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    Fell in love with new blog

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    So I'm totally in love with this blog I just found:
    I Breathe... I'm Hungry...

    and especially this post:
    I Breathe... I'm Hungry...: Whole 30 Wrap-Up

    Seriously, I wish I had read this after my first Whole30. It sums up exactly how I feel about W30. IMO, for a foodie, child birth is easier than W30! W30 takes the joy out of food. You feel phenomenal, but it does something to you mentally (and it did to me. I think it's what triggered my binges and baking crazes)

    I'm gonna go run off and elope with this blog now.
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    I actually enjoyed Whole 30 and I'm a foodie. It was a fun challenge to make good meals with the foods I could have and pushed me to try some new stuff.

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    And to expand, to me, Whole 30 was a challenge to find a way to enjoy Whole Foods. Prior to Whole 30, I was letting 20% grow at cost to good foods. (So eating too much chocolate but making up for it by skimping on protein etc.). Finding a way to be as happy eating Whole 30 as I was with my 20% was really valuable.

    Post Whole 30, I played around with some "Paleo" treats and found myself in the same situation- I'll have a 6 ounce steak versus 8 so I can have a mug cake. Great, except that mug cake was like 400 calories. So when the blogger says "paleo pancakes are fine". Well, you may be setting yourself up for failure if paleo junk food replaces too much real food, just due to the high calorie count. For me, it's critical to build a diet that DOESN'T require "treats" to satisfy me.

    I think she fell into a really common issue- "fruit and carbs keep me from losing weight" while not considering that maybe it was the calorie counts of her "low carb treats" preventing her from weight loss.

    Whole 30 really is not that miserable if you really get creative.... and I would hope people would give it a shot.

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    I was miserable, but I think it's because it was too restrictive for me and made me develop a lot of food anxiety. When I have a wide variety of unrestricted foods I enjoy, I find myself happier.
    I do recommend it, still, because it's good for helping one crack down and become more compliant.
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    Dr. Bork Bork, I totally can relate. I got like that when I started tracking macros on an online tracker. Before that when I wanted to be low carb, I pretty much just stayed away from "white food," i.e. potatoes, bread, pasta, and rice (after giving up grains, the bread and pasta were already gone of course). Tracking showed me one thing: I'm pretty much correct. If I stay away from white foods*, I stay low carb easily. But putting my daily consumption into a tracker made me feel like food was no longer a joy, but something evil, or maybe just bad. There's a whole planet of healthy foods out there and I want to have fun with them!

    *White food exceptions: cauliflower looks white, but isn't a white food; sweet potatoes don't look white, but are a white food.

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    Hi Trish! Thanks so much for your kind words about my blog and Whole 30 post! I'm glad you could relate to how I was feeling about it at the time. I'm actually considering doing it again in January, but not sure if I will officially call it that since I don't plan to fully embrace the no substitutions clause this time!

    As for eloping with the blog...

    Trish & IBIH 4-ever! ha ha!

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    Hi Magnolia! I agree with you about most things you said - although I was happy with my 7+ lb. weight loss since it broke through a plateau I'd been on. If anything I ate less on the Whole 30 (not a bad thing) and I didn't have the "treats" even if they were technically compliant because of the rules of the plan. I think your statement that "the Whole 30 really is not that miserable if you get creative" was part of my problem - I don't believe the Whole 30 promotes creativity at all, in fact I think it does just the opposite. But either way, I still believe it's a great program and I am contemplating doing it again. When I wrote the post I had just come off of it and now that I've had time to regroup, I am less disgruntled about it.

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    Joanie I agree wholeheartedly with this! It's one of the reasons that I never did well on W.W. and other plans that required rigorous tracking - I became kind of obsessive about it and it took all of the fun out of eating. I think it really depends on your personality type, and also how fast you want to lose the weight. I finally embraced low carb and gluten free as a lifestyle and while I want to drop more weight, I'm content with the rate it's coming off because as long as I stay within certain guidelines, as you mentioned, I am happier, healthier, and most importantly, not hungry and obsessing about every bite I put in my mouth!

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    I've never done the whole 30, but my feeling is that pancakes aren't really worth missing. Plenty of things can be made delicious with butter, onions, garlic, mustard, wine, herbs, rooster sauce, salsa or simply choosing an optimal cooking process. I realize that salsa might not be on the whole 30 plan, but you can make a tasty salsa from mango, onion and cilantro and even add avocado. Anyway, creativity helps, but in my opinion, creativity has to be simple or else too much complexity is the reason I go running for processed food. I don't like complicated cooking.
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    For me, the whole30 was easy.

    I suppose i'm not a "foodie" in the strictest sense, though I do like food. I was already eating rather simply, so it wasn't hard to let go of things. I don't miss breads of any kind (including pancakes), so it's no big loss for me.

    This past month, I actually managed to give up chocolate, which was pretty cool.

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