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  1. Hi Everyone, I'm no stranger to the Whole30. I completed my first Whole30 about three years ago, and was convinced that I had found the answer to my lifelong struggle with binge eating, weight, chronic fatigue and depression. At the end of 30 days I had lost about 30 pounds, food cravings had vanished, and I found myself easily flowing through my days happily and productively. I don't know what happened. Maybe I needed to stay on the program for longer than 30 days, maybe I continued to feed my sugar dragon with fruit and dates and it came roaring back to the surface at my first taste of ice cream. Either way, I slipped back into old habits rather quickly. I've attempted to complete the Whole30 multiple times since, but I can never quite get myself to commit all the way... that sugar in the BBQ sauce isn't SUCH a big deal, I'll just have this ONE slice of toast, and before I know it, I'm completely off the program, within a matter of days. So here I am today. I've just given birth to my third child. I'm heavier than I've ever been before. I'm depressed and racked by anxiety, guilt and shame at what I've done to my body and by my inability to get off the damn couch. I've been trying to hard to lose weight by restricting calories, but inevitably find myself overeating - I haven't lost a pound in almost two months. I feel hopeless, like I'm destined to be fat and depressed forever. I'm not the mother or wife that I want to be. I've spent the last few months looking for the answer, researching various diets - whole food plant based (vegan) - ketogenic (something about this program just doesn't sit right) - Atkins, WeightWatchers... Finally, I found myself back here at Whole30 - the only plan that I've ever experienced any kind of success with. I'm committing myself fully this time, because, as anyone who struggles with perfectionist, all or nothing tendencies like I do knows, once I've made one exception, no matter how small, there are sure to be more to follow. Best of luck to everyone else starting out on this journey! Gabrielle