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    PMS insanity

    Thank you for this post! I'm on day 26 of my whole30, and have had wonderful self control so far. I've been craving healthy food. But I think my period is on it's way because I am obsessing over chocolate! I want brownies! I considered cheating, but went for some blueberries, coconut flakes, and almonds instead. I love that this program has me thinking differently about food- I never would have wanted fruit and coconut as a treat before the whole30. Now I feel like I am doing something good for my body and having a treat at the same time. I never considered that my body might need more food/carbs/calories during that time of the month. I guess I don't feel guilty about eating some fruits and good fats! Very cool.
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    In need of a pep talk!

    I'm on day 22 of my second whole30, and I am shocked that my sugar cravings are no longer obsessions! I, too have struggled with depression for a few years, and I can tell you with certainty that my hormones have been all out of whack. Doing a whole30 is a HUGE piece of getting your hormones back on track, you are doing a wonderful thing for your health!!! My tips are to stock up on avocados and olives, and eat them at each meal of the day. I shop at Aldi for the best prices, sometimes they have coconut oil too. I was struggling with the idea of taking on a whole30 this time around because I knew the amount of effort that would be involved (I have small kids, hubby to pack lunches and snacks for, we just moved, dealing with lots of stress). My hubby and I were literally desperate for some positive change, and we made the commitment together. There have been some rough days, but now three weeks in, we are sleeping better, no longer snacking, and we have both noticed that food tastes better. It's a miracle that my sugar cravings are gone. A couple of non-diet related things we are doing is writing down things we are thankful for/things that make us happy. We are putting them in a jar and planning to read them on New Year's Eve this year Also, we have been watching Ted Talks on Netflix. There is one series called Life Hack, and I think it's the first talk about body language that is super-encouraging. The one about playing games is so good too. There is another one about being happy. They are all so interesting and helpful. Of course exercising too! You GO girl! You can do this! PS: Also, try eating more tuna and salmon for the brain-boosting omega oils. I also periodically take cod liver oil. I buy Garden of Life brand off the Vitacost website. It's inexpensive and tastes decent, with no aftertaste. Hope that helps!
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    Whole 30 Newbie! Asking for advice from veterans!

    If you have an Aldi near you, definitely check it out! I do almost all of my grocery shopping there. Take a quarter for the shopping cart, your own shopping bags, and prepare to bag your own groceries. They don't carry many name brand items, but you'll be surprised that their store brand is quite good quality for such a reasonable price. Things you can buy there are coconut and EVO oils, almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, spices for $1, canned olives, tuna, and salmon, butter (for making your own clarified butter/ghee), excellent fresh and frozen produce, and sometimes they even have grass fed organic ground beef. And believe it or not, my local Walmart has unsweetened flaked coconut (wild oats brand), and full fat canned coconut milk (thai kitchen) for less than $1.50 each! I also found free range eggs there (the happy egg company) for about $5 a dozen. I eat the Jones brand of frozen breakfast sausage (plain, not maple) and canadian bacon, they are inexpensive. Even though sugar is listed in the ingredients for the sausage and canadian bacon, the nutrition info doesn't list sugar at all, and at the bottom it has a little disclaimer *not a significant source of dietary fiber, sugar, etc This is my second whole30, and I'm not beating myself up about not being able to afford all organic meats. Trying to be legalistic and militant gets me discouraged and deflates my enthusiasm, so I use common sense and do the best I can with the resources I have! Hope that helps, and you GO girl!