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  1. Hello Everyone! I'm Julie. I'm new here. I started on April 1, 2017. I started Whole30 on the suggestion from my acupuncturist. I'm in the process of being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and she thought it would be a good answer for my widespread pain and chronic fatigue. Things have been going really well, and I feel pretty great! I didn't really experience the severe detoxing feelings I was expecting, and the first couple weeks weren't so bad at all! I think part of it is that I'm so used to feeling so crummy all the time, that the detox feeling I WAS getting - I would trade for my "normal" fibro-feelings ANY day. Also, I KNOW that I went into it with the right mindset to do this. I took the suggestions from the book: I read my book, I did my homework, I chose a good time to start it, and made sure to PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE! But my main focus that has kept me going is the hope and excitement of just feeling better! My head is 100% in this game! If it's OK - I would like to share my experience so that others don't make the same mistake I did. I just want to say this ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING!!! LABEL READ! LABEL READ! LABEL READ! I'm sure you already know this, but I just want to reiterate it - because it's SUCH an easy mistake to make. I unfortunately learned this the VERY hard way. I was on Day 13 - feeling great - staying motivated - eating delicious healthy food. I had gotten into a great groove with food prep and experimenting with new recipes and gaining confidence in things like making my own ghee and hollandaise sauce. Then I made 1 fatal error. For dinner on Day 13 - I was making sauteed shrimp, which I had done several times before. I went to the fridge to pull out my homemade ghee - and in the door I saw this delicious "famous kream mustard" that is just to die for. Without thinking - I took it out and mixed a dollop of it in with my shrimp. I don't EVEN know where my head was. Maybe I thought - I can have mustard - and that's where the thought ended. Maybe I had gotten too confident and comfortable in my plan and just didn't even think to look at the label. Three-quarters of the way through my wonderfully delicious meal, thinking about what a great flavor the mustard added - my stomach and my heart sunk. I realized - I didn't read that darn label! I have read EVERY SINGLE OTHER LABEL of everything I had eaten up to that point - but I missed one. I sat there for several minutes because my legs felt like they were made of lead. I didn't want to get up and read the label just to find out what I pretty much already knew - that there was something in it not allowed on the program. I finally stood up, slowly marched into the kitchen, with a big sigh opened the refrigerator door, and painfully pulled out the jar. There it was: cane sugar and soybean oil. It's amazing where your mind goes in that moment. "It was such a small amount. Do I REALLY have to start over? If I don't tell anyone, then nobody will know, so I didn't really make a mistake and I can just keep going. It couldn't have affected me that bad, right? It's not like I ate a whole pizza and drank a bunch of Pepsi! What if I go throw it up really quick - does that count?" OF COURSE THAT'S NOT THE ANSWER! I was surprised my brain even took me down that path! I would just be cheating myself. And I wouldn't find out what I set out to learn with this plan: what foods make me feel like total crud every single day, and cause me to have so much pain and discomfort and fatigue. So I texted my acupuncturist - knowing I was really just confirming what I already knew: I had to start over. (I joked about celebrating with a Pepsi. Might as well make my mistake worth it! I did not have a Pepsi.) She told me not to beat myself up, and that an extra 13 days of eating the healthiest I've ever eaten is not a bad thing. She's right. I also knew this deep down. I was just more disappointed in myself for not reading that darn label like I had done 100 times before. I had been perfect on this plan, and due to one little bitty accidental slip up - it had huge effects - and I was having to start over. I was absolutely deflated. I had a good cry when my husband got home from work that night - you know - the kind with the giant, hot, alligator tears that stream down your face from a faucet you can't shut off? That kind. I had worked so hard! I told him what had happened and how disappointed I was in myself, but the lesson was learned, and I was starting right back up at breakfast the next morning. He said, "Really? You're not even going to just give yourself the weekend?" I replied, "NOPE! I'm just going to keep going like this never happened, but now my plan is 43 days. It's now Whole43." And then he did exactly what I needed him to do. He gave me a big hug, also said to not beat myself up about it, and said he had actually gained even more respect for me, and was really impressed by my integrity, in that even with such a small, accidental mistake - I was following the rules and starting over. He was 100% supportive, and that's what I needed. (And thankfully it wasn't day 28!) So April 14 became Day 1... again. HUGE LESSON LEARNED!!! Thank you for letting me share my story. I just hope that it helps SOMEONE out there to not make the same mistake I did. Happy Whole30!!! #readlables
  2. I'm Lou. New to the forum. Start my whole 30 on Monday. HELLO!
  3. Hi- I'm just about ready to try this thing. My history tells me I can take off weight but cannot keep it off. A few past challenges I have had have included giving into stress-related temptations, setting unrealistic goals, and obsessing about the numbers on the scale. I'm a 51yo woman, happily married and have about 60lbs to let go of to be at a normal body weight. I'm definitely a sugar and carb junkie. I'd love to find someone to connect with who has similar weight loss goals and start this thing together. I've not had any real luck with getting any friends to get on board. Let me know if this sounds like you!
  4. Hi there, I'm Alicia, and I have a sugar addiction. Seriously, it is the worst it has ever been. I constantly crave for it, even though I know on some level that it's what's sapping away at my body's potential. I am too young to be feeling lethargic and icky like I do, all the time. I'm I also just feel terrible, like sapped of any inclination or interest in life. The last few months I've been noticing myself slowly outgrowing all my clothes. I look in the mirror and don't recognize my figure, and it only exacerbates my crappy feelings. My body was once able to bounce back from poor food choices, but it's had enough, and it shows. So reading "It starts with food" was a light bulb moment. It seems so obvious but learning the science of it turns what I used to believe about sugar/diet into what I definitively KNOW. I hope I'll be able to get support/motivation from these forums, as I'll be embarking on the whole30 journey without any friends or family. I'm on Day2 and doing well! I actually started four days ago though I slipped on my first Day2, but learned from my mistake. My cravings are the worst at night, late night, and my screwed up sleeping habits are probably making things much worse. My breakfast and dinner meals have been pretty large though, and I don't feel hungry during afternoon hours. Should I make it a point to still have a small lunch, even though I'm not hungry? Thanks for reading!
  5. Hi there! I'm 31 and starting my first Whole30. A few friends have done it and seen benefits, so I'm jumping on the bandwagon! I'm a single guy living with two roommates, and want to start learning how to eat better. I've bought the cookbook as well as the WHole30 book, and i'm digesting it over the month of march to better understand the thing! if anyone has any advice, specifically on [free] apps and services that will help organize my meal plan/shopping list, etc, that'd be great! Looking forward to April!
  6. Hello all Just started a new life adventure in France so thought we would adopt a healthy new lifestyle to go with it. We've been living as expats in Africa for 5 years - completely loved it but the lifestyle was so naughty & both hubbie & I have gained a lot of weight as well as bad eating habits. So, Page 1 of the new chapter. Started today - although only arrived at 3am this morning at the house so we are finding our way & slightly panicking about what we can & can't do. Plus navigating around French supermarkets - all exciting & different. Excited to do this - well today I am. Let's see what tomorrow brings.....
  7. Hiiiii! I'm a college student who is embarking on Whole30 as a detox for my body and spirit during Lent soooo starting tomorrow! This will be my first (but hopefully not last) time doing whole30, and I would love feedback on my first week meal plan -- bigger meals? different ingredients? seasonings not included in description btw! thank ya Whole 30 week 1.pdf
  8. It's day one, and I am excited about what the next 30 days will bring. This is my second attempt at the Whole 30, and I want it to be successful. 2017 is the year I get back to finding me again, and making the effort to take care of me. I can't be the best mom, wife, co-worker, friend, if I do not spend some time on myself. Glad to be here and looking forward to this adventure and support in having others along for the ride!
  9. Hi all, I'm new to the Whole 30, need lots of support to change my habits, as I am flying solo in my house. My family supports me, and yet they want to continue to have the comfort foods they want.
  10. So, I officially started today; I had to go shopping yesterday to stock up. So far, so good. I ate so many different of vegetables: zucchini, shallots, avocado (not technically a veg, I know), savoy cabbage, celery, carrots, delicata squash, golden beets, onions, & rainbow chard. It feels so good to put the focus on plants & proteins. I am new to Whole30, but not to grain-free, sometimes, dairy-free, and Paleo eating. This past year, my food got all wacko again and I started eating wheat/ gluten again after about 4 years of not. I have Crohn's Disease and I know diet is key to helping me feel good. I am going to avoid nightshades as well for the next 30 day, but going to keep eating eggs because they are such a go-to protein. My husband and son won't be doing it with me, but our meals are usually based on protein & veggies, they may just have added bread or rice. I wanted to do Whole30 months ago but we were moving, and then the holidays, blah, blah. Now my kitchen is unpacked, holidays are over, I have an Instant Pot and the willingness. 1 Comment
  11. Hi Everyone, My name is Tiffany and I was going to start in November but my plans fell throw. Now I am starting back up today. I am going with the motto of whole new year, whole new program, whole new me. I have suffered from a lot of health problems like depression and severe sleep apnea. I am also starting a new career in writing which I need to be on my A game. So my mom and I are doing this together. I am looking forward to this change in my life.
  12. Just wanted to say hello! I picked up "It starts with Food" earlier this week and finished it the same day. I loved how it related the issues people have with food, cravings, and weight gain with what is actually occurring within the body. There are times that I feel like I have no control over what I am eating and how much and now I'm starting to understand why. So, after the week of meal planning and preparing, today marks my start date. I know it won't be easy (because I already want dessert...) but I want to do this for myself. To feel better, to get healthier, and find that "Food Freedom" that everyone refers to. There is SO much to gain in these next 30 days!
  13. New here. Hi, my name is Mrs. Awesome and I have an unhealthy relationship with food. And y'all say... Hi Mrs. Awesome. Checking out this whole 30 thing. Instead of my food being my security blanket, my best friend, my entertainment, it needs to nourish my body and keep it going. But damn, y'all, I love sugar! I am going to need to buddies to keep me going. Teach me how to Dougie... I mean whole 30. And survive. And not picture Mr. Awesome's face as a scrumptious pizza. My thought is to start Nov. 7. I have school conferences and a mini vacation with the hubs this coming weekend. No time to prep. Man, I feel like I am walking off the plank. All I hear is the death march in my head as I type this. Breathe.
  14. Hello all! I just wanted to make a quick post about beginning my 30 day journey. What inspired this commitment to better health was the recent news that I got accepted into a pretty awesome design school starting in January. It will be a very rigorous 15 months and I'm quite a bit nervous about being able to keep my energy and focus up and in line while also juggling being a wife and mother (I have an almost 2 year old). The timing of my 30 days is a bit of a bummer for it to be right at the holiday season, but I would much rather do this now then feel sluggish and awful for the first few weeks of school. I want to be prepped and feeling Tiger-ish to start the new year. Really looking forward to using this wonderful forum for advise, support, and inspiration! Today is day 3. Woo! Thanks in advance!
  15. Aloha, I just wanted to check in and say hi! Today is my first day and I am very excited and motivated. No slips, no excuses just healthy choices! organic scramble with spinach and clean chicken sausage, black coffee and a cutie!
  16. Wow.....My wife and I are starting on the Whole 30 journey tomorrow morning. Is there anyone else starting Oct 1st that we can share the journey together with? I'm sure the support will be good. Looking forward to finding out more about my body.
  17. Hello! I just got The Whole 30 book guide today and going to start it tomorrow. Today is prep day and becoming accustomed to the whole idea of it. I have done Paleo before and felt amazing, so I look forward to doing this and resetting my body again. I have PCOS and have been trying to conceive for about 6 months now with no luck. I am wanting to get healthy and raise my probability of having a child. Again, I really look forward to starting this and to be a part of this community -ko
  18. Hey there! I'm starting my first 30-day commitment to Whole30 on September 1st, 2016 (I'm taking the next 15 days to read the books and deplete my current pantry), and I'm a little nervous. Am I capable? Will this actually give me results? Let me take a moment to explain my situation. I've always been bigger. I honesty don't remember a time when I have not been overweight, even as a child. I tend to vacillate between sedentary and intense activity depending on how severely my depression is hitting me (chronic for over 10 years now), but lately, I've made some commitments (Planet Fitness membership as well as a year-long contract with ILoveKickboxing.com) to make sure that I use the tools I've given to myself simply due to knowing that if I don't, that money will just disappear. When I say I've tried everything to aid in weight loss, I have. Except for bulimia. Just couldn't do it. But pills, fasting, cleanses, extreme workouts, calorie counting, low carb, Atkins, B12 injections, etc... I have done it all. But nothing has worked. And it's not like I tried it for a week and gave up either. I made each attempt with gusto (except for the unhealthy ones) and only stopped when it obviously wasn't doing anything for me. Some lasted 3 months or longer, others lasted a few weeks. Recently, I have noticed some concerning weight fluctuations that didn't seem to be tied to anything specific, so I went in to see my primary care provider. My labwork resulted in astonishingly healthy levels, especially for my size. Turns out I'm one of those "metabolically healthy obese" folks who, at the moment, isn't suffering from the side effects of obesity other than the emotional toll it can sometimes take. My doctor is flummoxed as to why I keep putting on weight, since for the last 2 months I have been active, eating "healthily," and so on. Now, I put the word healthily in quotations, because sure, I eat salads balsamic vinegar / olive oil instead of ranch, I don't consume all that much salt as a general rule, I don't eat a ton of carbs. My diet mostly consists of grilled chicken and broccoli slaw, but I will go out on the weekends and eat what everyone's having. Non-smoker, and I drink maybe once every 3-6 months. That being said, I'm curious if the foods I've been eating are actually causing me problems and, as such, I hope to discover how my body reacts to certain foods. Whole30 seems one of the best ways to investigate, so here I am! Wish me luck!
  19. Hi, I'm Susan, from San Diego. I started whole 30 on Monday and I already love it. I feel much better. I had horrible bloating and gas and after just 5 days it is almost non-existent. I have also gotten into the next size down on my jeans. To be fair though, I was kind of in between sizes, one size too small, next size up too big. But it feels good. I'm doing this with my SO, and he is enjoying the food, but is having a hard time with the beverages available. He is following the program though! I had a gastric bypass (RNY) in 2003, and a revision last year. My revision was not successful, and after reading It Starts with food, I completely understand why. I eat three meals plus a snack or two, because I can't eat that much at one sitting. I try to make my snacks protein based, but I am just so in love with the fruit in season right now! I am struglling a bit with reactive hypoglycemia, which is a side effect of my surgery. I think it might have to do with the fruit, although I'm entirely sure of the science of that. Any way, I look forward to this journey and meeting like-minded people.
  20. I have been on low fodmap for a couple years. I take various meds, have had all the tests, exams and work-ups you can imagine. End result of that was, "Congratulations, you have IBS." This basically means they don't know. Last night into today, my IBS has been a 9 out of 10, and it's killing me. I haven't felt this bad in months. I have a friend who did Whole30, and she tells me it really helped her situation. So, what the heck, let's start Whole30 today and see what happens. /Fuzzhead
  21. Hi, Everyone. Like the title states i'll be starting my first Whole30 on July 12th. This is exactly 40 days before I go on vacation with my husband's family for a week, so it seems like the perfect time to start even though a bit of me doesn't like starting at the beginning of a new week. A little about me: I've decided to start Whole30 after starting crossfit at the beginning of June. I've really enjoyed the classes and want to get the most out of my performance. Starting Whole30 seemed like the better choice than just starting Paleo since I knew I would just eat Paleo compliant treats. On top of that I have PCOS and am insulin resistant, plus I have a history of feeling sluggish (which doctors have not been able to figure out why). My hope is to be able to eat better and be able to sustain a healthier relationship with food. Last year I lost 30lbs on Weight Watchers - first time losing in forever, but the program is not sustainable for me long term. I didn't want to constantly think about numbers whenever I went to eat something. I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone and going through our journeys together. Here's to us!
  22. Meal 1 1/4 lb homemade turkey breakfast sausage 1/2 sweet potato Equal amount Brussels sprouts 1/2 avocado
  23. Hey y'all! My name is Jeanell and I will be starting Whole30 tomorrow (5/10/2016)! I live in NYC and originally from Florida. I'm very excited about it after multiple self-afflicted delays. I pushed this off multiple times after reading the book because I was scared. Then I realized I have to do things that scare me or I won't live life to the fullest. I had a wake-up call this past week. I went to a new doctor last Wednesday and she weighed me at 358 pounds, my heaviest weight ever. After blood work results came in, I am now considered pre-diabetic, which I had a feeling was going to happen. Two days later, I was flying to Florida and I paid extra money for an extra legroom seat. However, the seat was tight and I could barely move. I was frustrated because I paid more money for more room so I can be comfortable, but my weight got in the way. I realized I had two options at that point (I will be traveling a lot for the rest of the year): 1-Buy a first class ticket that is very expensive to be able to sit in a seat where I fit...or 2-Change my lifestyle, lose weight, and not worry about whether I can fit in a seat on a plane. I am choosing option 2 because "ain't nobody got time" to pay extra money for something you cannot afford yet at this time in your life. In the past two years, I have had a slew of health issues. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and wear a CPAP machine, but I still wake up tired. The trigger for my sleep apnea was when I gained 30 pounds in 3 months due to a stressful job, overeating, and lack of exercise. Also my family medical history is not great and I don't want to repeat history with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis, and more. I already see myself heading down that path, and I want to go down another path to a healthier life. I am very ecstatic about Whole30! I truly believe this is the first day of the rest of my best life! LET'S DO THIS!
  24. I have been struggling over a year with various auto-immune, inflammatory issues and have been on prednisone since 12/2014. I am in the tapering phase, but have flare-ups too frequently. My daughter suggested that I try this program and I decided that I have nothing to lose at this point. I am 66, obese, well-educated, a great cook, retired, and tired of feeling like crap. Wish me luck.
  25. Hello, I started Whole 30 today hoping to get my eating under control for once and for all. I typically eat healthy, but cannot seem to go a single day without some kind of junk food, be it potato chips or a small piece of Artisan bread. Also, I do fall into a binge pattern and am starting the plan coming off a nasty single day binge. Makes day one a little easier having a bad stomach ache! I am super excited to be doing this. I have some health issues, nothing serious but potentially serious if I don't reign this out. I am hoping to get out of this plan the following: 1. improved blood sugar (currently have an A1c of 6 and fasting glucose of 99) 2. less joint pain (have a lot of osteoarthritis) 3. reduce and hopefully eliminate the swelling in my lower legs. Also, would love to lose weight. I have 40 pounds to lose, but would be happy with 30. I am committing to 1 30 day term, but if all goes well - and I suspect it will, I plan to do back to back terms. Barby