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    BonnieStP got a reaction from CaseyP in Food Freedom Journey begins NOW.   
    I need a phrase for the daily diet that is not a Whole30, and not quite a Re-set either because there are days with events that prevent putting more than a few in a row together, but simply days where we eat mostly healthy but for an occasional indulgence.
    I hear others describing their journey from the other side, calling the days with indulgences "cheat days".  That thinking doesn't do anyone any good.  Holding on to feelings of good and bad food and behaviors, calling non-compliance a "cheat".  Nope.  That doesn't work for me.  That's a title that begs a person to just completely let go and revert back to old habits. 
    I think I'll call it "Mindful Eating".  Being mindful of what's in each of the three meals, aiming for satiation and satisfaction in nutritional choices.  Ask myself why I'm considering a snack and evaluate for real hunger vs a craving, then determine whether I am not eating enough at meals if it turns out to be hunger.   Pay attention to the cravings as they show up, and be ready to do a re-set when they show up too often.  Be mindful of making the choice to eat or drink something "special" or "worth it".  Make note of when I don't feel good or quite right after an enjoyed treat.
    "Mindful Eating" sounds right.
    This title will serve to remind myself, as it's easy to do when in the middle of a plan for eating defined as a Whole30 or a multiple-day Re-set, that I'm eating with intention.  Intention to gain and maintain better health and energy levels, achieve and maintain a healthy weight, intention to change my eating habits and have Food Freedom for Life.
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from CaseyP in Food Freedom Journey begins NOW.   
    This was the activity that was planned for the special weekend away!
    Turning 55 a week from now, and this was the gift to myself that I chose.
    My girlfriend of 50+ years (since Kindergarten) and her husband met us there from their home (4.5 hr trip for them, 2.5 hr trip for us), and ziplined with me.
    This is a good time in our lives to get back to experiencing great adventures.


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    BonnieStP got a reaction from xx_firefly in Sharing my "why" on Day 7 of my 6th W30 Reset   
    This has been called a "journey", even I've used this term while in pursuit of my best body size and health and Food Freedom Forever to maintain it.  And it certainly IS a journey!
    I am on Day 7 of my 6th Whole30.  I'm not discouraged.  I've made some mistakes in between, fallen back on old habits, gained some weight back.  But I AM LEARNING.
    It took joining a facebook group and matching up with an accountability partner this time, after several (and I mean SEVERAL!!) failed attempts to keep on past a few days.  I just wasn't committed, though I knew what I wanted.  There's no way around it - you have to be committed.  Having a group or an individual outside your home that is counting on you to stay strong, to help them do the same... that works for me.
    I want to include my "why" in this post, so that I can refer back to it when those pastries or chocolates or mounds of pasta start their siren song for me again at some point after each W30 reset:
    W30, for me, is a freedom from calorie and points counting, and hunger/deprivation while trying to "improve myself", turning my body against my very efforts as it fights to hold onto the weight.  I'm already a pro at that endless cycle, and where did it get me, overweight and unhappy.  My goal is to lose weight steadily until I reach the point where I feel good in my clothes, and strong. It might not even be the number on the scale that I THINK will make me feel this way.  Along the way, it's more important that I LEARN how to eat for life. No more yo-yo-ing. So, tweaking the numbers regarding what I ingest each day, stepping on the scale, obsessing over every fat on my plate... not for me. I'm done with that.  I am seeking to unlearn a lifelong unhealthy relationship with food, enjoy satiation and satisfaction from every meal, while learning to eat sensibly FOR LIFE along the way.  If it takes me longer to lose the weight during this process and multiple rounds of W30, I don't care. I will get this.   To all of you on YOUR journey, I wish you success with your food freedom goals!
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from AnitaC in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Day 30 on my Whole30.... which means first day of Re-Introduction is tomorrow!
    Here is how I celebrated reaching my 30 days, for this, my 5th Whole30.... in my Photography Studio (bstpierrestudio.com), with my girl Sammi!
     

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    BonnieStP got a reaction from Fernsk in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    @Fernsk - Congratulations to you!  I bet you are feeling GREAT!!! 
    It IS a process, for sure, depending on how set your lifelong eating habits were.  I'm every bit as enthusiastic about this method of "resets" (doing a Whole30) as necessary, the reintroduction as a great buffer to keep you from the rush to all-the-remembered-good-things, eating mindfully, and then doing reset cycles again... until I find my Food Freedom.  I'm ok with sliding backwards some, and keep a written journal, very honest with myself, about how I actually felt about the carb or sweet foods as I was eating them, so that maybe next time, I'll remember that I don't really need as much, or as often, in order to be satisfied with a little treat from time to time.  That's my long-term goal... to be satisfied with a little of the less than healthy things, occasionally.
    Good luck with your reset and your journey to Food Freedom too!
    : - )
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    BonnieStP reacted to Fernsk in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Thank you very much for your reintroduction journal.  I’m on Day 29 of my first round and am anxiously and excitedly looking forward to Saturday as my Day 31 and the beginning of reintroducing the eliminated foods.  It really helps to read others experiences.
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from Fernsk in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    It's ten days PAST the 10 Day Re-Introduction.
    I feel like I've been testing myself.  There are seven clearly non-compliant and potentially problem foods (for cravings/habits) that I've allowed myself in this short time, beginning with one of those quick-mart/gas station mass packaged mini donut packs (1).  I decided after that I don't need those ever again.  It was o.k.  Not special.  Not worth it.  While out doing household errands and attending to a Trust to which I'm a Trustee, I chose to stop in at a favorite bakery, where I poured myself a flavored coffee and sat and savored a small pecan roll (2), and brought home a small loaf of yummy bread and one peanut butter/chocolate cake square that my husband and I shared that evening.  All three, the roll, the bread (3) and the cake (4)... special. and. worth. it.  Three chocolate peppermint cookies (5) at a client's house.  Special- unusual and not readily available - and worth it.  For Valentine's Day a tiny glazed three-bite cake and a chocolate covered strawberry (6).  Definitely special and worth it, as a gift from my husband.  Rolls (7) for homemade smoked pulled pork with our commercial favorite BBQ sauce, also special and worth it.  We've added back into our diet the vegs we've missed, like corn and peas, with light sauces occasionally, and we've had some rice and some pasta in small quantities.
    So, this does seems like a lot in a short amount of time, and I recognize that perhaps I could have said no to some of these, definitely the donut pack... but... is it when opportunity presents itself or when I think I'd like to have it, or for a "holiday" that I should be allowing the not so healthy choices without guilt?  To tie it in with a holiday is not changing the lifetime "I deserve it" mindset, so....?  Maybe freedom would be if the holiday arrives and I don't feel like I really want it then?  (Will that ever happen???)  I am still trying to find my way, for if I am not restricting myself, are all of these, including the bread as sandwich bread or along with a meal, an indulgence, or now part of a normal meal occasionally?
    I have lots of questions, and will continue to read Food Freedom Forever again for some of the answers I seek.
    In the meantime, we have a few days where we intend to be mostly compliant, what I call "mindful eating" but with some foods, like the sandwich roll, that we know are not causing us physical reactions or bringing back cravings.  Then, we are away and staying with friends for a few days where we won't control our meals, returning home to visit another couple the next day, with a restaurant dinner plan.  On  the day after that, Feb. 26th, we'll be doing another Whole30 reset... my sixth.... where the rules are clear for the following 30 days.
    I have a daily planner, and a small part of each day's page is dedicated to tracking... not my foods in particular, for that is not Food Freedom, but the same NSV's as when doing a Whole30; you know, "energy", "cravings", "sleep", "reflections".  Instead of "Day ____, I made it!", as this section of my page reads on line one during a Whole30, it says " ____ Mindful Eating, Day # ___"... a place to check off that I was mindfully eating (that red check is important to my structured mind), and keeps a running tally of the days where I made conscious food choices.  Even if I chose to eat something indulgent which I deemed special and worth it, I continue to count the day.  It is not intended as a punishment for the choices, but a nod at the fact that those types of foods could be a problem to my sweet tooth/old snacking habit, and staying aware of the choice to eat it.  I'll list it, but still check off that I ate mindfully.  Now, should I eat those things without restraint on that day just because the taste is SO GOOD(!), or buy and eat one of those little packaged donut packets again, knowing full well that it is not special and worth it to me, I would have to start my mindful eating count back to day 1 the next day.  An acknowledgement of having slipped a little bit to eating sweets just for the sake of sweets.
    Am I doing this right?  I don't know.  But I'm working at it, and I'm happy with myself and my efforts.
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from Fernsk in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Day 6 of Re-Intro, compliant eating.
    No problem with this at all - the key is to continue to create healthy, satisfying and satiating meals... which is the goal for life anyway, right?
    Had a wonderful meal tonight, a crockpot meal since I am in between back to back overnight shifts (for a total of 60 hours this week!!).  This is one meal provided by my online subscription meal planner, Real Plans.  I highly recommend using this app - it makes this planning, cooking, eating thing so much easier.  Truly.
    Tomorrow is re-introduction of dairy.  I admit I am looking forward to a creamy spaghetti squash sauce (an Alfredo!!) tomorrow night, using heavy cream, grated parmesan and cream cheese, not to mention the cheddar cheese in the frittata and some of that cream cheese on celery with the third meal.
    We, my husband and I, are discussing eating compliant to Whole30 for most of the time, even when off the re-introduction.  I know we all have to work with what makes our brain/cravings tick... and I'm thinking that if I follow a day or even a weekend of enjoying non-compliants (mostly sweets and alcohol are my concern) with two days of completely compliant, I might be developing a good pattern of behavior towards my Food Freedom.
    What do you think?  What do YOU do, to re-set yourself before it goes too far backwards?

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    BonnieStP got a reaction from AnitaC in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Day 30 on my Whole30.... which means first day of Re-Introduction is tomorrow!
    Here is how I celebrated reaching my 30 days, for this, my 5th Whole30.... in my Photography Studio (bstpierrestudio.com), with my girl Sammi!
     

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    BonnieStP got a reaction from Fernsk in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Hi!
    Tomorrow is Day 30!  Woo hoo!
    Oh wait, there's this "Reintroduction" thing they want me to do TOO??  
    TEN MORE DAYS???
    I'm not DONE?!?
    OK, yes, this is not a surprise to me.  I've read the books, which by the way, I heartily recommend, and this Reintroduction is revealed right from the beginning. 
    I can't tell you how many times I've used the books as a resource since reading them the first time.  Mine is the type of mind that needs the "why" before wholly embracing something new, so 'It Starts with Food' convinced me that this was not one more fad/diet dead end, the others in between I devoured (no pun intended!) and studied, on how to get started and stay on track (plus 1st week meal plan example - which I followed - and RECIPES!!), but then, it was 'Food Freedom Forever' that confirmed that I was definitely doing something for myself that should have been done a long time ago. 
    Most recently, the 'Day by Day' was added to my Whole30 library, because, well, that damned sugar demon.
    Though I'm on my 5th Whole30, and I have learned a lot, feel great and love eating the meals I prepare, I have not yet tamed my sugar demon.  I recognize that I still have much to learn, and I'm a willing pupil.
    So, THIS time, for the FIRST time, I am going to follow the Reintroduction Plan!  It's true, I admit it.  The first 4 successful Whole30's... I didn't do the Reintroduction Plan.
    I suspect that thinking about 30 days puts a period to the plan in my mind that needs to be adjusted, and I'm thinking the Reintroduction is just the thing.  Then, I have some thoughts for after THAT too (Resets!), so that I can someday find my Food Freedom.
    I use RealPlans.com to make my meal planning easier all year long, but especially during a Whole30.  My reintroduction weeks are already planned.  I shop on Thursday and I already have my legumes for Wednesday, Day 1 of my Reintroduction.
    If you are new to the Reintroduction too, or you are seasoned and want to help a girl out, please join this conversation.  I think I got this, but my ears are open, plus I'd love to hear about your journey.
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    Since starting eating the Whole30 way, many of my friends have asked questions, and for advice as they consider it too.   Here's a getting started summary, based solely on my own experience.   First, you are considering this for any number of reasons... for some it's the hope of weight-loss, for others, health issues such as allergies, inflammatory responses and other ailments that might be addressed by learning through the process which foods your body does not do well with.   I can tell you that I don't think I have any allergies to foods and didn't have any digestive issues plaguing me.  But I have terrible eating habits.  I love healthy food, but also ate way too many snacks and foods that were just empty, very tasty, but empty calories.  I have been successful with Weight Watchers in the past, several times.  Get that?  SEVERAL times.  So, I was tired of the yo-yo weight issue I lived with as a result of not changing my HABITS, and that was my real motivator for trying the Whole30.   I didn't want to count calories or points all my life, but understood that weight was a direct result of too many calories in and not enough burned off.  What I didn't understand is the way a healthy body burns calories, and mine was way off wack from a lifetime of splurging and self-denial.  The process is that the body goes first to sugars for fuel, and I had plenty of those coursing through my system!  Some of it, it turns out, I wasn't responsible for, or even aware.  It wasn't just the sweets I chose to eat, but I've learned that sugar is added to the craziest things you'd never dream of, and as a result, we ingest way more of it than we should, all day long.  I wasn't choosing all of that, but it was going in my body every day!  So, the short of it is, our body uses those sugars and leaves the rest of it, until needed.  And the way I was eating, the rest was never needed, staying on as extra pounds unless I deprived myself for a period of time - in a DIET.  After that time, of course, it would all come back because I was going back to eating the way I'd known for all my life.     So, for ME, and for my husband Dan too, we lost weight just by eating compliant to the Whole30 Plan of healthy proteins, vegetables, healthy fats and some fruit three times a day, and being sure that we were not leaving the table hungry.  I'm talking measurable, significant amounts of weight.   Also, I lost some of the hip, knee and foot pain that was pretty much with me all the time.  Is it just that the lower body mass was easier on my joints, or was I eating in a way that kept those areas inflamed?  I don't know.  But I know I'm eating compliant still most of the time, with small indulgences here and there, and I don't miss the weight OR the pains!!  (lol)   It's not a once and done, either.  I was looking for something I can live with, forever.  And I think I found it.  Eating well, feeling satisfied, and never having to DIET again.  It's a learning process of eating mindfully, sliding back into old habits, and bringing yourself into check again when you see it happening.  I think of it as a re-structuring of a lifetime of habits and way of thinking about foods as "good or bad", or worse yet, yourself for eating them!  I am still learning, and it will take many cycles before I can achieve what Whole30 calls "Food Freedom Forever", but I am closer now than I've ever been in my life, and I feel great too along the way!   OK, some tips to make it easier:  BUY these books and read them.  They will HELP YOU on this journey. 1)  'It Starts with Food',  2) 'Whole30 - 30 Day Guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM', and 3) 'Food Freedom Forever'. You CAN do this without the books, but they are great resources, and isn't your health worth a little investment? NO, I am not a spokesperson for them and I don't get any commission if you buy. Book #2 has a sample week's menu that I used as my base when I started new.  It also has many recipes, some for some things I've never done before, like making my own mayonnaise! Participate in this Whole30 online forum.  There are many there who are more experienced than me, who are very generous with their knowledge, get you through some tough moments, and, most of your questions have probably been asked and answered there.  It's a great resource and source of support!  PLAN your meals.  Failure to plan = a "screw it"  attitude when your belly is talking to you and you don't know what you are going to put on your plate. Consider utilizing a meal planner.  I subscribed to RealPlans.com, which integrates with Whole30.  This has a shopping list feature that is fantastic, tied to the menus selected for the upcoming week, has a supported facebook page/forum, and it lets me import my own favorite recipes too. PRE-COOK as much as you can, weekly or bi-weekly.   This is especially important for those that really hate to cook.  I don't hate it, but I hate to use my time cooking.  Some, really HATE it.  But we've got to eat.  Might as well make it as easy on yourself as possible. You've got to have 3 good meals x 7 days/week... in my mind...forever, which means I wanted to learn as much from this first 30 days experience as possible.  But only concern yourself about the next 30 days for now.  Some of what you are eating for dinner can be in breakfast tomorrow, or lunch the next day, or a full meal that you cooked double or triple of and froze for dinners next week, or weeks from now!  Cook large portions of protein, parcel them to servings, and freeze.  You can change up the menu by serving them as part of another grouping of vegetables and whole different set of spices, and it won't have to be the same-old, same-old. Speaking of spices - there are many good sources online for mixing up new combinations to keep your tastebuds VERY happy.  I'm loving this part. I rely on what I call "skillet meals" a lot - I love bringing raw or pre-cooked proteins and veg's, even fruit sometimes, together in layers in a pan on the stove, cooking in a healthy fat.  I never get tired of them, and Dan loves them too. Fritattas, started on the stove and finished up with the eggs on top and browning under the broiler - YUM!!!!  This recipe is SO versatile - anything goes!! TRY NEW FOODS that you thought you didn't like.  Be open-minded.  Once you start eating un-processed foods, you will be surprised at what fills you up, and what tastes good together, and you want to have as much variety of healthy, satisfying foods as you can get your hands on, so you won't ever get hungry or bored. PLAN your meals... and don't think of them as breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They are meal #1, #2 & #3, and all foods are good at every hour of the day, not only the way you've been thinking of them your whole life.  Yes, even salmon (for me anyway)... great left-over in an egg frittata first thing in the morning! Don't give in and snack while on the Whole30 - just don't do it. Eat to fullness at each meal, and you won't. Plan and serve foods that you like at each meal, and you won't. Try not to snack AFTER the 30 days too - keep that bad habit from coming back.  Let your body work to process in a balanced nourishment cycle rather than peaks and valleys of too much/too little food intake. Staples in my pantry - reading labels to be sure anything packaged, canned or bottled is compliant to Whole30: Coconut Aminos Chicken and Beef Broth Coconut Oil Olive Oil Coconut Milk Sweet Potatoes Russet Potatoes Canned Sliced Potatoes Shredded frozen Potatoes Unsweetened Apple Sauce Canned Diced Tomatoes Salsa Canned Tuna Vinegars Nuts!  (Yum!!  Great, & healthy in recipes!) Vegetables of all kinds - fresh when possible, canned and frozen also though! Spiralized vegs - yes - it makes a difference - these are GREAT sauteed in a skillet! Riced Cauliflower - I've bought mine frozen from Whole Foods - usually 10-12 bags at a time, because I'm not there often. Onions Mushrooms Peppers Avocados (didn't know just how much I loved these!!  Yum!!) Eggs Spinach (fresh baby spinach - great nutrients and cook down from a big pile into tasty bites in your meal - I use it in fritattas, always) Squashes Turnip Poultry, Pork, Beef, Fish, Frozen Shrimp Some becomes smoked and shredded, some cooked fast in pressure cooker, some cooked in slow cookers, some pre-assembled in patties, often with portions frozen for many, MANY future meals. Bananas Grapes Clementines Melons Berries Apples, and any other fruit in season!! Have an open mind.  This is not a punishment, but a gift that you are giving to yourself.  Anything worth having takes a little work, and so does this - at first.  Until it becomes second nature. If you are doing the Whole30 - it is only 30 days, and you can do THAT, right?   Of course you can!  Embrace it, and decide later whether you have learned anything useful about foods and your body, then use what you've learned to work towards a lifetime of good eating that keeps you healthy.    Hope this helps.  Good luck my friends!  
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    BonnieStP reacted to Claudilicious in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Dear Bonnie,
    thanks for your “diary” about your reintroduction.. its very nice to read how other people feel about it. Im on my first whole30 journey right now (day 18) and Im very curious about next steps.. so we will see..
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    Since starting eating the Whole30 way, many of my friends have asked questions, and for advice as they consider it too.   Here's a getting started summary, based solely on my own experience.   First, you are considering this for any number of reasons... for some it's the hope of weight-loss, for others, health issues such as allergies, inflammatory responses and other ailments that might be addressed by learning through the process which foods your body does not do well with.   I can tell you that I don't think I have any allergies to foods and didn't have any digestive issues plaguing me.  But I have terrible eating habits.  I love healthy food, but also ate way too many snacks and foods that were just empty, very tasty, but empty calories.  I have been successful with Weight Watchers in the past, several times.  Get that?  SEVERAL times.  So, I was tired of the yo-yo weight issue I lived with as a result of not changing my HABITS, and that was my real motivator for trying the Whole30.   I didn't want to count calories or points all my life, but understood that weight was a direct result of too many calories in and not enough burned off.  What I didn't understand is the way a healthy body burns calories, and mine was way off wack from a lifetime of splurging and self-denial.  The process is that the body goes first to sugars for fuel, and I had plenty of those coursing through my system!  Some of it, it turns out, I wasn't responsible for, or even aware.  It wasn't just the sweets I chose to eat, but I've learned that sugar is added to the craziest things you'd never dream of, and as a result, we ingest way more of it than we should, all day long.  I wasn't choosing all of that, but it was going in my body every day!  So, the short of it is, our body uses those sugars and leaves the rest of it, until needed.  And the way I was eating, the rest was never needed, staying on as extra pounds unless I deprived myself for a period of time - in a DIET.  After that time, of course, it would all come back because I was going back to eating the way I'd known for all my life.     So, for ME, and for my husband Dan too, we lost weight just by eating compliant to the Whole30 Plan of healthy proteins, vegetables, healthy fats and some fruit three times a day, and being sure that we were not leaving the table hungry.  I'm talking measurable, significant amounts of weight.   Also, I lost some of the hip, knee and foot pain that was pretty much with me all the time.  Is it just that the lower body mass was easier on my joints, or was I eating in a way that kept those areas inflamed?  I don't know.  But I know I'm eating compliant still most of the time, with small indulgences here and there, and I don't miss the weight OR the pains!!  (lol)   It's not a once and done, either.  I was looking for something I can live with, forever.  And I think I found it.  Eating well, feeling satisfied, and never having to DIET again.  It's a learning process of eating mindfully, sliding back into old habits, and bringing yourself into check again when you see it happening.  I think of it as a re-structuring of a lifetime of habits and way of thinking about foods as "good or bad", or worse yet, yourself for eating them!  I am still learning, and it will take many cycles before I can achieve what Whole30 calls "Food Freedom Forever", but I am closer now than I've ever been in my life, and I feel great too along the way!   OK, some tips to make it easier:  BUY these books and read them.  They will HELP YOU on this journey. 1)  'It Starts with Food',  2) 'Whole30 - 30 Day Guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM', and 3) 'Food Freedom Forever'. You CAN do this without the books, but they are great resources, and isn't your health worth a little investment? NO, I am not a spokesperson for them and I don't get any commission if you buy. Book #2 has a sample week's menu that I used as my base when I started new.  It also has many recipes, some for some things I've never done before, like making my own mayonnaise! Participate in this Whole30 online forum.  There are many there who are more experienced than me, who are very generous with their knowledge, get you through some tough moments, and, most of your questions have probably been asked and answered there.  It's a great resource and source of support!  PLAN your meals.  Failure to plan = a "screw it"  attitude when your belly is talking to you and you don't know what you are going to put on your plate. Consider utilizing a meal planner.  I subscribed to RealPlans.com, which integrates with Whole30.  This has a shopping list feature that is fantastic, tied to the menus selected for the upcoming week, has a supported facebook page/forum, and it lets me import my own favorite recipes too. PRE-COOK as much as you can, weekly or bi-weekly.   This is especially important for those that really hate to cook.  I don't hate it, but I hate to use my time cooking.  Some, really HATE it.  But we've got to eat.  Might as well make it as easy on yourself as possible. You've got to have 3 good meals x 7 days/week... in my mind...forever, which means I wanted to learn as much from this first 30 days experience as possible.  But only concern yourself about the next 30 days for now.  Some of what you are eating for dinner can be in breakfast tomorrow, or lunch the next day, or a full meal that you cooked double or triple of and froze for dinners next week, or weeks from now!  Cook large portions of protein, parcel them to servings, and freeze.  You can change up the menu by serving them as part of another grouping of vegetables and whole different set of spices, and it won't have to be the same-old, same-old. Speaking of spices - there are many good sources online for mixing up new combinations to keep your tastebuds VERY happy.  I'm loving this part. I rely on what I call "skillet meals" a lot - I love bringing raw or pre-cooked proteins and veg's, even fruit sometimes, together in layers in a pan on the stove, cooking in a healthy fat.  I never get tired of them, and Dan loves them too. Fritattas, started on the stove and finished up with the eggs on top and browning under the broiler - YUM!!!!  This recipe is SO versatile - anything goes!! TRY NEW FOODS that you thought you didn't like.  Be open-minded.  Once you start eating un-processed foods, you will be surprised at what fills you up, and what tastes good together, and you want to have as much variety of healthy, satisfying foods as you can get your hands on, so you won't ever get hungry or bored. PLAN your meals... and don't think of them as breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They are meal #1, #2 & #3, and all foods are good at every hour of the day, not only the way you've been thinking of them your whole life.  Yes, even salmon (for me anyway)... great left-over in an egg frittata first thing in the morning! Don't give in and snack while on the Whole30 - just don't do it. Eat to fullness at each meal, and you won't. Plan and serve foods that you like at each meal, and you won't. Try not to snack AFTER the 30 days too - keep that bad habit from coming back.  Let your body work to process in a balanced nourishment cycle rather than peaks and valleys of too much/too little food intake. Staples in my pantry - reading labels to be sure anything packaged, canned or bottled is compliant to Whole30: Coconut Aminos Chicken and Beef Broth Coconut Oil Olive Oil Coconut Milk Sweet Potatoes Russet Potatoes Canned Sliced Potatoes Shredded frozen Potatoes Unsweetened Apple Sauce Canned Diced Tomatoes Salsa Canned Tuna Vinegars Nuts!  (Yum!!  Great, & healthy in recipes!) Vegetables of all kinds - fresh when possible, canned and frozen also though! Spiralized vegs - yes - it makes a difference - these are GREAT sauteed in a skillet! Riced Cauliflower - I've bought mine frozen from Whole Foods - usually 10-12 bags at a time, because I'm not there often. Onions Mushrooms Peppers Avocados (didn't know just how much I loved these!!  Yum!!) Eggs Spinach (fresh baby spinach - great nutrients and cook down from a big pile into tasty bites in your meal - I use it in fritattas, always) Squashes Turnip Poultry, Pork, Beef, Fish, Frozen Shrimp Some becomes smoked and shredded, some cooked fast in pressure cooker, some cooked in slow cookers, some pre-assembled in patties, often with portions frozen for many, MANY future meals. Bananas Grapes Clementines Melons Berries Apples, and any other fruit in season!! Have an open mind.  This is not a punishment, but a gift that you are giving to yourself.  Anything worth having takes a little work, and so does this - at first.  Until it becomes second nature. If you are doing the Whole30 - it is only 30 days, and you can do THAT, right?   Of course you can!  Embrace it, and decide later whether you have learned anything useful about foods and your body, then use what you've learned to work towards a lifetime of good eating that keeps you healthy.    Hope this helps.  Good luck my friends!  
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from AnitaC in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Day 30 on my Whole30.... which means first day of Re-Introduction is tomorrow!
    Here is how I celebrated reaching my 30 days, for this, my 5th Whole30.... in my Photography Studio (bstpierrestudio.com), with my girl Sammi!
     

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    BonnieStP reacted to JLHill in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    We are on Day 8 now and other than some constipation issues my husband is having, we are doing great! Found a recipe for how to make soy sauce (our favorite) but left off the molasses. Not the same but still good on our stir fry with pork tenderloin. We used lightly steamed cauliflower crumbles as "rice" and it was very good.  Thank you for the support as I read so much.
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from AnitaC in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    Day 30 on my Whole30.... which means first day of Re-Introduction is tomorrow!
    Here is how I celebrated reaching my 30 days, for this, my 5th Whole30.... in my Photography Studio (bstpierrestudio.com), with my girl Sammi!
     

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    BonnieStP reacted to FaithJ in Day 30 tomorrow doesn't mean "Done"!   
    I am here to follow your lead Ms.Bonnie. I look forward to all there is to learn.  Approaching the end of Day 30 and ready to reintroduce foods.  Kinda thinking about putting it off and keep doing what I've been doing.
     
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from JLHill in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    @JLHill - Jennifer, congratulations on your decision to take control of the things you can make better in your lives through the foods you eat!  The Whole30 can be very challenging, but I have no doubt that you can both do it.  As I'm sure you read, focus only 30 days.  That's not so hard, just 30 days.  This immediate challenge/goal can be motivational for any tough moments you might face.  You may not have any... you might sail right through!  Being prepared with your reading and research is wonderful and can make ALL the difference.
    If you find the meal planning to be overwhelming, I suggest you look into Real Plans online.  It made such a difference for me in planning, shopping for, and preparing meals in my 2nd Whole30, and every day since(!), instead of my white board, lists and notes in the kitchen.
    Good luck!!  You can do it!!
    Bonnie
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    BonnieStP reacted to JLHill in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    My husband has Stage 3 arthritis in his left hip (age 51) and I have MS (age 47). We are now on Day 1 of our 1st Whole30 and have great hopes this will be a lifestyle change. We love to drink and eat but more importantly we love to cook. Giving up drinking will be hard but we are determined to not be in pain all the time and possibly drop some of the "happy" weight we've gained over the years.
    I have been reading and doing research for weeks and today we excitedly began. Good so far as we had mushroom, kale, and shishito pepper omelets, made chicken breast with mushrooms, onions and garlic saluted in olive oil for dinner. Side of steamed carrots and brussel sprouts. No lunch :-(  We have become accustomed to drinking coffee till 10am then starving as we head to eat a large lunch and then snack or drink in the evening. BAD!
    Thank you for your post and we will be following these forum posts.
    -Jennifer
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    Since starting eating the Whole30 way, many of my friends have asked questions, and for advice as they consider it too.   Here's a getting started summary, based solely on my own experience.   First, you are considering this for any number of reasons... for some it's the hope of weight-loss, for others, health issues such as allergies, inflammatory responses and other ailments that might be addressed by learning through the process which foods your body does not do well with.   I can tell you that I don't think I have any allergies to foods and didn't have any digestive issues plaguing me.  But I have terrible eating habits.  I love healthy food, but also ate way too many snacks and foods that were just empty, very tasty, but empty calories.  I have been successful with Weight Watchers in the past, several times.  Get that?  SEVERAL times.  So, I was tired of the yo-yo weight issue I lived with as a result of not changing my HABITS, and that was my real motivator for trying the Whole30.   I didn't want to count calories or points all my life, but understood that weight was a direct result of too many calories in and not enough burned off.  What I didn't understand is the way a healthy body burns calories, and mine was way off wack from a lifetime of splurging and self-denial.  The process is that the body goes first to sugars for fuel, and I had plenty of those coursing through my system!  Some of it, it turns out, I wasn't responsible for, or even aware.  It wasn't just the sweets I chose to eat, but I've learned that sugar is added to the craziest things you'd never dream of, and as a result, we ingest way more of it than we should, all day long.  I wasn't choosing all of that, but it was going in my body every day!  So, the short of it is, our body uses those sugars and leaves the rest of it, until needed.  And the way I was eating, the rest was never needed, staying on as extra pounds unless I deprived myself for a period of time - in a DIET.  After that time, of course, it would all come back because I was going back to eating the way I'd known for all my life.     So, for ME, and for my husband Dan too, we lost weight just by eating compliant to the Whole30 Plan of healthy proteins, vegetables, healthy fats and some fruit three times a day, and being sure that we were not leaving the table hungry.  I'm talking measurable, significant amounts of weight.   Also, I lost some of the hip, knee and foot pain that was pretty much with me all the time.  Is it just that the lower body mass was easier on my joints, or was I eating in a way that kept those areas inflamed?  I don't know.  But I know I'm eating compliant still most of the time, with small indulgences here and there, and I don't miss the weight OR the pains!!  (lol)   It's not a once and done, either.  I was looking for something I can live with, forever.  And I think I found it.  Eating well, feeling satisfied, and never having to DIET again.  It's a learning process of eating mindfully, sliding back into old habits, and bringing yourself into check again when you see it happening.  I think of it as a re-structuring of a lifetime of habits and way of thinking about foods as "good or bad", or worse yet, yourself for eating them!  I am still learning, and it will take many cycles before I can achieve what Whole30 calls "Food Freedom Forever", but I am closer now than I've ever been in my life, and I feel great too along the way!   OK, some tips to make it easier:  BUY these books and read them.  They will HELP YOU on this journey. 1)  'It Starts with Food',  2) 'Whole30 - 30 Day Guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM', and 3) 'Food Freedom Forever'. You CAN do this without the books, but they are great resources, and isn't your health worth a little investment? NO, I am not a spokesperson for them and I don't get any commission if you buy. Book #2 has a sample week's menu that I used as my base when I started new.  It also has many recipes, some for some things I've never done before, like making my own mayonnaise! Participate in this Whole30 online forum.  There are many there who are more experienced than me, who are very generous with their knowledge, get you through some tough moments, and, most of your questions have probably been asked and answered there.  It's a great resource and source of support!  PLAN your meals.  Failure to plan = a "screw it"  attitude when your belly is talking to you and you don't know what you are going to put on your plate. Consider utilizing a meal planner.  I subscribed to RealPlans.com, which integrates with Whole30.  This has a shopping list feature that is fantastic, tied to the menus selected for the upcoming week, has a supported facebook page/forum, and it lets me import my own favorite recipes too. PRE-COOK as much as you can, weekly or bi-weekly.   This is especially important for those that really hate to cook.  I don't hate it, but I hate to use my time cooking.  Some, really HATE it.  But we've got to eat.  Might as well make it as easy on yourself as possible. You've got to have 3 good meals x 7 days/week... in my mind...forever, which means I wanted to learn as much from this first 30 days experience as possible.  But only concern yourself about the next 30 days for now.  Some of what you are eating for dinner can be in breakfast tomorrow, or lunch the next day, or a full meal that you cooked double or triple of and froze for dinners next week, or weeks from now!  Cook large portions of protein, parcel them to servings, and freeze.  You can change up the menu by serving them as part of another grouping of vegetables and whole different set of spices, and it won't have to be the same-old, same-old. Speaking of spices - there are many good sources online for mixing up new combinations to keep your tastebuds VERY happy.  I'm loving this part. I rely on what I call "skillet meals" a lot - I love bringing raw or pre-cooked proteins and veg's, even fruit sometimes, together in layers in a pan on the stove, cooking in a healthy fat.  I never get tired of them, and Dan loves them too. Fritattas, started on the stove and finished up with the eggs on top and browning under the broiler - YUM!!!!  This recipe is SO versatile - anything goes!! TRY NEW FOODS that you thought you didn't like.  Be open-minded.  Once you start eating un-processed foods, you will be surprised at what fills you up, and what tastes good together, and you want to have as much variety of healthy, satisfying foods as you can get your hands on, so you won't ever get hungry or bored. PLAN your meals... and don't think of them as breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They are meal #1, #2 & #3, and all foods are good at every hour of the day, not only the way you've been thinking of them your whole life.  Yes, even salmon (for me anyway)... great left-over in an egg frittata first thing in the morning! Don't give in and snack while on the Whole30 - just don't do it. Eat to fullness at each meal, and you won't. Plan and serve foods that you like at each meal, and you won't. Try not to snack AFTER the 30 days too - keep that bad habit from coming back.  Let your body work to process in a balanced nourishment cycle rather than peaks and valleys of too much/too little food intake. Staples in my pantry - reading labels to be sure anything packaged, canned or bottled is compliant to Whole30: Coconut Aminos Chicken and Beef Broth Coconut Oil Olive Oil Coconut Milk Sweet Potatoes Russet Potatoes Canned Sliced Potatoes Shredded frozen Potatoes Unsweetened Apple Sauce Canned Diced Tomatoes Salsa Canned Tuna Vinegars Nuts!  (Yum!!  Great, & healthy in recipes!) Vegetables of all kinds - fresh when possible, canned and frozen also though! Spiralized vegs - yes - it makes a difference - these are GREAT sauteed in a skillet! Riced Cauliflower - I've bought mine frozen from Whole Foods - usually 10-12 bags at a time, because I'm not there often. Onions Mushrooms Peppers Avocados (didn't know just how much I loved these!!  Yum!!) Eggs Spinach (fresh baby spinach - great nutrients and cook down from a big pile into tasty bites in your meal - I use it in fritattas, always) Squashes Turnip Poultry, Pork, Beef, Fish, Frozen Shrimp Some becomes smoked and shredded, some cooked fast in pressure cooker, some cooked in slow cookers, some pre-assembled in patties, often with portions frozen for many, MANY future meals. Bananas Grapes Clementines Melons Berries Apples, and any other fruit in season!! Have an open mind.  This is not a punishment, but a gift that you are giving to yourself.  Anything worth having takes a little work, and so does this - at first.  Until it becomes second nature. If you are doing the Whole30 - it is only 30 days, and you can do THAT, right?   Of course you can!  Embrace it, and decide later whether you have learned anything useful about foods and your body, then use what you've learned to work towards a lifetime of good eating that keeps you healthy.    Hope this helps.  Good luck my friends!  
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from SugarcubeOD in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    Since starting eating the Whole30 way, many of my friends have asked questions, and for advice as they consider it too.   Here's a getting started summary, based solely on my own experience.   First, you are considering this for any number of reasons... for some it's the hope of weight-loss, for others, health issues such as allergies, inflammatory responses and other ailments that might be addressed by learning through the process which foods your body does not do well with.   I can tell you that I don't think I have any allergies to foods and didn't have any digestive issues plaguing me.  But I have terrible eating habits.  I love healthy food, but also ate way too many snacks and foods that were just empty, very tasty, but empty calories.  I have been successful with Weight Watchers in the past, several times.  Get that?  SEVERAL times.  So, I was tired of the yo-yo weight issue I lived with as a result of not changing my HABITS, and that was my real motivator for trying the Whole30.   I didn't want to count calories or points all my life, but understood that weight was a direct result of too many calories in and not enough burned off.  What I didn't understand is the way a healthy body burns calories, and mine was way off wack from a lifetime of splurging and self-denial.  The process is that the body goes first to sugars for fuel, and I had plenty of those coursing through my system!  Some of it, it turns out, I wasn't responsible for, or even aware.  It wasn't just the sweets I chose to eat, but I've learned that sugar is added to the craziest things you'd never dream of, and as a result, we ingest way more of it than we should, all day long.  I wasn't choosing all of that, but it was going in my body every day!  So, the short of it is, our body uses those sugars and leaves the rest of it, until needed.  And the way I was eating, the rest was never needed, staying on as extra pounds unless I deprived myself for a period of time - in a DIET.  After that time, of course, it would all come back because I was going back to eating the way I'd known for all my life.     So, for ME, and for my husband Dan too, we lost weight just by eating compliant to the Whole30 Plan of healthy proteins, vegetables, healthy fats and some fruit three times a day, and being sure that we were not leaving the table hungry.  I'm talking measurable, significant amounts of weight.   Also, I lost some of the hip, knee and foot pain that was pretty much with me all the time.  Is it just that the lower body mass was easier on my joints, or was I eating in a way that kept those areas inflamed?  I don't know.  But I know I'm eating compliant still most of the time, with small indulgences here and there, and I don't miss the weight OR the pains!!  (lol)   It's not a once and done, either.  I was looking for something I can live with, forever.  And I think I found it.  Eating well, feeling satisfied, and never having to DIET again.  It's a learning process of eating mindfully, sliding back into old habits, and bringing yourself into check again when you see it happening.  I think of it as a re-structuring of a lifetime of habits and way of thinking about foods as "good or bad", or worse yet, yourself for eating them!  I am still learning, and it will take many cycles before I can achieve what Whole30 calls "Food Freedom Forever", but I am closer now than I've ever been in my life, and I feel great too along the way!   OK, some tips to make it easier:  BUY these books and read them.  They will HELP YOU on this journey. 1)  'It Starts with Food',  2) 'Whole30 - 30 Day Guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM', and 3) 'Food Freedom Forever'. You CAN do this without the books, but they are great resources, and isn't your health worth a little investment? NO, I am not a spokesperson for them and I don't get any commission if you buy. Book #2 has a sample week's menu that I used as my base when I started new.  It also has many recipes, some for some things I've never done before, like making my own mayonnaise! Participate in this Whole30 online forum.  There are many there who are more experienced than me, who are very generous with their knowledge, get you through some tough moments, and, most of your questions have probably been asked and answered there.  It's a great resource and source of support!  PLAN your meals.  Failure to plan = a "screw it"  attitude when your belly is talking to you and you don't know what you are going to put on your plate. Consider utilizing a meal planner.  I subscribed to RealPlans.com, which integrates with Whole30.  This has a shopping list feature that is fantastic, tied to the menus selected for the upcoming week, has a supported facebook page/forum, and it lets me import my own favorite recipes too. PRE-COOK as much as you can, weekly or bi-weekly.   This is especially important for those that really hate to cook.  I don't hate it, but I hate to use my time cooking.  Some, really HATE it.  But we've got to eat.  Might as well make it as easy on yourself as possible. You've got to have 3 good meals x 7 days/week... in my mind...forever, which means I wanted to learn as much from this first 30 days experience as possible.  But only concern yourself about the next 30 days for now.  Some of what you are eating for dinner can be in breakfast tomorrow, or lunch the next day, or a full meal that you cooked double or triple of and froze for dinners next week, or weeks from now!  Cook large portions of protein, parcel them to servings, and freeze.  You can change up the menu by serving them as part of another grouping of vegetables and whole different set of spices, and it won't have to be the same-old, same-old. Speaking of spices - there are many good sources online for mixing up new combinations to keep your tastebuds VERY happy.  I'm loving this part. I rely on what I call "skillet meals" a lot - I love bringing raw or pre-cooked proteins and veg's, even fruit sometimes, together in layers in a pan on the stove, cooking in a healthy fat.  I never get tired of them, and Dan loves them too. Fritattas, started on the stove and finished up with the eggs on top and browning under the broiler - YUM!!!!  This recipe is SO versatile - anything goes!! TRY NEW FOODS that you thought you didn't like.  Be open-minded.  Once you start eating un-processed foods, you will be surprised at what fills you up, and what tastes good together, and you want to have as much variety of healthy, satisfying foods as you can get your hands on, so you won't ever get hungry or bored. PLAN your meals... and don't think of them as breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They are meal #1, #2 & #3, and all foods are good at every hour of the day, not only the way you've been thinking of them your whole life.  Yes, even salmon (for me anyway)... great left-over in an egg frittata first thing in the morning! Don't give in and snack while on the Whole30 - just don't do it. Eat to fullness at each meal, and you won't. Plan and serve foods that you like at each meal, and you won't. Try not to snack AFTER the 30 days too - keep that bad habit from coming back.  Let your body work to process in a balanced nourishment cycle rather than peaks and valleys of too much/too little food intake. Staples in my pantry - reading labels to be sure anything packaged, canned or bottled is compliant to Whole30: Coconut Aminos Chicken and Beef Broth Coconut Oil Olive Oil Coconut Milk Sweet Potatoes Russet Potatoes Canned Sliced Potatoes Shredded frozen Potatoes Unsweetened Apple Sauce Canned Diced Tomatoes Salsa Canned Tuna Vinegars Nuts!  (Yum!!  Great, & healthy in recipes!) Vegetables of all kinds - fresh when possible, canned and frozen also though! Spiralized vegs - yes - it makes a difference - these are GREAT sauteed in a skillet! Riced Cauliflower - I've bought mine frozen from Whole Foods - usually 10-12 bags at a time, because I'm not there often. Onions Mushrooms Peppers Avocados (didn't know just how much I loved these!!  Yum!!) Eggs Spinach (fresh baby spinach - great nutrients and cook down from a big pile into tasty bites in your meal - I use it in fritattas, always) Squashes Turnip Poultry, Pork, Beef, Fish, Frozen Shrimp Some becomes smoked and shredded, some cooked fast in pressure cooker, some cooked in slow cookers, some pre-assembled in patties, often with portions frozen for many, MANY future meals. Bananas Grapes Clementines Melons Berries Apples, and any other fruit in season!! Have an open mind.  This is not a punishment, but a gift that you are giving to yourself.  Anything worth having takes a little work, and so does this - at first.  Until it becomes second nature. If you are doing the Whole30 - it is only 30 days, and you can do THAT, right?   Of course you can!  Embrace it, and decide later whether you have learned anything useful about foods and your body, then use what you've learned to work towards a lifetime of good eating that keeps you healthy.    Hope this helps.  Good luck my friends!  
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from JLHill in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    Thanks everyone, for your positive feedback on the post.  I'm glad you found it helpful!
    It's 2018 (already!!) and I am on Day 21 of my 5th Whole30... still working on those habits.  It's a work in progress, but it is certainly not an unpleasant one.  It never feels like a diet, just as described... a reset.  I am feeling good, and have learned much about myself, tried so many more different foods and spices and methods of cooking than I ever did before this journey, and it's pretty easy for me to put together compliant meals now.
    How are all of you doing with the goals that brought you to Whole30?
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    BonnieStP reacted to aussiegal in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    I found this post so inspiring I keep coming back to read it!  Thank you for posting - it's readable and practical! 
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    BonnieStP reacted to Lea Mint in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    Amazing post! THis would be a great link for all the new members getting ready to start!
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    BonnieStP reacted to ZoodleOutlaw in For those of you considering the Whole30....   
    Thank you for posting this! I haven't started yet, my start date is May 20th. I am so happy you said that you finally found a way to eat for the rest of your life because that's what I've been wanting for so long. I can't wait to get started and I can't wait until I can just let go of all of the "diet" mindsets I've built up over the years! Congratulations on finishing, that is so awesome and you should be very proud.