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Now that I'm done my whole 30 I am eating mostly compliant meals but not entirely. Like tonight I made grilled chicken, salad and baked sweet potatoes for dinner but when I made my salad I said what the hell and threw a handful of dried cranberries on top even though they are made with sugar. Or a couple times I've had a handful of dark chocolate chips. I had some french fries with ketchup with my restaurant meal on mother's day. The only psychological/addiction type reaction was when I did gluten reintro. I did not want to stop. Everything else has been easy.

 

If we're not having issues with weight or binge eating or sugar dragons is it okay to allow these things back into our home life in moderation? Will we know instinctively where the 'line' is?

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This one is totally up to you, and I don't think you will know instinctively right away. It takes some time and experimentation to figure out how much/what items you can include, and how often you can include them without losing the benefits of the whole30. The reintroduction process is the beginning of this, but you have the rest of your life to fine-tune. -just know if you get too far off track, the whole30 is here for you to reset and try again.

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I'm actually committed to start my second whole 30 on October 14 with a friend so that will keep me in line if need be. 

 

Reintro solved the mystery of why I was feeling so awful pre whole 30- I had quite a bad reaction to dairy. So that's gone for good. I also have cut grains out of my meals and stopped with the sweets/fast food/processed food before bed, two habits I have no desire to take back up. I think that was the bulk of why I felt better on the whole 30. I am very addicted to gluten but considering my husband and daughter are both gluten intolerant we don't keep it in our house so that helps a lot. I guess I'll notice if things get to the point where I stop feeling great. We don't have a lot of money so most of what we eat is made from scratch at home so therefore compliant (my husband is grain and dairy free which also means all the meals I cook have to be paleo anyway if I don't want to cook twice!)

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"This one is totally up to you, and I don't think you will know instinctively right away." I agree, Miss Mary. 

 

I think you'll know where the "line" is when you have crossed over it! At least that is how it works for me. I am happily puttering along and eating some dark chocolate every once in a while. Then a bit too often, but still doing fine since it is the 100-80% kind with very little sugar and no milk. Then a bit too often, with some milk solids and my system starts to grumble. If I am attentive I listen and stop right there. If I am not I may have ice cream the next day and my stomach will really let me know. I snap back to reality and clean up my act. As time goes by I find I am getting better at selecting what is worth to off road for and what is not. In general, when I am not on a Whole30 I still don't eat grains, gluten, milk or foods with a lot of carbs, since that is what affects me the most.

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