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  • Found the fullfat coconut milk for my morning coffee in whole foods. I used it for the first time this am, and got some bubbly guts and gassy (TMI) a few hrs later.... Ate usual things all day long so I wouldn't be that. Anyone else experience this when switching to a full fat version. Ivebeen using the light one from TJs for wks.

    Also.... Anyone have a missing period after their whole30. I'm most definitely not preggo (husband is in Afghanistan for a yr)... I read a bit on the whole30 forum that if you change your body composition and drop certain foods, you may experience an odd TOM or skipped all together. I did t drop a ton of weight, I'm fairy small to begin w, but my body comp has changed. I've been hitting Crossfit and the guy pretty regularly and playing soccer. My body fat probably dropped, but I'm definitely not in a dangerous range. Any insight??

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    • a girlfriend of mine who just started her whole30 also had a late period. She also had no sign it was coming and it totally took her by surprise when it arrived. maybe it's b/c this way of eating changes your body's hormone composition, and thus changes your reproductive hormones as well?
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • A sudden drop in body fat, even if it doesn't put you in technically an infertile range, could certainly delay or disrupt your cycle. I wouldn't worry about it - but I found when I was eating completely Primal/Paleo I didn''t have much warning before it hit.

        I had a pregnancy-induced dietary fail today - took my daughter to the museum this morning and ended up being there longer than we anticipated and bought IMAX tickets for a few hours after lunch - I ate the salad portion of the kid's lunch special but it wasn't enough and I had to get something with protein and starch... made the best choice I could with the options at hand which was a chicken wrap. :-( I didn't eat most of the wrap, just sucked out the bits inside (it was actually really tasty chicken with lots of greenery and tomatoes and stuff) but I did still take several bites of the wrap part to settle my stomach and get into the damn thing. Then I ate TWO pieces of popcorn, OMG.

        The nausea is totally kicking in now and I don't know if I call pull off the rest of the Whole30. I will make some sweet potato cookies tonight (I know, I know, it's making dessert out of approved foods - screw it, I'm pregnant) and hopefully they will fill my starchy cravings but if they don't work, then I'm gonna have to bail and wait until I'm out of the gross first trimester. I forgot how horrible this is - it's been seven years since I did it before.

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        • Spughy, I will forgive you for bailing on the Whole30. It's understandable. You have to eat what you can stomach and if something you can stomach isn't technically approved, who cares? Take care of you and that baby.

          Hit 30 lbs loss today. 8 lbs since the start of this whole30. Doing well. MUCH better this time around than last time. Day 18 today (for me). We're almost there!!! 11/12 days left!
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • Spughy,

            I think water is really the most important item when you are pregnant. I always had problems drinking enough. You are doing better than I did with my twin pregnancy. I was so sick to my stomach with gallbladder issues the last two weeks of my pregnancy I was hospitalized. I lived on 2 prenatal vitamins a day and then whatever food I could keep down, mostly starchs and cherry Popsicles of all things. My poor babies! They are big strapping teen boys now so I guess they weren't too
            malnourished. You are doing awesome! I would just listen to my body and if it is craving starchs then give it some maybe not cherry Popsicles though

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            • Yeah jenn26point2,

              Great job on the weight loss, 30 lbs is a lot weight plus you are almost to the 180's! I remember that being a big milestone when I lost a lot the first time. Keep up the awesome work.

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              • Originally posted by cavequeen View Post
                Spughy,

                I think water is really the most important item when you are pregnant. I always had problems drinking enough. You are doing better than I did with my twin pregnancy. I was so sick to my stomach with gallbladder issues the last two weeks of my pregnancy I was hospitalized. I lived on 2 prenatal vitamins a day and then whatever food I could keep down, mostly starchs and cherry Popsicles of all things. My poor babies! They are big strapping teen boys now so I guess they weren't too
                malnourished. You are doing awesome! I would just listen to my body and if it is craving starchs then give it some maybe not cherry Popsicles though
                Oh man, being pregnant with twins it was sooo hard to get/keep in enough food.

                I was all about protien shakes lol.

                I got a comment yesterday from someone at work, asking if I'd lost weight. That is HUGE!

                6 days to go!

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                • Day 5 - I was really snacky yesterday and I probably ate too many nuts. I did try to up my fat though and had more guacamole and shredded coconut and some spaghetti squash. I was a bit smug the first few days thinking "wow no cravings, piece of cake"and then came yesterday. Could it be because I am in the middle of my cycle? When I weighed this morning, I either was down half a lb or around the same, my scale seemed a bit wonky this morning.

                  My husband is not even trying and his stomach is looking flatter just from exercise and eating the paleo dinners I am cooking. If he really tried, he would blow my weight loss at of the water!

                  I am doing well with groceries. I still have a refrigerator full of veggies and meats. Pretty good considering I am feeding 5 people.

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                  • My husband just sent me an email that he's working on converting himself back over to Primal/Paleo and he'd like to try a whole30 but he's not ready yet. I said he needs to read ISWF before he tries the Whole30 b/c reading that book made my second W30 so much easier. He's really getting on board and I love it!

                    He wants me to get him a pill minder and set aside the vitamins he should be taking to eliminate his need for antidepressants like I have. I love that he's so interested in his health!

                    A girl at work told me I look "baggy" in the clothing department and I really should consider getting some smaller clothes. Of course, that takes money and that's one commodity we are lacking right now.
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • That's awesome, jenn26point2!

                      I would focus on buying a pair of pants that fit. Just plain black slacks are great because you can wear them a lot. You don't have to replace your whole wardrobe, consider it part of your diet plan. When you feel that you look good, easier to make good food choices. It's always been a proven strategy for me. Shirts aren't as crucial and you can always belt them in.

                      I hoping to get my DH on board as well. He has already made a lot of changes though. He started a pretty tough martial workout with my teens last fall and has cut way down in smoking and drinking. He eats whatever I cook, primal meals mostly and doesn't have a lot of dairy and only a little bit of grains. Come to think about it, he is already probably 80/20,

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                      • Cavequeen, back in my Army days we used to wear the same uniform for at least a week b/c pressing was so expensive... I wonder if I could get away with wearing the same pants for 5 days in a row now that I'm in an office setting, but still working for the Army...
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • I'm wrapping up my Whole 30 on the 25th of July. It's been an easy transition for me, although I've always eaten clean. I have many social functions to attend (1-2/weekly) and I devise a plan, in advance, for each of those. Last weekend for a brunch following a 16km run with friends. The brunch is a yearly event and lots of carbs (runners love carbs). Knowing there would be few choices for myself, I finished my walk/run and went home to shower (that was my excuse). Once I got home, I fired down 3 eggs, showered and made it back to the brunch, just in time for the food to be served. Without letting anyone 'in on my new primal plan,' I had a serving of bacon, a touch of yogourt, and a few berries. I mix and mingle with a cup of coffee in one hand, and a bottle of water in the other, and no one noticed a thing. Success!

                          This Saturday is an outdoor BBQ party. I should be fine with meats and no doubt there will be a salad. I don't bring up the Primal lifestyle as I don't like attention to be drawn to myself, and I don't feel inclined to counter arguments from friends about why grain is good for us, or why I shouldn't give up cheese etc.....

                          There is always alcohol served at each event, and I either have water (in place of beer), or in the evening I'll have a glass of red wine. Not a big deal for me to decline 'off limit foods'. I'm focused on losing the remainder of these 14 lbs and I keep my eye on the prize!

                          I think I may write a blog specifically on tactics to avoid eating food porn at social events --- without drawing attention to yourself.

                          /cheers/Louisa
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                          F, 48, 5'10"
                          Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
                          Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

                          Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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                          • Yay for everyone's successes! I am indeed bailing. Well, the bailage has already happened. I had some rice with dinner last night and potatoes for breakfast this morning and I feel SO much better. More energy, less nausea.

                            Good luck everyone! I will be back to the Whole30 once I hit my second trimester, I think, around mid-September. Enjoy the rest of your Whole30s!!!

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                            • See you again, Spughy!

                              Louise, what a GREAT idea for a blog! I would love to read it.
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Doing well with cooking and staying on plan. However, I feel like I am constantly cooking, planning meals to keep my family fed plus eat on plan myself. Not to mention a lot more dishes to wash. I guess as I get more used to eating this way it will become easier, and I have always cooked a lot anyway to keep my family of 5 fed.

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