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I'm on day 11 and mostly doing ok- cravings haven't been horrible.  My issue is my headspace.  I see a commercial for Taco Bell and my brain immediately goes "when I'm done with this, I'll have that."  I know it's not about depriving yourself, but I don't want to fall into bad habits and just go crazy once this is "over".  

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The first thing I'd recommend is to go ahead and start reading up on reintroductions and thinking about how you're going to do those, so that by day 30 you have a plan and have a good reason not to immediately go wild on day 31.

You might also start reading about life after Whole30 -- there's information online, start here:   https://whole30.com/finished/ or you might find the book Food Freedom Forever helpful:   https://whole30.com/foodfreedom 

Finally, if you are feeling cravings or feeling deprived, be sure you're eating enough, and maybe try some new recipes every now and then. Even making a new sauce to add to simple meat and vegetables or seasoning food a little differently can make a difference, or if your budget allows for it, treat yourself to something that you like or have been wanting to try -- a nice steak, fresh fish fillets, or even a meal at a local restaurant if you have someplace that can do a compliant meal.

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1 minute ago, ShannonM816 said:

The first thing I'd recommend is to go ahead and start reading up on reintroductions and thinking about how you're going to do those, so that by day 30 you have a plan and have a good reason not to immediately go wild on day 31.

You might also start reading about life after Whole30 -- there's information online, start here:   https://whole30.com/finished/ or you might find the book Food Freedom Forever helpful:   https://whole30.com/foodfreedom 

Finally, if you are feeling cravings or feeling deprived, be sure you're eating enough, and maybe try some new recipes every now and then. Even making a new sauce to add to simple meat and vegetables or seasoning food a little differently can make a difference, or if your budget allows for it, treat yourself to something that you like or have been wanting to try -- a nice steak, fresh fish fillets, or even a meal at a local restaurant if you have someplace that can do a compliant meal.

I did read about half of the Food Forever book, and have started a rough map of my reintroductions (I have a family vacation 3 weeks after Whole30 wraps, so my timing is pretty set).  I'm not feeling deprived because I'm not eating enough, I'm feeling deprived because I'm an emotional eater and a serious binger, and I've been working really hard not to let myself do that.  Honestly, I had a (compliant) dried fruit binge over the weekend and wouldn't be surprised if this is my sugar dragon messing with my head.

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1 hour ago, salsasis14 said:

I did read about half of the Food Forever book, and have started a rough map of my reintroductions (I have a family vacation 3 weeks after Whole30 wraps, so my timing is pretty set).  I'm not feeling deprived because I'm not eating enough, I'm feeling deprived because I'm an emotional eater and a serious binger, and I've been working really hard not to let myself do that.  Honestly, I had a (compliant) dried fruit binge over the weekend and wouldn't be surprised if this is my sugar dragon messing with my head.

For real, this. I am also an emotional eater and a boredom eater and my sugar dragon also masqueraded as a cheese dragon, a hard cider dragon, and a popcorn dragon during the early days of my first Whole30. If it's not getting sweets, then that dragon will tempt you with wanting bunches of other things to try to get you to give into it. 

Your dragon's a toughie, but you're stronger! You've got the start of a plan for reintros, so you know what's coming after Day 30. Just keep those goals and your "why" in your mind (or in a note on the fridge!) and you can do it.

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I totally get it. I have found that for me personally I have to have the thought that I can have that after I'm done with whole 30 (whatever that may be) I just have to then also practice making the decision about if I want to. If I know I can and give myself permission I am more likely to choose not to because I can decide to if I choose. If I tell myself I can't have it then I will obsess over it and end of eating that and much more.

not sure that made sense but its kinda how I have to think about food. There is nothing I can't have. There are things I shouldn't and its up to me to figure out whats worth it when 

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11 minutes ago, Babsie95 said:

I totally get it. I have found that for me personally I have to have the thought that I can have that after I'm done with whole 30 (whatever that may be) I just have to then also practice making the decision about if I want to. If I know I can and give myself permission I am more likely to choose not to because I can decide to if I choose. If I tell myself I can't have it then I will obsess over it and end of eating that and much more.

not sure that made sense but its kinda how I have to think about food. There is nothing I can't have. There are things I shouldn't and its up to me to figure out whats worth it when 

It does make sense, and on one hand, that can work for me too.  My concern is how I'm viewing the Whole30 process.  I know the actual rules are temporary, but I don't want to view this a hurdle to get over so I can go back to what I was doing before.  I'm concerned "giving myself permission" will be my downfall since I tend to go overboard.

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16 hours ago, salsasis14 said:

It does make sense, and on one hand, that can work for me too.  My concern is how I'm viewing the Whole30 process.  I know the actual rules are temporary, but I don't want to view this a hurdle to get over so I can go back to what I was doing before.  I'm concerned "giving myself permission" will be my downfall since I tend to go overboard.

There's no harm in making a few Food Freedom "rules" for yourself! I definitely do this, and it helps me a ton. To me that doesn't feel like restriction, and it actually helps my brain making decisions because I am much better at abstaining than moderating.

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Coming to this thread late, but one way I've avoided the mental cravings during this Whole30 was to read a LOT of Whole30 material. I read the Whole30 book, reread the Whole30 timeline and Reintroduction sections several times, read all the "Dear Melissa" posts on the website, read all the testimonial posts of the website, and moved on to forum posts (obviously, since I'm here!). Reading about Whole30 experiences and troubleshooting not only kept me focused but gave me a lot of valuable information for when I am doing reintros/if I run into problems. I found this very motivating! That also means that I don't encounter as many Taco Bell commercials and the like because I'm not watching as much TV. Hope this helps someone!

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