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    emilyelowe got a reaction from Laurie's All In in May Whole30 Goals   
    1. Better Energy
    What This Looks Like: getting through the day without dragging, desire and energy to play with my son (not just counting down until the next nap), waking up alert (but able to rest if it's not time to get up!), enough energy to exercise. 2. Better Mood
    What This Looks Like: more patience with baby and dog, less volatile moods, more joy playing with baby, more interest in intimacy.  3. Eliminate Cravings!
    What This Looks Like: no distracting cravings after lunch at work - just say no to sweets/treats in the afternoon, saying No to things that aren't interesting at family dinner, setting a good example for my son as he starts to eat with the family.  4. Fewer Aches and Pains, especially in neck and back
    5. Improved allergies - daily medicine not required
    6. Improved dandruff - no flakes!
    7. Fewer headaches - few and far between!
    8. Greater variety in cooking - to expose Noah!
    9. Better fitting clothes - no distractions, more confidence!
    10. Improved reproductive health - normal function.
    11. ABILITY TO MAINTAIN - complete a by-the-book reintroduction and document specific long-term food choices and goals. 
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    emilyelowe reacted to ShannonM816 in Morning Hunger   
    I'm not sure. It's good to be hungry in the morning, but this sounds a little extreme. You could try having a few bites of something maybe an hour before bedtime -- maybe some protein and fat, like a hard boiled egg with a little mayo. Whatever seems like it would work for you. Try that a few nights, see if it makes a difference, if not, let us know, and we'll see if we can figure out something else. 
    If you want something you could prep beforehand to have first thing that would taste ok straight out of the fridge, maybe breakfast casseroles or frittata. 
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    emilyelowe reacted to ShannonM816 in Columbus Whole30ers?   
    You might try localharvest.org and see if there are farms or ranches listed near you. I don't think they list butchers specifically, but maybe it can give you a place to start.
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    emilyelowe reacted to Jihanna in Oatmeal re-intro group?   
    Oats are naturally gluten-free, so being certified gluten-free does just mean that they're produced by a certified facility and process. I wouldn't think it would be enough to muck anything up, unless you have a gluten sensitivity. That said, however... I did buy a small amount of certified gluten-free oats from the bulk bin at one of my local stores, which I used for oatmeal reintroduction just so I could be absolutely positive that any reaction was to the oats and not worry that my batch might've been exposed to gluten. It's generally cheaper to grab oats from the bulk bins than it is to buy them in the normal packaging anyway, so I figured it was worth it to keep me from stressing over the details.
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    emilyelowe reacted to Lindseydalton in Oatmeal re-intro group?   
    I always do oatmeal on non-gluten grain day. To be certified gluten free I'm assuming the facility needs to be totally gluten free but the oats won't actually contain gluten. That's my understanding anyway
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    emilyelowe reacted to EmilyK in Just Need Encouragement   
    We're a part of a CSA which is amazing for a variety of reasons--we get 25 weeks of weekly deliveries during the spring/summer/fall of a variety of amazing local, organic produce for $350 for the entire season, and the farmer also has a small number of cows and pigs and chickens and you can also purchase eggs with the weekly deliveries (I believe they're $5 per dozen) and each winter offers grass fed cow share and a pastured hog for purchase to the shareholders from the previous year--we usually buy in for 1/4 of the cow and 1/2 the hog each year, and if you can afford the initial money up front it is SUCH a better deal. This year, we got about 100 pounds of pork for around $200, and about 75 pounds of beef for about $300 and that will make a significant dent in what we need to purchase for most of the next year (we're a family of five--a 13 year old boy, 10 year old girl, young toddler boy, and my husband and myself). If you just google your city and "CSA" you should turn up some contacts for ones near you if it's something you want to explore.
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from Pandora Black in Just Need Encouragement   
    Yes! I am trying to convince my hubby to try it because there is a promo right now from the Do The Thing podcast! Thanks! 
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from EmilyK in Mini Meals   
    Thank you both! This is my plan for tomorrow :
    - Aim for closer to 100 oz of water (I’m about 112 lbs) - I have been having headaches also so maybe this will help that too.
    - Have a full breakfast first thing rather than starting with a mini meal.
    - Larger overall meals.
    - Potential mini meals if I find that I need them will be chicken with a  cauliflower/coconut cream sauce or HB eggs with guacamole. 
    We will see how that goes! 
     
    @EmilyK Thank you so much for that encouragement! It’s like God knows exactly when I need to hear these things, and that is EXACTLY where my head has been the last few days. You are so right. I so appreciate the kind words - I needed them. 
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from EmilyK in Mini Meals   
    Thank you both! This is my plan for tomorrow :
    - Aim for closer to 100 oz of water (I’m about 112 lbs) - I have been having headaches also so maybe this will help that too.
    - Have a full breakfast first thing rather than starting with a mini meal.
    - Larger overall meals.
    - Potential mini meals if I find that I need them will be chicken with a  cauliflower/coconut cream sauce or HB eggs with guacamole. 
    We will see how that goes! 
     
    @EmilyK Thank you so much for that encouragement! It’s like God knows exactly when I need to hear these things, and that is EXACTLY where my head has been the last few days. You are so right. I so appreciate the kind words - I needed them. 
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from Pandora Black in Sleep Issues   
    Thanks for the tips, all! Last night was MUCH better so hopefully we are on our way out of this phase! 
    @Pandora Black Paper books are the best! You should definitely try it sometime. 
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    emilyelowe reacted to Pandora Black in Sleep Issues   
    Oh so this is normal? I’ve been having some sleep disruptions, I was up all night long on day 2. But I’m bipolar and for me that happens sometimes. I didn’t think it was related but maybe it was.
     
    Anyway, here are some basic tips I leaned in the hospital for sleep, in general.
    *Limit caffeine! Especially after like 12 p.m. It takes about 8 hours to clear caffeine from your system.
    *Try not to use your computer or watch t.v. late at night. The light keeps your brain active. They say (and I ignore this) to just read a regular paper book before you sleep.
    *Valarian root is a natural sleep aid. It tastes and smells kinda awful, but it works like a charm. I really like it in the Nighty Night tea by Traditional Medicinals.
     
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    emilyelowe reacted to ladyshanny in Sleep Issues   
    hey @emilyelowe - nice to see you back here! Sleep disruptions are pretty common. Depending on how long ago your first Whole30 was, time has passed, our hormones change up as we age and whatever rebalancing you're going through could be affecting your sleep this time. I had sleep disruption in my first and third Whole30. The first one lasted 14 days and the third one lasted just a few.
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    emilyelowe reacted to Jihanna in Sleep Issues   
    The acne I've got no insight on... sorry!
    For the sleep issue, though, I do have a thought.
    I slept great for the first couple of days, probably because I was half-comatose from giving up added sugars and empty carbs! I started having trouble getting to sleep at night, though, and experimentation taught me that I was going too low-carb with my dinners. I know now that I have to make sure I have at least a fist-sized (maybe more like 1.5 since my hands are small) amount of starchy veg with my dinner, or I'll have trouble getting to sleep and won't feel rested when I wake up regardless of how long I make myself lay in bed. It may be something different for you, of course, but it's worth looking at your meals and seeing if shifting things around a little helps out  
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    emilyelowe reacted to EmilyK in Mini Meals   
    Yes, definitely starchy veggies and more nutrient-dense choices for your mini-meals for sure. I've found that it's easier to drink enough water if I use a straw (I'm also still a breastfeeding mama, although my baby is 14 months old now and only nursing once or twice per day)--conventional wisdom says 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight each day but that should probably be closer to 1-to-1 since you're lactating. I noticed that my hydration had the biggest effect on my supply, and if I drank an obscene amount of water I had much better pump output than if I wasn't pushing fluids like crazy. It is okay to not eat if you're not hungry, though...if you can, I would try and focus on getting larger meals overall and then adding in 1-2 mini meals if you are still hungry at any particular point throughout the day.
    Also, off the topic of meal structure--any breastmilk you give your baby is a gift and please don't make yourself insane trying to cut out that one bottle of formula. I nursed my two older kids exclusively (they're 10 and 13 now) but this one has been a tank from day one (he's 32 pounds now at 14 months, if that tells you anything!) and try as I might I just couldn't keep up with his full intake. I struggled with that, and feelings of inadequacy for awhile, but the truth of the matter is that we were both happier and less stressed out once I stopped trying to eke out every last drop for him. My supply didn't take any further hits with that one bottle and once I freed myself from the expectation of EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING ONLY OR I FAIL, I was able to be a much happier mom for him which is worth more than the gold star of him never having formula. While this may not be where your head is, I know how intense the pressure to exclusively breastfeed can be and new mom's don't need any more pressure at all.  We all really need to be kinder to ourselves. 
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    emilyelowe reacted to Jihanna in Just Need Encouragement   
    Our butcher is just kind of... here... they've been in our area (downtown in the major city right next door) for years, long before we moved here. In the past, I've always seen butchers as more expensive too, and they have been where I lived previously. This one, though, I love. They're not always cheaper for everything, but every week they run specials on several items, so I always take a look to see what they've got going on. Because they're across town, though, I will only go to them if I know I'm going to get a great price compared to what I'd see at my grocery store that's about a mile away.
    At Lanier's (our butcher), they have the large bags but they also sell regular 1-lb and 3-lb packs of meat, and they've got the meat counter where you can pick out steaks or rashers of bacon or what have you. The smaller packs are generally priced about the same as Kroger, I think, but their sales are the draw. I really, really hope you've got someplace similar where you are because it definitely makes it worth it. I've found that fancier or more gimmicky shops tend to mean higher prices, though, so I stick to plain and simple when looking for where to buy meats and produce.
    For any meat, I typically remove a good deal of the fat unless it's good quality. When cooking, I will usually supplement extra coconut oil to make up for what I took away during prep.
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from EmilyK in Mini Meals   
    @EmilyK: Today is Day 7. My baby is 5.5 months old and I would LIKE to breastfeed full time but I have yet to be able to satisfy him so he usually gets one bottle of formula per day at bedtime. 
    Those are great meal ideas, @ladyshanny! I've been struggling with that, so thank you!
    Yes, I am really working on the water. I started like really paying attention yesterday and did a bit better. My goal today is at least 75 ounces! (I am not a big person, so that feels like A LOT). 
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from Laurie's All In in May Whole30 Goals   
    1. Better Energy
    What This Looks Like: getting through the day without dragging, desire and energy to play with my son (not just counting down until the next nap), waking up alert (but able to rest if it's not time to get up!), enough energy to exercise. 2. Better Mood
    What This Looks Like: more patience with baby and dog, less volatile moods, more joy playing with baby, more interest in intimacy.  3. Eliminate Cravings!
    What This Looks Like: no distracting cravings after lunch at work - just say no to sweets/treats in the afternoon, saying No to things that aren't interesting at family dinner, setting a good example for my son as he starts to eat with the family.  4. Fewer Aches and Pains, especially in neck and back
    5. Improved allergies - daily medicine not required
    6. Improved dandruff - no flakes!
    7. Fewer headaches - few and far between!
    8. Greater variety in cooking - to expose Noah!
    9. Better fitting clothes - no distractions, more confidence!
    10. Improved reproductive health - normal function.
    11. ABILITY TO MAINTAIN - complete a by-the-book reintroduction and document specific long-term food choices and goals. 
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    emilyelowe reacted to ladyshanny in Need to get back on the Whole30, looking for inspiration and help   
    Thanks for sharing your story and struggle with us. You'll find that you're not alone, this sort of "spiral" is pretty common because the 30 days that you had on Whole30 don't counteract an entire lifetime of food habits. No one here is going to be harsh with you, you don't need harsh. What you need is to decide what you want to do and then make a plan to do it. If, for now, that's not a full Whole30, maybe it's not drinking during the week. Maybe it's a standard "dinners out" order like protein, veggies and some good fat. Maybe it's no dessert.
    Instead of feeling scared of the gym, go after work in your work clothes and just go say "hey". Not to work out, just to reintroduce yourself. Remember the smells (that's what I loved about my gym when I'd been gone a while - that gym smell was imprinted on my brain as a positive. Remember the machines, see what's changed, see if there's anything that speaks to you.
    It's really hard, I know, to stop that eating and sitting cycle. But we treat our friends and family better than ourselves sometimes. If your friend came over and told you all the things you just told us, would you bring out a tray of donuts and park her on the couch? Because it sounds to me like what that "friend" needs is a delicious Whole30 dinner, maybe a nice walk and a hug and for you to tell her it's going to be OK. We're not stuck here - we can make change whenever we're ready. Nothing is ever permanent so if a Whole30 lifestyle is what we want, let's get that....one step at a time.
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from littleg in Weekly In-Law Dinner   
    @littleg This was so helpful and encouraging, thank you! That’s a good point that when I’m exercising food freedom, I can be flexible where I need to be and you’re probably right, if I brought an extra veggie it seems unlikely anyone would throw a fit. Sometimes I do bring avocado or mayo since they are pretty fat-phobic still. I guess I’ll just test some things out and see how it goes as I start to figure out my food freedom. 
    I struggle with “the talk,” because typically my reactions to foods during reintroduction aren’t so extreme that anything is totally off limits, so it’s hard to explain the nuances to other people (I don’t really have it totally figured out myself). As I reflect, I think this is probably where I really need to start - with what I want FF to look like. I really struggle with translating reintroduction into RL. 
    Thanks so much for the suggestions and for helping me think through that! 
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    emilyelowe reacted to littleg in Weekly In-Law Dinner   
    I've got a Sunday Dinner issue too  I could have (sort of) written this post - my in laws also did the W30 but never really got into the spirit of it - it was a 30 day diet.  
    My in laws are wonderful so I've never felt that (a) I couldn't eat - though that is awkward sometimes but they understand or (b) that I couldn't bring a compliant dish to share.  Are you sure that if you brought a huge delicious salad (that no one else would eat, thus you'd have lots of veggies for yourself) that she would really be offended?  Salads seem sort of benign - its not like its competition for her food.  Just preface it with - I LOVE SALAD so I'm bringing a great one to share.   Have you tried "having the talk" with them?  You are all adults, you've made a decision for yourself as an adult - some foods make me feel good, others make me feel bad, so as an adult I'm going to eat the ones that make me feel good which means that sometimes I'll choose not to eat what you've made.  If they judge, meh, whatever, do you have kids yet? - that'll be a whole new level of judging
    Also, the template is just that, a template, if you don't follow it but eat nutritious food that makes you feel good 1 out of 21 meals a week that would be ok.  That paragraph makes it sound like you are struggling with this meal in a FFF way than a W30 way - you may eat too little, too much, not to template - and all of those things are ok in a FFF way if YOU are ok with it.  
    My Sunday dinners are very informal - they are so big that we aren't all sitting at a table together - people eat on sofas and on end tables and stuff so it is easier to not eat.  What I've found helps me blend in the most for totally non-W30 option nights is to drink wine - then no one feels the need to ask why I'm not eating  Sounds like yours might not be that easy.  Good luck navigating this!
     
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    emilyelowe reacted to laura_juggles in Suggestions for Lame Meals   
    Depends on what it is. Veggies or proteins that were kind of boring can be turned into a frittata or a scramble or a hash. 
    Something like a soup or chili, I'll try to figure out what went wrong and add spices/hot sauce/herbs/roasted garlic. If it's a chili and all else really fails, I'll freeze it until after a Whole30 when I can hide some of the "bleh" with cheese. Not even going to try to lie about it.  
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    emilyelowe reacted to SugarcubeOD in Suggestions for Lame Meals   
    I do the same... just grin and bear it and like @ladyshanny says (and I'm surprised she didn't say so here), I just wish myself 'better luck next time' and move on.  I NEVER throw food away for the reasons that you list above and if it's legitimately edible, I eat it.  Sometimes I also say that old dad joke 'if that was lunch, I had it' and that solidifies in my mind that the meal is over and then I move on. 
    I do get the expectation tho that you do @emilyelowe where you expect everything that you cook to be damn good because you're a damn good cook so it's disappointing to have a flop   but as I say daily to a friend of mine 'lunch happens every day'. So you always have tomorrow to try again  
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    emilyelowe got a reaction from ladyshanny in Suggestions for Lame Meals   
    Thanks for making me feel less crazy and dramatic, guys! Agreed that after waiting a bit for the full feeling to really set in and distracting myself (like I would with any other craving), it became easier to just move on. I may just treat myself to a sparkling water for powering through, though! Haha.  
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    emilyelowe reacted to ladyshanny in Suggestions for Lame Meals   
    Haha.........that does suck. Or when lunch is some leftover in the fridge you know won't be satisfying. I'll  just eat it and move on, make a nice cup of tea or sparkling water etc. or make something else easy like scrambled eggs. I find that once you eat it and you're technically full, you can just talk yourself through it like any other craving and know that you get to eat again in 4-5 hours.  
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    emilyelowe reacted to trexmafia in Suggestions for Lame Meals   
    I finish it, if only because trashing it would not honor the time I took to prepare and cook the meal or the money I spent on ingredients. But afterwards I definitely feel unsatisfied and I think that goes back to tying emotions to food. I've tried to follow the whole "food is fuel for your body so you should remove emotions from it" thing, and it doesn't work for me - I love food! I love eating good food, I love cooking, I love socializing with friends and family around food, and I love trying new foods especially when I travel. So when I prepare or eat a meal that ends up being not as good as I was expecting, it's hard for me to not feel disappointed.
    The only time I wouldn't soldier on and finish a bad meal and its leftovers is if it's so bad that it triggers a gagging response. At that point it's a lost cause so into the trash it goes and I move on.