I was really bloated all the time before I did my first whole 30 and just never noticed. I brought the leftover nog over to my mom's house today and gave away the rest of the sugar cookies at work.
    Todays meals:
    3 fried eggs with sauteed kale and 1/2 and avocado
    large turkey wing with some radishes
    a couple spoonfuls of coconut oil for a afternoon snack
    dinner will be pork roast with roasted rutabagas and carrots, and some leftover hubbard squash.
    My husband and I run a small organic market farm and we planned really well this last season so I am still getting rutabagas, carrots, and squash from storage and have frozen kale, greens, cheery tomatoes, and zucchini. The eggs, turkey, and pork come from our farm and are all pastured.
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    gboyum got a reaction from lala-lady in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    Getting towards the end of day 1 of my January Whole 40. I am going to try to post in here everyday to stay on track. I am feeling pretty good about this, ready to start feeling better again. Yesterday I was wondering if I was really bloated all the time before I did my first whole 30 and just never noticed. I brought the leftover nog over to my mom's house today and gave away the rest of the sugar cookies at work.
    Todays meals:
    3 fried eggs with sauteed kale and 1/2 and avocado
    large turkey wing with some radishes
    a couple spoonfuls of coconut oil for a afternoon snack
    dinner will be pork roast with roasted rutabagas and carrots, and some leftover hubbard squash.
    My husband and I run a small organic market farm and we planned really well this last season so I am still getting rutabagas, carrots, and squash from storage and have frozen kale, greens, cheery tomatoes, and zucchini. The eggs, turkey, and pork come from our farm and are all pastured.
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    gboyum got a reaction from lisajohnson777 in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    I was planning on doing the January Whole 30, but the last couple of weeks of holiday treats has me feeling like crap. I'm starting my 2nd Whole 30 on December 26th. I am committing to a Whole 40, so until Feb 3rd, I think. So now a couple days to mentally prepare.
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    gboyum reacted to kb0426 in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    If you need me to come kick you in the pants and remove any bad stuff from your house support you can count on me!
    Enjoy our MN cold white Christmas!
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    gboyum reacted to lisajohnson777 in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    I'll start a W40 on the 26th with you! I know what you mean about feeling like crap with all the holiday treats... Yuck! I dont even want to look at another cookie. This will be our first.
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    gboyum got a reaction from lisajohnson777 in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    I was planning on doing the January Whole 30, but the last couple of weeks of holiday treats has me feeling like crap. I'm starting my 2nd Whole 30 on December 26th. I am committing to a Whole 40, so until Feb 3rd, I think. So now a couple days to mentally prepare.
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    gboyum got a reaction from lisajohnson777 in January Whole 40 (starting early)   
    I was planning on doing the January Whole 30, but the last couple of weeks of holiday treats has me feeling like crap. I'm starting my 2nd Whole 30 on December 26th. I am committing to a Whole 40, so until Feb 3rd, I think. So now a couple days to mentally prepare.