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Hello all! 

I'm on Day 26 and since yesterday have been having crazy sugar cravings. I think part of it is because I know Day 30 is here soon and reintroduction starts. I can't wait to try oatmeal. 

Prior to being on Whole30, I ate fairly healthy - I love the taste of healthy food - but sweets are my struggle. 

I know i can be without sugar, re last 26 days but I am starting to look forward to some treats. Which is scary because I don't want to binge once reintroduction is over. Any tips on how not to slip back into old habits of late night chocolate with a side of TV? 

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The Food Freedom Forever book by Melissa Hartwig has some really great, in-depth discussion and strategies on this. Really, there is no one trick -- it comes down to being mindful each time you're presented with a delicious food that isn't Whole30, and truly evaluating if it is worth the effects.

You also may find this helpful: https://whole30.com/2012/01/ride-your-own-bike-2/

Finally, have you been eating fruit or other technically Whole30 foods when you get a sweet craving? That will keep your cravings alive and well.  We recommend you go for a walk, drink some tea, or just wait 15 minutes to determine whether it is a craving or you're really hungry. If the latter, eat some protein and veggies instead. That will bust those cravings.

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1 hour ago, Tori Robi said:

I've heard that when you crave chocolate, you should try eating a handful of almonds. It's something to do with the nutrients or whatever. I know when I eat some almonds, it makes my mouth dry and I don't want to eat anything after that, lol. 

We recommend not snacking on nuts as they can be food without brakes for a lot of people and they're actually not a really great fat due to their Omega 3/6 balance.  You're on the right track tho, we definitely suggest fats for sugar cravings and if you can handle briny things, then salty, briny things like olives work well!

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Just reading this and I have that terrible problem: Nuts and seeds. I was overdoing it, having them at every meal and (then even after a full dinner!) before Whole30 and I'm just starting to do that again on Day 25 of Whole30. It's such a hard habit for me to break. I thought Whole30 would do it for me, break the habit.  I should probably just toss them. Or, as you suggest, eat olives!

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On 11/14/2017 at 12:01 PM, ultrarunnergirl said:

The Food Freedom Forever book by Melissa Hartwig has some really great, in-depth discussion and strategies on this. Really, there is no one trick -- it comes down to being mindful each time you're presented with a delicious food that isn't Whole30, and truly evaluating if it is worth the effects.

You also may find this helpful: https://whole30.com/2012/01/ride-your-own-bike-2/

Finally, have you been eating fruit or other technically Whole30 foods when you get a sweet craving? That will keep your cravings alive and well.  We recommend you go for a walk, drink some tea, or just wait 15 minutes to determine whether it is a craving or you're really hungry. If the latter, eat some protein and veggies instead. That will bust those cravings.

This is a terrific article! I started the Whole30 25 days ago just to reset my body, help my GERD (acid reflux), hopefully reduce my inflammation (from osteoarthritis), and stop eating sugar for a month. I am looking forward to all the forbidden food I can't have (going out to a fancy Italian restaurant this coming weekend to celebrate my son's grad is going to be very difficult; there's virtually nothing on the menu I can have) and socializing with friends I could not eat with before. But I don't want to abandon this now. I like the idea of it (although I hate the amount of time I've been spending in the kitchen prepping, cooking cleaning nightly; even when I make extra food on the weekend, I still end up in the kitchen every night prepping something) and I want Whole30 to be my baseline and my usual way of eating. So it was heartening to read in this article that you can have these indulgences, and most likely will, but going back on the Whole30 often enough will make you have fewer and fewer of them. That was very encouraging!

Can you suggest similar articles? I have the Whole30 book and they do tell you how to introduce food back into your diet and continue on once you attain your Whole30 goal (I`m trying to do 40 days before I "stop"), but can you suggest other articles to read on this and how to maintain Whole30 once you're back in the "real" world? The article suggests resetting your body after indulgences and doing 2 or 3 weeks at a time of just Whole30 before cutting yourself slack. Anyway, any guidance on this would be greatly appreciated.

And by the way, this is wonderful, to have such a Forum and be able to get such wonderful support! Thank you!!

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@*KG There are a bunch of blog posts that deal with different aspects of life after whole30 here:   https://whole30.com/tag/life-after-your-whole30/

And you can sign up for the free Wholesome newsletter that comes out every couple of weeks that often addresses post-whole30 questions:   https://whole30.com/wholesome/

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8 hours ago, ShannonM816 said:

@*KG There are a bunch of blog posts that deal with different aspects of life after whole30 here:   https://whole30.com/tag/life-after-your-whole30/

And you can sign up for the free Wholesome newsletter that comes out every couple of weeks that often addresses post-whole30 questions:   https://whole30.com/wholesome/

Hi, Shannon.

Thx for this! 

I've tried signing up to the newsletter multiple times but I keep getting a message that says I can't do it, for some reason.

 

KG

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8 hours ago, ShannonM816 said:

@*KG There are a bunch of blog posts that deal with different aspects of life after whole30 here:   https://whole30.com/tag/life-after-your-whole30/

And you can sign up for the free Wholesome newsletter that comes out every couple of weeks that often addresses post-whole30 questions:   https://whole30.com/wholesome/

I just used your link, Shannon, and it worked! Thx so much!

 

KG

 

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On 11/14/2017 at 12:01 PM, ultrarunnergirl said:

The Food Freedom Forever book by Melissa Hartwig has some really great, in-depth discussion and strategies on this. Really, there is no one trick -- it comes down to being mindful each time you're presented with a delicious food that isn't Whole30, and truly evaluating if it is worth the effects.

You also may find this helpful: https://whole30.com/2012/01/ride-your-own-bike-2/

Finally, have you been eating fruit or other technically Whole30 foods when you get a sweet craving? That will keep your cravings alive and well.  We recommend you go for a walk, drink some tea, or just wait 15 minutes to determine whether it is a craving or you're really hungry. If the latter, eat some protein and veggies instead. That will bust those cravings.

Somehow I missed your response. Thank you so much, I will check out that link and check my local library for the book. 

I have been mostly drinking peppermint or roobia tea as recommended. I have snacked on fruits when craving sweets maybe 4-5 times while on the program though, not going to lie.  

I feel much better this week, not many cravings. Currently in the reintroduction phase. 

Thank you!

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