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    racheleats reacted to Stacie365 in Day 20 - my stomach is a mess   
    Thank you so much! Yup, I was definitely not eating enough.  I ate a huge dinner last night, and I feel so much better today. I'm used to eating six small meals a day, so these meals feel extremely large. Just something to get used to. Really appreciate the info. All the best!
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    racheleats reacted to Kristen A in It ISN'T hard!?   
    I started about a week ago (I was nearly eating exclusively Whole30 approved foods for the week prior as I considered the plan and waited for my cookbook to arrive). I decided to commit when I realized this way of eating didn't feel like a diet, and I felt the puffiness of my body start to shrink within the first couple days.  I couldn't be more surprised that I haven't felt crazy without sugar and carbs!! I DID NOT think I could do this, but here I am, doing it.
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    racheleats got a reaction from StephResets in 1st timer, starting November 1st!   
    You should never be hungry on whole30 - you're probably not eating enough! Head over to the Troubleshooting Forum and list out your meals with specific details and a moderator will help you make tweaks. Usually it's not enough fat, and incorrect portion sizes. It takes a lot of experimentation to figure out how much food you need to stay full so just keep adding things to your meals until you're able to go 4-5 hours without being hungry!
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    racheleats reacted to Laura H in Survivor started Nov. 1   
    Hello,
    My name is Laura, (I noticed another Laura started the same day as me.) I am officially a cancer survivor and need to change my eating lifestyle in order to fight a chance of reoccurrence. My integrative medicine doctor suggested I read the book, It Starts with Food. So I bought the book on Monday and decided I needed to start November 1 after over-indulging on Halloween candy the day before. I haven't finished the book, but have read enough to know what to avoid and today I am into Day 4! Hurray! My doctor told me in order for this to work successfully it would be best to have my husband on board. As an awesome caregiver, he has agreed and brought all of our dairy products and other perishable items along with strong temptations to our neighbors. When I get home from work we have been cooking together to make some of the meat recipes found in the book. It has been a fun thing to do together and so far we really like the taste of the one recipe and tried it with chicken and pork. We will be trying it with beef this weekend. One thing that struck me in the book was something was said we eat well not just to survive, but to thrive. As everyone knows the big celebratory word with cancer is survivor. I have decided I don't just want to survive, I want to thrive! I believe having this book come across my path is a gift from my Maker's Hand.
    Laura
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    racheleats reacted to FitAnd50Something in Observations on Week 1   
    Hi Rachel!  We definitely make the ranch dressing to our taste--a little of this, a little of that.  I'm sure that no batch will be exactly the same. :-)
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    racheleats got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in Observations on Week 1   
    Love reading your observations - did you make dump ranch?! I'll never buy from the store again either  I made a faux sandwich a few weeks ago by slicing a chicken breast in half and using that as the outside - I put ranch, bacon and spinach inside and it was so delish...and pretty convenient too since I cooked up a big batch of chicken ahead of time!
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    racheleats reacted to T2Andrew in Is it really that difficult?   
    I'm six days in on W30, and except for day 4 - low blood sugar - it has not been hard for me (with respect to those who find it a challenge).  For me, getting back into the habit of making my own meals and being creative in the kitchen again is a pleasure.  
    Years ago, I quit alcohol cold turkey.  I went for three years without wine and 6.5 years without beer.  I had my own motivations and it got easier after the first week.  My mantra then was "I can have alcohol any time I want, just not today"
    Instead of wondering if you can survive 30 days, challenge yourself to do your best today!  One day at a time!
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    racheleats got a reaction from HazelSkye in Alternatives to Advil?   
    Raspberry leaf tea helps with cramps! I generally have really bad cramps for a few days but if I drink a cup of this a day for like 5 days leading up to my period they're not as bad! Might not be helpful this time around, but for the future!!
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    racheleats reacted to ladyshanny in Alternatives to Advil?   
    Oh, dang, I forgot about the tea! David's Tea sells "Mighty Aphrodite" which is a raspberry leaf blend. I've run out so it completely slipped my mind. I was doing a cup a day for the week before and two cups a day during and the difference was amazing!
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    racheleats reacted to fire_flower in Day 1 subconscious slip up - start over tomorrow?   
    Thank you - I've decided to start over. Going with answer #2 - because I made a commitment to myself!
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    racheleats reacted to littleg in It didn't work for me   
    It sounds like the past 30 days were tough for you.  Sorry that was the case!  I just am going to throw out a few ideas that you can take or leave
    1. Family food - in our house hubs eats what I make or he makes his own thing.  I don't know how things work in your house but is your daughter old enough that if she doesn't want what you make she can make her own meal?  Hubs often eats what I call "paleo plus" - if I make burgers he may have a bun, if I make sauce he may have noodles, things like that but the "main" meal is the same.  If I make spaghetti sauce I'm not making garlic bread, pasta, etc to go with it - I'm making my sauce and zucchini/sweet potato noodles and that is it.  If hubs wants extras that is up to him.  
    2.  It sounds like you didn't like a lot of the food you made because you were trying to adapt your usual recipes.  I totally get this!  Mom's sauce isn't going to be mom's sauce without the red wine... but there are lots of other sauces out there that may be worth a shot!  W30 is always a time for us to try *new* recipes - you might have found some you really liked.
    3.  "Lots of nuts" is often an indication things were not as well rounded for meals as they could have been.  Snacks should be template based and ideally you don't need them.  Maybe more fat/protein/volume at meals would have helped you "need" fewer nuts?  I'm 5'2" ~130 lbs... meal 1 for me today was 3 jumbo eggs cooked in duck fat (maybe 1/2 tbsp), 1/2 bag frozen spinach (so 8 oz), and 2 big handfuls of some onions and peppers I pan fried in coconut oil a few days ago with a side of mayo (1-2 tbsp).  Point being: a decent amount of food.  Kept me full for about 5 hrs.  
    4.  You said you aren't going to continue.  Which is fine.  You are an adult and can totally make that choice.  But as you go forward - especially with a goal of normalizing blood sugar and liver function... think about why your "go to" chicken chunks have sugar in them... and if maybe you could make your own chicken soup on a rainy day and freeze some for the next time you are sick so you don't need to eat canned food.  In my opinion so much of one's success about the W30 is "buying in" to the idea that "food is medicine".  And if you don't just feel that... well than W30 is tough because, gosh, it is restrictive and so.darn.time.consuming.to.cook.so.much.  BUT if you truly believe that you can heal yourself with food I think there is a mind shift that suddenly makes the effort worthwhile.  At least that is why I make the effort to eat paleo most of the time because I truly believe eating food - from the ground, trees, animals, ocean, etc and not food that has to make its way through a factory first is truly the best thing I can do for myself and my family.
     
    Anyway, however you decide to go forward I hope you have some success with the biomarkers you are hoping to change!
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    racheleats got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in It didn't work for me   
    I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but why did you choose to do a Whole30 in the first place? What attracted you to the program? You said it was to lose weight and address some other issues, but it just sounds like you aren't super excited about the program or following the rules...of course that is fine, you're an adult no one is forcing you to do this, just maybe it's not right for you.
    I totally understand getting frustrated at the rules, but they're the rules of the program - if you don't like them, don't do the program! It's not a cure-all for everything for every single person - it's very clear that the purpose is to eliminate certain things for just 30 days and then re-introduce them. You're not meant to eat this way (following the whole30 rules) forever, the point is to eventually figure out the perfect diet for you. Maybe you think sulphites don't affect you, but for example what if you eliminated them and found that your mid afternoon headaches were gone. Then, you re-introduced the sun dried tomatoes with added sulphites and the headaches returned? You might decide to keep eating them, but maybe it wouldn't be worth it to you and you'd find another brand without the added sulphites (or make them yourself!).
    Also, there are TONS of recipes and meal ideas out there, so saying there is nothing to eat just isn't the case. I found a lot of new foods/ingredients that I hadn't considered before, you just have to be willing to try new things. Again, if you simply don't want to that it's completely fine for you and your context, but making such a general statement that there is nothing to eat isn't true.
     
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    racheleats got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in It didn't work for me   
    I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but why did you choose to do a Whole30 in the first place? What attracted you to the program? You said it was to lose weight and address some other issues, but it just sounds like you aren't super excited about the program or following the rules...of course that is fine, you're an adult no one is forcing you to do this, just maybe it's not right for you.
    I totally understand getting frustrated at the rules, but they're the rules of the program - if you don't like them, don't do the program! It's not a cure-all for everything for every single person - it's very clear that the purpose is to eliminate certain things for just 30 days and then re-introduce them. You're not meant to eat this way (following the whole30 rules) forever, the point is to eventually figure out the perfect diet for you. Maybe you think sulphites don't affect you, but for example what if you eliminated them and found that your mid afternoon headaches were gone. Then, you re-introduced the sun dried tomatoes with added sulphites and the headaches returned? You might decide to keep eating them, but maybe it wouldn't be worth it to you and you'd find another brand without the added sulphites (or make them yourself!).
    Also, there are TONS of recipes and meal ideas out there, so saying there is nothing to eat just isn't the case. I found a lot of new foods/ingredients that I hadn't considered before, you just have to be willing to try new things. Again, if you simply don't want to that it's completely fine for you and your context, but making such a general statement that there is nothing to eat isn't true.
     
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    racheleats got a reaction from Honeycrisp in Day 20 and Super Minimal NSVs   
    I think the only thing you're doing wrong is focusing on the negatives!! LOOK AT ALL THOSE NSVs!!!! And you're only on day 20! To me, that is amazing, and I think you shouldn't be so hard on yourself! Change takes time, you're doing an awesome thing for yourself
     
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    racheleats got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in It didn't work for me   
    I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but why did you choose to do a Whole30 in the first place? What attracted you to the program? You said it was to lose weight and address some other issues, but it just sounds like you aren't super excited about the program or following the rules...of course that is fine, you're an adult no one is forcing you to do this, just maybe it's not right for you.
    I totally understand getting frustrated at the rules, but they're the rules of the program - if you don't like them, don't do the program! It's not a cure-all for everything for every single person - it's very clear that the purpose is to eliminate certain things for just 30 days and then re-introduce them. You're not meant to eat this way (following the whole30 rules) forever, the point is to eventually figure out the perfect diet for you. Maybe you think sulphites don't affect you, but for example what if you eliminated them and found that your mid afternoon headaches were gone. Then, you re-introduced the sun dried tomatoes with added sulphites and the headaches returned? You might decide to keep eating them, but maybe it wouldn't be worth it to you and you'd find another brand without the added sulphites (or make them yourself!).
    Also, there are TONS of recipes and meal ideas out there, so saying there is nothing to eat just isn't the case. I found a lot of new foods/ingredients that I hadn't considered before, you just have to be willing to try new things. Again, if you simply don't want to that it's completely fine for you and your context, but making such a general statement that there is nothing to eat isn't true.
     
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    racheleats reacted to kirbz in Day 20 and Super Minimal NSVs   
    Thank you for all of the feedback, I do appreciate it! 
    @MeadowLily @racheleats I definitely do have a tendency to be overly negative! The control and lack of cravings is a huge NSV and I shouldn't undervalue that. That will be a lifelong blessing for my health. I've just been so focused on more energy that it's so easy to be disappointed by not having it. 
    @SugarcubeOD Thank you for looking through my log and providing feedback. Can you be a little more specific on what I can do make my meals more aligned with the template? I've been trying super hard to follow the template for every meal but if I'm missing something, I'm happy to change! What part of the meal should I make larger? Do I need more fats? I do generally feel like I stay full between meals. Out of 20 days, I've only had four days where I had a solid snack (I had a couple of additional days where I had a kombucha or a La Croix but I've stopped even doing that since the first week). Those were days where I was going upwards of 8 hours between meals. Is that excessive snacking?  I can definitely be better about eating within an hour of waking and eating it in one sitting so I'll focus on that (as we speak, I haven't done that this morning)! 
    Anyways, thank you so much for the support, advice, and words of encouragement. I'll be more positive and be more dedicated to eat my Meal 1 early! 
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    racheleats got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in It didn't work for me   
    I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but why did you choose to do a Whole30 in the first place? What attracted you to the program? You said it was to lose weight and address some other issues, but it just sounds like you aren't super excited about the program or following the rules...of course that is fine, you're an adult no one is forcing you to do this, just maybe it's not right for you.
    I totally understand getting frustrated at the rules, but they're the rules of the program - if you don't like them, don't do the program! It's not a cure-all for everything for every single person - it's very clear that the purpose is to eliminate certain things for just 30 days and then re-introduce them. You're not meant to eat this way (following the whole30 rules) forever, the point is to eventually figure out the perfect diet for you. Maybe you think sulphites don't affect you, but for example what if you eliminated them and found that your mid afternoon headaches were gone. Then, you re-introduced the sun dried tomatoes with added sulphites and the headaches returned? You might decide to keep eating them, but maybe it wouldn't be worth it to you and you'd find another brand without the added sulphites (or make them yourself!).
    Also, there are TONS of recipes and meal ideas out there, so saying there is nothing to eat just isn't the case. I found a lot of new foods/ingredients that I hadn't considered before, you just have to be willing to try new things. Again, if you simply don't want to that it's completely fine for you and your context, but making such a general statement that there is nothing to eat isn't true.
     
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    racheleats reacted to pipsqueak in So many dishes to wash   
    Having some sort of entertainment in the kitchen is absolutely crucial! I have an ipad mounted to the wall. It doubles as a quick place to pull up recipes, but also netflix/hulu when it's time for the dreaded dishwashing. I can't wash a dish without Seinfeld to keep me company.
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    racheleats reacted to DebG44 in Running out of money   
    I'm in Salem, OR, so at least a little cheaper than you.  But I agree,ditch the organic stuff.  Look for 2nd pick produce, which may have bruises or just not be shaped as pretty.  Sweet potatoes are super cheap, as well as squash and in season veggies.  Frozen veggies are also a great inexpensive, fast option.  Good luck!
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    racheleats got a reaction from Selcazare in Is it really that difficult?   
    Honestly I think it depends a lot on your perspective and how convenient you want it to be for yourself. It's a lot easier now than a few years ago with a lot of whole30approved products and meal planning/delivery service. But, I don't think it's so easy to be dismissive of the challenges people face. Lots of people who try the whole30 are coming from a really bad dieting place, and changing YEARS of engrained habits and your emotional relationship to food IS hard.
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    racheleats got a reaction from Selcazare in Is it really that difficult?   
    Honestly I think it depends a lot on your perspective and how convenient you want it to be for yourself. It's a lot easier now than a few years ago with a lot of whole30approved products and meal planning/delivery service. But, I don't think it's so easy to be dismissive of the challenges people face. Lots of people who try the whole30 are coming from a really bad dieting place, and changing YEARS of engrained habits and your emotional relationship to food IS hard.
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    racheleats got a reaction from Selcazare in Is it really that difficult?   
    Honestly I think it depends a lot on your perspective and how convenient you want it to be for yourself. It's a lot easier now than a few years ago with a lot of whole30approved products and meal planning/delivery service. But, I don't think it's so easy to be dismissive of the challenges people face. Lots of people who try the whole30 are coming from a really bad dieting place, and changing YEARS of engrained habits and your emotional relationship to food IS hard.
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    racheleats reacted to NoneOtherThanAmy in Can I Do...   
    @WholeCourtney Sounds like you've got a great attitude! Best of luck on your 2nd Whole30. 
    Oddly enough, I also started trying to run right around the time I started my first Whole30. I am not a "natural" runner, so it has been a ton of work to get myself to where I'd like to be, but I just ran my first 5k! I still did walk/run intervals, but I finished with about a 12 min/mile pace and I'm pretty happy with that. I've just started running with an 8k training group and I'm determined to be able to run the whole thing when the race comes around in 2 months. 
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    racheleats reacted to ItsALoveHateThing in So many dishes to wash   
    Hi!  I totally feel you on this.  I don't even have a dishwasher, and I have a husband and two kids so you can imagine the amount of by-hand dishwashing I'm having to do.  The hubs and I just agreed that whoever cooks doesn't have to wash.  I hope that helps.  I can handle dishes.  I can handle cooking.  I can't handle both.  I work a full time job and am also a professional vocalist with rehearsals and things, so I just can't spend all of my time in the kitchen like that.  So starting today, if I cook, he washes the dishes.  If he cooks, I wash.  I mostly do the cooking on this program, so BOOM, I just got out of doing dishes HA!!  He's a sucker and doesn't even know it lol.  My point is, I don't know if you have a significant other living with you or not, but if so, perhaps this could be an option to relieve you of some of that duty.  GOOD LUCK!!  This truly is more than strict healthy eating.  It's a total life change that requires reorganization of all of our habits and priorities.  One thing you can be sure of is that your body will thank you at the end of this, and nothing is more important than our health!!  
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    racheleats reacted to jmcbn in Running out of money   
    Have you thought about organ meat? I often buy beef heart from my butcher - he preps it into cubes for me and I make a spiced beef & apricot stew with it in my slow cooker, with minimal prep time & zero supervision. It comes in at about a quarter of the price of steak pieces and comes out just as tender - plus it's a nutritional power house!
    Other slow cooker ideas I use on a weekly basis would be NNP's kahlua pig, large pieces of brisket and/or shin cooked with cinnamon & all spice, and whole chickens.... all of which you can serve with non compliant sides fro your fussy teens.
    I'm a single mum of two boys, working full time & dealing with my own early morning training, their extra curricular activities, & a semblance of a social life so time & money are of the essence in my household!