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  1. Hello! Warning: this is gonna be long! I have just recently (one month ago) been diagnosed with endometriosis but I suspect that I have had it for 15 years (that's when my symptoms started). I am 28 years old. The end is my main reason for doing the whole 30. I am on day 4 and really loving it so far, the food tastes amazing and I love cooking so that part has been very enjoyable. The issue is, I am currently on my period therefore my endo symptoms are in full force. One of my most annoying symptoms is that I get very severe stomach bloating (I truly look 6 months pregnant) and stomach pain, and it flares up the worst when I eat. I have been having these symptoms for about a year, so way before I started the whole 30. I have been following the meal plan in the whole 30 book for the first week pretty closely but here is exactly what I've eaten: - Day 1: (1) 2 scrambled eggs, half and avocado, 2 tablespoons salsa fried in liquid coconut oil (2)protein salad (tuna, grapes, almonds, homemade mayo) and spinach (3) ground chicken with italian seasoning tomato sauce and spaghetti squash. - Day 2: (1) leftover spaghetti squash, tomato sauce, with a fried egg on top (fried in ghee) (2) Protein salas (as above) with spinach and a few pieces of orange bell pepper (3) seared chicken breast (in ghee), roasted potatoes and tomato (ghee), cabbage slaw, and roasted red pepper mayo. - Day 3: Was in severe pain that day. Woke up at 6:00am drank water and took pain killers. Slept till 12:30. Ate left over roasted veggies and a small amount of chicken breast with a fried egg on top (ghee) . Ate a nectarine around 5. And then ate dry rub steak, sautéed beat greens with garlic and ghee, mashed sweet potatoes with caramelized onions. - Day 4(today): (1) left over mashed sweet potatoes, fried egg (coconut oil) and 1 cup cantaloupe. The bloating was awful after dinner on night 2, bad after dinner on night 3 but not as painful. I know cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, can cause bloating and cramping, and they do in me even when I'm not on my period, so I am going to avoid those. My question is: Does anyone else on here suffer from endometriosis? What would be some soothing meals for my stomach that can help get me though my periods? Thanks in advance!
  2. Hello W30ers! My husband and I are on Day 30 of my fifth and his third Whole30. We're looking for some feedback on an issue he has had for the ENTIRE Whole30 - stinky, stinky, persistent gas. At first, we thought his body was adjusting, then we thought maybe it was something specific he was eating but it's hard to know because IT'S BEEN HERE THE WHOLE TIME. I really expected it to resolve by the end, but here we are. White potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, eggs, chicken, and beef are the most common players in our house (as in, he probably didn't go a single day without eating most of those things) but we didn't think any of them would cause gas. We noticed it get MUCH worse after eating these spinach + artichoke stuffed potatoes, which do have a bit of coconut cream in them, which we made the same week as this white chicken chili (also coconut cream). Because coconut water has given him diarrhea in the past, my husband thinks the coconut is likely the culprit, as we cook sweet potatoes and lots of other things with coconut oil and use coconut milk in some recipes. Does anyone know if this is a common side effect of coconut products? Would the oil affect him the same way as the cream? Any suggestions on coconut cream substitutes if we find this is the case? The only other culprit we've considered is the potatoes, as we realized three quarters of the way through we were overdoing it on those (gladly brought to our attention by my constipation* ) but he ate sweet potatoes pretty regularly prior and, as noted*, I figured white potatoes would have the opposite affect. Any ideas what the most likely culprit is? We'd like to keep eating this way, but this gas is nast. Thanks!
  3. Alright, I shared my measurements in my Whole30 Journey log last night, so there is no hiding what it is that my body is doing. I woke up to Day 10 this morning hating my insides. I was cursing and looking for every home remedy possible before heading to work and having to suffer. Between starting Whole30 and also having every woman's favorite joy, "the devil's week" and me wanting to curse my baby maker and drop the Whole30 for some dark chocolate, red wine, and soft pretzels, I know my body is going to be off. Don't worry, I am not going to splurge and run and get my devil's week cure! But I woke up this morning with severe gas cramps and have been quite flatulent. It probably doesn't help that I sit on an exercise ball in my office. I'm trying to figure out..what is the cause? Is this common? Last night, I made Whole30 chili and had that for dinner plus an extra serving of vegetables and protein, so I had a hard boiled egg and some cauliflower, carrots, and celery with Whole30 ranch. I found a link that listed foods that can cause gas and green peppers (in the chili), cauliflower, carrots, and celery were all on that list. Shall I be avoiding these too for a week to see if my sensitive stomach is not able to digest them? I munched on vegetables Monday with my dinner as well, and I didn't wake up yesterday feeling like this. Could it have been the chili? I have suffered my whole life, never knowing what to eat because I always get bloated, gassy, or nauseous after everything. Even when I was on a 3 month kick of all healthy foods. Fried foods are a definite no no for me. I'm lactose intolerant. I fear I am gluten intolerant as well, which will break my heart. I am not supposed to have anything acidic or carbonated because I have Interstitial Cystitis, for those that don't know what that is, Google is your friend. They always say green tea is good for you and most diets, and believe me, I have tried them all, suggest drinking green tea...that hurts my stomach. I used to have to be on Prerelief and Gas-X daily with every meal to fight any acids I would take and prevent gas but after awhile, I noticed it wasn't working. I drink a cup of black coffee every morning, even though I am not supposed to because of my IC, but some Ibuprofen as soon as I wake up, helps so I can get my daily caffeine. I went off on a tangent there, sorry. Back to the reason for this post, I would love to hear some advanced Whole30 groupies ideas as to what they think? Is there anyone out there that shares the sensitive stomach struggle with me? If I am going to do Whole30, I am going to do it right and if the purpose is to get to feel better, I want to start now.
  4. I'm on day 30! Yay! Currently planning my reintroduction schedule and I've come to a bit of a problem - during the whole30 I've still had most of the GI issues I had prior to the program. This mainly includes severe bloating and gas (I literally hiccup and burp maybe 30-40 times a day). I want to have a successful reintroduction, but since I'm still having a lot of digestive issues, how am I supposed to pinpoint what is causing what during my reintroduction? The idea is that your body is supposed to be "perfect" (aka the control group), and as you start to introduce foods back into your diet, or in to the "perfect" control group, you monitor the changes and attribute them to grains, dairy etc. But I don't have a "perfect" control group, and I'm afraid I've still been unable to pinpoint what is causing my GI issues. I just am wondering how I'm supposed to tell if the bloating/gas/stomach aches/etc. is coming from the legumes, grains, dairy, etc. or if it's coming from the other whole30 compliant food I've been eating over the last 30 days? Help!
  5. This is a littler personal, but I've struggled with bad gas, constipation, and bloating for about 15 years (I'm only 29 - it started when I was a teenager). To the point sometimes the pain is so bad I can't even stand up and have to lie down. I've literally tried everything, even got a colonoscopy (which showed nothing). The only time I've really felt better is when I did a sugar detox last year, similar to Whole30 but you can still have some dairy. This is my first time doing W30 and I'm currently on day 23. I've noticed I'm losing weight but throughout most of the program my stomach problems seem to have gotten worse. I'm bloated almost every day, still constipated (although sometimes I get random diarrhea out of nowhere), and the pain seems almost worse than normal. My gut has also been very noisy, making "angry" noises when it's hurting badly. I was really hoping W30 would help but it seems to be making things worse - too many vegetables perhaps? If anyone has any insight, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm feeling very frustrated and upset; this is an awful way to feel every day.
  6. Hi All, This is my second W30, completed the first one in April, and did not experience this mid-journey issue, although my food choices are pretty identical. Around Day 5, much of my gas and bloating (the reason for jumping back in the first place), started to improve, and I was excited. However, in the past few days it has all come back...bloating, and terrible gas. I have read through the forum and it appears things like brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc., may be the issue. On the side, my GI doc and I think I may have something called SIBO, so I will be taking some medication for that, which could greatly help. However, it will take a while to get my insurance company to approve it. So here is what I am searching for: 1. Comments on my food log (below) 2. If some of these veggies are the culprit, suggestions on what veggies I should turn to. Both my husband and I love cruciferous veggies roasted in the oven. Day 1: Breakfast - 3 eggs scrambled with bell peppers, onion, arugula, and compliant nutritional yeast + olive oil drizzled on top Lunch - leftover unstuffed cabbage stew (ground beef, cabbage, tomato, veggie stock, garlic, onion) Dinner - 2 palm size baked salmon, roasted carrots and brussles sprouts, 1/2 sweet potato Day 2: Breakfast - same Lunch - Salad with avocado, almonds, apple, egg, tomato, olive oil dressing Dinner - ground turkey tacos (tomato, pepper, onion mixed in), roasted cauliflower, over spinach, 1/3 avocado Thanks for the help!
  7. I recently noticed (after completing whole30) that when I consume a decaffeinated-skinny-vanilla-latte-with almond milk from Starbucks (my favorite Saturday afternoon treat) I get pain and gas in my stomach. I can't figure out what is causing this since I'm using almond milk and decaf. Could it be the artificial no sugar sweetener? Any suggestions?
  8. Stomach issues on Whole30??

    Sorry for the sort-of-TMI-post, but I've gotta see if anyone has any recommendations. I've got an extremely sensitive stomach and I've been treating it like (literal) garbage over the past few years, junkfood and eating so, so unhealthy. Because my stomach is so touchy, I'm really concerned that I'll have terrible gas/diarreah during the whole30 (Started today)... Any advice? Any over-the-counter pills that anyone has found helpful? Any input is greatly appreciated!
  9. TMI but....

    I'm only on day 2 but what I have noticed the most (besides how tired i have been today) is that I am SO gassy. I've read some of the other forums so i'm thinking either it's still transition, or it's nuts, or it's the dried fruit... but help!!!! any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  10. Hey everyone! I'm on Day 5 of my first Whole 30. The first four days, I felt really awesome and my digestion was regular and comfortable. Starting in the evening of Day 4, I've been experiencing gas, bloating, and general discomfort for the last 20 hours or so. I'm wondering if this is just my system trying to get used to the new diet, or whether I'm reacting to something specific I'm eating. Is this a common experience for people at this stage in the Whole30? Thank you!
  11. Plz Help Me!

    I've had horrible gas and bloating this week. I can't seem to figure out the culprit though, so here's my meals for the week: My breakfast every day has been a vegetable egg bake. Ingredients: shredded potato, sauteed mushrooms, red onion and bell peppers, and eggs. This morning (Wednesday) I ate a hard boiled egg with half an avocado and olive oil for my pre-workout meal, then ate the rest of the avocado with my egg bake. I drink 2 cups of coffee every morning with Nutpods. Lunch every day has been a tortilla soup with chicken, bell peppers, onion, jalapeno, and chicken broth... plus seasonings. I also have homemade plantain chips, an apple and on Mon & Tue I ate the apple with almond butter. I assumed the almond butter was causing the gas... but today I'm having the same symptoms. I ate my apple plain today! I have been having a cup of coffee after lunch, but the symptoms usually start before that (they kick in right when I start eating lunch.) My dinner on Mon & Tue was sauteed potatoes, zucchini and Aidells chicken sausage. I realize there hasn't been much variety this week (I don't typically do that, I have a grocery store trip planned after work today.) I'm also on Day 10 of Whole30 and I drink about 3 liters of water a day. (I'm 5'6.5" and I believe 150 pounds... that's an estimate since I don't own a scale.) Please send help because 5 PM can't get here soon enough when this happens ha ha ha Thanks for the help!
  12. hi There Whole 30 community! I am on my day 13th and everything has been going pretty well, except the fact that i have been experiencing a lot of bloating, gas and abdominal pain/discomfort. i follow the protocol exactly and expected to have some of the bloating/gas, however it says in the book that this stage is somewhere days 11-12. i have been experiencing this for more than 5 days now. the new foods in my diet are coconut milk and ghee. i removed coconut mild completely for few days but the symptoms remain. i use Organic Valley Purity Farms Ghee and not sure if this could be a problem? i also started to eating much more veggies - like cucumbers and tomatoes, but i have been always eating them and never had an issue. i also started adding regularly raw almonds so wondering if raw almonds could cause the symptoms? in any terms, just wanted to check in and see if anyone experiences the same and what whole30 graduates have to say. thanks in advance for your response and advise.
  13. I have been doing whole30 for 8 days; however, I had to start over so technically day 4 for me. It seems no matter what fruits or veggies I eat, I end up with terrible gas & diarrhea. My intestines are so inflamed and sore. I have juiced in the past with no problems. Many years ago, I had diverticulitis. I am afraid that with constant bowel issues on whole30, it may cause a reoccurrence. Any ideas on what is causing such terrible inflammation/loose stools? Veggies I eat: lettuce, raw carrots, cooked cauliflower, cucumbers, cooked red peppers in dishes, cooked onions, raw and cooked tomatoes, baked kale chips Fruits: strawberries, melon, blueberries, bananas, citrus, pineapple, lemon juice, cherry juice, dates, avocados, apples protein: eggs, chicken, beef, turkey, cashews, almonds drinks: water, water with lemon, sparking water, coffee with almond milk (once in awhile), hot tea, 100% fruit juice (rarely)
  14. So...I had never heard of this FODMAP thing until searching the boards, and am thinking that may be my issue. I've had painful bloating, gas (sorry...), belching, stomach gurgling after eating a few times on the whole30 which was worse last night and again tonight. I've found that dried fruit of any kind is an issue. Last night's M3: grilled calamari over greens with balsamic vinegar and EVOO, salmon w/ lemon sauce over greens (BV+EVOO), pellegrino w/ lime Tonight's M3: mocha pulled beef in bibb lettuce w/ salsa, grilled veg (beets, white potatoes, carrots, onions, and hazelnuts), mixed olives. I think I'm doing right by portion sizes, following the template, and taking in a lot of water/herbal tea. I'm on day 15 (1st whole30), and was mostly GF before whole30 due to what I thought was a gluten intolerance (same issues as above...realized it years ago when drinking beer/eating pasta etc. so cut it out entirely). Have also been fighting an annoying cough for 2 solid weeks, and overall am just feeling pretty wiped out which has been demoralizing...I usually run or WOD 3-5x week depending on work/kid schedules. I'm wondering how long after cutting out the grey items from the Whole30 low FODMAP list I should expect some relief? Or, any ideas on what else may be causing this? And last question, oh mighty forum gurus: any suggestions for immediate relief? Thank you!
  15. Severe Abdominal Pain

    Hi! My husband and I are almost done with our reintroduction process, tomorrow we reintroduce grains/gluten/wheat. Which means that almost 2 days ago, on Tuesday (it is Thursday night) we reintroduced dairy, and we did it to the nines. Now, 2 nights later, related or not I do not know, after eating dinner of hamburger, squash & green beans I am writhing with abdominal pain that is very new to me. If it's 'just gas' it doesn't feel like any other gas I've had before. Both times I've taken pepto bismol and have felt much better, but still not 100% within the hour. This pain is very similar to how I felt the entire day and night that we reintroduced non-gluten grains last week. Like I said, this is abnormal to me. I'm wondering if anyone else had similar reactions or could explain why this would come out of nowhere tonight. Also, just for reference, if after reintroduction you choose to have foods that have made me feel not that great, does it ever get better or should I expect for my body always to react so severely (which I understand is probably how it's supposed to react, the whole shin guard analogy, I get it.) Kate
  16. I'm on day 18. I've pretty much had gas issues since I started whole 30. Well, I've pretty much had gas issues forever. Even started out with severe colic says my mother. Anyway, most of the gas does not come out and that's the problem. It just sits in my stomach as bubbles or mild uncomfortableness. I was hoping it would be improved by now on the whole 30. So I've been looking at reasons why it wouldn't be. Is there some food that is whole 30 compliant that I need to cut out? Should I be looking into FODMAP this early on? I rarely get enough sleep. Maybe 6-7 hours a night. I have five kids from 2-16. So sleep will not be normal for a while. I have had periods of lots of stress, however I've been dealing with it better since I started eating better. I do have about 20lbs I'd like to lose of baby fat. I haven't been tracking my meals that well so I don't know if I can give a few days worth, but I'll think on it and write it in another post if I can remember.
  17. Hello All, I originally got into Whole30 because I have been struggling with IBS-C for 10 years, and Whole30 did not necessarily provide me the relief I was hoping for. However, it did open my eyes to what my underlying issue is, which I am ever thankful for. After a few days of following the Whole 30 diet, I was in so much pain. I was bloated, gasy, and so full that I could not even put my pants or shorts on because the band around the waist was digging into my stomach. Now, I ask myself how could this be, as I was only eating chicken, fruit, vegetables, and other "harmless" foods? No alcohol, beans,caffine, chocolate, soda, ect. Then I realized my pain was coming from certain fruits and vegetables. I would put onions on my bun-less burger, have apples for breakfast, and have cauliflower and broccoli as a side for dinner entrees. It didn't make any sense that I was so bloated. It brought me back to a time when I was living in LA, and saw the "top" gastroenterologist in town. He told me I had IBS-C (thanks I knew) and we ran several tests. Vitamin deficiency, food sensitivity panel, fecal analysis ,blood tests, ect. Everything came back pretty normal, and he told me to 'eat more fiber and vegetables, and drink more water."I told the doctor that certain vegetables make my stomach worse ( brussel sprouts, broccoli, okra, cauliflower,) and still, he had no answer and sent me on my way to eat Bran cereal with milk for breakfast every morning. And this was also after my results of food panel came back saying I was off the charts sensitive to eggs, gluten, and dairy. Now I'm not a medical doctor by any means but I came to realize it is such a shame how western medicine, or at least in this case the "top" gastroenterologist in one of the biggest cities in the country could fail to help someone struggling with a serious medical issue such as constipation. I even told him I go up to 5 or 6 days without using the bathroom, and he just said "everyone is different". No, I'm sorry but that is NOT normal. So thanks to Whole 30, I went the DIY natural route to help fix myself. It then lead me to stumble upon the Low Fodmap diet, which in clinical trials has shown to eliminate IBS symptoms and has a 75% success rate. I am now following a Low Fodmap Whole 30 diet and thank you GOD I have finally found the answer to my digestion! I urge everyone with IBS issues to get tested for Low Fodmap (Hyrdogen and Methane breathe testing) AND Candida. All tremendous resources if you have digestion issues. I think it has been a miracle for me. I hope my message can help others out there suffering!
  18. I'm not asking for advice about my known medical condition (achalasia), though maybe with the unknown one (digestive). Mainly I want to vent, particularly in a place where others know the frustration of dealing with something that puts road-blocks in your way. I have achalasia. It's sort of the opposite of GERD. The muscle between my stomach and my esophagus (the LES) doesn't relax properly. This means that swallowed food gets stuck in the esophagus. It causes distortion of the esophagus and destroys the muscles there, causing more swallowing problems. It causes pain similar to heartburn as the food sits there and ferments or breaks down in other ways. It causes regugitation, which is like vomiting but since it's not from the stomach it's apparently a different word. It causes aspiration (food/liquid in the lungs). And for me it also caused malnutrition and kidney stones. I had a laproscopic heller myotomy about 10 years ago. This involved cutting the LES, then wrapping the stomach around it and pinning the stomach to the muscle (fundoplication) to keep it open. It's been pretty successful. If I eat too fast or don't chew enough, food will get caught and it can be very difficult to clear it. Often leading to regugitation. In addition to this I have an undiagnosed digestive problem that sometimes leads to massive amounts of air coming up from my stomach. I know this usually happens a day or two before my cycle begins, but otherwise have no clue what causes it. It does happen on other days sometimes, but it happens with my cycle like clockwork. Because of the procedure I had, this air gets caught in the upper stomach pocket and causes immense pain. I get spasms and cramps radiating through my chest, to my back and up as high as my jaw. I can't burp because I don't have the muscles for it. So instead I literally vomit air. It's horribly painful and nothing helps except drinking water to keep the muscles moving and spasming less. I firmly believe these two issues are pathologically related. I've seen too many hints from others' accounts of their achalasia issues to believe otherwise. So where I'm left is that my achalasia symptoms have increased in the last week. I'm on day 14 of my whole30 right now. Considering I seldom have swallowing trouble, encountering it every other day all of the sudden is very disturbing. Not only that, but on the days I'm not having swallowing trouble, I'm having the digestive trouble. So every day it's something. It is disheartening and I feel like crap. I can't possibly eat my 3 square meals since I can't swallow them. When I was very ill, before my procedure, I lived on dairy. It was the only thing that I could consistently get down and because it was high in fat it made me feel better. I'm not doing that now, but when I'm not feeling good I'm certainly thinking back on that time. Dairy is my comfort food. I really thought clean eating would make the digestive part better. I don't know what I'm eating that's causing the distress so I don't know what to cut out to test it (or what to eat to test it). So that's my rant. I guess I just didn't want to clutter up my food log with it but wanted to get it out.
  19. Hello, I completed my whole30 and felt great. I did my reintroduction more or less as planned. Twice now I have eaten in two different restaurants and have gotten violently sick. Both restaurants I had vegetarian India food. One I had yogurt, the other I didn't. Both I had wheat, rice, lentils. It was very bad reaction, almost like food poisoning where I was up from 8pm to 4am constantly running to the bathroom. What gives? I had food in both restaurants before my whole30 without any issues. How do I troubleshoot this? I am almost afraid to eat out now and that is not good. Thanks for your help
  20. Gas and Burping

    Hi there, The past few days I've been having a lot of gas in my stomach, which I experience in the form of frequent burping and also bloating. I do have acid reflux, for which burping is a symptom. But it's particularly bad right now. I think that having a meal and a snack that included hot sauce and then lying down yesterday kicked off some bad reflux. I am taking a digestive enzyme, which I've increased the dosage of to two with every meal, and I've had a kombucha each day. I broke down and had a non-compliant Gas-X on Day 21 because I was so uncomfortable. I also tried a TBS of apple cider vinegar yesterday. Here are my meals from the previous two days. The gas has been particularly bad in the evening and in the morning when I wake up. W3D21S1 Larabar, 1 tbs. cashew butter W3D21M1 4 turkey sausage patties, grilled mushrooms, roast potatoes, strawberries, raspberries, & Amaya Roasting Company Temporado coffee with coconut milk W3D21S2 Synergy Kombucha Gingerberry W3D21M2 boiled shrimp with mayonnaise, sweet potato with ghee, ginger, & cinnamon, 2/3 avocado, sauerkraut curtido W3D21M3 grass-fed hamburger with guacamole, salad w/EVOO & balsamic vinegar, spinach w/EVOO W3D22S1 Synergy Kombucha Gingerberry W3D22M1 tuna fish, Earthbound Farm rainbow chard w/EVOO, red delicious apple w/cashew butter, coffee w/coconut milk W3D22M2 3 chicken sausages (kale & balsamic), green beans w/EVOO, 2 cooked beets W3D22S2 smoked oysters, 1/2 avocado, hot sauce W3D22M3 chocolate chili, russet potato, strawberries Thanks for any feedback. Also... that was the last Larabar in the house and I haven't bought any more.
  21. HI All, I was recently diagnosed with Diverticulosis via colonoscopy. I decided to eliminate inflammatory foods from my diet and eat a cleaner diet. .. and her I am on day 6 of Whole30. I thought by stomach would feel less bloated after eating clean for 6 days. My normal diet before Whole30 included lots of processed foods, junk food, sugar, more sugar, chocolate ,,, in limitless quantities every day. I am now eating lots of protein and vegetables. The problem I have experienced is lots of gas and bloating since I started. This isn't really a new problem for me, but it has continued for 6 days now unresolved. Is it because my body is not used to processing such nutrients and not used to not processing sugar? Does anyone else have this problem? It's a little discouraging because I thought the clean eating would help flatten out my stomach? Does anyone have a great anti-bloating regimen (probably need one with probiotics of some sort) that works great?
  22. Stomach in Agony

    This is my first post in a Whole 30 forum. I am on day 27 on my first Whole 30 experience. I was a fairly healthy eater prior to this, but had never given up dairy or grains completely, and just wanted to see if doing so might impact my chronic hip pain. On the whole, I have felt fantastic: energetic, centered, focused (have not yet drawn conclusions about the hip pain), but the last 3 days I have suffered horrendous stomach pain. It feels like I've been punched in the gut, ranging from a dull ache, stomach-eating-itself feeling, to a more sharp gas type of pain that has me leaning onto a heating pad for any relief. During those episodes, I wish that I could throw-up, burp, have diarrhea, or pass gas to just get on with it, but the pain generally lingers, until it seems I am hours from my last meal. At first I blamed eating fruit after a meal, then when it persisted, I blamed too much broccoli (I had it 2 days in a row- fully cooked- maybe 1/2 cup servings at most). But now I am nearing the end of my 3rd full day with this, and it is simply happening after every meal, regardless of what I am eating. I am not over-eating, and have absolutely no history of any stomach issue. It is making me feel like my body is telling me that this is not right for me! I have a doctor's appt on Tuesday, but I am obviously hoping to gain some relief before then. If anyone has a recommendation, I am more than happy to hear it! Thank you, Mary
  23. puffy stomach

    Hi, Middle aged ladies--my midsection is not going away! Help! I'm on day 29 of my first whole 30. I have ibs and fibromyalgia, and I think I will continue on whole30 because I don't feel so great yet. I don't feel like I've lost much weight on whole30 but maybe I have it's just that my stomach still feels really poochy. At first I had lots of gas, like a blown up balloon, very uncomfortable. Then I cut out most of the coconut milk and sweet potatoes, started eating just one veggie with each meal (but more of it), and started taking digestive enzymes. That really helped. I had also had some dizziness so started drinking my water with lemon and salt in it. So the bloating and dizziness went away. But I'm constipated now, because I think I may need to add back in some sweet potato and have a little more salt. My question is this: if I keep going will I eventually lose weight in my abdomen? Do you think it's just all the bloat and constipation that makes me feel like I haven't lost weight? Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks so much!
  24. Today is day 31 of my first Whole30 (yay!). My main reason for starting the program was to heal my gut as I was suffering from bloating + gas issues. For the first week of my Whole30, bloating and gas were minimal / non-existent, but starting from week 2 it has increased a lot and now it is worse than before my Whole30 started. I know that this could be the result of the healing process, however I'm wondering if it could be something else (like a food sensitivity). The bloating increases regularly throughout the day; very little after meal 1, a little more after meal 2 and a lot more after meal 3. Here is a sample meal plan: Meal 1 - Sweet potato hash & 2 eggs, baked in clarified butter Meal 2 - Shrimp, beetroots & 1/2 an avocado Meal 3 - Ground beef, roasted vegetables & mayo (homemade, whole30 approved) I'm drinking around 2 liters of water + white tea throughout the day and my stress levels are generally normal / low. I've also left out nuts & dried fruits. Currently I'm wondering if I should continue with the regular Whole30 plan and turn it into a Whole45 or Whole60, or that it would be better to try the Autoimmune or FODMAP protocols? I could also start reintroduction now but I guess that wouldn't tell me much about how those food groups are related to the bloating + gas problems. I'd love to hear your thoughts! PS I've gotten a lot of other benefits from the Whole30 though, like clearer skin, more balanced energy and I sleep a lot better too.
  25. This is big for me, I honestly never thought I would be posting here. I had done a whole30 before, and was eating pretty strict paleo, but I still had gas, bloating, and loose stool every couple of days. I decided to do a low FODMAP whole30, as a lot of the foods I had issues with were high in FODMAPs, so I thought that would help me identify which foods were triggers. When I started this whole30, I had a really rough time Day 9 “Really struggling here with digestive issues, I feel going low fodmap is contributing to this, which means it was something I needed to do, but I hope its over soon…ARRRGGGHHH!!” Day 11 “I'll be honest, I'm finding this really hard. I'm really tired all the time, and I can't see a way to break myself out of this funk….So far the issues have gotten worse, and I have no energy (worse than I was before). I'm getting sick of the food options I do have, and beginning to lose motivation to carry on with this” Day 12 “I'm thinking of extending out to a whole45, because I want to start reintroductions from a really good place” Day 15 “still slight digestive issues….I'm aiming for a whole45, I obviously have a lot of healing to do.” Day 19 “I am struggling with digestive issues ... I am doing a low FODMAP whole45, as I think I need the extended period to heal.” Day 23 “I'm seriously considering going off my whole45” Day 26 “I was mostly ok on paleo, but thought I would go low fodmap for 30 days to see if that made a difference. Since I started whole30 it's been worse…and just really feel like throwing in the towel. I've done more research on FODMAPs on the internet and it seems some thing I thought were low, there is debate about, like yams and sweet potato. I'm worried I've done this all wrong” Day 29 “I redid measurements today, and I have lost 1.3kg, which I wasn't intending to do, but I have also put on around 20 cm round the waist and hips and doubled my body fat percentage. No idea what's going on here” “Why is this so hard?!?!?” On Friday, day 34, I noticed I’d had less gas than usual, and my digestive system was back on an even keel. On Monday, day 38, I woke up with a completely unexpected side effect – no bloating! I had a flat stomach for the first time since the start of high school. I was shocked, I never expected this. I have had more energy to work out (I’m back at pre-whole30 levels, but not expecting miracles here), but the digestive issues being solved is making the biggest difference in my day-to-day life. The hard part will be sticking to whole30 guidelines to make sure I give my reintroductions the best shot possible, I made up a chart to plot what I have tried and what, if any effects it has had on me, and it’s a very long list – it would take about 6 months if I tested everything, with 5 symptomless days between each trial. Wish me luck, cheer me on, and expect to see me crying in the corner as my beloved swede goes out of season. Knowledge is power Knowledge is power Knowledge is power