mary-t

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  1. I also have Celiac and the Whole30 was a gamechanger for me. I'd been gluten-free for almost two years with some recovery, but not much. My first Whole30 was January 2013 and I could tell midway through that I'd found my golden ticket. Not to say that it's been easy, I ended up going on the AIP and mostly eating it for close to a year (my "cheats" during that time were testing nuts, nightshades, etc., chocolate, and an ill-fated attempt to re-introduce dairy). So, I recommend trying the AIP if your symptoms are not completely responsive to the Whole30, but be kind to yourself as the AIP is hard. Now, 15 months later, I have almost none of my original symptoms--as long as I stay on plan--and can eat eggs, limited nightshades, and pecans and walnuts. The Paleo Approach book (and the Paleo Mom blog) were really helpful in figuring out the AIP and making it work on a daily basis.
  2. Wish you all the best, Littlepeanut! And hope your April Whole30 goes well. I started my fourth yesterday and am kicking myself for not having broken up with my sugar dragon waaaaaay before this.
  3. I'm glad that you found it helpful. It can be hard to relate to sometimes to all of those who feel tremendously better in 30 days. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy for them, but my own journey is a longer one. It took me a while to prioritize the rest and recovery as I needed to do, but once I did, the benefits started to accrue. If you're facing a long road ahead, be patient with yourself and let your body set its own pace. Good luck to you!!! Thanks, Wynne. I have done my share of off-roading, although never a return to the SAD (the Celiac happily provides strong incentive not to). However, I find the longer I keep trying, the shorter my offroading periods tend to be. I've also been able to accept more my current food limitations. But it took me a long time and I still struggle with certain foods.
  4. I started my first Whole30 (which was actually a W50) on December 28, 2012. It was my Christmas present to myself. It came on the heels of a food reaction (peanuts!) so bad that I missed my family's Christmas celebration, and this after having been on different elimination diets for 18 months. At the time, I didn't realize how sick I was. I had become so used to feeling ill that I had absolutely no concept of what "normal" should be. I don't characterize it as denial, so much as the idea that "you can get used to anything if you have to." Those of you who have been chronically ill (particularly with autoimmune diseases and their mysterious ways) can relate, I'm sure. You just put your head down and keep plodding to work and back home. So, the Whole30, and Whole9 in general, mean so much to me. My health now is so much better than it was last Christmas, and life is so much easier. I can't wait to see what the next year has in store! I wanted to share these thoughts for those who are truly struggling to recover their health or to see any progress. My progress at times has been extremely, painfully slow, but it has been inching forward. I say this because it's human to hope your health improves quickly or you drop that extra weight or your problems/symptoms disappear. But the body heals in its own time, it has to recover, to re-learn how to use the food you give it. Years of damage (brought on, in my case, by undiagnosed Celiac disease) take years to reverse. But, it does happen if you stick with it the best you can. So, things I've learned: 1. Recovery really is just as important as exercise. It took me a long time to prioritize sleep over exercise and I'm still working on post-workout snacks. I do more light days of exercise than I ever have in order to allow recovery from "hard" days. 2. Improving your sleep by consciously making changes (dark room, cool temp, etc.) will reward you ten-fold. Before I slept 10-12 hours and woke up exhausted (systemic inflammation!). Now I sleep 8-9 and feel great. 3. You can't go wrong if you follow the food template. You'll end up with a balanced meal and it takes the thinking out of meal prep. There have been many days when I was just so, so, so, very TIRED of thinking constantly about food and its preparation. On those days, I just put my head down and filled my plate with veggies, protein and fat. It's not always glamorous, and sometimes it's simply a chore, but it works. 4. Be kind to yourself. Gentle exercise may be what your body needs. For the first three months, I couldn't do any kind of exercise consistently. I'd try introducing something and my body just couldn't recover. When I finally accepted that no added stress was needed, I took three weeks off from exercise and just rested. Then I began walking and resumed weights (although pretty light). It took several weeks to see any progress. Nine months in, I've surpassed very previous personal best with the weights. I can walk 5-7 miles/day and feel fine the next day. Being kind to myself paid off. 5. Don't take tiger blood for granted. It took me 4 months to experience even a day of tiger blood, and even now those days come and go (although I have them much more frequently). When I do have good energy, I try to consciously be grateful for the progress that I've made. It helps keep me focused on my path to better health. And it reminds me to appreciate the little things in life. 6. Food intolerances can come and go as you heal. When I started, I had to do strict AIP or food reactions set in. But I could feel myself healing, getting stronger. My digestive system really started to cooperate and function well in April. I was able to add eggs back in May and I just finished reintroducing nightshades. My best advice if you have lots of health issues: take time with re-introductions, spread them out and monitor your reactions for 7-10 days before you mix in anything else. I'm wrapping up my third Whole30 on Tuesday. I'm going to ride my own bike for a while (although I foresee few re-introductions beyond nuts and seeds at this time). During October, I want to start to focus on other elements of the Whole9. I've worked mostly on food and sleep, with a bit of attention to exercise. So, there's a lot of work to be done still. I'm thinking of doing a 30 that focuses on exercise and unplugging from technology rather than food. Hoping to end my year feeling even better than I do now. Melissa and Dallas, thank you so much for your work! Your efforts are changing the lives of so many people. It must be good to be you!
  5. I used to have cramps, but started taking magnesium glycinate. It's more easily absorbed than other forms (I have Celiac so intestinal malabsorption is a problem for me). I started w/ 400 per day, now take 600 (400 at night, 200 in morning). Cramps are gone, but if I miss a dose or two, they come back.
  6. I started Whole 30 in January and have been following the template since then. The whole time I've also kept a log of what I eat (not quantities, just the items) and my sleep and activity. It's been very helpful in seeing progress (improving sleep and energy) and in figuring out what foods are causing reactions when. If you're having constipation, it may be a food that your body doesn't like, but you're still eating. If you haven't heard of the Bristol Stool Chart, google it. It's a handy way to assess more objectively how bad your constipation (or diarrhea) is from day to day.
  7. Wow, that is off the charts. What doctor pushes surgery (and a life-changing one at that) when the patient is having such success???? Good for you on the progress that you've made! Impressive!
  8. ...would be able to stop chewing gum. ...would grow to like coconut (in all its forms). ...would anticipate veggies for breakfast.
  9. I'm so very happy for you! Great progress! And congrats on finding something that works for you. There's a lot of peace of mind in that.
  10. Fantastic results!! The proof is in the pictures.
  11. I continue to be amazed at your awesome updates.
  12. I think the title pretty much says it all, but perseverance can really pay off. I started with an AIP Whole49 on December 28, 2012. Then, I took a bit of a break and did several Whole14s. When I did take breaks, I didn't exactly go wild, I experimented with AIP foods (eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades) and allergen-free chocolate. Found out I react slightly/moderately to each of those after multiple exposures (although much less than before), so I started the AIP protocol again 8 days ago just to get back on track. And BOOM! Seven days and counting of tiger blood. I had begun to think it would never happen. It's quite incredible to feel this good. So, I wanted to post to say, "if you're feeling like you're spinning your wheels, just keep on keeping on."
  13. IBS

    Just to echo Moluv and Johnsona, find your safe foods (think of them as your new comfort foods) and stick with them, particularly in times of trouble. Although there are foods are the typical culprits, you'll find that you have some problem foods that others may not. I found that the AIP protocol was what I needed, even though the thought of giving up nuts, eggs, and nightshades was thoroughly depressing at the time. I found that it was even more depressing to continue to ride "my sick cycle". I decided I'd rather give them up than continue to be sick and never improve (been there, did that for over 18 months post-Celiac diagnosis). As long as I was stubborn about food restrictions, I got nowhere. But when I opened myself to the possibilities of a restricted diet, I discovered what "feeling good" felt like (and it was way beyond anything I'd experienced in years). It just took a lot of experimentation. I followed the AIP protocol for 50 days and did another 35-40 with very few departures (namely, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free chocolate). I'm now re-introducing AIP foods and not having a reaction to them now is worth every "boring" meal and every skipped craving of the last three months. Hang in there, keep a detailed food journal, watch for patterns, and you will start to feel better and you will see that it's all worth it.
  14. Seaglassgreen, I tried dividing my dose of Natural Calm into two (a.m. and p.m.); it worked, but I felt a bit lethargic in the a.m. Can't say if that effect would have continued as I had to switch to magnesium glycinate (a formula that is more easily absorbed) due to malabsorption issues I have from Celiac. Hopes this helps!
  15. I second the idea of lowering your dose of Natural Calm or splitting it into two doses. You might also try changing to magnesium glycinate if lowering the dose of Natural Calm doesn't work. It's formulated to be more easily absorbed so that it doesn't reach your colon (causing diarrhea).