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  1. Now I will preface this by saying that PMS has started to kick in for me this month, so that is quite likely contributing to my frustration. I am on Day 22 and have been completely compliant, though haven't always followed the "perfect" meal template (one week, we were completely snowed in and unable to get to the market for 4 days, so we were workin' hard to just stay compliant with what was left in our kitchen). Anyways, I suffer from fibromyalgia, and the biggest NSV's I've noticed so far have been massively improved sleep and a slight reduction in my chronic pain. This has been very valuable to me, and while I hoped for more at this point, I am still happy with the results I've had. However, I am at a point where some of the restrictions are making me more frustrated than encouraged. I plan on doing a slow reintroduction plan to target what might be contributing to my previous insomnia and pain, and when I work out which foods are bad, I do plan to limit /remove them from my diet. BUT, I like pancakes and I like cookies and I like having the occasional sweet thing without feeling like it's somehow a failure for giving in to cravings. I've been getting grumpy thinking about a post-Whole30 life that doesn't involve the enjoyment of these things without it being attached to guilt (by guilt I mean "Oh no, you wanted something sweet and so you had something sweet-- shame on you for not resisting!"). I understand the reasons for avoiding "compliant" versions of "bad" food like coconut flour pancakes, for example, while on the program, and I have followed those rules, but after Whole30, I'd really like to go back to having foods that I enjoy and simply use the things I've learned on Whole30 to create healthier alternatives of those things with ingredients that don't spike my fibro issues. Am I missing the point to be thinking about a life that involves any form of pancakes, even if they don't contain my trigger ingredients? Not feeling any freedom in my food. - Grumpy PMS lady
  2. Hi Gang - I'm on day 23 of my first Whole30. I started this whole dealeo due to my uber-active sugar dragon. I LOVE sweets and have since I was a kid. But I realize I have a pretty unhealthy relationship with food, turning to sweets/snacks when I'm bored or frustrated at work or missing my boyfriend or just want that deliciously rich flavor of brownie batter in my life. I'm the girl who makes brownie batter to have it in my fridge to eat with a spoon after dinner (or sometimes as dinner). So, I am trying to break this (unhealthy?) attachment. Problem is, I don't know if I want to say goodbye to the sweets. The idea of a warm brownie with a glass of red wine has literally brought me to tears a few times in the past 23 days. I don't want to break up with that ooey gooey melt-in-your-mouth goodness. It brings me joy! It makes me happy! It gives me life! Well, that last one was a bit of an overstatement, but you get my point. And I don't notice any stomach issues after eating sweets...but I'm sure I would if I started back on my old habits after 30 days. So I'm struggling with my future after the 30 days. Do I indulge once a week? Or do I break up with something that makes me happy forever? Is it bad to get joy from (bad for you) food? Help! How to I keep my desire for cakes, brownies, cookies in check?