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Old 12-02-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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Default God help me, I'm giving up cheese for 30 days

I decided sort of spontaneously to embark on a Whole30 starting today! I had success with the last 30-day challenge I set myself in August (accountability thread was in this group) even though it was ambitious so I'm hoping I can complete this one, too.

I'd been eating strictly low-carb/whole-foods for nearly two years before falling rather spectacularly off the wagon in the last couple months. I gained a bit of weight but I really just want to get myself clean again so I don't get re-addicted to sugar. The Whole30 shouldn't be too challenging for me in terms of being grain-free, but there is another area...

My sister has had stunning weight loss success recently, and one thing she's doing that I never tried is to give up dairy 6 days out of the week. I'm wondering if I might have a sensitivity I never knew about and that's been contributing to my long stall (prior to falling off the wagon this fall). So a short-term fast and then adding it back in is a good way to try to figure out if that's an issue for me.

I definitely used cheese as a crutch when I went low-carb and I've been eating it at least a couple times per day recently so I'm going to have to re-work some recipes to exclude it. I was depending heavily on garnishing vegetables with Parmesan cheese for flavor, for instance. I'll even grab a slice of cheese to eat plain when I want more calories for the day and have already fulfilled my other food group goals.

I'm really afraid I'm going to sabotage the Whole30 over this cheese issue! Are any of you other chicks in the process of going cold-turkey on something you really love to eat and depend on? (BTW I know some of you love moderation but that's not an approach that works for me. Making extreme changes overnight has been effective for me in sticking with my desired behavior change multiple times in the past.)
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