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  1. My first round of Whole30 was about 6 months ago. I started my period on Day 15, and literally had NO warning. It just came on! I wondered if it was a fluke that I felt absolutely no headaches, tiredness for the few days before, cramping, light constipation, etc., that would have tipped me off to Aunt Flow's imminent arrival. But with it being my first round of Whole30, it was hard to tell. Today, I am on Day 18 of my second round. My period started. With literally no warning. It just happened. Not "sneaking in" as it sometimes does (I will spare you the details), but really going. No headaches, no tiredness for the few days before, no cramping or light constipation or anything else. I'm tending to think this is no fluke, ladies! What a beautiful thing! Has anyone else experienced this?
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    Complete and utter food boredom

    I also found this thread by googling and I'm only on Day 14!!!!! Very bored!!! Argh!
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    Help! Not losing weight

    That's what I was going to say. Trust the process. And weight loss is merely one possible positive side effect of this program. If you are measuring your success or failure by a number on a scale, you are bound to be disappointed.
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    Gas Pocket -- Day 2

    It might even last another day or so, but I feel confident it will pass. (No pun intended.) :-) Just keep that water going to help flush. And double check that your proportions are consistent with the meal template. :-)
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    Blue apron

    I am also interested in possibly checking this out. I've enjoyed Blue Apron in the past (not while I was on Whole30). I went on the website the other day and had a hard time finding the Whole30 selections ... is that just me? I might have to call them.
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    Panic that I'll forget

    Its been a while for me, but I think I remember that I have had similar.
  7. ... convenience. I may take some heat for being real here, but this is hitting me. Eating real food, all the time, is constant work. The planning. The shopping. (And its not a one-stop-shop for the best quality.) The dishes. And just when the dishes get done, its about time to start gearing up for the next round. Don't get me wrong. I love cooking! So much so that I blog about it. But on Friday nights? Yeah I'll readily admit that this used to be the night we would call in a pizza order or visit the greasy taqueria down the street for some down-n-dirty tacos and enchiladas. And now I can't do that. Maybe ever again. At least not once a week! That's for damn sure! So I love how I feel. I love how well I sleep. I'm not going to go running off program, BECAUSE all of the benefits far outweigh the pain-in-the-ass part of this new lifestyle. But I do miss the state of blissful ignorance. That is gone. Pandora's box has been opened and I can never go back. At the same time, I don't WANT to ever go back to living how I did before. But sometimes ... I miss just having an easy night. There is my rant. Go ahead and tell me I need to "reframe" this and get myself an attitude adjustment. I already know I need to. And I will. But for right now I just need a small temper tantrum. LOL
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    Hot Sauce!

    Compared to some of the topics here, this is going to sound totally frivolous. But I love my hot sauce. It gives me so much satisfaction and flavor. But because I've off-loaded anything I deem questionable, my beloved Sriracha went in the trash 3 weeks ago. I see that Horsetooth Hot Sauce is recommended in the book. But that is not local, and their shipping is twice the cost of one bottle of hot sauce! ARGH. Are there any other hot sauces that are recommended or that you have found to work pretty well? I should add that I'm looking for a hot sauce to sprinkle on food in general, but also to make the Whole30 Buffalo Sauce with. TIA!
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    Reintroduction Failure :( HELP

    I agree with @ldrolling about needing more space between your reintroductions. That would help. I like the way that Melissa frames the shame issue: it's not about foods being good or bad. Rather, some are more healthy for you than others. Try to remember that. To encourage you: I just finished my second Whole30. After the first one, I literally went right back to eating (and drinking) the way I did before. Certainly not recommended, and I suffered some side effects obviously. During the second round, something clicked that hadn't before. I bought in to the change. I accepted a new way of life. I loved how I felt more than I loved the foods that I previously thought I'd just die without. I say this to remind you that it's a process. For some, they do a Whole30 and never look back. My guess is that there are MANY others that struggle and fight their way to food freedom with some lapses (and recoveries) along the way. Give yourself some grace. Maybe a reboot for a couple of days or week, and then re-evaluate. But don't lose heart.
  10. So true on all counts, @perceivingperdita and thank you for not being judgy with my tantrum. I think part of the issue is that I'm coming down with something (probably the cold my husband had last weekend) and I'm feeling the strain of keeping the house rolling in all areas while I'm not feeling my best. I will get over it, and you're right ... our great grandmas did not have these options and they put on their big girl panties and handled it!!
  11. I want to cry. I feel AWFUL. Nausea, headache and extreme lethargy. I reintroduced legumes today. Peanut butter this morning. For lunch I had some organic hummus with organic Kettle chips (ingredients attached) for lunch. I felt very tired this afternoon and took a nap. I chalked that up to having a hard night with my son being up a lot last night. However, I did a workout this afternoon and by the end of it I was nearly puking. Not because of the workout. I'm used to that! It's either the legumes or the chips or both and I'm SO disappointed that when I read the ingredients a few days ago I didn't notice the yeast extract or brown rice flour! I'm mad at myself for doing that and also I feel like garbage and I'm really hoping this passes quickly and that I haven't sabotaged my reintroduction!
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    legumes and insomnia

    It's definitely worth exploring. I had a poor reaction yesterday as well but I inadvertently ate some chips that had rice bran flour and yeast extract so I'm having a hard time pinpointing the cause. My situation is a little different but I'm going to go back to Whole30 straight up for a couple of days before I do another reintroduction and you may want to do the same. I may even give legumes another shot just so I can see if it is actually them that made me feel so bad yesterday.
  13. @cottagequeen It is crazy. After both rounds of Whole30 I've been SUPER sensitive to every little thing (see my post in this forum) and my husband actually said tonight that I need to be careful to not become a hypochondriac. Back to straight up Whole30 tomorrow.
  14. Same here! PB with breakfast and hummus with lunch and I am SUPER nauseated after my afternoon workout! I want to cry!
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    When to reintroduce wine

    I'm going to wait until after I've reintroduced the 4 main groups simply for the reason that I don't want to be confused about what is having an impact on me. IE: Was it the cheese or the wine that are making me tired the next day? Etc.. I'm treating it as its own separate group and doing it last.
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    Gluten or Alcohol - So Sick

    I'm stealing this!
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    Forgive me if this has already been asked ... Once I roll into the reintroduction, is it ok to try some of these Paleo items with compliant ingredients that were not recommended in the reset? I.E. Two ingredient banana pancakes, Paleo "wraps," etc.
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    Thank you for your input, @MeadowLily and @LisaLulu. So, if I'm understanding correctly, they are OK, but if eating something, like let's take the banana pancakes for example, would send me into a tailspin where I just wind up wanting all kinds of sugar or whatnot, THAT is what's bad about it, and not the banana pancakes themselves. And I am the only one who can judge whether, knowing that banana pancakes could cause OTHER problems later, it is still a wise idea to eat said banana pancakes. Am I understanding the spirit of what you are saying?
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    Day 31

    I'm glad I read this. I concur with those who have stated above that going off the rails on day 31 nearly negates the benefits of days 1-30, and I'm actually living proof of someone who has had to come back to do yet another Whole30 because of it. So, here I am, on Day 21, and already thinking about how this will go. I agree with the sentiment above that having alcohol or sugar would really muddy the waters on a reintroduction. So, ... point taken. Thank you.
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    So... I Weighed Myself

    I don't want this to sound snarky at all because I can understand fully why seeing less-than-hoped-for progress is disappointing to you ... I'm glad you realize that this was not a good decision right now. Your body is doing a complete reset. It will take time to adjust to this new way of life. You will get there! Stay the course and you are going to be happy!
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    Liquid mayo??

    Try again with an immersion blender! Immersion blender is magic!
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    I started on Jan 2 and this doesn't suck.

    @Ash in the Mountains, HI! I echo that sentiment about feeling great! I seriously am feeling like nothing can stop me now! (I'm also rocking Day 8.) I've been working hard on meal planning and prep, and it is making ALL the difference for me! I've even got some good ideas in the works for my weekday breakfasts (frittata, made in advance) and lunches (mason jar salads with the. most. amazing. homemade dressing) for the week, which was a huge concern of mine. Dinners are always pretty easy for me, and I'm really trying not to use emergency food (Lara and Epic bars) unless its a true emergency. So yeah! I'm rocking and rolling!
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    Whole30 Crockpot Dump Meals

    I get it! I'm going to be trying a few of these in the next week or so. http://www.lifemadefull.com/august-paleo-freezer-meals/ I think only two of them have some sugar added, but it is minimal and not a "focal point" ingredient.
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    My First Whole30!

    @MaylinBE I was just telling hubby last night that I'm already getting excited to take Day 8 pics! Monday morning, its on. It definitely helps!