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    CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!

    I'll be doing my second Whole 30, and I am starting today. First one in October 2015 was extremely enlightening. As everyone said, but I failed to believe until now, it's easy to let things slide after you leave the strict confines of the formal program. I'm looking forward to a little more toeing the line in the next month, and am bringing some first timers along this time - they start on 1/5/16. I am planning either a whole45 or a whole60 this time. I need a little more time, I think, to solidify habits and I know what I'm doing this time. Looking forward to feeling deliberate and vibrant again in a few weeks. hugs to all who are starting their journey now too! It's so very worth it, for those in their first (scary!) whole30 experience.
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    November 2015 reintros

    thanks Jeweliana It's really helpful to hear about your own experimentation. I've had two weekend experiences with the "big ones," dairy and gluten. Dairy knocked me down and GI troubles were severe. This past weekend was my own Salute to Gluten. I went for stuff I loved before whole30 - pita chips, fancy crackers, yeasty baked things (homemade apple kuchen and yeasty rolls), and a few of my favorite christmas cookie recipes (don't worry, I gave almost all of it away, but I ate all of it). This mixed sugar and in some cases a bit of dairy in the mix. I did not have the same stomach troubles, except, shall we say, excess "wind." But I did get totally out of control. I was eating this stuff and not hungry. I was eating fast and without enjoying it. I really, really didn't like how I got - all the deliberation and mindfulness went out the window. My energy was high but not steady. I didn't get much done, work wise, and I can't do that right now bc things are nuts at work. As I was having this stuff and feeling like I'd been let out of school early and was in full party mode, I did enjoy some of it, but I was bargaining with myself the whole time - "this isn't affecting me" and "maybe I can have this once in awhile" but at one point last night I was wondering if maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea to go get some ice cream "since this weekend is ruined anyway" -- how could my mind go there after just being in agony last weekend, paying the ice cream price? I fully blame sugar - from sugar and from the starchy carbs, which I have no control around (yet?). It is a drug for me. Gotta make that a no fly zone expect when kind of unavoidable, like and thanksgiving with friends this week, where I will bring a bunch of complaint stuff and mainly stay off the gluten and dairy. Good lessons learned. Now I am bloated and uncomfortable and humbled. (Full disclosure, it's that TOM too, but still.)
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    November 2015 reintros

    so glad to hear that your gluten trial was probably a success JenHZ, but sorry to hear that you have a cold. Those suck no matter how well you are eating. I am looking forward to your post-30 log. I'm going to be going to try gluten this weekend. Hopefully a less unpleasant experience than dairy last weekend. Unrelated, but related: I had so very bad news about a childhood / school friend who died Monday. I think that it's a testament to eating better that I am handling it much better than I would have in the past, when I would have turned to food to cope with the stress of it, and the wrong food, and would have felt physically and emotionally much worse. Now I am having to just face it, and be with it. And I think ti's probably going to be a more thoughtful and better way of dealing with a very awful, inexplicable loss. I can focus on her family, not on myself.
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    Day 31 & a mixed bag of results

    hi Ericadeep, my advice would be to think about habits that are going to be hard to break, and get started on that right away. For me it was sugarless gum (SOOOO much gum! what was I thinking? It was force of habit, I had no idea how much I was chewing) and diet soda in the afternoon. For some folks it seems to be the drink while cooking dinner, or whatever. Those are tough ones and you already have enough changes going on. The other thing is setting aside Sunday afternoon or some day to do a batch cook and make tons of stuff that it's easy to grab and go (for me, this was tuna salad variations, some form of veg/chicken casserole, and tons of different roasted veggies and squash). Then you can mix and match when you are starving, or throw something quickly into tupperware for work. go buy tupperware if you don't have lots already! good luck, you'll do fine. And thanks so much, Loulabelle, you are a true inspiration!
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    November 2015 reintros

    Glad you have had minimal effects, JenHZ. I think because I really went for it (lots of ice cream, which I would never normally do, followed by yogurt, which I had my suspicions about already) I have had a rather unpleasant day and have been exceptionally glad I had a bathroom a few feet away. Now I know! Good to really know, yes (:
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    November 2015 reintros

    want to hear how it feels next day, but that's great that you had no emergencies! Dairy is in basically everything when you are out. I had ice cream last night and the mixing of a lot of sugar plus a lot of milk, cream, whey makes it hard to tell what the culprit is, so I am doing no sugar added whole yogurt (found grass fed on sale, wow!), and hard cheese today. I will admit that I really enjoyed eating the ice cream, especially at first. I ate too much, mostly so I would have that gross feeling and not want any more. I woke up feeling a little hung over (I expect that is mostly the sugar talking), sluggish, congested, eyes bloodshot and kind of gunky, sore body parts in ways I haven't felt in weeks. Noticeable, definitely. I was a little gassy and stinky and tummy rumbly last night, but I didn't get ill or anything. Good to know. Will report back on the less sugary dairy too. Hang in there all! ps. eating yogurt now and stomach already rumbling. Headache still hanging around.
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    November 2015 reintros

    I am looking forward (sort of) to dairy extravaganza this weekend, but I have a feeling my palate has changed and the size effects are going to be too much except for maybe hard cheeses... but I've been out every day this week because we are in recruiting season, and it's surprisingly easy (most of the time) to stay complaint. And two nights this week already I have passed up what would normally have been ultimate food with no brakes for me - freshly baked homemade cream biscuits with fresh butter on the side at this great foodie place. I want them, but the want is getting lower each time ;-)
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    November 2015 reintros

    sorry also to hear of the troubles, Jewelania, looks like you are going to have to keep honing in on the stuff you really want to eat, with very focused testing. I will also second the argument that worst case for gluten, it is actually not too difficult to live GF nowadays. If you bake even a little I would recommend checking out Sarah at sarahbakesgfree - her flour mix and everday GF vegan bread is excellent. I bake it every week for my friend's 4 year old twins who can't do gluten, corn, nuts, but thrive with this bread, and you would not know what it's missing. I also bake cookies from this site for my students every week because there's a vegan student in this cohort and they absolutely vanish in minutes. So just in case... way to think about exactly what you want JenHZ. I need to do this. I've been traveling so I've just been trying to stay as compliant as possible and waiting til I have enough clean days in a row to do some testing. I think I will be able to try dairy this weekend. I expect it will not be good times...
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    November 2015 reintros

    ha ha! but I am encouraged to hear that peanut butter didn't create too many problems for you - can't wait to hear more about the next steps
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    November 2015 reintros

    So good to hear that things are moving along so well for you Jewelania and that your travels were manageable. I also at a lot of too tiny salads when traveling this week (: Will remember to pack / buy sides to add on. are you going to push your spouse to keep it up or is he going back to a more typical plan for himself?
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    November 2015 reintros

    Incredible scale and non scale victories! I am so happy for you. And I am looking forward to my oatmeal test next week after travel is done, I love me some oatmeal. I have decided that the reason I lost less weight that you folks is that I was already not regularly drinking before I started-that must be it, right? (wink, wink) I am so proud of everyone and very grateful for the support and camaraderie.
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    November 2015 reintros

    Great news about booze, JenHZ (: and I guess the real congrats are for being wise enough to pick such a great spouse...
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    November 2015 reintros

    Weecairnsy, lentils are something I have missed too, I am going to try non soy non peanut legumes next week. I hope that I have your success with them! I am in no hurry to go back to my old way of eating either, it's hard to imagine giving up all the positives of the changes I've made. But it will be good to know how to handle real life too (:
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    November 2015 reintros

    Hi Brenridge, I feel for you having to reintro quickly, but definitely taking the time to do what you can is a good investment. I am having to work around travel for my reintro so I'm staying as compliant as I possibly can while away, and it's going to take me all month probably to test out things I'd like to be able to bring back occasionally, but so what? The time's going to pass anyway, might as well get the most out of it! YAY CRUISE! you've earned it ... and you have a plan and the tools to use it now.
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    November 2015 reintros

    JenHZ, sounds like you have magical powers if you can get your spouse to not only JOIN you on this crazy wonderful path, but also DO A LOT OF THE COOKING. JenHZ for president! Also, super great perspective, NSVs (the no sugar crash thing is *priceless*) and SV too!