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    slc_melissa got a reaction from MattyVac in Day 17 - All Manner of Change, Except Weight Loss   
    Also, snacking is a sign that you're meals aren't big enough.  Check out the template and make sure you're getting your meals to at least that.  Nuts are generally recommended as a closed handful every other day or so at most, as they can be hard on the digestive system, don't necessarily have the best Omega ratios, and also can be a food-with-no-brakes or mindless eating snack.  And, it's been said before, but the Whole30 is not a weight loss diet, it's an elimination diet to determine how certain foods affect you.  Although many people do change body composition and/or lose weight, it's not the goal.
    If you list out a few days worth of meals, including portion sizes as they relate to the template and specific types of veggies/protein/fats, we might be able to give more directed feedback.  Also, workouts, water consumption, stress, and sleep play into this big time.
    But great job on taking on the whole30 and seeing some improvements already!  Think about how positive those changes are!
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from RandiW in WTH? Gained weight. Trying not to be deflated!   
    Also, muscle is more dense per lb than fat.  You could have lost 5 lbs of fat (awesome!) and gained 8 lbs of muscle (even more awesome!).  It sounds like your body composition changed towards the positive side.  Also, personally for me, my scale weight can swings by pounds in a single day, and for many women there can be similarly big swings depending on the time of month.  
    Here's a pic (from Jason Seib's book the Paleo Coach), of a woman at the exact same weight:

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    slc_melissa got a reaction from laura_juggles in I can not lose weight   
    https://whole30.com/2013/12/keeping-weight-whole30/
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from RandiW in WTH? Gained weight. Trying not to be deflated!   
    Also, muscle is more dense per lb than fat.  You could have lost 5 lbs of fat (awesome!) and gained 8 lbs of muscle (even more awesome!).  It sounds like your body composition changed towards the positive side.  Also, personally for me, my scale weight can swings by pounds in a single day, and for many women there can be similarly big swings depending on the time of month.  
    Here's a pic (from Jason Seib's book the Paleo Coach), of a woman at the exact same weight:

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    slc_melissa got a reaction from RandiW in Being sick multiple times in 30 days   
    Stick with it and do a full re-intro.  You're close and you've done so much work.  There is still a lot of valuable knowledge to be gained.  And great job staying compliant while ill, I know that's difficult to do.  You may gain some surprising insights.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from RandiW in WTH? Gained weight. Trying not to be deflated!   
    Also, muscle is more dense per lb than fat.  You could have lost 5 lbs of fat (awesome!) and gained 8 lbs of muscle (even more awesome!).  It sounds like your body composition changed towards the positive side.  Also, personally for me, my scale weight can swings by pounds in a single day, and for many women there can be similarly big swings depending on the time of month.  
    Here's a pic (from Jason Seib's book the Paleo Coach), of a woman at the exact same weight:

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    slc_melissa got a reaction from RandiW in Being sick multiple times in 30 days   
    Stick with it and do a full re-intro.  You're close and you've done so much work.  There is still a lot of valuable knowledge to be gained.  And great job staying compliant while ill, I know that's difficult to do.  You may gain some surprising insights.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from MattyVac in Day 17 - All Manner of Change, Except Weight Loss   
    Also, snacking is a sign that you're meals aren't big enough.  Check out the template and make sure you're getting your meals to at least that.  Nuts are generally recommended as a closed handful every other day or so at most, as they can be hard on the digestive system, don't necessarily have the best Omega ratios, and also can be a food-with-no-brakes or mindless eating snack.  And, it's been said before, but the Whole30 is not a weight loss diet, it's an elimination diet to determine how certain foods affect you.  Although many people do change body composition and/or lose weight, it's not the goal.
    If you list out a few days worth of meals, including portion sizes as they relate to the template and specific types of veggies/protein/fats, we might be able to give more directed feedback.  Also, workouts, water consumption, stress, and sleep play into this big time.
    But great job on taking on the whole30 and seeing some improvements already!  Think about how positive those changes are!
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Day 19–Where is the tiger blood?   
    If you post specific meals, amounts/types of food as they relate to the template, sleep, exercise, water consumption, etc, we might be able to help.  As is, we don't have enough info to provide any feedback.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Day 19–Where is the tiger blood?   
    If you post specific meals, amounts/types of food as they relate to the template, sleep, exercise, water consumption, etc, we might be able to help.  As is, we don't have enough info to provide any feedback.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Day 17 and still feeling very tired   
    Your breakfast is tiny.  Especially if your breakfast is post-workout as well.  Eggs if they are your only protein should be as many as you can hold in your hand.  (At least 3).  If you don't want more eggs, add a few bites of some other protein.  You'd need to eat a huge pile of spinach to get a good amount in, and you might want some starchy carbs in there as well.
    You're also eating a lot of nuts, which can be problematic for some people.  They are recommend about a closed handful every other day.
    I'd recommend adding a few bites of protein and sweet potato right after your workout (even before breakfast), then trying to up your breakfast quantity and throw a few more veggies in there.  Try other fats besides nuts.
    For me personally, if I don't get in a good enough breakfast, I struggle the entire day to catch up.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Day 17 and still feeling very tired   
    Your breakfast is tiny.  Especially if your breakfast is post-workout as well.  Eggs if they are your only protein should be as many as you can hold in your hand.  (At least 3).  If you don't want more eggs, add a few bites of some other protein.  You'd need to eat a huge pile of spinach to get a good amount in, and you might want some starchy carbs in there as well.
    You're also eating a lot of nuts, which can be problematic for some people.  They are recommend about a closed handful every other day.
    I'd recommend adding a few bites of protein and sweet potato right after your workout (even before breakfast), then trying to up your breakfast quantity and throw a few more veggies in there.  Try other fats besides nuts.
    For me personally, if I don't get in a good enough breakfast, I struggle the entire day to catch up.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in TINNED INGREDIENTS   
    In addition to the info already posted above about fresh vs. canned, I was also taking "beneficial" in a broader sense of where something fits in your life.
    Fresh salmon vs. canned salmon: Fresh is often not beneficial to my wallet and where I choose to spend my money, so I pick and choose when and how I'm going to eat fresh.
    Fresh salmons vs canned salmon, time of year: If it's not actual fresh salmon season, the only available salmon is farmed (probably chemically dyed) where I'm at.  I'd rather do canned wild caught.
    In the case of something like salmon cakes, fresh vs. canned salmon: Fresh is not beneficial to my time spent in the kitchen.  (Cook something to then actually cook another thing?  No thanks, not me right now.)
    Personal preferences: If I buy fresh salmon, I'm going to eat the entire thing and not re-purposes leftovers, because it's so darn amazing and delicious.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in TINNED INGREDIENTS   
    In addition to the info already posted above about fresh vs. canned, I was also taking "beneficial" in a broader sense of where something fits in your life.
    Fresh salmon vs. canned salmon: Fresh is often not beneficial to my wallet and where I choose to spend my money, so I pick and choose when and how I'm going to eat fresh.
    Fresh salmons vs canned salmon, time of year: If it's not actual fresh salmon season, the only available salmon is farmed (probably chemically dyed) where I'm at.  I'd rather do canned wild caught.
    In the case of something like salmon cakes, fresh vs. canned salmon: Fresh is not beneficial to my time spent in the kitchen.  (Cook something to then actually cook another thing?  No thanks, not me right now.)
    Personal preferences: If I buy fresh salmon, I'm going to eat the entire thing and not re-purposes leftovers, because it's so darn amazing and delicious.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from khp in TINNED INGREDIENTS   
    Just because someone disagrees doesn’t mean they are offended. You asked “is it not more beneficial to use fresh?” And the answer is “It depends.” 
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from khp in TINNED INGREDIENTS   
    If vegetables (or whatever) are canned right after they are picked ripe, vs. being picked early, stored somewhere to ripen more, then put on a boat and shipped from Chile to the U.S., put on a truck or train to be shipped to the interior of the U.S., then eventually put on a grocery store shelf, I think there are arguments to be made about "fresh" and "best."  Obviously everything depends on what's available locally, what's in season, where in the world you are, what your circumstances are, etc.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from khp in TINNED INGREDIENTS   
    If vegetables (or whatever) are canned right after they are picked ripe, vs. being picked early, stored somewhere to ripen more, then put on a boat and shipped from Chile to the U.S., put on a truck or train to be shipped to the interior of the U.S., then eventually put on a grocery store shelf, I think there are arguments to be made about "fresh" and "best."  Obviously everything depends on what's available locally, what's in season, where in the world you are, what your circumstances are, etc.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from AmandaG11 in No energy-Day 24   
    How do your meals relate to the template?  Are you getting at least a palm size piece of protein?  1-2 eggs at breakfast is probably not enough protein, eggs when they are the sole protein are recommended to be at least as many as you can hold in one hand.  If you don't want more eggs, add a few bites of some other protein.
    I would try upping the fat a little bit, that makes a big difference to me.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from jmcbn in Coffee for your Whole 30: How to make it if you're used to using dairy   
    Adding dates or trying to recreate sweet additions is not allowed for whole 30. Otherwise, Coffee is fine, coffee with coconut milk is fine. (It's not sweet, we're talking the stuff from the cans here.) There are other reasons to add something to coffee, for instance to cut the acidity. or to improve mouth-feel or add fat to a meal. And let's face it, many people like the caffeine. And people can choose whether or not to consume it.  http://whole9life.com/2011/01/the-coffee-manifesto/
    There are plenty of teas out there that have soy lecithin or sugar as ingredients, so keep an eye out for that.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Mazpal in Newbie struggling with first week   
    I try to keep some things in the pantry so I always have something. 2 super simple meals:
    1: Bag of frozen veggies, heat up in microwave. (Make sure the bag doesn't have like peas or baby corn in it.)
    Add some coconut milk and a can of salmon (or chicken). Some salt and pepper. Heat it all up.
    2: can of chicken, can of diced tomatoes, if you're feeling fancy saute some onions, get it all hot, add some olives. Buy some greens for a side salad.
    Remember, meals don't have to be fancy, something you'd serve at a dinner party, or even cohesive. Just protein, fat, and veggies. Make it easy on yourself. Make extra and embrace leftovers. And yes, it will absolutely be worth it!
     
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Ermatlanta in Brands of coconut milk that are compliant?   
    Depending on what you're using it for, I have frozen coconut milk before. I would say it's ability to blend smoothly is affected, but not the taste. So, frozen coconut milk into your coffee might look strange, but frozen coconut milk into a curry would be essentially unnoticeable.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Almond Flour and Coconut Flour   
    Also, don't use the flours to try and re-create baked goods....and if you don't have a specific plan for an ingredient, I'd recommend not buying it.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Almond Flour and Coconut Flour   
    Also, don't use the flours to try and re-create baked goods....and if you don't have a specific plan for an ingredient, I'd recommend not buying it.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from Amb_Bomer in No Good Time for a full W30!!   
    It'll probably help to make a list of what would be the "difficult" things and have strategies.
    Going to party?  Eat beforehand, bring something compliant, bring your own drinks.
    Going to a restaurant?  Call beforehand at a non-busy time and be prepared to eat a salad.  
    Traveling?  Look at the resources for traveling
    Get stuck at work late often?  Keep a stock of easy go-to things: keep some cans of salmon and olives around, keep some jars of like artichoke hearts and roasted peppers, etc.
     
    If you find you already have thought of a plan for when a "difficult" situation pops up, it won't seem like as large of a hurdle.
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    slc_melissa got a reaction from WholeInOne in New here and have serious trouble with willpower   
    Thanks for the link and clarification.