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I just went through a thing of homemade mayo in three days, and I find myself seriously questioning my fat consumption. (That was like 6 tablespoons of mayo on average per day I guess... I used it in tuna salad and egg salad which really upped the amount I ate. But if I added up all the olive oil and coconut oil I'm using in all the other recipes, I'm certain it's the same.) That was 1.25 cups of oil and an egg. O_O  I'm on Day 16, and I'm pretty sure I haven't lost weight. 

 

Do I feel better? Sort of... my mind is clearer most days, which has been the best gift. Some days I feel pretty content or even happy. But not always. I've had some rough days the first two weeks. But I also need to lose like 40lbs, and that's of equal importance for my health. 

 

It doesn't seem like all this extra coconut oil / olive oil goes with the rest of the story -- that our bodies need whole, unprocessed foods. Making oil from coconuts and olive oils would have been labor intensive for our ancestors, so maybe I need to cut back... 

Would love to hear from people who have been doing this for awhile. 

 

I really love this food, btw. I think I could easily do this for a long time, so I'm really hoping it works for me!

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It really is okay to consume an entire batch of mayo in three days. I might think you were going over board if you ate a batch in one day, but not in three days. Eating lots of fat in the form of olive oil and coconut oil, etc. really is good for you and is supportive of weight loss over time.

 

There are huge reasons the Whole30 is a 30 day program and not a 16 day program. The biggest shift that takes place to facilitate losing weight has to do with your hormones. And your hormones can take weeks of Whole30-style eating and improved sleep habits before they shift into fat-burning mode. The secret to weight loss is not eating less fat. The secret is eating properly composed meals and staying with it long enough for your body to get on board with your new approach to living.

 

Keep on the path you have begun and the results will come. If you start second-guessing the program and start reducing fat too much, you can delay getting good results.  

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yup. In addition to what Tom said, if you are coming from an eating plan with limited fat and protein, you may crave more than average at the beginning. Just eat, and be aware that this may settle down a little bit as your system gets used to having this kind of abundant nutrition available on a consistent basis.

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Thanks, guys. It's still crazy to me that I ate that much mayo! (Or that I might be able to do such a thing and not ruin any chance at weight loss lol)

And... yep, Mary. I tried really hard to do a low-fat vegan plan before this. (But then I would cycle between that and eating junk or popcorn coated in earth balance and salt.) I'm having WAY more healthy fats and meat than I've had in... oh, years. I've been limiting it for a long time and then binging on bad fat in between (cookies, chips). Which is probably like what a lot of people here used to do.

 

I've been waking up at noon and going to sleep late and only fitting in two huge meals a day, too. I'm going to try harder to get on good sleep schedule. I just wasn't getting enough sleep last week, so I slept in for three days straight, and now I'm way off course. I'm definitely giving this 30 days, though. Probably longer.

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It's a huge (and uncomfortable) mind shift - accepting that (good) fat is your friend. :) You can also try changing the fat sources in your meals so you don't get constantly reminded of it in your mayo (though there's nothing wrong if you want to keep egg + tuna salad). Try adding more avocado, EVOO dressing, olives or ghee.

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I know what you mean about the mayo. I made home made mayo also and wouldn't eat chicken breast plain for a while...the chicken salad I made with celery and fresh dill was so delicious!!

I hesitate to keep making the mayo because I find myself going a little overboard on the chicken salad which I wouldn't do with plain chicken.

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