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I am getting geared up and ready to get this started! I have been reading as many resources that I can, ordered the Whole30 Day by Day book, and I am going to meal prep my hiney off! 

 

My biggest issue will be my family. They aren’t doing this with me so cooking for them will be a challenge but I am up for the task. That and sugar will be the biggest obstacles for me! Any ideas and helpful hints are welcome! 

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Hi Lish - Congrats on your decision to start Jan 1!  I'm on Day 4 of my 2nd W30 and just got my Day by Day book this afternoon -- it's amazing!  The new book is going to help so much with your preparation -- there are 20 pages devoted to getting ready!?!  

One thing that works for me with my non-W30 family is to cook W30 items for myself (protein and lots of veggies and salad) then make 1 additional carby non-W30 item for the rest of the family (i.e. rice, pasta, beans, biscuits, etc.)  I try to make just enough carbs for them to eat in that single meal so I don't have to look at the leftovers in my fridge!  (Fortunately, DH is doing it with me, so it's really just the kids that I need to make another dish for, which is pretty easy.)

Best of luck to you!

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Thank you for those tips! I am trying to convince my hubby to do it with me too be he’s not quite convinced. Lol. I will definitely work on my meal planning. I am not a huge fan of cooking so this has always been an issue for me. I am just going to have to get over that though! 

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Hmm, I'm thinking about doing my second whole 30 after the new year.  I completed my first about the 4th of July, and actually decided to mostly keep going after reintros - I'd say I eat whole 30 compliant at least 90% of the time still.  But I'm feeling a few bad habits creeping in, sort of benign on the continuum of bad eating but I can gain ugly momentum in a hurry :)  

I don't have the Day By Day book, but I have learned a lot in the last 6 months, so if you guys have any questions after reading and/or jumping in, I'll do my best to share what's worked for me.  

Lish, not sure if this will sway hubby, but a few years back I was told I should eliminate gluten and dairy, and I was not mentally prepared for it, and I hated it.  Fast forward to me reading "It Starts With Food", deciding to give the Whole 30 a try, and experiencing profound health benefits (which I'd also be happy to share details about).  It turns out, I LOVE how I eat now, rarely miss non-whole 30 food, and since I don't have immediate bad consequences from one time off plan food, I can indulge in treats when it's important to me.

I am a big fan of the Whole 30 (and no, they don't pay me :D )

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Hi Lish!

I have a Jan 1st start date as well! This will be my second W30, but my first living with my step kids. I've been looking for some kid-friendly recipes (thank goodness we can eat potatoes) but I like RunGirlRun's idea of cooking one grain for the kids to go with my meat and veggies.

As for your hubby, find the one factor that he would be most interested in (better sleep, lessening body aches, stopping heartburn, weight loss, whatever it may be) and use it. Tailor your argument to him and his needs.

Anyway, I look forward to hearing how your first W30 goes! YOU'RE GOING TO ROCK IT!!

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On 12/5/2017 at 8:35 PM, Jim4884 said:

Hmm, I'm thinking about doing my second whole 30 after the new year.  I completed my first about the 4th of July, and actually decided to mostly keep going after reintros - I'd say I eat whole 30 compliant at least 90% of the time still.  But I'm feeling a few bad habits creeping in, sort of benign on the continuum of bad eating but I can gain ugly momentum in a hurry :)  

I don't have the Day By Day book, but I have learned a lot in the last 6 months, so if you guys have any questions after reading and/or jumping in, I'll do my best to share what's worked for me.  

Lish, not sure if this will sway hubby, but a few years back I was told I should eliminate gluten and dairy, and I was not mentally prepared for it, and I hated it.  Fast forward to me reading "It Starts With Food", deciding to give the Whole 30 a try, and experiencing profound health benefits (which I'd also be happy to share details about).  It turns out, I LOVE how I eat now, rarely miss non-whole 30 food, and since I don't have immediate bad consequences from one time off plan food, I can indulge in treats when it's important to me.

I am a big fan of the Whole 30 (and no, they don't pay me :D )

Agree with Jim . Reading the book helps a lot with understanding why it might be a good thing to try.

 

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Hey Lish! 

I'm starting my second Whole30 after the new year, as well! I did my first program this past March, and I loved it. However, wedding stress and the stress of my job have brought back on my bad habits, and I need a reset. It's gotten to the point where my doctor looked at me a couple of weeks ago and point blank told me not to gain anymore weight. I'm meeting with a nutritionist tomorrow, and my best friend and I have decided to do another Whole30 together.

I did learn some things about myself during my first program, such as dairy is not something I should be consuming. I've given up milk entirely and instead use almond milk. I have found that I don't miss regular milk at all. 

I am a little nervous because I tried to do another program back in October, but the migraines I got due to sugar and caffeine withdrawal were so bad that my husband made me come off the program. I'm going to have to see what I can do to reduce those migraines before starting this new program.

Good luck on your program! It's hard, but it's worth it!  

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6 hours ago, amandaburchins said:

I am a little nervous because I tried to do another program back in October, but the migraines I got due to sugar and caffeine withdrawal were so bad that my husband made me come off the program. I'm going to have to see what I can do to reduce those migraines before starting this new program.

 

It is certainly a shock to the system to go "cold turkey".  The first thing I think of is to start halving the amounts you usually consume of coffee and/or sodas until you can finally get off them completely.  Hard to do around the holidays but not impossible if you really want to. 

And drink plenty of water.  PLENTY OF WATER!  And did I say to drink plenty of water?  Keep yourself hydrated and flushed.

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@amandaburchins - you should also make sure that you are including AT LEAST a fist sized serving of starchy vegetable a day. Depending on your current sugar intake, you might need to lean into those for the first little while. It's not sugar your body is coming off of but carbs and fast energy. The conversion from sugar-burner to fat-adapted is rough for a lot of people. If you are really struggling, take headache relief pills, don't suffer! 

Also, this is not a caffeine free program.........if you currently drink coffee or caffeinated teas, you can continue to do so.

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Hi Everyone - I’m also starting my first Whole30 on January 1st and I’m very excited! I think my biggest challenges will be getting past my lazy attitude about cooking and giving up coffee. I have prepared though and have my first week grocery list and recipes all ready to go and I plan to buy 1 week of Premade Paleo just so i have something in the freezer in case I fall down on the cooking at times.  

I realize quitting coffee is not required on Whole 30 but the idea of black coffee is a bummer for me (nut pods and cocoa nut milk don’t do it for me).  But more importantly for me, coffee upsets my stomach and always has - I just power through and I don’t like the idea of drinking something that I know I feel yucky on during the whole 30.  

I’m also going to keep my eye on how I feel when I eat eggs.  I don’t eat them much because when I was young they clearly made me lethargic.  Not sure if I still get lethargic but if I find that they do during the whole 30 I will likely eliminate them during the initial 30 days.

Good luck to everyone!!

 

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Hey everybody! I will be starting my second Whole30 on Jan. 1st, and am starting to meal prep now. This time around I have a subscription to Thrive and am going to place an order with Pedersen's Meats, so I can have more of a variety this go round. I completed my first round in October, maintained a paleo diet in November but with a two week trip to Mexico in December I have completely derailed so I am looking forward to a "reset" in January. My husband is getting me an Instapot for Christmas so if anybody has some compliant Instapot recipes I'd love to see them! 

The first round I felt like I relied heavily on sweet potatoes for breakfast to keep me satisfied until lunch, and was planning to try to cut down on the portion sizes this round. But, now I've decided to incorporate a workout program beginning mid-January so am thinking now it might be best to keep those calories as I will be more active this round? Honestly I was a little disappointed the first round. I felt AMAZING, which was great but I did expect to lose more weight (I only lost 5 pounds) as it was a complete 180 in my eating habits. I know I should be focused on how I'm feeling and not the number on the scale, but I have a very sedentary job so feel like I really do need to incorporate a workout into the lifestyle change as well. 

Anyways, I'm on the verge of rambling so I'll wrap it up and say Good Luck to everybody starting in January!

 

 

 

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