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    jen c got a reaction from RandiW in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    My first W30 was more than two years ago.  Since then, I've never gone back to putting sugar in my coffee or tea and when drinking them at home, I use canned coconut milk as creamer instead of 1/2 & 1/2.  Having protein with every meal has stuck strongly too. 
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    jen c got a reaction from RandiW in What has been your most lasting food habit after Whole30?   
    My first W30 was more than two years ago.  Since then, I've never gone back to putting sugar in my coffee or tea and when drinking them at home, I use canned coconut milk as creamer instead of 1/2 & 1/2.  Having protein with every meal has stuck strongly too. 
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    jen c got a reaction from CaseyP in Lets Do This   
    I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one.  I did my first W30 two years ago, then tried and quickly failed twice last year.  Since then, my diet has consisted of much more dairy, corn, and chocolate than it has of fresh produce and healthy fats.  I'm finishing Day 9 and it's been easier now than my failed attempts last year.  Maybe we need to get to that point of utter misery??  Thanks for speaking words of encouragement for others. 
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    jen c got a reaction from kellyfoss in Starting 5/24: 1st time!!   
    Hi Kira,
    If you want company, I'll start in today too.  I'm a returner which has its positives and negatives.  I started my first W30 in Feb 2016, followed by a month of reintroductions, and then a second W30 right after that.  We have a lot of food allergies in our house (kids:  tree nuts, peanut, dairy, egg, sesame;  me:  watermelon), and in my month of reintro's, I learned I have a strong intolerance to gluten.  I did the second W30 just to give myself time to wrap my head around the reality of eliminating another major food group and reading labels beyond what we already have to do. 
    Here's the good stuff . . .  doing W30 was truly life changing.  Yes, that's cliche and dramatic sounding, but it really is true.  I suffered from headaches 3-5 days per week since my teenage years (I'm 45 now).  For 30 years headaches were so commonplace that they were simply part of my normal life!  Going gluten-free has eliminated my headaches nearly 100%.  I've only had a handful in the past two years and that has been the biggest life changer.  Learning of my intolerance and remaining GF has also eliminated all of my bad digestive issues, which prior to W30 were getting really bad on a daily basis:  pain, bloating, aches, heartburn, nausea, indigestion, constipation.  Like the headaches, those were gone 100%.  W30 decreased inflammation so much that my first summer afterward, I had no hayfever or sinus issues even during the peak of allergy season.  I slept better, muscle and joint stiffness went away, and I lost 30 lbs in 90 days. 
    Here's the bad stuff . . . this is all on my shoulders.  I tried to do a couple of W30s in 2017 but as a returner, found it harder to have the motivation to see it through.  My first W30, it was easy to be pumped up and gung-ho to get going, but each of my returning attempts failed beyond the first week because at that point, I said to myself, "I've been reminded how to eat better . . . that's good enough for now."  I also tried to go it alone each of those attempts, which added to the ease of ducking out partway through, since I was avoiding having an accountability partner.  I now know that I need more than just a reminder to eat better, will be accountable to others, and have the expectation that I WILL see it through to the end. 
    I've been relying on dairy and corn too much in recent months, especially in the form of quesadillas and ice cream, which are foods I need to label as "no brakes" foods.  And chocolate - yep, way too much of that too.  And coffee with plenty of cream.  Sigh.  In the last year and a half, I've gained back 20 lbs and my clothes aren't fitting so well anymore.  It's time to get serious about this and commit to the Whole 30 days.  I'm back to having some heartburn here and there, and I know that the corn makes me feel bloated and uncomfortable.  I'm committing to the entire month and am determined to see it through.  No excuses. 
    Here's my meal plan for the day:
    Breakfast:  chicken sausage, zucchini, red peppers, tea w/coconut milk. 
    Lunch:  cucumber, spinach, pear, avocado, tuna, black coffee.
    Dinner:  diced chicken, sweet potato toast w/avocado & bacon and sunbutter & berries. 
    Good luck with your Day 1!  I hope you'll find relief for your stomach/digestive issues.  What is your meal plan for today?
     
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    jen c got a reaction from katieblue in Moving right along!   
    katieblue said:  "I really do love the way this has changed the mentality about "treats" because they really aren't, if we have to pay for them later…"
     
     
     
    katie . . . this is a huge NSV!!  I'm finally starting to realize this too and thank you for saying it so well!
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    jen c got a reaction from katieblue in Moving right along!   
    I so much miss Mexican food!  It's my favorite and was a regular for lunch dates prior to W30.  While perusing Pinterest, I came across this:
     
    http://www.stayfitmom.com/whole30-nachos/
     
    Sounds like a winner for tomorrow night's supper! 
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    jen c got a reaction from galaxigrl in Moving right along!   
    Ramonax, you've explained it perfectly. Moving from the black & white rules into the grey areas and the psychology involved has been a big challenge. I've struggled with self-sabotage in the past and it will be a long process to fully overcome that. I'm trying to focus on non-food "treats/rewards" because it's so easy to allow food rewards to snowball until I'm justifying anything as another treat and then before I know it, all of my positive efforts are gone.
    I hit the 20 lb mark this week and putting that non-food reward idea into practice, decided to treat myself by dressing up the front porch a bit. We have a covered porch with a little cafe table and two chairs. It stays well protected from the rain, but has never felt very welcoming. Yesterday I picked up an indoor/outdoor rug from ikea (translate: cheap) and put it under the table and chairs. I took a small pot of pansies from the back deck and put it on the table, and then hung a string of clear round lights under the eaves. Between the rug and the lights, I spent $55. It's spendier than a food treat but cheaper than most date nights and the results benefit more than just me. It's now cozier, inviting to anyone who comes to our door, and I'm looking forward to a cup of hot tea out there after the kids go to bed on many summer evenings to come. This kind of thing is so out of the norm for me! I'm quite frugal and this feels like a real splurge. That's the part I need to keep at the forefront - food splurges don't feel nearly as satisfying and are short-lived.
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    jen c reacted to Ramonax in Moving right along!   
    So many posts to read - does anyone else read and read and every post you think of something you want to respond, but then 10 posts later you forget all the things and who said what - so some random thoughts:
     
     Cha Cha DiGregorio! OMG. She was one of the coolest characters. I usually buy Saucony shoes for running. But I've bought other brands. I think it is important to know your pronation (do your feet fall in or out or are they neutral). I've also had some nice trail runners, but those are harder to find. They never have them in the city.  
     
    Katie - that is bulls&%t. total bulls%*t. There are so many problems - 1. that someone would complain. 2. that your boss didn't choose to not indulge/engage the complainer. 3. that she addressed you in that way and said it was a coworker who complained. 4. IT ISN'T EVEN THE REAL POLICY. 5. you can't wear your amazing jacket. As a supervisor what this tells me is that you have some toxic people working there, whoever complained is clearly an unhappy and petty person. An unhappy and petty person that doesn't know fashion. My guess is, based on your personality on these boards, you are a happy, energetic, engaged person. You probably have the kind of personality that threatens grumpy, fatigued, long-term employees who are entrenched in their ways. So one thing I think is that time will smooth some of that out as people get to know you and see that you are great.
     
    How well do you know and/or trust your boss. I've worked for great fair caring bosses. I've also worked for crazy vindictive evil bosses who would actively try to destroy my career if I crossed them. So sometimes it is safer to let things be and do whatever you need to do to get by. And sometimes it is better to address work issues head on, in a professional way that indicates you cannot be bullied. If you think it won't have negative consequences for you, I would address the fact that you don't like the feeling that other co-workers are taking about you and you feel blindsided by the fact that you are in a new job, you have been careful to follow policy and are not sure how to go forward. Or you could bring the policy and say "I don't see where hoods are included here, are there other dress code items that are not listed that I should know about". 
     
    It sucks sucks sucks to not like your workplace. I want to come down there, wearing a leather jacket with a hood, and yell at them.
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    jen c got a reaction from katieblue in Moving right along!   
    katie, thanks for the encouragement!  One good thing . . . thanks to the kiddos, I already have about a dozen allergy cookbooks on my shelf.  I have plenty of gluten-free recipes on hand for when I need them. 
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    jen c reacted to katieblue in Moving right along!   
    Jen, thanks for the pep talk!! Haha you girls have me all pumped up.
    I'm sorry that the wheat made you feel so crappy! BUT I can tell you, as someone who has been largely gluten and wheat free since 2010, you won't have to miss it as much as you think. They have really made a LOT of really good gluten-free substitutions for wheat products. There are lots of yummy pasta and bread options, both for home and when eating out! You'll be okay. And at least now you know.
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    jen c reacted to Wendy and Frankie in Moving right along!   
    katieblue,
       Congratulations!!! So happy for you!  That sounds like a big stress reliever--not having to worry about benefits and being able to start paying off student loans!  
         
    Thanks for all the kind words and encouraging words about my job search.  Keeping fingers crossed, but if nothing comes of it, I still love the kids I teach, get along well with all my co-workers, just wish our administrators appreciated all the hard work we do.  
     
    ksea, 
         I definitely think a long walk with baby warrants a pre/post WO meal!  Especially a 22+ lb. baby!  I say if you're hungry, eat!  I haven't felt the urge to snack as much as I did before the W30, either.  
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    jen c got a reaction from galaxigrl in Moving right along!   
    ksea, I bet the bbq saw was full of sugar.  That hadn't even crossed my mind.  I ate a small salad at lunch today but no room for added protein or fat.  And then I remembered that I never ate dinner last night either.  I'm amazed/appalled at how much that lunch filled me up yesterday leading me to skip dinner and skimp on both breakfast and lunch.  That will definitely make me reconsider next time.  I should just ask for a to-go box and immediately put half the food into it to start with.  Then I can still enjoy the food, but without such drastic impact on the following meals.  It sounds good in theory . . . . 
     
    So are you all ready for a laugh??  This made me think of the comments we've shared about galaxigrl being asked when she was due . . . .  My sister-in-law and I met today with an event coordinator at a local restaurant.  The coordinator asked what kind of event we're planning.  "A 50th Anniversary party", I said.  In total seriousness, she looked at me and asked, "Oh, is it yours?".  I thought my sis-in-law's eyes were going to pop out of her head!  Hmmm, doing the math, I would have gotten married 7 years before I was even born!!  What???  Okay, I do have a few grey hairs, but there's NO WAY I look like I'm in my early 70s!  Holy cow.  :blink:   So it just goes to show that some people speak before they think and you can't take them too seriously. 
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    jen c got a reaction from ksea in Moving right along!   
    kalina:  yes, I recovered from the bbq overindulgence.  I think it was too much sugar from the sauce, as suggested here, and eating enough food for 3 people!  Lesson learned. 
     
    katie:  I admire you for your perseverance through the frustrations.  You've said before that you under ate for many years and I wonder if your gaining right now is your body trying to normalize itself and heal from that.  I hope your sleep improves and that this current W30 will see some things start to regulate better for you.
     
    Shopping for pants is the worst!  I've always thought someone should open a chain store for women that only sells jeans.  They'd carry tons of brands and sizes and would specialize in fittings.  Each customer would get her measurements taken and then the sales rep would bring a selection of jeans to the changing room based on the measurements.  It sure would eliminate a lot of frustration for us. 
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    jen c got a reaction from bwilliams180 in Moving right along!   
    katie, it's great you've seen allergy improvements too!  Definitely a good NSV!  An abstainer, not a moderator, is a perfect definition - thanks for that.  I'm learning that I'm having a great deal of difficulty with that when it comes to chocolate.  When I finish my reintros and start my next W30 on May 1st, I'm hoping I'll be able to kick that to the curb along with the "need" to weigh myself twice a day.  Yep, fell right back into that one.  Always something to work on . . . .
     
    bwilliams, don't worry about being able to keep up.  It's really hard to try to respond to everyone, but it seems we have a pretty good flow of conversation here nonetheless.  It's just nice to have you here when you're able!    As for recipes, I loved the pork carnitas but my kids found them to be too spicy.  The Rogan Josh from the Well Fed cookbook (by Mel Joulwan) was a smash hit with the whole family (sorry I don't have a link to it).  I checked the book out from the library but haven't checked her website to see if the recipe is there or not. 
     
    Kalina, I hope the dairy goes well for you and symptoms are mild!
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    jen c reacted to Wendy and Frankie in Moving right along!   
         Jen, I agree that reintros have been much harder than I anticipated--I had not expected to feel so guilty about non-compliant items once "off" the W30.
        
         That's so great your husband is considering doing a W30 with you!  My husband and I are definitely doing one starting May 1.  I hope he does decide to do it with you.  Good luck!  I never expected my husband to follow the program to the letter like he did (he has been a huge evening snacker in the past, and big on carbs (pretzels, crackers, etc.), but he did great.  His favorite new word is "compliant!"  
     
         Wendy
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    jen c got a reaction from Wendy and Frankie in Moving right along!   
    I have a long way to go through the navigation of emotions with reintros.  It's much harder than I expected it would be - this feeling that I'm doing something wrong.  I'm doing a lot of self-talk to remind myself that reintro is part. of. the. plan.  No guilt necessary.  Again, easier said than done.  I do have new motivation to finish my reintros this month though.  My husband is strongly considering doing a Whole 30.  Talk about an NSV!!  He gets hives very easily when outdoors, especially when there's a chill in the air, or when he's doing yard work and dealing with plants, dirt, sweat, etc.  When he came in from a couple hours of yard work today, he had hives all over his torso and arms.  A Whole 30 could reduce inflammation enough to eliminate this annoying symptom.   Of course I told him I'd do it with him.  May would be a good month and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he'll be ready to give it a go.  HUGE step for him.  Giving up milk will likely be his biggest challenge. 
     
    Kalina, I'm sorry the legumes were so disagreeable but glad you have that information now moving forward.  Good luck with the rest! 
     
    I tried wild rice today and so far, so good.  It was the same experience as the corn though . . . I got too full too quickly and wished I'd had more room for vegetables.  I'll plan to try oats on Wednesday. 
     
    I hope all of you are doing well! 
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    jen c got a reaction from Ramonax in Moving right along!   
    katieblue, thanks for the reintro advice.  I do feel I need to be deliberate in order to learn what foods were causing my issues.  So as much as I'd rather just keep on keepin on, I need to follow through for information's sake.  I know I'll be glad I did in the end. 
     
    Kalina, glad to hear the wine is agreeing with you so far!  And I hope the sweet potato bites are good.  It's a new recipe for me, but bacon and sweet potatoes . . . how can it NOT be good?? 
     
    Ok, gals, here's my list of NSVs and SV:
     
    - appreciation for food as nourishment
    - headaches completely eliminated
    - heartburn only once, after eating pumpkin seeds (heartburn occurred daily pre-W30)
    - enjoying heartburn-free coffee!
    - sugar dragon in hibernation
    - bellyaches, cramps, pain, bubbles, gas, bloating, feeling full too quickly, all eliminated (initial motivation for starting W30)
    - whole family is eating healthier
    - sustained and consistent energy levels throughout the day
    - no afternoon slump
    - better sleep and more hours of it (except for recent nights I've stayed up waaay too late watching Jane Austen movies!)
    - an inside feeling of calm
    - no more brain fog
    - pride in making good choices and avoiding self-sabotage
    - 13.7 lbs and 11.75" gone
    - sinuses are clear
    - no sign of spring allergies yet (unheard of for me)
     
    Like many of you have said, I need and want to start to exercise more.  I'd very much like to increase my strength.  Post reintroductions, I plan to keep eating this way as much as possible because it just feels so good, and the results speak for themselves.  And the longer I eat like this, my whole family's health and nutrition will continue to improve.  I don't know that my husband will ever jump into the W30 with both feet, but could easily see him starting with eliminating one food area and continuing from there, rolling into it a bit at a time. 
     
    ***Whoever was the first to suggest adding chai spice to coffee grounds, I love you!!  It's the BEST thing of my morning - so creamy and delicious with the coconut milk too!  Thank you!!***
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    jen c got a reaction from Ramonax in Moving right along!   
    katieblue, thanks for the reintro advice.  I do feel I need to be deliberate in order to learn what foods were causing my issues.  So as much as I'd rather just keep on keepin on, I need to follow through for information's sake.  I know I'll be glad I did in the end. 
     
    Kalina, glad to hear the wine is agreeing with you so far!  And I hope the sweet potato bites are good.  It's a new recipe for me, but bacon and sweet potatoes . . . how can it NOT be good?? 
     
    Ok, gals, here's my list of NSVs and SV:
     
    - appreciation for food as nourishment
    - headaches completely eliminated
    - heartburn only once, after eating pumpkin seeds (heartburn occurred daily pre-W30)
    - enjoying heartburn-free coffee!
    - sugar dragon in hibernation
    - bellyaches, cramps, pain, bubbles, gas, bloating, feeling full too quickly, all eliminated (initial motivation for starting W30)
    - whole family is eating healthier
    - sustained and consistent energy levels throughout the day
    - no afternoon slump
    - better sleep and more hours of it (except for recent nights I've stayed up waaay too late watching Jane Austen movies!)
    - an inside feeling of calm
    - no more brain fog
    - pride in making good choices and avoiding self-sabotage
    - 13.7 lbs and 11.75" gone
    - sinuses are clear
    - no sign of spring allergies yet (unheard of for me)
     
    Like many of you have said, I need and want to start to exercise more.  I'd very much like to increase my strength.  Post reintroductions, I plan to keep eating this way as much as possible because it just feels so good, and the results speak for themselves.  And the longer I eat like this, my whole family's health and nutrition will continue to improve.  I don't know that my husband will ever jump into the W30 with both feet, but could easily see him starting with eliminating one food area and continuing from there, rolling into it a bit at a time. 
     
    ***Whoever was the first to suggest adding chai spice to coffee grounds, I love you!!  It's the BEST thing of my morning - so creamy and delicious with the coconut milk too!  Thank you!!***
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    jen c got a reaction from Ramonax in Moving right along!   
    katieblue, thanks for the reintro advice.  I do feel I need to be deliberate in order to learn what foods were causing my issues.  So as much as I'd rather just keep on keepin on, I need to follow through for information's sake.  I know I'll be glad I did in the end. 
     
    Kalina, glad to hear the wine is agreeing with you so far!  And I hope the sweet potato bites are good.  It's a new recipe for me, but bacon and sweet potatoes . . . how can it NOT be good?? 
     
    Ok, gals, here's my list of NSVs and SV:
     
    - appreciation for food as nourishment
    - headaches completely eliminated
    - heartburn only once, after eating pumpkin seeds (heartburn occurred daily pre-W30)
    - enjoying heartburn-free coffee!
    - sugar dragon in hibernation
    - bellyaches, cramps, pain, bubbles, gas, bloating, feeling full too quickly, all eliminated (initial motivation for starting W30)
    - whole family is eating healthier
    - sustained and consistent energy levels throughout the day
    - no afternoon slump
    - better sleep and more hours of it (except for recent nights I've stayed up waaay too late watching Jane Austen movies!)
    - an inside feeling of calm
    - no more brain fog
    - pride in making good choices and avoiding self-sabotage
    - 13.7 lbs and 11.75" gone
    - sinuses are clear
    - no sign of spring allergies yet (unheard of for me)
     
    Like many of you have said, I need and want to start to exercise more.  I'd very much like to increase my strength.  Post reintroductions, I plan to keep eating this way as much as possible because it just feels so good, and the results speak for themselves.  And the longer I eat like this, my whole family's health and nutrition will continue to improve.  I don't know that my husband will ever jump into the W30 with both feet, but could easily see him starting with eliminating one food area and continuing from there, rolling into it a bit at a time. 
     
    ***Whoever was the first to suggest adding chai spice to coffee grounds, I love you!!  It's the BEST thing of my morning - so creamy and delicious with the coconut milk too!  Thank you!!***
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    jen c reacted to Wendy and Frankie in Moving right along!   
    Hi, everyone, I'm here! Congrats on everyone's W30 nsv's and general feelings of happiness and accomplishment. I think my biggest NSV's are my relationship with food. The first week or so of the W30, I was on an emotional roller coaster, from caffeine/sugar withdrawal (I decided my coffee wasn't worth having w/out my creamer), plus I had a terrible week at work. I was feeling sorry for myself, and kept focusing on what I was missing food and beverage-wise. By the 2nd week, I can honestly say I was just enjoying every bite of nutritious food I was putting in my body, and not feeling deprived. The headaches from withdrawal were gone, and I was sleeping great.
    I quit the mindless snacking, and totally stopped snacking at night after dinner. I wasn't tempted by the constant snack offerings at work, and I think my husband and I set a great example of a whole month of nothing but healthy eating for our kids. I made several new recipes from the W30 book that my husband and I loved (our favorite by far was the roasted spaghetti squash w/homemade tomato sauce w/ground beef.) I also figured out that sweet potatoes are plenty sweet enough w/out any brown sugar, or butter!
    For our "scale" victories, my husband lost 9 lbs., and I lost 11.5 lbs.! I have never lost that amount of weight on any other diet, even when I was working out like crazy, and eating vegetarian/almost vegan a few years back. I've always hated to waste food, and felt I had to clean my plate, even when I was already stuffed. Now I quit when I'm comfortably full, and don't feel guilty about not finishing. I'm eating smaller portions and feeling very satisfied.
    So far I've reintroduced dairy with no problems, and had 2 glasses of wine the night of day 31. I woke up in the middle of the night with a bad headache, and had a foot cramp that was really painful, keeping me awake basically from 3am-5am. Tonight, I kept it to 1 glass of wine (wanted to celebrate my spring break starting from school) and hoping I will sleep better tonight.
    Sorry for the length of this post! Hope we keep this group going!
    Wendy
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    jen c got a reaction from bwilliams180 in Moving right along!   
    Thanks for moving us here katieblue.  You all have such fantastic NSVs and I'm proud of you!!  Congratulations on a strong finish!  Tomorrow is my last day but I WANT this as my new way of life.  As much as this has been about physical and habit changes, there's been a mental shift too.  I began with dreaded thoughts of having to add more foods to our avoidance list, but now, I'm totally okay with it.  I've also come to appreciate food for its purpose of nourishment and how different it is from eating food just because its there (hello - snacks, treats brought into the office, etc).  
     
    The biggest thing I've been missing is regular lunch dates with my husband.  Lunch dates are perfect because the kids are in school, which means there's no cost for a babysitter!  Lol.  We usually meet for lunch once or twice a week but have skipped it for the W30.  After getting through reintros, I'll do some serious checking into restaurants to see which ones would provide good choices for me.  And when the weather starts to improve, maybe we can do some home-packed picnics instead of restaurants.  There was conversation on the old thread about grilling in the summer, and I'm really looking forward to that!
     
    I've continued to plan out my reintros, but my plans keep evolving.  I'm really afraid to awaken my sugar dragon from its deep hibernation.  Easter Sunday will be my first reintro.  I've checked into the ingredients for the Honeybaked Ham we'll be having and found that the only non-compliant ingredients are sugar and corn.  So it looks like I'm reintroducing corn first!  I don't know what form the corn is in, whether its corn starch, corn syrup, or what.  But I'll cook some corn to eat with my breakfast, then will have the ham with dinner.  Then I'll return to W30 until Thursday, when I'll try rice.  I think after that I'll go to oats, peas, beans, dairy, and finally, wheat, with 3 fully clean days between each.  If I react badly to something, I'll throw in some extra clean days to be sure I'm feeling good again before trying the next food.  So reintros will take me the whole month of April at least.  Given that the major purpose of doing this was to identify problem foods, it's good for me to be very deliberate about this part of the process. 
     
    Congrats again to all of you!  I'll be joining you at the finish line in one more day!
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    jen c reacted to bwilliams180 in Moving right along!   
    jen c - I totally get the lunch dates w/husband thing! My husband and I would go lunch a couple of times a month - we only were able to do that once while on W30, but we did kind of a picnic thing and it worked out really well. We found a nice spot at a park on the harbor... you actually have a lot more freedom to go where you want to when you bring your own food! Anyway, sounds like you've got a great reintro plan. I did the opposite of my plan, so don't be like me. but I think it was because I know we are starting another round in a week or so, so the whole long reintroduction didn't seem exactly necessary. Although after my experience, I kind of just want to go back to W30 and feeling normal forever. Ha.
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    jen c got a reaction from bwilliams180 in Moving right along!   
    Thanks for moving us here katieblue.  You all have such fantastic NSVs and I'm proud of you!!  Congratulations on a strong finish!  Tomorrow is my last day but I WANT this as my new way of life.  As much as this has been about physical and habit changes, there's been a mental shift too.  I began with dreaded thoughts of having to add more foods to our avoidance list, but now, I'm totally okay with it.  I've also come to appreciate food for its purpose of nourishment and how different it is from eating food just because its there (hello - snacks, treats brought into the office, etc).  
     
    The biggest thing I've been missing is regular lunch dates with my husband.  Lunch dates are perfect because the kids are in school, which means there's no cost for a babysitter!  Lol.  We usually meet for lunch once or twice a week but have skipped it for the W30.  After getting through reintros, I'll do some serious checking into restaurants to see which ones would provide good choices for me.  And when the weather starts to improve, maybe we can do some home-packed picnics instead of restaurants.  There was conversation on the old thread about grilling in the summer, and I'm really looking forward to that!
     
    I've continued to plan out my reintros, but my plans keep evolving.  I'm really afraid to awaken my sugar dragon from its deep hibernation.  Easter Sunday will be my first reintro.  I've checked into the ingredients for the Honeybaked Ham we'll be having and found that the only non-compliant ingredients are sugar and corn.  So it looks like I'm reintroducing corn first!  I don't know what form the corn is in, whether its corn starch, corn syrup, or what.  But I'll cook some corn to eat with my breakfast, then will have the ham with dinner.  Then I'll return to W30 until Thursday, when I'll try rice.  I think after that I'll go to oats, peas, beans, dairy, and finally, wheat, with 3 fully clean days between each.  If I react badly to something, I'll throw in some extra clean days to be sure I'm feeling good again before trying the next food.  So reintros will take me the whole month of April at least.  Given that the major purpose of doing this was to identify problem foods, it's good for me to be very deliberate about this part of the process. 
     
    Congrats again to all of you!  I'll be joining you at the finish line in one more day!