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    kirbz got a reaction from coachmandiep in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @kristilarson I do think you might miss out on something beneficial if you are overly focused on macros. There's a reason this program doesn't focus on them. You should be learning rely on what your body is telling you feels good and not what a formula or app is telling you. This is meant to be an experiment! That's what I love so much about this program. So, go forth and experiment!
    Play around with portion sizes based on the meal template and see how you feel in terms of satiety, energy, mood, sleep, etc. And then adjust accordingly. And then adjust some more because it might not always  be the same! Once your hormones and everything are stabilized, your body should give you very clear signals as to what is or is not working for you.
    There are some very black and white rules, but the rest is figuring out what works for you. So don't be afraid to be a little playful and try new things and find something that will be great for you, for the short and long term! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @KaraS Oh wow, I'm so sorry you're having such a rough go of it! You most certainly are worth this though and you CAN do this! You have amazing goals (those grandkids are going to have an incredible, active grandmother for many years to come) and I do sincerely hope this helps you overcome some of the inflammation and pain you've been experiencing. How awful to be hit by a drunk driver just after you were starting to feel better.
    Perhaps it would be helpful to share a bit about what you've been eating? Sometimes it's really hard to figure out what you should be eating and to get your portions right at first so perhaps we (or the moderators) can at least make sure you're on the best track there to set you up for success! One thing I do when I first start Whole30 is to eat really generous portions. I DO NOT want to be hungry on top of all of the other challenges! I've also seen moderators suggest that you'll feel best if you eat at least one fist-sized serving of starchy vegetables every day! And I can definitely attest to that! 
    Another recommendation is to look for new rituals. We really do have so many food rituals that we probably don't even realize we have! Feel sad > eat food. Feel bored > eat good. Get together with friends > eat food. So, find some other rituals. Find things you can do for me when you normally would have reached for food. Perhaps a good book or a nature walk or some snuggles with the family dog. Perhaps you want to learn a new hobby or paint your nails! It does help to have those things identified in advance so, when you're faced with a situation when you would normally reach for food, you have something else fulfilling to do!
    Anyway, I'm sorry for your struggles and I wish you the very best! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @KaraS Oh wow, I'm so sorry you're having such a rough go of it! You most certainly are worth this though and you CAN do this! You have amazing goals (those grandkids are going to have an incredible, active grandmother for many years to come) and I do sincerely hope this helps you overcome some of the inflammation and pain you've been experiencing. How awful to be hit by a drunk driver just after you were starting to feel better.
    Perhaps it would be helpful to share a bit about what you've been eating? Sometimes it's really hard to figure out what you should be eating and to get your portions right at first so perhaps we (or the moderators) can at least make sure you're on the best track there to set you up for success! One thing I do when I first start Whole30 is to eat really generous portions. I DO NOT want to be hungry on top of all of the other challenges! I've also seen moderators suggest that you'll feel best if you eat at least one fist-sized serving of starchy vegetables every day! And I can definitely attest to that! 
    Another recommendation is to look for new rituals. We really do have so many food rituals that we probably don't even realize we have! Feel sad > eat food. Feel bored > eat good. Get together with friends > eat food. So, find some other rituals. Find things you can do for me when you normally would have reached for food. Perhaps a good book or a nature walk or some snuggles with the family dog. Perhaps you want to learn a new hobby or paint your nails! It does help to have those things identified in advance so, when you're faced with a situation when you would normally reach for food, you have something else fulfilling to do!
    Anyway, I'm sorry for your struggles and I wish you the very best! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Jihanna in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Ooh, good discussion! Honestly, I also don't think there are good foods and bad foods. There's simply food. 
    If you've taken the time to learn, you know how different foods affect you. That's the point of Whole30 in my mind. It's learning how food fuels you. From there, it's simply a choice. Knowing how this will make me feel, do I want it or don't I? Even if it makes you feel terrible, it's not a "bad" food because you choose to eat it in a moment that's worth it. 
    But yeah, society applies all sorts of silly judgement and labels and emotions to food. Yes, McDonald's is probably completely devoid of nutritional value but it's delicious and I decided it was worth it and so I ate some. So what? It's simply food and knowledge and choices! 
    I feel like I've read a really good article (or something in one of the books) about this but I can't recall where...
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    kirbz got a reaction from Jihanna in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    Ooh, good discussion! Honestly, I also don't think there are good foods and bad foods. There's simply food. 
    If you've taken the time to learn, you know how different foods affect you. That's the point of Whole30 in my mind. It's learning how food fuels you. From there, it's simply a choice. Knowing how this will make me feel, do I want it or don't I? Even if it makes you feel terrible, it's not a "bad" food because you choose to eat it in a moment that's worth it. 
    But yeah, society applies all sorts of silly judgement and labels and emotions to food. Yes, McDonald's is probably completely devoid of nutritional value but it's delicious and I decided it was worth it and so I ate some. So what? It's simply food and knowledge and choices! 
    I feel like I've read a really good article (or something in one of the books) about this but I can't recall where...
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    kirbz got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @Laura of The Great White North I never experienced anything on the timeline either, and I come from a background of truly awful eating habits. My body just isn't super sensitive to foods. Which was nice for me when everyone else was feeling hungover or achy or angry. But it did also mean that my NSVs were more subtle. 
    So, maybe you're just a person like me who doesn't have strong reactions to food...
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    kirbz reacted to Jihanna in Whole 30 (July 2)   
    I think you've got it, Emma! Even McDonald's food isn't "good" or "bad", it's just options that you can choose to use or pass by... and some of the options might be better or worse for your personal situation, but you're still an adult who will make those decisions based on knowledge gained during this whole process and beyond. Food Freedom is about being able to make those choices. Sometimes my Freedom choice is going for an unhealthy (or less healthy) option because the situation makes it a "worth it" moment, but being able to find that balance and make the choices without judging myself harshly afterward was part of my goal -- another part is making sure "worth it" moments don't happen all the time, since that sort of defeats the purpose. (I want to quickly remind that "worth it" happens after reintroduction, because you have to get to baseline and determine your reactions before you can effectively judge whether or not something is worth you eating it! That can get confusing when talking about it in a during-W30 topic, so I didn't want to make anyone think I'm condoning going off-plan!).
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    kirbz reacted to KaraS in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
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    kirbz reacted to Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Ok you guys, tonight was tough. I have a new foster dog and I came home from work to a whole bunch of things chewed up (including a new pair of expensive shoes) and pee and poop on my bed...yep, on my bed.  Needless to say all I wanted to do was order takeout and pour a drink.  BUT, I did neither.  I stayed strong and make steak, sautéed squash and pan-roasted potatoes instead.  
    It was REALLY hard to resist going to food for comfort when I was stressed and tired and frustrated but I did it!  
    Now to figure out how I can help my foster not be so anxious and not ruin my stuff, lol.
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    kirbz got a reaction from coachmandiep in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @kristilarson I do think you might miss out on something beneficial if you are overly focused on macros. There's a reason this program doesn't focus on them. You should be learning rely on what your body is telling you feels good and not what a formula or app is telling you. This is meant to be an experiment! That's what I love so much about this program. So, go forth and experiment!
    Play around with portion sizes based on the meal template and see how you feel in terms of satiety, energy, mood, sleep, etc. And then adjust accordingly. And then adjust some more because it might not always  be the same! Once your hormones and everything are stabilized, your body should give you very clear signals as to what is or is not working for you.
    There are some very black and white rules, but the rest is figuring out what works for you. So don't be afraid to be a little playful and try new things and find something that will be great for you, for the short and long term! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @KaraS Oh wow, I'm so sorry you're having such a rough go of it! You most certainly are worth this though and you CAN do this! You have amazing goals (those grandkids are going to have an incredible, active grandmother for many years to come) and I do sincerely hope this helps you overcome some of the inflammation and pain you've been experiencing. How awful to be hit by a drunk driver just after you were starting to feel better.
    Perhaps it would be helpful to share a bit about what you've been eating? Sometimes it's really hard to figure out what you should be eating and to get your portions right at first so perhaps we (or the moderators) can at least make sure you're on the best track there to set you up for success! One thing I do when I first start Whole30 is to eat really generous portions. I DO NOT want to be hungry on top of all of the other challenges! I've also seen moderators suggest that you'll feel best if you eat at least one fist-sized serving of starchy vegetables every day! And I can definitely attest to that! 
    Another recommendation is to look for new rituals. We really do have so many food rituals that we probably don't even realize we have! Feel sad > eat food. Feel bored > eat good. Get together with friends > eat food. So, find some other rituals. Find things you can do for me when you normally would have reached for food. Perhaps a good book or a nature walk or some snuggles with the family dog. Perhaps you want to learn a new hobby or paint your nails! It does help to have those things identified in advance so, when you're faced with a situation when you would normally reach for food, you have something else fulfilling to do!
    Anyway, I'm sorry for your struggles and I wish you the very best! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @Darcy18 I have the Paderno World Cuisine 6-Blade Vegetable Slicer (which I purchased on Amazon) and I really love it! I use it often and am amazed at how easy it is to use and clean up. I received it as a gift from my parents and probably waited six months to use it because I was a bit intimidated and it seemed complicated. But it's not at all and that was totally dumb! It literally takes just a few minutes to prepare my veggies and clean up using my spiralizer!I highly recommend you get one if you are able! 
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    kirbz reacted to Laura of The Great White North in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    One of the big reasons I am taking on this journey is to change my relationship with food. It has been my drug for my entire life. I was also reflecting on my tendency to self sabotage when I try to make a change in my lifestyle. I discovered that there's a part of me that feels unworthy of being healthy because I'm fat. Somehow I've allowed myself to believe that I'm doomed to remain unhealthy because of the unhealthy choices I've made thus far. But I see now that I am the most worthy of love and self care and healthy habits. You are too!! And the fact that you recognize that you were eating out of habit/craving last night rather than hunger is a HUGE non scale victory that you should celebrate. Plus you didn't eat sugar, you found a healthier option. Next time you'll be able to recognize your motivation for eating and you can make a different choice-or not if you're truly hungry. You're doing great!!
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    kirbz got a reaction from coachmandiep in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @kristilarson I do think you might miss out on something beneficial if you are overly focused on macros. There's a reason this program doesn't focus on them. You should be learning rely on what your body is telling you feels good and not what a formula or app is telling you. This is meant to be an experiment! That's what I love so much about this program. So, go forth and experiment!
    Play around with portion sizes based on the meal template and see how you feel in terms of satiety, energy, mood, sleep, etc. And then adjust accordingly. And then adjust some more because it might not always  be the same! Once your hormones and everything are stabilized, your body should give you very clear signals as to what is or is not working for you.
    There are some very black and white rules, but the rest is figuring out what works for you. So don't be afraid to be a little playful and try new things and find something that will be great for you, for the short and long term! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    @ebutz27 Thanks for the continued dialogue and thoughtful responses! To answer your questions... 
    1. No, I have not yet read Food Freedom Forever, though I do own it! It sounds like you would recommend that I actually do that? 
    2. I don't typically revert immediately back to poor eating habits. And I have been improving over time. For example, my latest Whole30 started in November and I continued eating well for about three months. And then I had Girl Scout cookies and went completely off the rails. And then, I've been having this mentality that I'll start another round of Whole30 "next week" and so I fully indulge in all the things I love but then that's been going on for months now.... 
    3. I like the idea of setting mini resets around my food freedom choices. Maybe I need a rule for myself that if I make an unplanned, but conscientious choice to eat something totally off plan, I should follow it with a mini reset. If I have a planned choice, I should do one both before and after... 
    I'll check out Food Freedom Forever and see what other strategies I can come up with. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Sarah_MT in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Yes! I really, really recommend that you always, always, always read your labels! It takes just a moment once you're more familiar with the types of ingredients you'll be seeing and it's oh-so powerful to know what you're putting in your body. Because really, it's ridiculous the garbage they put in our food. 
    And don't take anything for granted. I've seen specific products compliant sometimes and not compliant at other times (why do companies make more than one version of a single product?). I've also had an experience where I received an official Whole30 email with a link to "Melissa's Whole30 Favorites" and one of the items was not compliant (that was a fun surprise halfway through my first Whole30). 
    So yeah, always read your labels! It's worth the few seconds to know what you're putting in your one and only body! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Darcy18 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hello everyone! I started ... something ... today. I'm not sure yet if it will be a Whole30 or a mini reset. I've completed two, complete Whole30 rounds and have done several other mini resets and partial rounds. I've done formal reintroductions so I know what foods do and do not bother me. But, I have been eating terribly and feeling terribly and want to get back on track. So, here I am!
    My goals are two-fold. First, long-term health. I love the outdoors and aspire to be that 80-year old women out hiking a hard trail later in my life. Second, sustainability. I'm still trying to figure out a way to eat this way and make is sustainable so it becomes a long-term lifestyle change. So, I'll be going with very simple meals and focusing on what would be realistic for a lifetime of healthy eating.  
    Anyway, I hope you don't mind if I join you, even if I'm unsure whether I will do the full 30 days. I have a business trip, a three day backpacking trip and a full week long camping trip during the next 30 days. But it's actually the business trip that has me most wary.  I've done and know I can do camping and backpacking on Whole30. So, I'll see how I'm feeling after a week and re-evaluate my aspirations for a mini reset or a full Whole30. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Darcy18 in Starting July 8th and Preparing for All the Suck   
    Hello everyone! I started ... something ... today. I'm not sure yet if it will be a Whole30 or a mini reset. I've completed two, complete Whole30 rounds and have done several other mini resets and partial rounds. I've done formal reintroductions so I know what foods do and do not bother me. But, I have been eating terribly and feeling terribly and want to get back on track. So, here I am!
    My goals are two-fold. First, long-term health. I love the outdoors and aspire to be that 80-year old women out hiking a hard trail later in my life. Second, sustainability. I'm still trying to figure out a way to eat this way and make is sustainable so it becomes a long-term lifestyle change. So, I'll be going with very simple meals and focusing on what would be realistic for a lifetime of healthy eating.  
    Anyway, I hope you don't mind if I join you, even if I'm unsure whether I will do the full 30 days. I have a business trip, a three day backpacking trip and a full week long camping trip during the next 30 days. But it's actually the business trip that has me most wary.  I've done and know I can do camping and backpacking on Whole30. So, I'll see how I'm feeling after a week and re-evaluate my aspirations for a mini reset or a full Whole30. 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Keen On Clean Fuel in New Pre- and Post-Workout Guidelines - Has Anyone Tried It?   
    I didn't necessarily think this article represented a new guideline either. I remember reading it when I received a Whole30 email several months ago when the article was written . And frankly, I kinda dismissed it because it didn't fit into my understanding of the Whole30 framework. But, based on various threads here on the forum, it feels like maybe it is intended to be the new guideline...
    For example, the moderators have indicated that there are plans to update the meal template to align with these guidelines. Which sure makes it sound like they're the new pre- and post-workout guidelines. 
    Also, the moderators referenced a statement from Melissa Urban on this topic (see the second post here https://forum.whole30.com/topic/56912-pre-workout-meal-confused/), though I'm not sure where it came from:
    First, the ISWF pre-workout recommendations were created back in 2010. Exercise nutrition best practices are always evolving, which is why we reached out to an expert in the current science; an RD who works with clients on a daily basis.
    We asked Paul to explain more his rationale on eating carbs pre-workout: "Eating carbohydrates before a workout will provide the muscles with readily available fuel--taken from the blood and sent wherever it's needed, which is faster and easier to access than digging into stores glycogen. Plus, depleting glycogen levels set off fatigue sensors in the body – and we want to avoid that happening mid-workout."
    The Whole30 books aren't being updated with this information at this point (book updates are a HUGE process), so please refer to the most current post for your best pre- and post-workout strategies.
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    kirbz got a reaction from True Primal in New Pre- and Post-Workout Guidelines - Has Anyone Tried It?   
    You make another great point. I'm probably not necessarily going to find advice on fueling strategies for something like 10 hours of hiking here. :-) I'll probably have to figure that out for myself or rely on other research. Thanks for sharing the link. That article was very interesting. 
    I'm also reading a book called Training for the New Alpinism, which includes information on nutrition and fueling (which I haven't gotten to yet). Hopefully that advice won't be mutually exclusive of Whole30 and I can follow their advice while aligning generally with Paleo/Whole30 foods. :-) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Keen On Clean Fuel in Vegetables for Breakfast   
    I'm with you. Veggies in the morning is tough. But here's where I landed. Soup! For some reason, a delicious, creamy soup doesn't seem so hard in the morning. So, I basically rotate these three with my scrambled eggs on the regular (listed in order of my favorites): 
    Golden Cauliflower Soup: http://meljoulwan.com/2012/10/24/golden-cauliflower-soup/ Silky Gingered Zucchini Soup: https://meljoulwan.com/2012/11/05/silky-gingered-zucchini-soup/ Roasted Carrot Caraway Soup: https://meljoulwan.com/2017/10/07/roasted-carrot-caraway-soup/ Voila! Veggies for breakfast, in a format that hardly seems like veggies! :-) 
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    kirbz got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Whose a fan of canned wild caught sardines?!   
    Mel Joulwan (author of the Well Fed cookbook series) has a recipe for pan-fried sardines that is absolutely amazing! It's super fast to prepare and oh-so-good. I do struggle a little bit with uncooked ones directly from the can, but these fried ones are phenomenal! I could eat them every day!
    Sadly, it's not one of the recipes she has online. But, if you have her cookbooks, check it out! Though I can't remember if it's in Well Fed or Well Fed 2.... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from ultrarunnergirl in Whose a fan of canned wild caught sardines?!   
    Mel Joulwan (author of the Well Fed cookbook series) has a recipe for pan-fried sardines that is absolutely amazing! It's super fast to prepare and oh-so-good. I do struggle a little bit with uncooked ones directly from the can, but these fried ones are phenomenal! I could eat them every day!
    Sadly, it's not one of the recipes she has online. But, if you have her cookbooks, check it out! Though I can't remember if it's in Well Fed or Well Fed 2.... 
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    kirbz got a reaction from Oaklandish1 in Super stressed, about to quit   
    I'm sorry for the struggles you had. I absolutely, 100% do not eat out on Whole except for an occasional Chipotle bowl. The thought of asking all the questions you have to ask to know something is compliant is way, way too overwhelming and stressful for me. When I travel, I do not eat Whole30. I make smart food choices. And I'm fortunate enough that reintroductions have shown me that I don't have any significant food sensitivities. But I don't even try to eat Whole30 on the road. And I would never do one when I had to be on the road (except camping, which keeps me in control of my food). It's just too much. 
    I share this because I hope you don't judge Whole30 on the experience of a traveling Whole30. It's so much harder. It's likely you inadvertently ate something you shouldn't have, which means you aren't realizing the full benefits of the program. And it's just plain stressful.  So yeah, I hope you give it a little more time and a chance for it to be less stressful for you! 
    Anyway, regardless of how you move forward, you have LOTS to be proud of we wish you the very best! 
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    kirbz got a reaction from ShieldMaiden in Spicy Shrimp Egg Roll Bowl   
    I haven't tried this one yet but I love pretty much anything by Paleo Running Momma! She's one of two go-to recipe creators for me!
    I highly, highly recommend this recipe from her: https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/twice-baked-potatoes-paleo-whole30-vegan/.