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  1. That is AWESOME! I am so impressed that you've had the courage to wean yourself off that stuff! (I've had to do it with two different highly addictive meds so I totally get how scary it is.) Whole30 has def helped me with my issues too. Funny how what we put in our bodies affects us! As for the scale issue, I'm the one who broke that rule on Day 20 and it motivated me to continue rather than give up, so it was the right decision for me. Obviously a moderator may say differently, but I say it's your call. You've abided by the 30 day no scale rule, so no one can shame you there. Maybe think about what your purpose for getting on would be, and how you imagine it will affect you. It's great that you know your body has changed, from how clothes fit to losing your nighttime anxiety...the latter being the most important one. Let us know what you decide!
  2. I've been seesawing about whether to continue, or to continue and only add Greek yogurt with fruit once/day for breakfast because I miss it so much! On Day 20 I broke a rule and weighed myself; I felt like I'd lost some weight, but needed to know if being on this plan was "worth it" because I was ready to throw in the towel. Just feeling down and discouraged, in no small part because my young dog is dying of bone cancer. She and I have an uncommonly close bond, and she's saved my sanity while dealing with my diminished physical capacity after barely surviving severe sepsis. It was the right decision for me, because it renewed my commitment and inspired me to continue. The results weren't spectacular or anything, but I'm in that infamous phase of trying to lose the last 15 pounds and now I truly believe I will get there thanks to Whole30. Not that the change on the scale is the only or most important aspect of what I was hoping to experience, by a long shot. Increased energy and clarity were and are number 1! I've learned a lot, I enjoy the new concoctions I create for meals, and I do appreciate everyone who's chimed in on this forum. You've all been a great support! And I've been impresssed with the input of the moderators as well.
  3. Wow, I am beyond impressed! I could never get myself organized enough to do this with little kids, and here you are nursing and with fibromyalgia on top of it. I have it too, along with chronic fatigue and some other stuff, and I'm wondering if you've noticed a difference in your pain level. With recent stress in my life (elderly parent a long distance away failing and having to travel there, and caring for my terminally ill, best ever young dog) is perhaps skewing the potential pain relief from Whole30...how is yours? There's an April 1st start date forum that you might consider reading and posting in. Great group. You are really rocking this!
  4. Please don't call your self a single mom if you have a husband. That's a total oxymoron and a real insult to those of us who actually are or were single moms. You have 100% more support than any single mom working this Whole30 program. I empathize with your struggles with your kids, it sounds like you need parenting support as well as support for doing this food plan.
  5. I've been inspired by your commitment and I feel so badly for you and your experience. For what it's worth, I was eating much the same as you (minus the tofu), a pescatarian for 37 years, getting an organic year round veggie share, not eating processed crap or fast food at all, walking 20-30 miles/week, and I am disappointed to not feel physically better (fibro, chronic fatigue for decades) or to feel like I've lost weight, though the bloat is gone. I'm still glad that I'm doing this though, because it's helped me rein in my grazing and try new recipes and combinations of food. Perhaps we're learning that, for some of us with long term health issues, we're still going to have to live with some of their effects. But I very much agree with Alaska Woman and others to keep going, maybe beyond 30 days, to see if anything shifts. Are you exercising? My walking has saved my sanity throughout the years of dealing with all this chronic stuff, even though it was really hard at first. I had to decide at a very young age that I wasn't going to let chronic pain define who I am. I have limitations of course but walking is something that renews me every day. That may not be what works for you, but I hope you find something that does, if you haven't already. And I hope you take up the moderator on her offer to review what you've been eating. This is such a healthy food plan that it's worth adopting long term, whether weight loss accompanies it or not. As a side note, non-organic soybeans have been found to be more pesticide dense now, which is why I've quit eating tofu. Somehow they attract and hold onto pesticides much more than other legumes. We are all here rooting for you!
  6. So what is the purpose of that rule? The food ones make sense, but I'd like to understand the rationale behind staying off the scale as part of the commitment. Thanks in advance!
  7. I had to make an emergency trip on Day 11 until today and I was determined to stay on the Whole 30 plan. I booked a hotel with a fridge and microwave that included breakfast, and found a grocery store as soon as I could. There were always eggs at breakfast and I noshed on veggies right afterwards in my room. I spent a lot of time at a hospital but my hotel was close enough that I could run back for lunch (and take a little break). There was a lot of unpleasant and dirty work involved dealing with my mother's home and car and I REALLY wanted to go out for a nice (Whole30 compliant) meal, but I was so exhausted I doubted my ability to withstand the temptations, so back to my room I went! I doubt that all of my meals precisely followed the template as far as portions, but I did my best and feel so good about managing myself! No longer feeling bloated and having more energy is a huge incentive to stick with it. Can't wait to get home later today!
  8. Lots of us had/have the same issues with feeling bad. Read through the April 1 forum and you won't feel alone! Starting on Day 7 was when the badness stopped and I got a taste of feeling awesome. So hang in there, you'll get there too!
  9. I have a couple of food questions that I haven't been able to find answers to in any of the online resources. Where does almond milk fit in to the food plan? As a fat, like coconut milk? How much is a portion? Are white potatoes really allowed? I read that in a forum but it's not on the veggie list. Thanks!
  10. Hi fellow newbie! I'm with you! I normally walk 4-6 miles/day and I haven't walked all week. Just too exhausted! Yesterday I cleaned the house with lots of rest breaks and by the end of the day I thought I'd collapse and die. I was light headed and weak kneed all week. It's better for us physiologically NOT to exercise when we're so low carb, because you end up actually burning up and losing muscle. But today I'm starting to feel the tiger blood! I can't believe it! I'm still hungry a lot of the time but I'm mentally getting through it by giving myself permission to go 30 days, not more, unless I decide to at the end of April. I haven't had any those light headed, weak kneed episodes at all today. And I have plenty of stress: my best ever five year old dog has bone cancer, and my 94 year old mother who lives a thousand miles from me is having unexpected surgery next week (I'm managing her from home for now, long story). So hang in there, Scolvin! You can do this!
  11. Sounds like you need a cookbook! Or remember, Google knows so I know! Once you start you'll be amazed. Veggies are easy and quick, you'll be a pro in no time!
  12. Here it is: http://whole30.com/2016/05/whole30-fresh-breath/ Just go to the Whole 30 home page and do a search. It doesn't always give me the answers I'm looking for, but it's a good place to start. I can relate, I did home visits and it's hard to eat well between appointments with the "productivity" pressure always there. Thanks for your question, I hadn't known that gum was off limits. Have a great day 4!
  13. YES!! About 3 hours after breakfast, I feel faint, and it's usually an ok time to have lunch...Then when I exercise, I feel like my knees are going to give out and I'm light-headed. I've been powering through my long walks and then I'm ready to crash...but it's time to clean up and get dinner ready! My exercise is long established, so from what I've read I'm thinking (hoping!) that it's part of our bodies adjusting to this new way of eating. Let's all keep in touch on this, because I don't want to need a nap every afternoon!
  14. Just doing a mic check, I posted here earlier today and don't see it on this thread. Hope this one shows up!
  15. Hi, another April Fool joining in and really looking forward to it! I've been eating whole foods since the late 70s but also love chocolate and bread (and cheese and milk) way too much. Over the years I've heard about anti-inflammation and elimination diets and they just seemed too overwhelming as a single mom with chronic health issues. I've been an emotional eater most of my life but that's been changing over the past couple of years and I'm much more in control of my food choices. I've been getting an organic veggie share (CSA) for three years now which has really helped me eat well! At this point I believe/hope that I have a reasonably good chance of succeeding with Whole 30 and look forward to sharing the coming month with you all.