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    cocojoe got a reaction from LisaZ in Wine: an update and some realizations   
    I loved this thread. I loved the honesty and total lack of judgment. I can relate to everyone's stories. I am 3 days shy of my first W30 and I had concerns over how I was going to deal without wine. It turns out that there was one emotionally challenging day where I craved a glass but other than that I didn't miss it as much as I thought I would. Sugar was a far bigger issue but I am sure that the alcohol and sugar go hand in hand. Boredom and sitting with uncomfortable emotions came up a lot for me during this month. It was hard to go through because every day that I planned to drink, I distracted myself with the anticipation, never realizing that kept me from paying better attention to my life. I normally drink no more than 2 glasses of wine on weekends, thinking that sticking to my strict rules meant I had it under control. However I know that I am fooling myself. When I am not drinking, I seem to spend a lot of time thinking about or anticipating it. This distraction keeps me from being fully present in my life. I have always ascertained that I need as much of a break from my life as I can get but I now wonder if this is the right way to go about it.
    I carefully constructed my re-intro on paper since I have been naturally anxious about eating foods I haven't for a month. Guess what? The one thing I want most on day 31 is......a glass of wine. I put the alcohol reintro before everything else, including sugar. And....I fully expect that I won't sleep that night and that I will feel like crap and in spite of this I still plan to go ahead with it though my reintro is on a Saturday, planned so that I don't need to be up at my weekday time of 5:30 am. The fact that I am strategically planning to drink is a little disturbing to me.
    I almost hope I do end up feeling lousy after one drink. I am on a journey and still deciding whether or not I want to give up alcohol for good. I have learned a tremendous amount this past month and this thread has been a huge part of that so....
    Thank you all for sharing your stories. There is no doubt in my mind that each and every one of us has the ability to give up alcohol we have already proven we can. It is up to each of us to decide for ourselves which direction we choose.
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    cocojoe got a reaction from Dotyhenderson in Whole30 Sample Reintroduction Schedule   
    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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    cocojoe got a reaction from Mistyfire in January 2016 Alumni - Post-Whole30ers   
    4windsrider: also had a similar experience with too much wine on reintro. Ughhhh it was not a good sleeping night and a sluggish, moody next morning.
    I was also in that "reward" state of mind mixed with the fear of reintroducing it. I should have stopped at one glass but instead drank two. Double ughhhhh!
    Also working on my relationship to the wine mindset. I am realizing that it is a process and I too am grateful to W30 for the space to explore this as never before.
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    cocojoe got a reaction from Mistyfire in January 2016 Alumni - Post-Whole30ers   
    4windsrider: also had a similar experience with too much wine on reintro. Ughhhh it was not a good sleeping night and a sluggish, moody next morning.
    I was also in that "reward" state of mind mixed with the fear of reintroducing it. I should have stopped at one glass but instead drank two. Double ughhhhh!
    Also working on my relationship to the wine mindset. I am realizing that it is a process and I too am grateful to W30 for the space to explore this as never before.
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    cocojoe got a reaction from praxisproject in January 2016 Alumni - Post-Whole30ers   
    I am slow rolling though yesterday I did re intro peanut butter (legumes). It was just something I really wanted and craving now gone and I am over it so I don't see myself adding it back in anytime soon. 
     
    Surprising that I did not want that glass of wine so I will hold off on alcohol. I don't feel the need to add back sugar either so I am just going to cruise for awhile eating W30 ish. 
     
    This time around, I will do a separate re intro for sulfites before adding back alcohol because I am curious.
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    cocojoe got a reaction from 4windsrider in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Loved this thread for past 30 days. Best to the Newbies!!
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    cocojoe got a reaction from AmyS in 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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    cocojoe reacted to praxisproject in Yogi Teas-sabotaged myself   
    I've had a few tea brands start adding junk, so now I always read the boxes before I open them.
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    cocojoe reacted to AmyS in Yogi Teas-sabotaged myself   
    This is a subject near and dear to my heart. Ack! I went through two very dramatically successful Whole30s before I realized that the organic chicken broth I'd been using had honey in it!!!!! I read the label, multiple times, and I just didn't see it! I have no idea why. I still pick up that brand of broth every so often to check, and about half the time I see it and about half the time I don't. It's always there, but the print is so small, I miss it about half the time.
     
    Argh.
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    cocojoe got a reaction from 4windsrider in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Loved this thread for past 30 days. Best to the Newbies!!
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    cocojoe got a reaction from 4windsrider in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    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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    cocojoe got a reaction from Mistyfire in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    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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    cocojoe reacted to praxisproject in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Cocojo - I have also had the soy in tea thing break a Whole30 before and it's very annoying (I'd checked the brand before and they added it in a later box which I didn't check, in my own house). That type of soy doesn't trigger a reaction in a lot of people, but in soy sensitives it can, so just keep that in mind for reintroductions As long as you learn something from it, the journey continues. I no longer buy any tea which contains it as it just plain doesn't belong in tea. It's not done to improve the product, it's added for a subsidy. Some brands are now removing it due to customer backlash
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    cocojoe got a reaction from Mistyfire in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    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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    cocojoe got a reaction from praxisproject in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    HeatherdOT and Born Sandy: Thank you both so much. I feel a lot better.
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    cocojoe got a reaction from run_lift_golf in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    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.
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    cocojoe got a reaction from Mistyfire in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    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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    cocojoe reacted to marthab in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Don't beat yourself up. It happens sometimes. I am on day 18 after messing up on Jan 11-12. and I have been compliant ever since. Getting back on the plan is harder if you are mad at yourself. I think of it as a process not a contest. Hang in there. 
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    cocojoe got a reaction from run_lift_golf in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    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.
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    cocojoe reacted to XDools in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Tomorrow is day 30 for many of you! A huge congrats! I am really looking forward to hearing about everyone's reintroductions!
    Day 20 for me (originally 29) done and dusted. Had a rough patch the last few days with an IBS flair up. Put it out there in troubleshooting and got immediate advice. Implemented the advice today successfully, albeit a bit scattered as I had to hit the shops to find stuff I could actually eat following the advice, delaying M1 until many hours after wake up. So more restrictions for me and 10 days to go. I am optimistic that this will be the beginning of great things
    (First food dream the other night about the most perfect porridge - complete with butter and brown sugar!) I woke up and told my family about it and they said it sounded so good, they all felt like porridge for breakfast.... Then proceeded to make it! It smelt delicious! But not as good as my salmon
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    cocojoe reacted to XDools in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    Cocojoe I hear your pain! What a bugger and like u the whole eat out industry really annoys me too. Why on earth is soy in lemon tea. Seriously.
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    cocojoe got a reaction from run_lift_golf in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    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.
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    cocojoe got a reaction from run_lift_golf in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    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.
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    cocojoe reacted to heatherdOT in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    cocojoe, don't beat your self up over this. I am not a moderator, but I would consider this a very minor slip up. you did the best you could. you could always consider this as starting your soy reintroduction early.
    I agree with you 100%. you are right about how being on day 28 is so much different than day 3. in the end, you are the one rowing your whole 30 boat. if you don't think you should start over, then you shouldn't.
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    cocojoe reacted to Born Sandy in CALLING ALL JANUARY 1ST WHOLE30ERS!   
    cocojoe, I agree with everything heatherdoT said. This is an individual journey and the lessons learned along the way I think are probably worth more than the final outcomes anyway because they are the pieces to the puzzle for behavioural change. In fact, your story had me thinking more about how insidious the commercial food industry is that even the most basic of ingredients or products are bumped out with additives. I also think you are right in stating you have completed a successful Whole 30-pat yourself on the back for the effort.