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  1. cocojoe


    Ditto on the no wine during the week rule. I reintroduced wine last night and though it was carefully planned, I experienced disrupted sleep, hot and cold, dehydration despite drinking a lot of water, depression, sadness, perseveration, moodiness, and lack of energy in the morning. I did not experience this during my first W30 wine reintro. Can't say it was worth the excellent 2 glasses of red I enjoyed for a short time. I also gained a couple pounds whereas my first I lost the same amount I gained this time. So frustrating when I did not consumed any alcohol for 5 weeks but then again drinking never seemed to have an effect on my weight.
  2. My only reintros so far were one tablespoon of peanut butter, 2 days W30, then some non-compliant olives (sulfites). The rest has been 100% compliance. I would love to have a glass of wine. I am feeling kind of bummed that I am heavier with no alcohol for 5 weeks. Doesn't feel right. I know things will level off eventually. I can get pretty head casey about this stuff.
  3. I finished a W30 on January 30 and I have gained about 3 pounds. I was dealing with a fair amount of indigestion and constipation while on the program, As soon as I went off, my constipation went away. Things have definitely been better BUT I found myself 3 pounds heavier which has done a number on my psyche. Really don't care if I lost weight on the program but GAINING is not acceptable to me. I have looked at some areas as to why this may be happening. Due to a shoulder injury my workouts during the month of January were paired down and not nearly as intense. The break was good for me BUT I also ate a good amount of starchy vegetables (potatoes, squash, peas) on the program and that would contribute to more water weight. I have gone through some recent thyroid med changes which could be affecting weight. I have also considered a change in gut bacteria from forgoing sugar and alcohol that could result in the transient state of temporary weight gain. I have recently eliminated Nightshades and cut back on FODMAPS. Maybe it's too much all at once? Working to hang in there but YES, this does do a number on my mind. My jeans are tight. I am working to feel the emotions and allow them to pass through. I haven't heard many people speak of post W30 weight gain.
  4. Ahhh yes, now I remember her saying that about the ketchup. Thank you! one more question. Would you suggest doing a separate sulfite re intro with maybe some jarred olives or peppers before a wine reintro to better pinpoint the effect of sulfites? I am not at all sure how I react to just this one ingredient and I would like to know.
  5. Does non compliant bacon count as a sugar reintro? Sorry if this has been answered already. I have held off on it b/c I don't want to reintro sugar yet. Things such as unsweetened coconut flakes, cacao nibs and coconut butter are all registering as sweet to me now. Has anyone experienced this? These things taste like dessert now.
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    Yogi Teas-sabotaged myself

    I recently wrong a very long diatribe about breaking my W30 on day 28 due to unknown soy lecithin in my herbal tea so I can truly relate to this thread. Amy S, I too have read lables over and over and STILL missed non compliant ingredients. Thought it was only me. It is extremely difficult to label proofread. I learned the hard way that it requires 100% of my focus so I cannot do it successfully if I am rushed or in any way distracted.
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    Loved this thread for past 30 days. Best to the Newbies!!
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    Whole 30 Tantrum (day 27)

    It does appear that you are under a tremendous amount of stress, all good but still stressful. A W30 on top of all you have going on is a lot but you did it. Congratulations on everything. Cut yourself a huge slice of slack. You deserve it!
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    I have to say that the reading of labels and catching ALL ingredients has by far been the most challenging thing about the program for me. This coming from a kind of obsessed label reader to begin with. It is staggering the number of times I have missed stuff after reading the label once, even twice. If I had a nickel for every time I returned food items because I missed something on the label in the store I would be a millionaire. Like proofreading, it takes multiple times doing it with laser beam focus. I agree, this program really teaches a very important skill. I am still pissed about that GMO soy in my tea. I will be far more careful in the future.
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    Ditto for me, except for peanut butter. Intro 1 will either be wine or PB but probably the wine will win out.
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    HeatherdOT and Born Sandy: Thank you both so much. I feel a lot better.
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    I Screwed Up MY Jan. 2016 W30 and I Am NOT Starting Over… Yes, I take full responsibility that completely by accident, I consumed a non-compliant ingredient on day 28, day friggin 28 people, which has a very different mental impact than say day 3. It was an ingredient that I would not ever consume even in my outside W30 life. It was truly a mistake and believe me, I had to work triple time to not beat the [email protected]# out of myself mentally about how I could have been so stupid. Sometimes stupid happens. During both my W30’s this one and last, I would agonize over eating out in any restaurant because I am convinced that even when a person has done every single thing in their power to safeguard their meal, that there are many people who think they have been 100% compliant all 30 days who haven’t simply because they have eaten out. It happens and maybe in this case ignorance is bliss, especially if you are a head case like me. One of my goals during this W30 was not to say no to every single invite to socialize over a restaurant meal because of fear. I want to be more relaxed around eating in restaurants. My husband and I had breakfast in a local diner, a decent choice due to menu diversity and diners are usually very accommodating. I decided what I was going to eat ahead of time and made sure that my omelet was not cooked in butter and that no gluten and dairy were added. Here’s what happened: My misstep happened over a lousy cup of Lemon Lift tea. I am not a big tea drinker but I am trying to cut back on coffee (diner coffee is generally crappy anyway) and hate the taste of Lipton (a diner staple). I decided on the innocuous herbal variety instead. The waitress brought over my cup of hot water and tea bag along with a bowl of lemon wedges. The tea bag was in an individual wrapper which I quickly perused to check for ingredients. Thinking that all was OK, I tore open the wrapper and dunked, taking my first, second and third sip. Then some force of nature had me picking up that wrapper and flipping it around in my hand, noticed that there were indeed ingredients listed that I had missed on the back. I was shocked to see that soy lecithin was among the listed ingredients. BTW, this ingredient in tea really pisses me off but that’s a whole other story. Afterwards, I even beat myself up a bit over why I didn't just order hot water w/ lemon, something I have never done or would have even considered. Now if you are anything like me, you would have felt that crushing blow that comes from being a couple days shy of done with 100% compliance and then having this occur when you already have basket-case issues with eating out. I hadn’t even taken a single bite of food yet. I know how stress can literally undue the best eating habits in the world and I fought hard to be able to even enjoy my meal and not screw up my digestion. In the end, my choice is NOT to start over and I stand by that choice. I believe in my case that starting over would set up a very negative association with the program and would cause further regression of my issues. I came to the W30 largely to learn about my triggers to foods both physically and emotionally and also to face my issues around food head on so that I can have a healthier mindset. Starting over would truly set me back. I am sure many a moderator would have me starting over but this is my call to make and I have made it. No, I will not be bragging about my perfect W30 on the forum. I don’t feel I have earned that right but I DO feel that I have completed a successful W30 nonetheless. I am not afraid of backlash. I even welcome it as strange as that sounds because the truth is, I still feel a little bad about this and this is part of the way I am working through it. I wanted to tell this story because we are all truly unique. Some would have started over no question but that would not be a healthy choice for me. Some would not even count this as a W30 since I slipped but there is no taking away what I have learned so far or what I will continue to learn. Both times, I have found this program to be far more challenging than I could ever anticipate but my decision has me looking forward to completing my next W30 with no slips.
  13. Don't think gin is GF but you can get potato vodka which is. I would take the advice and definitely do some research before the tasting.
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    @praxisproject. Thank you for the support. Think I have some digestive issues to work out. Gargling, Celtic sea salt and about a tablespoon of ACV before meals seem to all be helping and quickly too. Also, finally had enough bones saved up to make a broth. Bone broth kills both my sugar and coffee cravings.
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    Day 24: One week left. This is the time where I am just good and sick of the whole thing and a week feels like a month. I don't feel that way all day, everyday but rather random hits of this feeling. One of the biggest things I attribute it to is just not feeling all that great. Energy levels are good and steady throughout the day but I have had digestion issues that are holding me back. I suspect it will take more than diet to handle this as well as more time because 30 days isn't that long though at times it can feel like forever. Meanwhile, as weird as it may sound, I am not looking forward to ending this on the 30th which is pretty much how I felt the last time too. I am not sure what I will re intro first but my goal is to put together my re intro plan this week and really stick to it. Congrats to all of us January W30'ers. It seems like yesterday when we were just starting this thing but then again it doesn't.