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    racheleats got a reaction from misshannah in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    No one (not even your husband) can determine how much food is too much food for you. Only you can - that is the whole purpose of doing a whole30 and the reintroductions - I'm so glad you decided to keep doing that btw! - you'll come out with the perfect meal plan/diet for YOU. Eat a template composed meal until you are full and satisfied for 4-5 hours, and voila! That is enough food to fuel your body. Because that's what food is - fuel. If you don't fill your car up with enough gas, you won't get where you want to go. If you don't give your body enough food/fuel, you'll be tired, cranky hungry etc. and more likely to overeat or yo-yo back to a different diet plan.
    Another thing - trying to tweak the program to focus on weight loss can often have the opposite effect because you're undereating or getting too stressed about losing weight that your body actually holds on to weight. Try Googling Whole30 Weightloss to find the forum discussions on that topic - you're definitely not alone here, and you might get some more insight into how doing the program and reintro as written is best!
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    racheleats reacted to ashleypm in Can you please help me understand "technically compliant but off limits foods"?   
    Thank you! This has been really helpful to me! Some of my takeaways are: 
    (1) We shouldn’t be trying to replicate unhealthy items, because that’s not the spirit of Whole30 AND it just might make us crave the real thing!
    (2) Many of these technically compliant items are still not incredibly healthy, and we can and should be opting for healthier whole food choices wherever we can. 
    (3) While some technically compliant items are just against the rules (like banana and egg “pancakes”), many other technically compliant items are subjective and require specific context. So while eating a bar for a sugar fix is not in the spirit of Whole30, eating a bar as a good option on a delayed plane could be in the spirit of Whole30. 
    Again, really appreciate the support and I’m excited to keep learning before launching 9/10!
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    racheleats reacted to kaydeebakes in Struggling to Make Mayo   
    Alright ladies- here’s what I learned:
    1. I’ve been using my immersion blender incorrectly. Now I’m double excited to use this tool!
    2. Light tasting olive oil is an actual thing AND it’s amazing. 
    3. This forum is awesome. I’m so glad I wrote in. Everyone has been super supportive and helpful which is great because...
    4. I CAN MAKE HOMEMADE MAYO AND IT’S DELICIOUS. 
    I’m so excited. Thank you all so much for your help!!!
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    racheleats reacted to -Kara in Kombucha   
    "If you have a Whole Foods near you, they often have it on tap. An employee might be able to give you a sample to try!"
     
    Thanks! I will check out the Whole foods next time I am there!
     
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    racheleats got a reaction from -Kara in Kombucha   
    It's definitely an acquired taste...very carbonated and vinegary. There are flavors that I love and others that I can't stand - it's just all about your personal preference. I don't think they taste like alcohol, but that's just me. Some people don't like the smell but enjoy the taste, so you might consider drinking it through a cup with a cover and a straw. If you have a Whole Foods near you, they often have it on tap. An employee might be able to give you a sample to try!
    Or, buy a bottle (GTs is great!) in a flavor that sounds good to you, and dilute it with a seltzer until you get more used to it!
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    racheleats got a reaction from Laura55 in What does "riding your own bike" mean to you?   
    I've been "riding my own bike" for about 3 years now...here's what it means to me personally.
    I try to keep all the food I make for myself whole30 approved. On any given week, that means breakfast, lunch and dinner M-F. Then if something unexpected comes up - an unplanned work lunch, or a dinner at my sister's I can do the best I can to stick to the foods I know work best for me, and just get right back to my routine easily. Basically, I try to eat W30 90% of the time. But I'm not actually keeping track of anything..
    As far as knowing when foods are "worth it", you have to first know how they will affect you. I'll use this example - I know that dairy makes my face break out for a few days. On a random week in May, I might crave ice cream, think about what I have going on, and determine if having a few breakouts on my face will bother me. If not, I'll have the ice cream and deal with the consequences. Alternatively, if I am craving ice cream the week before my wedding, even though I REEEALLY want it, I will skip it because having a breakout before that very special day will cause me so much stress. I just know this about myself.
    So I'm always evaluating the consequences, and if I want to deal with them. If I have something important coming up where I want to look and feel my best, I'll probably say those foods that make me feel bad are not worth it more. Does that make sense?
    It takes a while to figure all that out, and it's okay to have your own "rules" in your food freedom and while riding your own bike. Personally, I am an abstainer, and I am a crappy moderator. Yes and No, black and white work really well for me, so having a few of my own rules in my food freedom actually makes me less stressed out and feel more in control!
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    racheleats got a reaction from Tarrantrl in Day 20- no tiger blood, no energy, and no change   
    At a quick glance, you are for sure not eating enough, which will contribute to your low energy and no Tiger Blood. It can also adversely affect weight loss. You only eat two hard boiled eggs for breakfast?! I would DIE lol...you need to add veggies and plated fat to make that a complete meal. You also don't list any plated fat with lunch or dinner so make sure you're including it there too.
    You'll also want to add mini-meals before and after your workouts, especially if they're cardio/strength training.
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    racheleats got a reaction from RandiW in Whole 30 Day 23 - Help!   
    Nuts can be really hard on your digestion! In the past when I've been having stomach troubles the first thing I always notice is that I'm eating more nuts than normal. Try bumping up your meal sizes so you don't need to snack, and try a different fat source!
    Also, raw veggies can be hard on your stomach!
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    racheleats reacted to annael in Day 12: stinky gas since I started   
    ok thank, i see the major component is senna leaves, i know it! i thx
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    racheleats got a reaction from annael in Day 12: stinky gas since I started   
    I use the Natural Calm magnesium, and have been taking it at night since it makes me sleepy. This is the tea that I tried and had some good luck with. https://thrivemarket.com/p/traditional-medicinals-organic-smooth-move-tea?utm_source=google&utm_medium=pla&utm_medium=pla&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=Shopping_Food_Beverages&utm_content=032917002006&utm_term=google-pla_na&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIiYjf_8zg2wIVx1mGCh2cww15EAYYASABEgLT1vD_BwE 
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    racheleats got a reaction from annael in Day 12: stinky gas since I started   
    I've been having some digestion/bloating/constipation issues the past week or so, and I have cut out almost all of the FODMAP foods I was eating (TONS of avocado, apples, almost every veggie), got some "Smooth Move" tea, and got back into my regular magnesium habit. The tea has helped a lot with the constipation...I've just had two cups, one per night and already have relief. And I'm hoping that limiting the FODMAPS and getting back to taking the magnesium will help me stay more regular. I will probably only have the tea one more night, since it's definitely a laxative and I don't want to rely on that or get into a bad habit, you know?
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    racheleats reacted to AriSaysShesTired in Headaches   
    I don't believe @jmcbn meant the snacking was causing the headaches, but rather the Larabar and it's sugar content (albeit natural sugar).
    I have only been on this lifestyle shift for a few days, and am getting headaches myself. However, I do believe in the message behind this cleanse; sometimes your body needs a shock to remind it that it is not functioning at the optimum setting. If you drown yourself in sugar and carby grease (as DELICIOUS as it is), your brain can't remember what it did before all that.
    Whole30 cannot be considered a fad diet, in my opinion, because it's not a diet. We are not meant to complete the 30 days and jump right back into our old habits... that would be counter productive. Whole30 is supposed to help you become present within your relationship with food, and allow you to start fresh with it for a brighter, healthier future. Fad diets are for people who want a quick fix with very little permanency. 
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    racheleats reacted to MarcyW in Adjusting to no alcohol   
    @racheleats I only explained this to my friends I went biking with (the non-drinkers)  I was ready to cave, but literally, the minute the waitress asked what we were drinking I said water was fine.  I did very well with the food too - tuna steak and house salad.  
    My husband told someone I was doing the 30 on 30 (god love him) and I met him out Saturday night (I was his D.D.)   One girl asked about it and asked how much weight I was losing and the typical "diet" questions.  It was hard to explain that it's not about weight, since that is most people's mindset.  So yes, I won't be explaining it to anyone since she didn't understand.  
    It was easy be at a bar with nothing to drink (literally, since no one remembers water when they are buying rounds, lol).  I did keep a positive thought about it.  And I congratulated myself each morning when I woke up feeling great.  
    Now for weekend number 2.........ha ha
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    racheleats got a reaction from MarcyW in Adjusting to no alcohol   
    I personally think that if you DO explain why you're doing the whole30 and frame it in a more positive way you're better off in the long run. If you try and just explain it away as not a big deal, you're going to get a lot more of the peer pressure - like "oh just have one beer, it won't kill you". But if you tell your friends that you've committed to this 30 day reset and you'd really like to have their support I have a feeling they'll rally behind you.
    Rather than explaining why you CAN'T have the big meal or craft beer, tell them about all the amazing stuff you ARE eating and why you decided to take on the reset. List out some of your goals - you want to feel more energized, have clearer skin, finally break your sugar addiction. Just be confident in your speech, and remember that it's no one's business but your own why you are or aren't eating something. Report back after the weekend! I bet it will be much easier than you think  
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    racheleats reacted to Lunarose in Adjusting to no alcohol   
    @Uni_corndog0625 thank you so much for your support, and I am here for you too! I can totally relate. When you get in the habit of having a drink or three at the end of the day to wind down, it is soooooo hard to suddenly go without. I think for the entire first week my mind was just racing in the evening, it was terrible. I'm on day 14 now, and it is finally getting a bit easier, what a relief. I am hoping by the end of it, I will be much more comfortable with just having a drink on the weekends, or even not at all. I need to find other healthier ways to wind down in the evening - Whole 30 has challenged me to do that, which is great. And I will definitely pick up some of that passionflower tea, sounds delicious! Thanks again, I'm so proud of us both.  
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    racheleats reacted to Lunarose in Adjusting to no alcohol   
    @racheleats ooh I have not tried trilogy yet, will keep an eye out for it!  
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    racheleats got a reaction from SweetEnough in Adjusting to no alcohol   
    I love this quote. It should be an official whole30 mantra!
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    racheleats got a reaction from Lunarose in Adjusting to no alcohol   
    Those are my two fav flavors too! If you can find it Trilogy is also delicious  
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    racheleats reacted to Lunarose in Adjusting to no alcohol   
    @racheleats thanks so much for your tips and encouraging words! And it's a good reminder that I'm really just getting started... I know that after drinking daily for so long it won't suddenly be easier in the first week but I get worried that the stress won't pass. I know for some daily drinkers the no alcohol thing is a deal breaker and the reason they don't try Whole 30, so I am proud of myself for going for it. 
    I do enjoy reading before bed so I might focus on that and I nice cup of tea to wind down. I sew during the day for work so guessing the knitting and crochet might not be quite as relaxing. 
    Thanks again, I really appreciate it!
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    racheleats reacted to SweetEnough in Adjusting to no alcohol   
    Yes, agree with all this 100%! I did address it with him immediately, and he apologized and and reminded me he was joking. But the problem is that it's NOT just joking; it's actually a really passive-aggressive form of sabatoge, even if unintended. It brings to mind one of my favorite quotes...

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    racheleats got a reaction from Lunarose in Adjusting to no alcohol   
    As far as winding down, do you like tea? Reading? Knitting/crocheting? These are all things that help me "turn my mind off" and relax before bed.
    As far as the alcohol stuff goes, there's not really a one size fits all solution. That was one thing that I really struggled with when I did my first round. I was 25, it was summer and it seemed like all my friends wanted to do was go out for drinks. It took a lot of mental strength to be okay going out without drinking, or explaining to people why I was turning down alcohol. Also, it's only been 8 days! Give yourself a little grace to feel your feelings and live in the frustration until you find your new wind down methods and know that what you're doing for yourself is so good and important!
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    racheleats reacted to baileyh in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    Hello! 
    I did my first Whole30 in February of this year, and I didn't have any big changes in my weight during that time either - I lost about 4 pounds, which mostly seemed to be water weight. My clothes fit slightly differently but I didn't drop a size or anything. However I was feeling so great that I decided to mostly stick with the Whole30 way of eating - only bringing occasional alcohol and all natural sweeteners back into my diet. Over the next few months my body started changing, and with my energy levels increasing I was able to get up early and work out. I lost another 6 pounds between March and May.
    This is all to say that the weight loss benefits you're looking for might just require a bit more time! Slow weight loss is healthier and most sustainable after all, be patient with yourself  I wish you all the best in your journey!
    Bailey
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    racheleats got a reaction from misshannah in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    No one (not even your husband) can determine how much food is too much food for you. Only you can - that is the whole purpose of doing a whole30 and the reintroductions - I'm so glad you decided to keep doing that btw! - you'll come out with the perfect meal plan/diet for YOU. Eat a template composed meal until you are full and satisfied for 4-5 hours, and voila! That is enough food to fuel your body. Because that's what food is - fuel. If you don't fill your car up with enough gas, you won't get where you want to go. If you don't give your body enough food/fuel, you'll be tired, cranky hungry etc. and more likely to overeat or yo-yo back to a different diet plan.
    Another thing - trying to tweak the program to focus on weight loss can often have the opposite effect because you're undereating or getting too stressed about losing weight that your body actually holds on to weight. Try Googling Whole30 Weightloss to find the forum discussions on that topic - you're definitely not alone here, and you might get some more insight into how doing the program and reintro as written is best!
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    racheleats got a reaction from misshannah in Day 30 and only lost 1 pound!?!   
    No one (not even your husband) can determine how much food is too much food for you. Only you can - that is the whole purpose of doing a whole30 and the reintroductions - I'm so glad you decided to keep doing that btw! - you'll come out with the perfect meal plan/diet for YOU. Eat a template composed meal until you are full and satisfied for 4-5 hours, and voila! That is enough food to fuel your body. Because that's what food is - fuel. If you don't fill your car up with enough gas, you won't get where you want to go. If you don't give your body enough food/fuel, you'll be tired, cranky hungry etc. and more likely to overeat or yo-yo back to a different diet plan.
    Another thing - trying to tweak the program to focus on weight loss can often have the opposite effect because you're undereating or getting too stressed about losing weight that your body actually holds on to weight. Try Googling Whole30 Weightloss to find the forum discussions on that topic - you're definitely not alone here, and you might get some more insight into how doing the program and reintro as written is best!