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  1. Hi All, I am finishing day four of the whole 30. I have heartburn pretty bad and was taking 40 mg of omperzole daily. I did not do the stricter version of Whole 30 taking out nightshades and more because it was causing me food anxiety! (Ive limited my coffee to only one cup a day as well.) I've stopped taking my heartburn medication when I started and I just started having heartburn today. I'm debating taking it or pushing through. Was wondering if anyone was in a similar situation and if they found heartburn relief in the regular Whole 30? Or do I need to expect this to come from the stricter version?
  2. Hey guys - My wife and I just finished day 5 and we are doing pretty well. We've had most of the typical symptoms of week one... tired, cranky, etc but I am posting about one unexpected side effect I have had: increased reflux I have had GERD since I was 18. I had a surgery for it in my early 20s and got off Omeprazole for 10 years but went back on it around age 30. So I've been taking Omeprazole for about 10 years straight now and I typically don't have too many flare-ups as long as I take my pill each morning 30 minutes prior to eating anything. But ever since I started the Whole30 I have had reflux symptoms pretty bad every night. I still follow my same routine taking the Omep in the morning well before breakfast but it doesn't seem to be enough to fight off the heartburn now. I wake up with a sore/tight chest which I am most certain is the reflux. Any ideas? I was hoping the GERD would get better and not worse! Also - I was unable to find a 100% compliant version of Omeprazole so I'm just taking it through the 30 days (doctors orders). My pills have propylene glycol and sodium starch glycolate which I don't think are compliant. See attachment for the label ingredients. So my question is: How likely are these ingredients to throw off my Whole30? Are they likely to make any difference in such a small amount? Thanks a lot for the help! This forum is great!
  3. First Whole30 Down!

    Day 31 - It's over! Wow... I didn't think I'd make it, but I did! Typing this as I eat my usual omelet, but with feta . Interesting... while I'm excited to have the cheese, now that I'm eating the thing I've eaten for breakfast most of the last 30 days, I don't feel like the feta is really necessary. The first several days I was eating this for breakfast, all I could think about was how it needed cheese. Posting this in Success Stories because I really hope this inspires some of you! Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help in any way. So... recap. I'm copying this from my "home" thread, where I had borrowed Kate's format. Starting with the things I wish I had done better: Eaten out less. I got lazy some nights or on weekends mostly and ended up eating my "safe" meal at Chipotle. I still ate food I cooked most of the time, but I wish I'd been more prepared for that to happen. Paid attention more to my eating. I still tend to multitask - as I'm doing now - and don't even leave my desk for lunch. Since I'm in a support role, that means lots of distractions while I'm eating. I intend to start leaving my desk to eat more often. Slept more. Though I'm getting more sleep than I was before, I'm still short of the ideal amount, and I feel it. Drank more water. I definitely increased my intake, but this is still a work in progress. The days I hit my water goal, I felt great. I have to make a conscious effort to stop and drink some water more regularly, especially while I'm working. Given myself more time for prep at the beginning. I was very miserable at the beginning, in part because prep took so much longer than I thought it would, so I lost sleep over it. For the benefit of those reading this who haven't finished (or maybe even started) yet... things that really helped me: The forums! I was part of a really fantastic thread - read there for more tips (Strength in Numbers) - and everyone's encouragement and advice helped me make my way through the 30 days. I also loved reading some of the moderators' posts and encouraging others. Clarified butter. I wrote down my NSVs as they happened. I told everyone I know about the plan and how excited I was about it. I marked my work calendar with the days in permanent marker. I acknowledged my struggles as they happened, documented them in the thread, and talked my way through them. I tossed my (cheap, $5) scale and everything I couldn't eat. I made a display out of spices and produce that doesn't need refrigeration in my kitchen (making it all very visible and accessible meant more of both went into all of my cooking). I took meal planning and grocery shopping seriously and wrote it all out. I'm putting up a chalkboard strip on the wall in my kitchen so the week's menu is always visible, even though I've finished my Whole30. I rewarded myself with non-food items during the plan - new books at the midpoint, flowers at the beginning of the fourth week, and a new, fancy scale and fitness tracking wristband for finishing. Benefits Aesthetic Roughly 8-10 lbs lost (hard to say because there was so much fluctuation up to my start date) Definite loss of fat around the midsection, front and back Face seems thinner (to me) Softer, smoother skin and hair Stronger nails that grow like crazy Less tired-looking Less acne/less oil on face Down a shirt size and a pants size, my ring comes off much more easily, and I have to use a tighter hook on my bra Cooking & Eating Reintroduced to my kitchen - woohoo! Loads more confidence in the kitchen Much easier to make good choices now (also don't feel like I'm missing out) Weirded out now by things that companies position as food that really aren't food Heightened awareness to what's in everything Comfortable eating without worrying about calories (this is so huge) CLARIFIED BUTTER!!! Lots of cool new tools and techniques in the kitchen No negative reaction to eating cooked spinach (always upset my stomach before) Emotional Cut the cord with sugar - no longer feel like something is really wrong if I can't have it (bahahahaha my sugar dragon is DEAD) Able to work through tough moments more, rather than avoiding them by eating something compulsively in the moment or later on Significantly reduced anxiety and depression (though this is a process, and I'm only beginning it as of about three weeks ago) Don't feel limited by the scale Proud of myself for completing the challenge, proved to myself that I have much more discipline than I give myself credit for (just have to stop being so darn lazy, and tiger blood helps with that) Smiling a lot more More confidence socially Don't feel the need to have alcohol to have a good time (proved this to myself last night, when I didn't break the guidelines to have a drink at a company happy hour - hung out with my club soda with lime and had a great time) Don't feel impacted by advertisements for food anymore (they seem so bizarre now!) Health Minimal/no heartburn (no Tums needed for over a month now!) Improved vision? (leaving a question mark there because this seems absolutely crazy but I can't ignore the fact that I can read small print signs with my bad eye that I for sure couldn't have read before, though my vision isn't perfect; will confirm when I see the eye doctor soon) Lower resting heart rate (have to confirm this, but I just did a few runs through it using the stopwatch on my phone and counting myself, and all were lower than the last several measurements) Better recovery time on injuries, sunburn, and illness Improved dental health (no change in toothpaste or routines, but less gum and tooth pain) More regular digestive activity Easier to get out of bed every day All in all, I'm totally thrilled that I did this, and even if I hadn't lost weight, I'd be thrilled with every other benefit. I will continue to eat with intention and try to stay away from take-out. I was actually REALLY hungry for breakfast this morning, despite a good dinner last night, which is so different from my life pre-Whole30. Again... please let me know if I can help you!
  4. Just completed my first Whole 30. My results include no heartburn, no hot flashes, better sleep, better energy. Interesting - my resting heart rate reduced from an average of 74 beats per minute to 62 beats per minute according to my fitbit. That is a great indicator of reduced hidden systematic inflammation - important to me since we have a wide selection of familial history of cancer, heart disease, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Eliminated daily Prevacid. As a bonus - I lost 7 pounds and dropped a size! I did this with the usual challenges and on a very heavy weekly airport based work travel schedule. Well worth it! The journey will continue!
  5. Hi. I'm on day 2 and have horrible heartburn. Any compliant suggestions to relieve it? I've tried apple cider vinegar, lemon/ginger tea and they didn't work. Thanks! Karen
  6. Not sure if this is the right place to post, but let me sum up my Whole30 experience. Pre-whole30: I ate fairly healthy, but with the odd sweets but little to no gluten grains. When I would eat Apples, Peaches, Nectarines, Cherries, Snow Peas, I would get a really itchy mouth. And I noticed I would get bloated from things like Apples, Cauliflower, Broccoli etc, so I was taking probiotics regularly to help with this. But I never paid any attention to FODMAPs because it was never all of them that bugged me. Week1-2 of Whole30: I stopped the probiotics, and my first week consisted of a mega carb flu, it lasted longer than it was supposed to, I assumed this was from the lack of sugar. And I was never hungry, always insanely full and bloated. Someone on the forum raised the attention that I might need the low FODMAP diet, but that for now I should try cutting avocado, onion garlic and eating more starchy veggies. So I did...sort of? Week3-Week5 of Whole30: Energy levels were better, all is good, except I kept accidentally eating ingredients high in FODMAPs, or I was really stubborn and just ate it anyways, dealing with the consequences of severe bloating, leaky gut, diarrhea, and severe stomach cramps. I also had bouts of migraines and heartburn. Now: I don't want to go anywhere near any FODMAP foods, even if I eat the tiniest amount my stomach gets itchy, bloated and, it literally will instantly come out the other end. I'm on Day31, ready to start my reintroduction, but I'm worried about reintroducing beans and dairy and everything. I'm so over being sick. I have a strong feeling digestive enzymes or probiotics will help me a lot, I just don't know if I can wait another 10-14 days before being able to resolve these digestive issues. Being this sick is causing a lot of stress on my body, including the now never-ending heartburn. Help! Is taking enzymes a bad idea? I just want a happy tummy!
  7. I struggle with acid reflux and am hoping Whole30 will help with that (as well as my many other aliments!). I'm wondering, though, if I should avoid eating foods that cause it until after I finish the plan. It seems like it would be hard to avoid foods high in fat, since getting a significant amount of healthy fats into your daily meals is a key part of Whole30. I'm 4 days in and tomatoes seem to be causing me some problems, but they're such a great addition to so many dishes in so many forms (tomato sauce, salsa, etc.) that I'm hoping I don't have to do without them for the rest of the time I'm on this journey. But I will if I have to. Should I cut out foods that cause acid reflux for the full 30 days or just wait a week or so and see if I can introduce them again?
  8. Day three on W30 round 2-- after dinner had heartburn. So weird! I got off nexium last year and I'm finding this strange. I had 2 small grilled chicken thighs, a salad and broccoli. Any suggestions for a natural remedy? Thanks!
  9. Help! I'm doing a whole30 at 24 weeks pregnant. And the heartburn is becoming intolerable. What can I take for it?? Tums have cornstartch in them...
  10. Day 4 Starting date 13 may

    Hello everyone, I'm new here! I'm a 30 years old girl from Italy, and this is my first Whole 30 and my first Paleo challenge! After I've read It Starts with Food I just decided that it was time to stop counting calories and under eating and start eating just different calories, more food, and less carbs. My story with food is long and complicated, so I don't want to bother anyone with too many words. I just have to say that I am a recovery bulimic and anorexic; I haven't had a lapse in 14 months since last April, when I had a bad weekend..Then I started over my disorderless day count. Anyway, since my lapse, I decided that something has to be done for my continuous sugar cravings, so I started reading, and reading, and googleing, and reading again....and finally I ordered Melissa and Dallas' book. So, I planned a date and a meal plan, and now I am on my 4th day of Whole30. I have to say that, even if I'm eating much more (and a lot of more fats!) than I normally would on "diet" (I used to restrict fat and calories...bad idea!) I feel actually good about it! No hunger, no sugar cravings (I'm limiting my amount of fruit to just a half piece of orange or apple in a salad), and, this is the biggest one, NO HEARTBURN! I have GERD since my bulimia showed up, in 2004, and even after I stopped purging, heartburn remained, and I thought I would have taken anti-acids lifelong...until this week! I have to say THANK YOU! You are really changing my life! Four days without heartburn (and no meds!) it's a miracle for me!
  11. So, I posted a question on Day 3 and got not replies, so I'm trying again. I'm now on Day 11 of my Whole30 and I'm still having trouble with heartburn and excessive burping. I read some other threads in the forum, and I took some of the advice and started using a probiotic and digestive enzymes. Is there anything else I can be doing to help alleviate the heartburn? Or just kind of ride it out until it passes? Will it pass? We are having some good results in other areas, and I really want this to get better, too. Below is what I had for food yesterday and today, just so you guys get a snapshot of what I typically eat. Yesterday and Today's Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled in clarified butter with a couple spoonfuls of chopped black olives, a quarter of an avocado and half a grapefruit. Yesterday's Lunch: Chocolate Chili (from Well Fed), a cup of green beans, a quarter of an avocado, and half a cup of berries. Yesterday's Dinner and Today's Lunch: Homemade Beef Stir Fry (from Practical Paleo) that had onions, bell peppers, scallions, garlic, coconut amino, and green beans in it. (I added a small salad with spinach, tomatoes, kalamata olives and olive oil/red wine vinegar to today's lunch along with a few fresh berries.) Dinner tonight: Chicken cooked in a crock pot, creamy asparagus cauliflower soup, fresh steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and kale chips. Does anyone have any ideas on the heartburn, and why it comes with lots and lots of burping? Thanks for the help!
  12. Day 1. Take 2.

    Hello all! After spending a month debating whether I should try the Whole 30, I have finally given in. My diet has been on a crazy roller coaster the past six months and my body hates me for it. I was a vegetarian for almost 2 years (for ethical reasons) but never felt quite healthy enough, so I came back to the dark side around the holidays. Around the same time I started to feel extreme pain, turns out that was my gallbladder telling me it didn't feel like working any more, so I went ahead and had that removed. Dr's orders were to stay on an extremely low fat diet for the next few months. That did not happen. I have been very rebellious in my eating habits which has led to 10 extras lbs and constant discomfort. Whole 30 appeals to me because of the considerable health benefits. I have been putting up with constant heartburn, GI discomfort, and gas pain (that was supposed to go away with my gallbladder) for the past few months. As well as lack of energy, but that's been going on since my vegetarian days. My main concern is the fat intake of this diet, i know many people lose significant weight but i just don't get it! I'm scared I am gonna be another 10 lbs heavier by the end of June! Also, I'm scared of the pain that I am going to be in from all that fat. I use a calorie counting app and the amount I'm taking in astounds me. Also, I am excited to see what difference no grains or legumes are going to have on me since I am Hispanic and rice and beans are eaten in my house almost EVERY DAY. Any ways yesterday was my unofficial "Day 1" but around 9 pm my body was screaming at me for sugar and I devoured a Cherry Pop tart AND a few Doritos in 10 seconds flat! It was delightful/shameful and set off my heartburn. So today is my official Day 1 and its going pretty well( eventhough it's only 8pm), I don't have any heartburn or pain which is such a RELIEF! And I already feel less bloated or swollen. YAY! So here goes nothin'! I have quite the challenge ahead of me since it is my birthday month, so no drinks, cake those ominous/delicious Pop tarts lurking in the pantry. But I think I can do it. -Samantha