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    BonnieStP got a reaction from kathylawson472 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 rhed in Food Freedom Journey begins NOW.   
    The weather is cooling in NH, and we are beginning to look forward to and enjoy the "comfort foods" we grew up with.  How wonderful that we can still do this the Whole30 way!
    Tonight's supper - Crockpot Beef Chili, a Whole30 recipe imported to my RealPlans, which I find so helpful in planning meals and keeping an up-to-date grocery shopping list for the week's recipes. Served the chili over cauliflower "mashed potatoes" (inspired to include a small white potato to the cauliflower mash by a facebook poster, and it was very tasty!). I doubled the chili recipe with left-over meals & freezing portions in mind, and I also added two medium sized zucchini to the pot, cooking with the rest from the very beginning. A nice hearty meal, fully compliant and filling.
    http://whole30.com/…/…/super-bowl-chili-party-whole30-style/

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    BonnieStP got a reaction from rhed in Food Freedom Journey begins NOW.   
    Hi!
    I am a fairly new Whole30 fan, my first being in August and finishing up my second now.  I started this though, because I read from Whole30 that a solution I had been seeking for my unhealthy cycles of weight gain and loss over my lifetime actually EXISTS... freedom from measuring, weighing, depriving myself of 'Everything I Love',  weak will-power, failure, guilt, depression... the dieting merry-go-round. 
    I had (and still have - although much less) excess weight to lose, but my motivation was truly to find a way to get myself and my habits under control so that I can be the healthiest person I can be as I get closer and closer to retirement age.  I wanted to lose the weight and not gain it back again, and again.  I wanted my hips, knees and feet to not hurt so much, or dared I hope, to stop hurting completely.  I want to take the hike that winds its way up to an elevation with a magnificent view.  I don't want to be one on the sidelines watching others do it, and then just get back on the bus to be carted to the next location where we pile out, look at the view from where we stand, and do nothing.  I want to LIVE up until the last moment.  And I see so many where health issues, frequently related to unhealthy food choices, have them standing/sitting feebly on the sidelines.
    My focus now is Food Freedom for LIFE.
    From Melissa's newest book, I now realize that it will be many rotations of re-sets and re-introductions before this comes natural, recognize that it's a journey of its own, to learn a way of eating for a lifetime that provides all I seek.  
    I would enjoy having others to talk with on this journey, to share our successes, concerns and those things that hold us back from what we truly want - for food to provide the satisfying nourishment we need, the good tastes we enjoy, the occasional treat that is "special" and "worth it", and for it to NOT RULE OUR LIVES.
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from kathylawson472 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 rhed in Food Freedom Journey begins NOW.   
    The weather is cooling in NH, and we are beginning to look forward to and enjoy the "comfort foods" we grew up with.  How wonderful that we can still do this the Whole30 way!
    Tonight's supper - Crockpot Beef Chili, a Whole30 recipe imported to my RealPlans, which I find so helpful in planning meals and keeping an up-to-date grocery shopping list for the week's recipes. Served the chili over cauliflower "mashed potatoes" (inspired to include a small white potato to the cauliflower mash by a facebook poster, and it was very tasty!). I doubled the chili recipe with left-over meals & freezing portions in mind, and I also added two medium sized zucchini to the pot, cooking with the rest from the very beginning. A nice hearty meal, fully compliant and filling.
    http://whole30.com/…/…/super-bowl-chili-party-whole30-style/

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    BonnieStP got a reaction from kathylawson472 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 rhed in Food Freedom Journey begins NOW.   
    Hi!
    I am a fairly new Whole30 fan, my first being in August and finishing up my second now.  I started this though, because I read from Whole30 that a solution I had been seeking for my unhealthy cycles of weight gain and loss over my lifetime actually EXISTS... freedom from measuring, weighing, depriving myself of 'Everything I Love',  weak will-power, failure, guilt, depression... the dieting merry-go-round. 
    I had (and still have - although much less) excess weight to lose, but my motivation was truly to find a way to get myself and my habits under control so that I can be the healthiest person I can be as I get closer and closer to retirement age.  I wanted to lose the weight and not gain it back again, and again.  I wanted my hips, knees and feet to not hurt so much, or dared I hope, to stop hurting completely.  I want to take the hike that winds its way up to an elevation with a magnificent view.  I don't want to be one on the sidelines watching others do it, and then just get back on the bus to be carted to the next location where we pile out, look at the view from where we stand, and do nothing.  I want to LIVE up until the last moment.  And I see so many where health issues, frequently related to unhealthy food choices, have them standing/sitting feebly on the sidelines.
    My focus now is Food Freedom for LIFE.
    From Melissa's newest book, I now realize that it will be many rotations of re-sets and re-introductions before this comes natural, recognize that it's a journey of its own, to learn a way of eating for a lifetime that provides all I seek.  
    I would enjoy having others to talk with on this journey, to share our successes, concerns and those things that hold us back from what we truly want - for food to provide the satisfying nourishment we need, the good tastes we enjoy, the occasional treat that is "special" and "worth it", and for it to NOT RULE OUR LIVES.
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from rhed in Food Freedom Journey begins NOW.   
    Hi!
    I am a fairly new Whole30 fan, my first being in August and finishing up my second now.  I started this though, because I read from Whole30 that a solution I had been seeking for my unhealthy cycles of weight gain and loss over my lifetime actually EXISTS... freedom from measuring, weighing, depriving myself of 'Everything I Love',  weak will-power, failure, guilt, depression... the dieting merry-go-round. 
    I had (and still have - although much less) excess weight to lose, but my motivation was truly to find a way to get myself and my habits under control so that I can be the healthiest person I can be as I get closer and closer to retirement age.  I wanted to lose the weight and not gain it back again, and again.  I wanted my hips, knees and feet to not hurt so much, or dared I hope, to stop hurting completely.  I want to take the hike that winds its way up to an elevation with a magnificent view.  I don't want to be one on the sidelines watching others do it, and then just get back on the bus to be carted to the next location where we pile out, look at the view from where we stand, and do nothing.  I want to LIVE up until the last moment.  And I see so many where health issues, frequently related to unhealthy food choices, have them standing/sitting feebly on the sidelines.
    My focus now is Food Freedom for LIFE.
    From Melissa's newest book, I now realize that it will be many rotations of re-sets and re-introductions before this comes natural, recognize that it's a journey of its own, to learn a way of eating for a lifetime that provides all I seek.  
    I would enjoy having others to talk with on this journey, to share our successes, concerns and those things that hold us back from what we truly want - for food to provide the satisfying nourishment we need, the good tastes we enjoy, the occasional treat that is "special" and "worth it", and for it to NOT RULE OUR LIVES.
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from rhed in Seeking food freedom   
    Hi @rhed,
    I am a fairly new Whole30 fan, my first re-set being in August and finishing up my second now.  But like you, I am seeking Food Freedom.  Not just the weight loss, which is great, but I've done that before... many times.  I want this to be the last time I need to shed excess weight and I want health and strength into my retirement years.
    Congratulations on your healthy choices!   I understand, from the book, that it takes re-set, re-introduction and repeat as necessary before we learn enough about the way we are nourishing our bodies and how each responds to certain foods, so that we can find that Food Freedom.  I agree.  It will be work, but worth it.  
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    BonnieStP reacted to becs in October 3rd start   
    Welcome to the group, Bonnie! I like the idea of lists for meal planning/staples/etc. I want to start one, just have to figure out the best way to organize it.
    I am a little late to the party with meal planning! Gotta get it done today.
    I decided to buy Well Fed 2 (already have the first book), and it's coming today. I love Amazon prime one-day delivery...
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    BonnieStP reacted to frogtox in October 3rd start   
    @becs I just got Well Fed 2 and am so excited to try new things! 
    @BonnieStP I'm glad you popped in, and great job to your and your hubs for staying on track. 
    We're more than halfway there, and I have to say this is probably the easiest Whole 30 I've done.  I was pretty edgy the first few days, then tired, but now I'm feeling really great. The horrible heartburn that's plagued me for the last month has finally gone! My tummy feels so much better and I can already tell that my clothes are feeling more loose.  Trying to figure out how to navigate Halloween weekend/night but think it's a good thing that I'm on such a restricted eating plan. I tend to be all or nothing. 
    Good luck with your second half, everyone! 
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from MadGab in October 3rd start   
    Hi, 
    I've enjoyed reading all of your posts, and have even copied some of your shared prep ahead tips - thank you!
    I've been on this forum thread with my start date of 10/3, but haven't posted very much, just because I've been so busy, and before I know it, the day is done.
    Just checked in today, and wanted to say hello - it's now day 12 for us!  We're going to 28 days, this is our second Whole30 compliant stretch with a little gap in between.  We have a weekend at the 29th day where we know we won't be able to be in charge of our foods, and that's why it's not a complete Whole30 run.
    My husband and I are doing very well.  It has happened a couple times that one or the other of us will tease with a "chocolate cake sure would be nice right now" comment, but we are both motivated and really not bothered overmuch by the restrictions, so it's ok.
    I'm going back to meal planning and prep as OH-SO-IMPORTANT.  That really is the area where I am closest to packing it in, when I'm looking at a mealtime feeling less than fully prepared to put something satisfying and satiating on our plates.  So again, I thank you for sharing what it is you are doing to make this easier.
    I've been using RealPlans app, and adding my own favorites to it, and that's been helpful in keeping most of the meals from repeating too often.
    I have begun recently to use my pressure cooker and slow cooker regularly for MAKE-AHEAD protein cooking, and parceling out to meals servings.  I'm beginning to feel like a hoarder though, but of prepped food.  I feel so satisfied when I see multiple options nicely packaged in the freezer, or waiting in containers in the fridge.  As I see my carefully packaged stores diminish, I am pleased that they were there and ready to use, and at the same time, unhappy that they are being used up!   
    I also have three lists going - 1) What's available for this week's meals - which includes fridge & pantry items and items from the freezer that are in the week's plan , 2) Inventory in freezer upstairs, 3) Inventory in freezer downstairs.
    When I use something up that is a staple ingredient or a prepped-ahead piece of a meal, I add it to the bottom of List #1 as something that needs to be replaced, so I'll know I need to buy/cook and assemble them up again.
    These lists organize it all for me; I found that without them, it was harder to put the components of the meals together with what was at hand.  I'd forget things tucked in the freezer, in the back of the fridge, or turnips/squashes on the cooler basement stairs.
    All this attention to food and food prep makes me feel like I'm too consumed by it, but I'm trying to find a way that will become a nice, easy way of doing things for life.
    I also purchased another of Melissa's books today - Food Freedom Forever.  Getting myself ready for AFTER the compliant eating days.
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from MadGab in October 3rd start   
    Hi, 
    I've enjoyed reading all of your posts, and have even copied some of your shared prep ahead tips - thank you!
    I've been on this forum thread with my start date of 10/3, but haven't posted very much, just because I've been so busy, and before I know it, the day is done.
    Just checked in today, and wanted to say hello - it's now day 12 for us!  We're going to 28 days, this is our second Whole30 compliant stretch with a little gap in between.  We have a weekend at the 29th day where we know we won't be able to be in charge of our foods, and that's why it's not a complete Whole30 run.
    My husband and I are doing very well.  It has happened a couple times that one or the other of us will tease with a "chocolate cake sure would be nice right now" comment, but we are both motivated and really not bothered overmuch by the restrictions, so it's ok.
    I'm going back to meal planning and prep as OH-SO-IMPORTANT.  That really is the area where I am closest to packing it in, when I'm looking at a mealtime feeling less than fully prepared to put something satisfying and satiating on our plates.  So again, I thank you for sharing what it is you are doing to make this easier.
    I've been using RealPlans app, and adding my own favorites to it, and that's been helpful in keeping most of the meals from repeating too often.
    I have begun recently to use my pressure cooker and slow cooker regularly for MAKE-AHEAD protein cooking, and parceling out to meals servings.  I'm beginning to feel like a hoarder though, but of prepped food.  I feel so satisfied when I see multiple options nicely packaged in the freezer, or waiting in containers in the fridge.  As I see my carefully packaged stores diminish, I am pleased that they were there and ready to use, and at the same time, unhappy that they are being used up!   
    I also have three lists going - 1) What's available for this week's meals - which includes fridge & pantry items and items from the freezer that are in the week's plan , 2) Inventory in freezer upstairs, 3) Inventory in freezer downstairs.
    When I use something up that is a staple ingredient or a prepped-ahead piece of a meal, I add it to the bottom of List #1 as something that needs to be replaced, so I'll know I need to buy/cook and assemble them up again.
    These lists organize it all for me; I found that without them, it was harder to put the components of the meals together with what was at hand.  I'd forget things tucked in the freezer, in the back of the fridge, or turnips/squashes on the cooler basement stairs.
    All this attention to food and food prep makes me feel like I'm too consumed by it, but I'm trying to find a way that will become a nice, easy way of doing things for life.
    I also purchased another of Melissa's books today - Food Freedom Forever.  Getting myself ready for AFTER the compliant eating days.
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    BonnieStP reacted to MamaMan in October 3rd start   
    Hi, I'm 4windsriders friend.  One way I've been trying to stay ahead of the cooking is to use a digital pressure cooker, saves time and there are lots of leftovers.  You can find Whole30 recipes for the pressure cooker online.  I'm feeling a little less fatigue after the first week, but my heartburn is bothering me.  Any suggestions???
     
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    BonnieStP reacted to Mistyfire in October 3rd start   
    @becsI usually roast a bunch of vegs on Sunday and since my refrigerator runs pretty cold, they're good through Thursday or Friday- then they become soup. I do broccoli, cauliflower, squash, asparagus, green beans..... i steam zucchini and yellow squash. I sauté onion and mushrooms. Then I mix and match with proteins, olive oil and seasonings all week. Last night I did a red pepper, green pepper, onion and hamburger stir fry that will last 4 lunches. I don't mind repeating meals when they taste good. 
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    BonnieStP reacted to Mistyfire in October 3rd start   
    I used to throw away vegetables that I never got around to eating. Now I roast a lot of vegs to have during the week. If they start looking a bit long in the tooth I throw them in some chicken broth to make a soup. Sometimes I leave them whole, sometimes I purée them for breakfast soup. When I drink morning soup, it takes the place of coffee, not my vegs in my template meal. 
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    BonnieStP reacted to becs in October 3rd start   
    Nice job saying no to the food truck, MadGab!
    My food prep was all about things I could put in the freezer - burgers, meatballs, breakfast casserole, salmon cakes, and marinated chicken breasts. I guess I'm a little wary of batch prepping fridge items like salad veggies since I'm notorious for letting veggies go bad in the fridge, but I need to remind myself that the difference now is that I'm actually eating a ton of veggies, whereas before it was just wishful thinking.
    I just ate lunch (turkey burger, sweet potato mash, asparagus), and when I opened the fridge I discovered than my husband had eaten half of my burger. Argh!!! And of course the others are all frozen... I guess that's the problem when your "diet" foods taste so darn good.
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    BonnieStP reacted to frogtox in October 3rd start   
    Good morning all! Here's to week 2. Glad to see so many more names here today.
    I spent six hours in the kitchen yesterday cooking and prepping food for this week. It's insane... and no wonder I fall off plan so quickly with each time I do this. I love the food so much and how I feel, if I had a private chef I could eat this way forever. 
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    BonnieStP reacted to MadGab in October 3rd start   
    @losinggravity, that's a good house mate for telling you to join the forum.  It's amazing that how only after 7 days even the simplest of food items like peanut butter can smell so much stronger and richer when you're not the one eating it lol.  Push forward!
    @Diane M, welcome!
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    BonnieStP reacted to losinggravity in October 3rd start   
    Hi Everyone! Have a bunch of health problems and my cousin told me about Whole 30. I purchased the "It Starts with Food"  and a week later (October 3rd) started the Whole 30! Completed day 7 today and I am feeling pretty pumped. I have definitely been feeling the lethargic side affect but have only had a few minor headaches. I realized yesterday that I was using fruit to appease the sugar demon so I am trying to cut down my fruit consumption moving forward. About 30 mins ago though, I was staring a little to intensely at a freshly made cinnamon bun that my house mate just made,  so she told me to go join the forum to keep myself on track,  so here I am!  
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    BonnieStP reacted to becs in October 3rd start   
    Hey everyone! I started on October 5th, same as kellydawne, and this will be my second Whole30 - the first was several years ago, and while I completed it without any slip-ups, I did not do the reintroduction thing, which in retrospect was a bad idea. That's what it's all about, after all! Got a copy of FFF, which gave me the motivation to start again. This time I intend to follow the reintroduction protocol, though I am a little worried about a trip to San Fran on Day 31 to visit my BF. Looks like wine will be my first reintro item...
    Did a big Sprouts shopping trip today and cooked up a bunch of breakfast items to throw in the freezer since that's my most challenging meal. I have a few more proteins to batch cook this weekend, then I should be pretty set for a good ten days.
    Hope everyone's doing well today!
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    BonnieStP reacted to MadGab in October 3rd start   
    Hello everyone!  I started my 1st Whole 30 on 10/3 and I'm feeling pretty good.  Days 1-3 I was feeling pretty sluggish and was ready for bed by 8pm.  Other than a few minor headaches, I'm really happy I made this decision.  Will be going to the grocery store shortly and get my meal prep out of the way.   Looking forward to pork chops with apple sauce on a bed of greens!
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    BonnieStP reacted to Bellad in October 3rd start   
    Hi, this is my second time around (actually I'm continuing my first Whole30 for another month).  Haven't been able to post for days, and the forums seem to be in disarray, but I'm wanting one to focus on and get to know people, etc.  I found my September 5th forum to be very helpful in the process.  I'm doing well.  Oddly, the sugar demon has arisen again, after being to expertly fought.  I had some kabocha squash, so I cut it in 3/4 inch wedges and roasted it with some coconut oil and sprinkles of salt and cinnamon.  Ate a couple wedges with some almond butter, and that did the trick. Anyway, hi to all of you, and good luck.  If I can do this, anybody can.
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    BonnieStP reacted to kellydawne in October 3rd start   
    Can I join you all?  I officially started yesterday, 10/5, so I'm a couple of days behind.  I was dropping things around the edge of my diet and kept saying tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, when Tues. I poured a glass of wine and my DH said "I thought you were starting that paleo, no alcohol thing again."  I did say it, didn't think he was listening, but glad he called me out, so today is day 2.

    This is my 3rd whole 30 and it will be a whole 40 at least because I have a half marathon coming up and that was why I wanted to clean up my eating anyway so I go at least until then.  I've done several little 7-14 day stretches and ate pretty close to whole 30 even before doing the first one.  Really, my two big vices are cheese and wine (in that order)  I do have a sweet tooth too and I'll be happy to have my sugar dragon back under control.  
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    BonnieStP got a reaction from Robin R. in Bonnie StP's log - 1st Whole30   
    DAY 23!!!
    WHERE has the time gone??!?!?
    @Jager07, thanks for the congrats at Day 15, and support regarding the dinner out.  The meal out with friends went very well.  We ate (at the bar!), sitting in a row, so I kept my resolve not only in sticking to my plan for foods I was going to be happy with and were compliant, but in addition, with their ordering cocktails (and refills), gooey cheesy appetizers, soft pretzels with mustard and cheese dipping sauces, and more.  I sipped my iced tea and enjoyed the amazing aromas of the food surrounding me while they polished it all off, until finally the main entrees were served.  Luckily, I was there more for the conversation, and could distract myself and enjoy the outing, and when the lobster arrived (no bread, double side salad, added my homemade creamy italian dressing that I brought), I was a happy gal.
    We've had similar circumstances with friends for 2 weekends in a row, where it almost seemed as if they were testing us.  We declined eating with them, saying we'd enjoy getting together afterwards, simply because it was easier all around, and we knew we could eat to satisfy and satiate by being in control of our foods.  On the first weekend, as I wrote about before, they called us to invite us to go with them to watch them eat their after dinner ice cream.  This last weekend, it was a group of 12 getting together, and we set a time we'd join up with them that we thought would be safe to arrive after dinner, only to discover when we got there, that they were all just beginning to eat their meals.  This continued into refills, and then, around the campfire,  alcoholic beverages, marshmallows, homemade cookies and two kinds of pie were offered and passed around.  I desperately wanted the cookies and pie, and I admit, I felt resentment at being placed in this position.  The stories and laughter were good, and it was good to not have missed that.
    Aaaaaahhhhhhh, writing it is reliving it.  Let it go.  All is fine.  We kept our resolve, we were able to congratulate each other and support each other by looking at the experience as us controlling what we eat, not the other way around.
    OK, enough of that. 
    We feel GREAT!
    Our clothes are feeling SO much more comfortable.  I have thrown away and donated many pieces I was wearing to "cover up" for several years, and am enjoying taking some old favorites out of the closet and having them easily button, zip and pull over... and they're looking pretty good too!
    I'm getting smarter about menu shortcuts - freezer chopped vegs, for example.
    I now know where to get the compliant foods that I should keep in our pantry when my normal grocery store doesn't carry them.
    I seem to have inspired a few people to get started on a Whole30 of their own, and I'm very happy for what these friends and family are going to be doing for the improvement of their health.
    Yes, it's the end of Day 23!  We are beginning to discuss what happens after Day 30, and both of us feel we're going to continue... but first.... there's a wedding to attend, so I won't sweat how the food was prepared when it's placed in front of me at the reception, try to stay away from the cake and cocktails. (I used to LOVE wedding cake - will I still?  I think it's still too early to have some, because I still think I really want it.)  And my husband is looking forward to a beer.  We both also are very aware that this is the best time of the year in New England for corn on the cob (we never used butter, but always went overboard on how many ears we devoured), and are both anxious to enjoy that treat while it's still in season.  We've decided we will only buy 6 ears at a time.  I'm thinking after a couple weeks of adding a food back in, then 2 days on, I might re-start for another Whole30, to further ingrain good habits and not get right back into the sugar cycles.  I can see this being a way of eating forever.
    This may have been the smartest thing I've ever done for myself.