I’m doing a March Whole 30 | Who’s with me?

March whole 30

Have you ever thought about doing a Whole 30? I have¬†started doing a Whole 30, twice, but I haven’t completed one yet. ūüôĀ I wrote a post about why I failed the Whole 30, it’s basically a rant about why the Whole 30 is a joke. Don’t read it for inspiration. Now¬†I’m back and ready to try again. This time around, I am going to do better with meal planning and meal prepping, and I am going to stick it out all the way through. Are you interested in doing a March Whole 30 for yourself? Keep reading!

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Why the Whole 30 is a Joke | My Whole 30 Failure

Why the whole 30 is a joke

Why the Whole 30 is a joke

I am a Whole 30 failure. I will go into more detail on why I believe that the Whole 30 is a joke, first, let’s talk about the Paleo Diet. I think that the Paleo diet is a great starting point. There are many interpretations of the Paleo diet. The basic idea of the paleo diet is eating like our ancestors did. Eating whole, real good as nature intended. I can’t argue with the paleo diet, and that isn’t what this is about. When I eat a diet that excludes processed junk food, I feel fantastic. I bet you will too! So what is the Whole 30 and why is it a joke?

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Thrive Market Review | My First Order

Thrive Market Review

I wanted to post a full Thrive Market¬†Review because my first order has arrived! I made another post here comparing prices on Thrive Market vs. Amazon Prime. I did share my exact order in that post but I wanted to share a few pictures of the items after they arrived. I am currently doing a Whole 30 and it is important to note¬†that some of the items¬†that I ordered¬†are NOT Whole 30 compliant, the Bob’s Mill white rice flour, Bragg’s liquid aminos and Enjoy Life mega thunks, while delicious and gluten free, are not allowed¬†on the Whole 30. I did purchase them because I they are things that I would buy anyway and the price on Thrive Market was the best that I have found. If I do another order while I am on the Whole 30 I will order compliant products because those chocolate chunks are too tempting! I paid just over $50 for all of the items listed before. If you purchase any of these items regularly, you know that’s a¬†great deal!¬†Thrive Market was running a promotion at the time which included a free bottle of coconut oil and the 5-day detox book. Since I am currently doing a Whole 30, I don’t really need the book but it could be useful for someone who is brand new on a healthy eating journey. Thrive regularly offers freebies with your purchase, so far I have seen coconut oil, almond butter and plant-based protein, so keep an eye out and see what freebie¬†is¬†available!

My first Thrive Market order. Read about my first experience with Thrive Market. Is Thrive Market right for your family? Read on and find out!!   Thrive Market Review.

 

I do apologies for the horrible picture. I am good at taking pictures of people, not items. I am pretty excited to try to ghee. During Whole 30 2016 attempt #1 I made my own ghee. I’m not sure if I did it right, but I wasn’t crazy about it. I love butter and I hope that I like the ghee better than my home-made version.

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I do have to stop for a second and tell you about the coconut aminos. If you read my original Thrive Market vs. Amazon Prime post, you will see that I was hesitant about this product. I am happy to say that I have tried and actually ENJOY the coconut aminos! This is a big deal! I can do without soy for the most part, and I may be able to eliminate it completely (even after the Whole 30) using this product. The taste is a bit sweeter than soy sauce, and it definitely has a flavor that is all it’s own. That being said, I did enjoy it.¬†If you’re wanting to eliminate traditional soy sauce, GMO soy or non-organic soy. I would recommend switching to Bragg’s liquid aminos. We haven’t used traditional soy sauce in quite some time, it tastes just as good but is much healthier as it is lower in sodium and made with non-GMO soy.

I have tried to toothpaste and I really like it! I am going to continue to purchase it from Thrive since traditional toothpaste is just disgusting. Thrive Market also has the best price that I have found on Dr. Bronners liquid castile soap. You can also read about my top 12 uses for Dr. Bronners and my favorite household items from Thrive Market.!

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I was really impressed with the packaging from Thrive Market. All of the packaging is made from recycled materials, and can be composted or recycled. Everything was packed very well, as you can see above. My order did take a little longer than expected to arrive. I received an e-mail apologizing for the delay. They told me that they had a higher volume of orders last week. I also received a coupon code for $10 off my next purchase. I expect to make another purchase early next month, and the $10 definitely makes up for the extra day or two!

As I mentioned in my last post, Thrive Market makes it very easy to shop by your values. If you are a vegan, following a paleo diet, or any other kind of protocol or allergy-friendly diet, it is very easy to search for foods that will work for you. There is even a section for moms!¬†Overall, I am very happy with my order and with Thrive Market customer service. If you’ve been thinking about joining Thrive Market, click the link below to get 20% off your first order! Don’t forget that you can get a 30 day free trial, I saved over $70 on my first order, so I am definitely going to keep my account after the 30 days is over!

 

 

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Whole 30 Day 2 | A Food Log

Whole 30 Day 2 | A food log from a recovering sugar-lover.

Whole 30 Day 2

Day 1 went pretty well! I was a little tired, but I have some sinus issues going on that are not Whole 30 related. On to Whole 30 day 2, we’ve had some CRAZY weather here lately. It was in the 70’s (and 80’s in Oklahoma City last weekend) and today we have SNOW. Yesterday the meal plan went well, I snacked a little but much less than usual. I¬†did try the¬†Apple Pie Lara Bars and I have to say they are much better than I was expecting! My little one and I shared, he loved them too. ¬†The kids ate what we did yesterday, with the exception of having some organic ketchup with their chicken at lunch.

I feel like my Whole 30 “failure” last time was due to a lack of planning. I have our entire meal plan lined out this week, and I feel much more relaxed having a plan set in place! Just like last time, I recommend checking out the¬†Timeline¬†when you are doing your own Whole 30. Since I am starting over and didn’t go very far off course, this time is easier for me than when I started back in January. I am still feeling the “hangover” that happens around days 2 and 3. This is more like day 3, but since I had a few non-compliant bites on Monday, I am counting it as day 2. Here is my Whole 30 day 2 food log.

Whole 30 Day 2 | A food log.

Breakfast:

Black coffee

Scrambled eggs Boiled eggs + mayo & spinach smoothies (the kids had scrambled eggs and kiwi)

Lunch:

Leftover meat lovers chili + rice for the kids

Dinner:

Meat balls, spaghetti squash, paleo noodles

Snack:

One Apple Pie Lara Bar, 2¬†spoonfuls of Justin’s almond butter

Food prep for the week:

None today!

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Whole 30 Day 1 | Food Log + Whole 30 mayo

Whole 30 Day 1

I had a few slip-ups during¬†my original run at the Whole 30. Looking back, I can see that those things happened mostly because I wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t prepared with emergency snacks, and my meal planning was very lacking (or non-existent.) For a successful Whole 30, I think that meal planning is absolutely essential. We went on a weekend trip to Oklahoma City and I decided that I would completely start my Whole 30 over when we got back.¬†Yesterday I did a meal plan, went grocery shopping, and I am waiting for my Thrive Market order, which should arrive today or tomorrow. Yesterday was day 0. It was supposed to be Whole 30 day 1 but I had a few bites of non-compliant food. Nothing too bad but I didn’t want to technically start over again until today. This time, I am going to keep a food diary on here. I will detail what I eat, and maybe add some pictures! I am really excited to have a friend doing the Whole 30 at the same time (she started yesterday) because I really think that having a support system is very important during the Whole 30! I am also including any food prep that I do, because I feel like that’s an important.

Enough with my rambling, here is my food diary for the Whole 30 Day 1!
Whole 30 Day 1 | A Whole 30 food diary + whole 30 mayo recipe!

Breakfast:

2 cups of black coffee

3 boiled eggs and homemade mayo + some leftover stir fry carrots

Lunch:

Grilled chicken

Spinach smoothies

Dinner:

Paleo Chili (stew meat, ground beef, sweet potatoes)

Snack:

1.5 Apple Pie Lara Bars (my little one and I shared)

Food prep done today:

Made a double batch of homemade mayo

Made a double batch of homemade ranch

Made strawberry applesauce for the kids (and husband)

Whole 30 Mayo Recipe:

1 pint bottle of extra light tasting olive oil

2 room temperature eggs

2 tsp mustard powder

2 tsp salt

juice of one lemon

Put the eggs, lemon juice, mustard powder, salt and some of the olive oil (maybe 1/8 to 1/4 of the the jar) into a blender. Pulse on low just to mix all of the ingredients. Now SLOOOOOOOOOOWLY add the rest of the olive oil from the top. Seriously, slowly. Take 2-3 minutes to slowly drizzle the rest of the olive oil in while you pulse the blender on low. The ingredients will start to take on a whipped consistency. That’s it! It’s very easy and so good!

 

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Thrive Market vs. Amazon Prime | A side-by-side comparison

Thrive market vs. Amazon Prime

Thrive Market vs. Amazon PrimeThrive Market vs. Amazon Prime. I compare Amazon Prime side by side with Thrive Market, the new online site that sells wholesome real food at wholesale prices. Check out the comparison here!

I recently discovered Thrive Market, a¬†fairly new website that sells healthy, wholesome food at wholesale prices online. Think Whole Foods meets Costco meets Amazon Prime! When I first heard of Thrive Market, I wasn’t sure why I would need another subscription service when I already have Amazon Prime. Well, after checking out the prices on Thrive Market, I changed my mind. One Thrive feature that I love is that you can shop by your values. Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo, Raw, and Moms are a few of the search categories. You can also search for things like US-based, family businesses and cruelty free companies. The cost is $59.95 per year, but you can get a 30 day trial absolutely free! With every membership purchased, Thrive Market also donates a membership to a family in need, which I think is pretty awesome.

 

This is my first order made¬†with Thrive Market. This following list is exactly¬†what I ordered, and exactly what I paid. I took the individual items and compared them to Amazon prices. I am a long-time Amazon Prime user and I am VERY happy with Amazon. That being said, I am always looking for ways to save money on healthy, gluten free, and (currently) Whole 30-friendly foods. I wanted to compare apples-to-apples prices for Amazon Prime and Thrive Market. It was difficult to do this because some Amazon options were only available in bulk. I still feel like it is a good comparison of the same exact products. This isn’t really a comparison of Thrive Market vs. Amazon prime services, because they are completely different. If you live in an area where healthy or allergy-friendly food is harder to access or just plain expensive, Thrive Market may be a great option for you even if you already use Amazon prime.

My Shopping List

Dr. Bronners Organic Castile Liquid Soap 32oz

Amazon: $18.20 | Thrive Market: $10.95

Organic Raw Coconut Aminos 8oz

Amazon: $17.95 | Thrive Market: $4.45 (**Amazon also had a 3 pack for $22.99 which comes to $7.66/each, but if you only want to order one the Prime price is $17.95)

Justin’s Almond Butter 16oz

Amazon: $14.61 | Thrive Market: $11.25

Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Starch 20oz

Amazon: $7.97 | Thrive Market: $2.95



Bragg’s Liquid Aminos 32oz

Amazon: $12.58  | Thrive Market: $5.95

Organic Valley Ghee 32oz

Amazon: $15.88 (not prime) | Thrive Market: $10.95

Big Tree Farms Coconut Sugar 16oz

Amazon: $5.29 (Prime Panty) or 6 bags for $31.64 ($5.27/each) | Thrive Market: $4.65

Bob’s Red Mill Stone Ground White Rice Flour 24oz

Amazon: $6.99 | Thrive Market: $2.55 (**Amazon also had a 4 pack for $20.08 which comes to $5.02/each)

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips Mega Chunk 10oz

Amazon: $4.19 (**only available in a 6pack) | Thrive Market: $4.45

Kiss My Face Whitening Toothpaste (each, I bought 2)

Amazon: $5.65 (subscribe & save) | Thrive Market: $3.45

Amazon Total: $109.31 | Thrive Market Total: $60.40*

As you can see, the Thrive total is far less than Amazon Prime. The Amazon total is more of an estimate, since some items could not be ordered by themselves. For some things, like coconut aminos, I did not want a 3 pack. I don’t even know if I like coconut aminos!¬†I am guessing that I won’t be a fan, but I currently need a Whole 30 approved soy-free stir fry alternative. I am willing to spend $4.45 to try it out. For certain items, ordering on Amazon prime in bulk does make more sense, especially since there is no minimum¬†order for free two-day shipping. Overall, you can see that you almost save the subscription price on¬†Thrive Market vs. Amazon Prime with just one purchase.

What about comparing prices of Thrive Market to grocery stores? I would have to go to a grocery store to do an exact side-by-side analysis, but I can say that overall the 25-50% retail savings is accurate. The one thing that I noticed to be slightly higher is Lara Bars. I can get Lara Bars at my local Wal-Mart (they sell three varieties, only one of which is Paleo/Whole 30 approved) for slightly less than the Thrive Market price. Otherwise everything that I compared was quite a bit less expensive than at a traditional grocery store.

*I also received a free Nutiva Organic coconut oil with my $59+ purchase from Thrive Market. That deal is still going on, so check it out here! This was also my first order, so I saved 15% off and my actual price was $51.34, with a $53.14 savings from retail prices. For simple comparison purposes, I am considering my total to be $60.40. I also received free shipping since it was a $49+ order, but I am not taking that into consideration since Amazon Prime has free 2-day shipping. I have heard that Thrive Market shipping typically takes about 3-5 days.

So what do you think about prices of Thrive Market vs. Amazon Prime? I love Amazon Prime, and I use it subscribe and save, watching TV shows, and quick shipping. If you don’t have a Prime account, you can try Amazon Prime FREE for 30 days.¬†My Prime account isn’t going anywhere, but I love Thrive Market too! If you’ve had any experiences that you’d like to share, please let me know in the comments! If you’re interested in signing up for Thrive Market, they have a free 30 day trial too! You can go¬†here or click on the image below!

 




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15 things I learned in the first 15 days of the Whole 30

15 Things I learned in the first 15 days of the Whole 30

  1. The first few days are the worst.¬†They really are. Days 3-5 are a big mess. You’re going to want to give up, don’t. It gets better.¬†
  2. You can only eat eggs so many ways. I have eaten scotch eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, egg drop soup, and a whole bunch of hard boiled eggs. I really do love eggs, but there are only so many ways to be creative with your eggs.
  3. Home-made mayo and ranch are GOOD! I love the home-made ranch and mayonnaise that I have learned to make. I plan to keep making them after the Whole 30 is over. You are using much healthier ingredients than traditional ranch, and the cost is about the same or less than purchasing the processed stuff.
  4. There is added sugar in everything.¬†EVERYTHING!!¬†Lunch meat, nut butters, dried fruit, chicken broth, it’s ridiculous.
  5. Meal planning is very important. I did much better at meal planning the first week. The second week I was throwing things together last minute. If I do the Whole 30 again, I will probably make a more detailed plan and also do some freezer meals. I am going to try to do better with meal planning for the rest of my Whole 30.
  6. It’s okay to drink black coffee.¬†I never, ever, EVER thought I would say this. I love coffee creamer, I used “healthy-ish” coconut milk creamer, and I loved it. Two weeks in I am drinking my coffee either black or with a very small amount of compliant coconut milk. It really tastes fine. My husband is drinking his coffee black and he has gotten used to it too.
  7. You can find support out there, even if it isn’t at home.¬†I am lucky enough that my husband is participating (mostly) in the Whole 30 with me. Even if your spouse/parents/kids/roommates are not participating, there is support out there. Check out the forums on Whole30.com or use the #whole30challenge hashtag on Instagram or Twitter. You can find support for your Whole 30 if you look for it!
  8. You will get to the point where nothing sounds appetizing. Somewhere around days 10-12 you will just get bored. Nothing sounds good. This seems to be completely normal and will pass soon. On day 12 I ate boiled eggs and almond butter, and drank green tea and water. Just eat whatever does sound good, and drink a lot of water. Your appetite will come back.
  9. Going out to eat is really hard.¬†It’s possible to go out to eat on the Whole 30, but it’s difficult.¬†If you are struggling with¬†your¬†Whole 30, I wouldn’t risk going out to eat. If you need to go out and you know there won’t be any compliant food, just eat beforehand. You can always have some tea, coffee, or water at the restaurant.
  10. Most people aren’t going to understand.¬†This kind of ties into number 9. Most people won’t understand why you are doing a Whole 30. You can try to explain, but¬†it may be a¬†lost cause. Don’t listen to the people who aren’t supportive. If someone is telling you that it’s okay to eat something “just once” or that “you don’t need to be on a diet” then they really don’t understand what you are doing or why.
  11. You need to have emergency snacks prepared. You are supposed to eat three meals and limit snacks during the Whole 30. That being said, having a Whole 30 compliant snack is much better than quitting your Whole 30 because you are hungry. Make sure to keep boiled eggs, carrot sticks with compliant ranch, some nuts or fruit, or even compliant Lara Bars handy for emergency snacking purposes.
  12. You don’t have to eat “breakfast” food for breakfast.¬†If leftover Paleo chili sounds good for breakfast, eat it! Typical “breakfast” foods are definitely not Whole 30 approved, and like I said in #2, you can only have eggs so many ways. If you start to get bored with Whole 30 compliant “breakfasts,” try to mix up what you are eating and eat something else in the morning.
  13. You’re going to learn new recipes that you love.¬†I know that I have stumbled upon a few Whole 30 compliant recipes that are really good! I plan to make these recipes even after the Whole 30 is over. I made egg drop soup for the first time ever, and it is so easy and so good!
  14. Cauliflower rice is disgusting.¬†Okay, so this is just a personal opinion. I kept seeing rave reviews on cauliflower “rice” on Pinterest, Whole 30 forums, and all over the Paleo world. I made some and it is so gross. No one ate it. We like spiralized veggie “noodles” but cauli-rice was just a big NO.
  15. It works, and it’s worth it.¬†Sometime during the middle of the program you really that it really works.¬†Maybe you feel better, or you are sleeping better. Maybe your skin has cleared up, or your clothes are feeling loose. I don’t know anyone who has done a Whole 30 that hasn’t seen benefits from it in some way or another.

So there you have it, that is 15 things I learned in the first 15 days of the Whole 30! If you have any tips or suggestions, or disagree with me on cauliflower rice, let me know in the comments!

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What to do when you mess up the Whole 30

What to do when you mess up the Whole 30

Why am I writing about this? Well, lucky day 13 didn’t go very well. Actually, it was a complete disaster. It wasn’t an accident, I made the decision to eat things that were definitely¬†not within the program guidelines. I paid for it last night and this morning. It started with eating a few of the kids (gluten-free) crackers. After that, I had a few sips of red wine, and then we ended up going out to eat at a Japanese steak house. ¬†The only good thing is that I am very careful never to eat gluten, and I did not have any dairy either. However, I know that I had soy, sugar, alcohol, rice, and probably corn. It wasn’t a good day.¬†I woke up around midnight feeling sick¬†to my stomach, and it hasn’t improved much in the eight hours since.

So, what do you do when you mess up the Whole 30? The guidelines here are pretty clear. You start over.¬†My plan of action is to continue the program for longer, something that I was thinking about doing anyway. When you talk about “starting over” it seems so negative. For me, thinking of it as extending the program just seems like a better idea. I realize that it’s exactly the same thing. When you extend it, you still have the same results and don’t feel like you have failed. Something that I ate is bothering me, a lot. I plan to do the slow reintroduction so that I can see exactly what it is. I suspect corn and soy, but doing the full reintroduction process should help me narrow it down for¬†certain.

My plan of action for today is to drink a lot of water, and hopefully start feeling better at some point. I think that it’s important to get back on the program, and not give up. If you’re doing a Whole 30, comment below with which¬†day you are on and how you are feeling!

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Whole 30 Roasted Vegetable Recipe | Day 11

Whole 30 day 11

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The Whole 30

For more information about the whole 30, check out their website. The program is kind of like a strict Paleo diet. Certain food groups known to cause problems are eliminated for 30 days and then reintroduced. It is great for those who are struggling with cravings for sugar and other not-so-healthy foods and drinks. The program rules are listed here.

Day 11

The Whole 30¬†is going pretty well. I feel like I am sleeping better, and I feel better in general. I feel less bloated, and I noticed looking in the mirror that I look a little less bloated too.¬†You aren’t supposed to weigh yourself during the 30 days, but I have lost 4 pounds. There isn’t really much else to tell right now. I am getting a little bored with what I am eating, but I have slacked in the meal planning the last few days. Meal planning is a very important part of the Whole 30, and I need to do better in that aspect. The timeline says that days 10 and 11 are the most difficult days. For me, I don’t think that is necessarily true. I am pretty bored with food in general, otherwise I feel okay. I need to work on my snacking, I am still snacking too much. Day 4 was horrible for me, other than that I have been feeling okay most of the time.¬†I still feel like the timeline is a great resource, especially for those who have never eaten this way before.

I mentioned in my previous post that I have a hard time eating enough vegetables. I have discovered that if I made a big tray of these roasted vegetables, I will eat them at every meal and sometimes as a snack. It’s very simple, and really tasty. I use carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potato, but you can use whatever you have on hand!

Whole 30 Roasted Vegetable Recipe

Preheat the over to 425*

Grease your pan with a Whole 30 approved oil.

Chop vegetables and add them to the pan.

Toss the veggies in oil (I use olive oil) and add your favorite spices (I have used turmeric, cumin, and ginger and salt, pepper, cayenne, paprika.)

Roast in the oven for about 20 minutes.

There you have it! It’s very simple and the vegetables taste really good.

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Thoughts on the whole 30 | Day 7

Whole 30 day 7
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Poached eggs & roasted vegetables

The Whole 30

For more information about the whole 30, check out their website. The program is kind of like a strict Paleo diet. Certain food groups known to cause problems are eliminated for 30 days and then reintroduced. It is great for those who are struggling with cravings for sugar and other not-so-healthy foods and drinks. The program rules are listed here.

MY reason

I had a few reasons for wanting to complete the program. I started a Whole 30 a few years ago and did not finish. I have a serious sugar problem. I am not going to use the word addiction, because I don’t think that is a word that should be used lightly. That being said, I eat way too much sugar. My main reason for wanting to eliminate all of these foods for 30 days was to tame my “sugar dragon.” I¬†also have about ten extra pounds that I never lost after having baby number three, and I’d like to lose those. That isn’t a main goal, but it would be nice. I have Celiac disease, so gluten is already a no-go for me. I also know that I feel best when I limit soy/corn/dairy products, but I hadn’t been doing very well with that lately. There are about a million reasons to do a Whole 30, but that is my reason.

How it’s going so far

The website that I mentioned earlier has a timeline. The first few days of the timeline were pretty accurate for me. Day four¬†was horrible, you really do want to “kill all the things.” Yesterday was day six. Interestingly enough, I felt GREAT yesterday. I had tons of energy. I realize that the timeline is just a guide, and it will vary for different people. I have eaten a lot of eggs, scotch eggs, hard boiled eggs, egg salad, scrambled eggs, I am poaching eggs this morning. Eggs for days.

My struggles

I don’t like vegetables. I wish I could say that I do, but I don’t. The program suggests filling every plate half full of vegetables. That has been a struggle for me, and there is no way that half of my meals have been vegetables. I have been eating vegetables more often, and that is a step in the right direction! It may not be perfect, but I call it a success. I have had a few cravings, mostly chocolate related. I also had a few hours where I wanted a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios. That was extremely weird because they¬†aren’t something that I would normally have anyway. Since discovering that I have Celiac disease, oats have been off limits. I have issues with certified Gluten Free oats, so it’s best for me to avoid them altogether.

Overall I feel like my Whole 30 is going well. The first few days were hard, but it’s getting better!

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