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  1. Hey everyone! On the cusp of my 30th birthday, suffering from migraines and asthma, my boyfriend and I have decided to tackle the Whole30 together! We were originally going to do it in November, and after double checking calendars and training schedules (we are both runners with numerous race events we've already paid for, so we didn't want to struggle and feel we had wasted our money), we decided to move our start date up, to September 4th! Little did we know, there'd be a big movement to have as many people as possible participating in the month of September! This will be coming days after our second overnight relay in the month of August (CLR and Hood to Coast), AND my 30th birthday! What better way to start off a new decade than with improving my health?! I am committing to this challenge in hopes of getting my nutrition on point as a runner, to rewire my brain about food and cravings, and to hopefully discover trigger foods for my migraines and asthma! I will be chronicling this journey for us via Instagram - @rundrinknerd - feel free to follow along! We look forward to getting inspired by all of you, sharing our journey, and hopefully inspiring others to take the challenge! Cheers! Alison
  2. Hi guys! I'm experiencing something weird and wanted to know if anyone else had experienced this or had any thoughts on it. I'm on Day 8 and I've been noticing the last couple of days that as I'm eating my meals I'm starting to feel full very quickly. Half way through my meal, even if it's just 2 scrambled eggs with spinach and bacon, I feel full and struggle to finish my plate (because I know that's not enough food to last me so I try to finish it, often unsuccessfully). Then, of course, I'm hungry (like stomach rumbling hungry) an hour or two later! This is a problem for me because I'm running around a lot and not always home to eat. Has anyone else experienced this? I'm guessing my body is just adjusting to the different types of meals I'm eating or something like that but it's so strange! Thanks!
  3. Hi fellow Whole-30ers! I'm new to this forum and to Whole 30. For the most part, I eat about 80% Paleo but have "fallen off the wagon" the past year. I'm really looking to regain my focus and develop a healthy relationship with food and eating in general. My start date is tomorrow! I love carbs and sweets and am usually a heavy night eater, so any tips on how to help the transition and stay on track is greatly appreciated!
  4. My husband and I will be starting Whole30 on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. As retirees, we've fallen into some lazy habits and want to feel healthier, more energetic, and thinner - of course! I feel optimistic because we have several friends that have succeeded in transforming their lives on Whole30 and they are our inspiration. I know, as partners, my husband and I can do the same!
  5. Hi everyone, I prepped a ton of roasted veggies and chicken yesterday so I'm off to a good start. My goal is to make prepping a habit so that after the whole 30 I will continue to bring my lunch every day. I don't expect to have any sugar cravings since I don't eat sugar now. My two Achilles's heels are alcohol and eating out. The former will be hard for a few days but I know from experience after the first week I'll stop wanting a drink, the latter will be hard all 30 days. I cook and eat healthy at home, but my schedule often keeps me away from home at the dinner hour so eating out happens fairly often. Guess we'll see how it goes! =)
  6. One of my goals for my first Whole30, today is Day 10, is to increase my energy level and possibly performance during morning swim workouts with my local masters/adult club (roughly 3000 meters, 3 or 4 timers per week). I am 49 (5-0 in July) and while never competitive on an accomplished level like high school or college, love swimming enough that it's my primary form of exercise. Since I started the Whole30, and realizing I am only 10 days in, swim workouts have been a struggle, or more of a struggle than usual. Can I expect to experience an uptick in energy over the next few weeks? I have been following the recommendation to eat a little protein before workouts (tex-mex chicken frittata "muffin", e.g.) followed by a full breakfast (more of the same with fruit, handful of almonds usually). As of Monday I added potato/starches to 2 or 3 meals. Anyhow, just looking for general nutritional advice and or insights. I'm swimming through the doldrums in the meantime, hoping the water starts to feel a little lighter over the next few weeks. Thanks!
  7. Stressing about calories today...looking up stories of weight gain etc and feeling super foggy
  8. HI All, I am doing Whole30 for the first time and have picked September 2 as my start date. I work in higher education, so this gets me through the first week of the semester, which I usually work extra hours. I knew starting before them would set myself up for failure. I am looking forward to slaying the sugar dragon! Sara
  9. Hi Everyone! I am new the the Whole30 plan and I am on day 3. I'm having a weird issue...I think. I'm hungry but the idea of eating sounds really unappealing to me. I only ate half of my lunch yesterday because I just couldn't bring myself to get the rest down. I only had a small salad for dinner as well. And the thing is, I AM eating things I enjoy and would have gladly eaten before I started this plan. I am hungry and my energy is low as a result but I just cannot eat anything. Additionally, I there is no way I'm dehydrated (as friends have suggested), I drink about 80-100 oz. of water per day and have been for months) Anyone else have this problem?
  10. I'm on Day 13 of my first Whole30, and I am slumping hard. I've experienced some afternoon sluggishness on previous days, but today I've been foggy, tired, etc, since this morning. There happen to be some dates in my office leftover from a party, and I ate two to jump start an energy boost, but I REALLY don't want to make that a regular thing, since that's what I would do with a cookie, chips, etc, to wake myself back up in the afternoon in my pre-whole30 days. Here's what I've had to eat today so far: Breakfast: 2 nom nom paleo's Proscuitto Egg cups, hand full of strawberries, hand full of blueberries w/coconut flakes sprinkled on top Morning Snack (I haven't needed most days, but I had some stomach rumbling around 10:30 am) : 2 hard boiled eggs Lunch: 1 chicken thigh with skin on, 1 sweet potato, rest of plate filled with green beans (i Had a second chicken thigh with me, but I got full so I stopped eating) Plus the two dates I ate in response to my crash... Liquids: 2 12 oz cans of mango La Croix 1 Large mug of organic ginger green tea (it didn't help) 1 32 oz Yeti full of water (working on my second for the day now. I am to drink two throughout my work day) Thanks!
  11. Hi All, I've been planning my first Whole 30 for about a month now, my cupboards are cleared, meals planned and shopping done so I'm ready to smash this I have IBS, allergies galore, arthritis and back issues and generally feel lethargic most of the time so I'm super excited to see what this can do for me. if anyone else is starting around the same time it would be great to hear how you are doing!
  12. I am so excited to start this program. I have played around with it for a couple of weeks; had issues with missing stuff embedded in labels and recipes that didn't quite come out so well. I had given up on cooking; nothing tasted all that great and with a full time job with many hours away from home (where my heart truly was) fast food became a staple. Now at 63 and over weight my entire life, I believe I can do this. Most programs, not only are you encouraged to eat grains and processed foods, but they restrict foods that many of us struggle to give up, like potatoes and fruit. It's been so long since I thought it was okay to eat some real foods types. I look forward to getting to know many of you and learning from each other. Are there any other folks out there from Oklahoma? COMPARED TO MANY OTHER THINGS IN LIFE WE'RE FORCED TO DEAL WITH, THIS IS DOABLE!!! Best wishes to all newbies like me. Rebecca
  13. Hi, I'm Rhonda. I live in Southern California. On Mother's day (5/14) my daughter told me about the Whole30 eating plan. I listened. My daughter has been doing this for the past 3 years and she looks amazing. She is 27, and started this when she was 24. She is in the best health I have seen her in, and she feels great. I was telling her how getting old sucks (I'm turning 48 in a couple of months) and how I always feel bloated, and I have put on weight and how I have arthritis type symptoms, aches, pains, etc. And, I mentioned how I have tummy problems. She told me all about Whole30 and how it's great to get rid of inflammation and help me feel better. I honestly could use weight loss too, but I'm more concerned about my health overall, not just losing weight. I know that if I improve my eating, then weight loss will happen anyways, so that I am not so much worried about. I just want/need to feel better. I have been thinking about doing a liver detox, but honestly, I feel most of the time too weak to do much, and exercise and fasting or detoxing in general sounds a little too tedious to me at this point in time. So here I am on day 2 of this eating plan, and so far so good. I haven't cheated. I almost accidentally cheated with some hot wax peppers, until I learned they were filled with sulfites. I remembered to read the label. I would appreciate any simple, on-the-go recipes, or recipe ideas. My daughter told me one recipe, that I wanted to share, that she enjoys. I haven't tried it yet, but this is it: I don't know where she got this recipe, but it sounds amazingly good. Breakfast Bowl In a bowl mix: 1/4 cup of chopped cashews and walnuts (mixed) 1 small apple chopped up in bite size pieces 1-2 Tbsp of raisins Unsweetened, shredded coconut (small handful) Pour either Unsweetened Almond Milk or (Optional "Light") Coconut Milk over it. Sprinkle with Cinnamon/Nutmeg Eat it like you would a bowl of cereal. I hope to come up with some amazing recipes on my own and learn about recipes others love and want to share. I'm really looking forward to feeling much better. Attached is a photo of me that was taken in the Winter (December, 2017) at the Japanese Gardens in Portland, OR. It was really cold. Dealing with a lot of bloating, inflammation, and pain. Not taking any medications for anything. Hoping that eating better will help. *Fingers Crossed*
  14. Hi all, doing this with my husband who has gained quite a bit of weight from boredom and loneliness. He's military and we've been apart for a few months. Need to get his munching under control. I'm not as healthy as I should be and eat way too much sugar for a "normal" person let alone a Type 1 diabetic. I wear an insulin pump which makes it easy to eat like "normal" people. I also wear a CGM - continuing glucose monitor - one of the best on the market that reads from my iPhone and my iwatch consistently has my BG displayed. Pretty amazing tech...doesn't change my eating habits. So we are experimenting these next 30 days with getting the SAD out of the kitchen and our bodies. At 38 we are still young enough to see changes happen fairly quickly. Do it now, change for good, keep his job and my kidneys. Been planning this for a couple weeks and are now both in...
  15. Hello All, I am a working momma of two under two. Before having two kiddos in the last two years, I was active, fit, and generally a healthy eater. Now two kids later, I am still active, not quite as active as I was, but I am getting there; however, in my quest to do all and be all I got into some bad eating habits. Like really bad. Like hamburger helper bad. I used the excuse of being busy. just having not one one but two babies, and breastfeeding. Now, kiddo number two is nursing less due to the introduction of solid food. I also have crazy allergies. I have had six sinus infections in as many months. A friend of mine had completed Whole30 as a nursing mom, and had nothing, but positive things to say about it, so I read the book in two days. I had to rush read the book and start the program the following Monday because of a Family Reunion at the end of August. This will give me just enough time to complete the program and the reintroduction period. Note: I did my prep the Sunday before I started. I am on Day 2. The only thing I miss so far is cheese. The hardest part of my day is when my toddler gets home from school. He snacks while I cook. I usually snacked with him, Other than that, so far so good. -Alicia
  16. I'm starting the Whole30 with my bf July 6th. It was originally my idea, but he has really gotten on board and now I'm getting a little nervous about ACTUALLY doing it. I think we'll be doing food shopping and prep on the 4th, I think the hardest thing for me will be planning lunches during the work week that will keep me full and resisting from office snacking. Any and all tips and encouragement are greatly appreciated. Thanks! - Sarah
  17. Just started and am so excited – I'm ready to rock my first Whole30! Went a little overboard with my vision wall but I really wanted something to help track progress, successes, challenges. In case anyone wants to go overboard with me, I attached a PDF version :). Wish me luck! w3_track.pdf
  18. Hi W30 community Started the program yesterday. I wanted to do this mainly to drop loose some of the weight I gained since high school, find a way not to get any bigger while my leg is healing from surgery (2 month recovery time ) and not be constantly tired for my 9am summer classes. I already miss sugar. And desert. Its going to be hard breaking the ritual of dinner then desert. I also go to bed very late because of all the homework I have to do so I tend to get really hungry, even 2-3 hours after eating dinner. I usually would make myself a bowl of cocoa krispies but yesterday I had turkey chipotle mayo wraps instead. That seemed to work okay. Pride parade weekend is saturday and sunday so I'm anticipating having a really hard time because all my friends are going to get smashed so i'll be their sober babysitter all weekend. I feel like I won't have as much fun. How is anyone else going to handle pride with friends who want to drink?
  19. Hi, all! My name is Crystal and my husband and I are starting the Whole30 on July 1st. Just in time for those Fourth of July cookouts, right? I am not very computer-literate, so I'm hoping to be able to learn how to navigate this website with as much ease as I do when browsing social media outlets. That being said, I am really nervous about my Whole30 journey and can really use all the support I can get; therefore, I will probably be here a lot. Hopefully I'll get to know this website fairly quickly. My husband bought me It Starts with Food for Mother's Day (my request), and I've read through it several times already. I am ready to start this journey,but I know I'm going to need a lot of emotional support. A few years ago my husband and I started CrossFit and the Paleo diet at the same time, and we both had success and amazing results with it; however, we ended up quitting CrossFit because of a number of different reasons and stopped doing Paleo shortly thereafter. So I KNOW that I am capable of success with the Whole30, but it's more of an emotional journey for me. Here are some of my biggest concerns: I was recently officially diagnosed with body dysmorphia, and I'm now realizing it's something I've struggled with since I was a child. I can't seem to get over the number on the scale, so not weighing myself is definitely going to be a challenge. I do not like to cook, mainly because I'm impatient. Cooking is something I've tried to pick up since my husband requested I at least TRY, and I have made some improvements, but I can honestly say I do not enjoy cooking. I am hoping this journey will change that for me. I work in public safety and my shifts are at LEAST 12 hours long, but a lot of times I end up working 15-18 hours/day. This is the biggest concern I have because I snack A LOT during my shifts, and I read in the book that they want to try to eliminate snacking. Any tips on the above bullets would be really helpful! Especially on the last one. My husband is my biggest supporter and I feel like he can help me the most with the first 2 bullets, but any support/advice on them will be great also. WHEW! That was a lot. Thanks for reading!
  20. Hello out there!! I am committed to start the Whole30 on Wed. June 21st!! I have read most of the book, grocery shopping done, cupboards and frig cleared of non program foods. I have RA - rheumatoid arthritis and currently on IV meds. There has to be a better way. Looking forward to this program and a better, healthy life. Happy Solstice Y'all
  21. Hi! I'm Sarah! I've done variations of clean eating to paleo-ish, but first time doing Whole 30. Haven't had roadblocks (yet), but did battle headaches and continue to be in a bit of energy slump - I went to bed at 8pm yesterday because I was depleted. Hoping to read good things from everyone. Wish me luck!
  22. Hello, everyone! I'm Melanie. I just celebrated my 40th birthday a couple of days ago, I'm a writer, and I'm the mother of 2 boys, ages 8 & 4, the older of whom is autistic. My husband of almost 10 years and I will be doing this together, though I can virtually guarantee you'll never hear from him. One of my best friends is also considering joining the challenge, and I hope I'll be able to expand my support group here. I'm here to make big changes and address a myriad of issues. I've had an unhealthy relationship with food punctuated by emotional eating, body image issues, and unhealthy food associations for as long as I can remember. I've also struggled with weight half my life. I developed Hashimoto's thyroiditis at the age of 16 and had the final piece of my thyroid gland removed in 2008 at the age of 30. I've suffered with allergies since I was around 6 years old, asthma since I was 30, and chronic joint pain since I was 19. Over the past two and a half years, I've been treated for depression, have developed anxiety, have begun exhibiting symptoms of bipolar disorder, and have become increasingly unable to cope without food. I am bloated more often than not, acid reflux is now a daily issue when it was once a rarity, my blood pressure is now too high, I am in chronic pain every single day, I have completely lost interest in intimacy, I no longer feel like myself, and my doctors can't provide any advice beyond what I've already tried a hundred times. So I'm here (with the blessing of my primary care physician, who thinks it's an excellent idea) hoping this will be an important part of my transformation. I have a long list of very specific goals that I won't go into here, but I will share a few. I want to know that I'm taking control of my health. I want to have more energy and not feel like I'm completely spent by 10am because I want to be the mother and wife I know I am. I want my wedding ring to fit again. I want to find a way to be healthy without burning myself out micromanaging my diet. I want to sleep well again. In short, I want to reclaim my life. For the remainder of this week and next, I'll be reading the rest of "The Whole 30," cleaning out my pantry & fridge, designating space for non-compliant foods we must keep on hand for my autistic child, planning meals for our first week, drafting my back-up plans, and planning non-food rewards for meeting goals (like just sticking with it!). The entire family will be traveling, as well, since my husband has a business trip while our sons and I will be visiting my hometown. Our challenge begins June 19, the day after my husband gets home and will end 10 days before our 10th wedding anniversary -- giving us a bit of time to reintroduce anything we deem essential to the celebration of that.
  23. Starting Whole 30 today. A little overwhelmed but plan to baby step it. Scrambled eggs and veggies for breakfast.
  24. I know this section is dedicated to recipes, but I'd really like to share a dream I had last night. I was a student at a teaching hospital, when a lioness was found roaming around campus, terrorizing people left and right. I made it my mission to tame the lion. Without going into gory detail, it was a brutal, drawn out adventure. Later in the dream, the lioness and I were in the main corridor, surrounded by people. She thrashed and took a good chunk out of my leg as I stroked her, trying to calm her. She slowly began to purr and submit. The crowd cheered! I left the battle injured, but victorious nonetheless. I am on day 3 and this is the second dream I've had about defeating a large cat. Talk about symbolism. Anywho, here's a pic I snapped of my breakfast! 2 homemade pork patties 3 cups kale and mustard greens, sautéed with tomato slices, salt, pepper, cayenne, and evoo 1/2 avocado On day 1 I pre-made some pork and chicken breast to keep handy to supplement my meals. Toss in some quick sautéed/roasted/raw veggies, and I've got a quick easy meal! What do y'all like to eat for breakfast when you're in a pinch?