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  1. So I started today - A first timer on Whole 30. Might not have been the best planning I've ever done, lol. Went to bed last night with a headache that is pounding this morning. Have very limited Whole 30 approved food in the house (enough for today, but I have to get creative with the fats until I have time to clarify some butter) but grocery shopping is the plan for post work day - I'll make a good shopping list starting with the Whole 30 printout at lunchtime. ABOUT ME: Menopausal middle age woman, overweight and activity limited - but trying to address the activity thing, right now working up to 10,000 steps. Stopped smoking - cold turkey a year ago, and put on about 25 pounds since stopping. Arthritic type flare ups and a host of other inflammatory type symptoms led me here. I'm 'allergic' to eggs (supposedly, as my childhood DR. had me eliminate them from my diet when it looked like they could be problematic to me and my father IS allergic to them, but I've never been tested, nor do they smell or taste like 'food' to me so my only exposure to eggs is as an ingredient with lots of other things. WORRY: My food habits do not seem to be similar to most in the Whole 30, so I'm afraid it won't be as much help to me and not sure what to expect over the 30 days. Sugary sweets are just not my weakness (i don't think I've even had ice cream in 10+ years and I've never missed it) - as a matter of fact, when I bake cookies or make fudge (usually for family at holidays) my body sends me a clear signal to stop and not over eat them. I drink my coffee black, prefer carbonated water to a diet soda, and would choose fresh ripe pineapple or cantaloupe over that cookie 9 times out of 10. MY WEAKNESSES, I think, are salty, starchy, cheesy and breads. And a meal that doesn't contain grain food, or starch like potatoes, or at least legumes has never really made me feel "FULL" MY OTHER BIG WORRY: Veggies. How to eat enough veggies when I just despise 'BITTER' taste. I mean this goes beyond 'I don't like' (i.e. I don't like blueberries. I can and will eat them, I just don't care for them.) But lots and lots of veggies have what I think of as this 'BITTER' taste and I literally get dry heaves when I taste a dish that has a lot of, say, green pepper because it tastes, to me, like BITTER poisonous garbage. This BITTER taste seems to overwhelm all other tastes in a dish. Cheese can almost sometimes tame bitter taste to something almost palatable, but no cheese on Whole 30. I mean I can imagine eating 7 meals a week with the veggies that don't taste like that to me (tomato, onion, broccoli, carrots, cooked spinach, iceberg lettuce) but that isn't a very varied diet, and I'm worried it won't satisfy when it is 21 meals a week for which I need to eat a good serving of veggies. With omelettes being on the eggy no-no list for me, I figure I'm going to need to make a lot of hash/soup/stews to get those veggies without torturing myself or inducing dry heaves by including the 'bitters' into my diet. Therefore, breakfast is my biggest worry for including enough veggies, honestly. I don't dare allow myself white potatoes on the Whole 30 because it is a unhealthy eating 'trigger' for me, like a sugar treat or mock ice cream might be for others. HOPEFUL: Aside from a couple of Arthritic flare ups recently, my inflammatory symptoms are just unpleasant, not yet life altering. But they get more and more unpleasant as the days go by and I'd like to nip them in the bud, get healthier, and lose some of these extra pounds. From what I've read, I think the Whole 30 has a good chance of getting me there. I'm doing Whole 30 solo, but given my personality, I think that will be just fine, I just wish to find more folks like me (salt/starch weakness, sugar indifferent) to find out what I might expect. Thanks for reading, - this is kind of an accountability post to me, a post to keep me honest. Good luck and I'll probably update this post for my own benefit as time goes on.
  2. 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!
  3. Good morning :-) First I'd like to say that this forum is very encouraging and such a necessary part of this process. When I first decided to do W30, I didn't think I needed it, but I forced myself to follow all the suggestions given and being active in the forum was one of them. Reading about other people's struggles, successes, questions etc and the great advice given by the moderators makes me feel like I can do this. So here's my update: DIGESTION: I am someone who has persistent digestive issues. My system is always bloated, queasy, farty, nauseous, something isn't agreeing with it etc etc. I always feel better after doing some sort of flush or drinking some sort of detox tea or ginger. Since I've been doing W30 I haven't had a single digestive issue. I just don't even think about. Everything is quiet and still within me. ENERGY: I don't feel like crap anymore. I notice I have increased and sustained energy throughout the day. I think about working out and my body says "Yeah, we're up for that." instead of "OHGAWD!AREYOUKIDDINGME?!" (I must add that yesterday I was sitting at my desk and all of a sudden, I just felt like falling straight to sleep. I wanted to lie on the floor and take a nap. This does not contradict my testimony of increased energy levels. In fact, it was right on schedule with the W30 timeline! To me, energy is something that comes from the "core", for lack of a better descriptor. but Sleepy is just sleepy) CRAVINGS: Whaaaat happened to my cravings?? What happened to going out to lunch and grabbing something sweet for later?? My body isn't even thinking about a snack at 2pm any more! I'm starting to be able to tell real hunger from an emotional craving. I know when it's time to eat versus me just trying to wash away the stress of a phone call. Yesterday, I had 3 urges to eat that I was able to associate with worry, stress, and comfort seeking. And then when I REALLY felt hungry, I was like YEP! that's it right there. Time to refuel. ACHES AND PAINS: If you're 40 yrs old, put your hands up! If you're 40 yrs old put your hands up! Now wave em from side to side! You feel that ache in your shoulder? Not if you're doing W30! LOL! If I were to list all the minor aches and pains that I typically experience throughout the day (backaches, old hip injuries, legs, feet, etc) I'd sound like Grandpa Simpson. But honey, i can just, like, WALK now. Like get up and down now. Like get up straight off the floor without planning a strategy first! Heartburn is gone. My body is just so quiet. CHALLENGES/WEIRD STUFF: Ok so here in the DC area, it has been really POLLEN-Y. Like you could use this stuff for biological warfare. Thank BEANS it rained last night. I don't typically suffer from allergies. I don't have to take meds for it. I don't even think about allergies. Maybe when it's really pollen-y I might feel a little throat tickle or something but I can move on with my life. For some cray cray reason that may have NOTHING or EVERYTHING to do with W30, I was overcome with allergy symptoms yesterday. It was unbearable. I'm makin weird duck noises in my throat, using up boxes of tissues. IDK what the deal is, but I just wanted to share it. MISTAKES: So I ate some friggin carrageenan the other day. I posted about it elsewhere in the forum. Long story short, I'm doin a W37! Not what I wanted, but trust me, when you read up on what that crap is and how it's used in lab mice to CAUSE inflammation to test new drugs, you would do what you had to as well. It's infuriating to discover all the ways we unknowingly ingest things we would never think about eating. If I'm fat, sick, and inflamed i want it to be because I KNOWINGLY scarfed down too much of something I should have put the brakes on. Like sugar, or alcohol. Not because I thought i was doing the right thing by having some organic almond milk or a turkey sandwich only to find there's all this crap in it! ETC: My shirts are fitting better and my pants are a bit looser. I (now) know and understand that this is not a weight loss regimen but a mental and physical reset that starts with my gut. I'm not droppin tons of LB's all fast like I had originally hoped, but I'm ok with that because of all the benefits listed above and also because I'm starting to understand some things about the purpose of this program and it's long term benefits. That's it! I'm probably going to spend too much time today reading through more forum topics. Shh! don't tell my boss. :-)
  4. Just finished a successful Day 1 - only 29 to go! Feeling a bit hungry so perhaps need to adjust portion sizes. It is a little stressful making sure all meals are covered a day in advance but as I think someone advised - take it an hour at a time. Also a little tough doing it solo, and my family make chocolate chip cookies tonight...but I'm pretty resolute. On to Day 2...
  5. Hey everyone! I'm starting my FIRST Whole30 tomorrow morning and I'm super excited! I feel motivated butttt also feeling very nervous. I definitely do not have the best eating habits as of right now. I love me some sweets and carbs - so I know my withdrawal phase is going to be insane. But in my quest to be better to my body, I'm giving the Whole30 a go. Anyway, one of the things I'm most nervous about is that I work in a restaurant that has amazing (but not always healthy) food, which we get a lot of...for free...so the temptation will be there and it will be strong...for all 30 days... Any tips (especially from people who also work in restaurants as well) for staying resolute when temptation is staring you in the face?? Also, if anyone has websites they can recommend me to find fabulous Whole30 compliant recipes I would appreciate it. I love to cook, luckily, so send anything my way! I've found a few recipes on Pinterest but I'm sure you all will have better/faster recommendations for me. Thanks, everyone! Looking forward to conquering this!
  6. I'm a rideshare driver. Yesterday as I rode along with a bag of carrots riding shot gun, a passenger got in with a chocolate frosted yellow cupcake. The old school kind. The kind that looks like it was frosted with a knife by a loving grandma, not piped out of a bag by a hipster. He tried to tell me carrots were just as good as cupcakes. I tried not to slap him. I thought I was doing fine with the carb cravings until I found myself waxing poetic about that dang cupcake to my next passenger. I went on for about a minute, which doesn't sound like a long time but... Forgive me for jumping from cupcakes to constipation but OMG the constipation! Wasn't expecting that. I went from eating a pescatarian diet that leaned more towards heavy on the carb and dairy vegetarianism of late to doing this Whole30 thing. Well I guess my body isn't used to processing so much animal protein. I'm doing fish and egg. And more of it than usual since I can't have beans and falafel and love any more. Anyway, yoga twists, tons of water, kombucha, and coconut water (don't even start with me about only being able to drink coconut water if I'm running a marathon or some chizz. I HAVE A SITUATION HERE! And it's 100% coconut water. No sugar. No added juices. It's FINE.) seem to be doing the trick. The troops have lined up at the border and we're seeing multiple small scale evacuations today. I remain confident. So how's by you on this fine day?
  7. I'm new and starting tomorrow! Looking for support (: Goals: Be healthier Have more energy Go to the gym Learn to cook Stave off diabetes Eliminate bad cravings I hope you join me!
  8. Hi! My name is Nancy, and I am preparing to start my first Whole30 on May 1st. I have been reading the books, planning meals, cleaning out the pantry, and getting my support system in order. I've even set up an instagram to track my journey and asked friends to follow me there (accountability!) (Ps. it's @futurowhole30 if you're interested.) I'm really excited! I decided to do Whole30 in late March, but chose my May 1st start date because of a lot of socializing and work trips during April. I knew that I needed the time to read and get mentally prepared to make myself successful. I've spoken with a lot of "real life" friends who have done the program, and everyone has had positive feedback for me. Of course, I have some things I'd like to get from this program, but my main focus right now is just not getting caught up in expectations, and just getting ready to rock it! : ) Nice to meet you!
  9. Starting on the day after Easter! Which is also tax day this year. But I thought the 4-17-17 was a nice number too. Am I the only person who gives stuff up after lent is over?? I'm Jinxx...got the nickname because I predict movie endings and spoil it for everyone else. I'll turn 35 during the Whole30. I'm a divorced mother of two boys, 10 and 13, living in North Dakota. 5'7" and 240lbs. I have rheumatoid arthritis, so I take a lot of medication to keep it in check. My doc is definitely on board with the Whole30. I'm also a student carrying 18 credits this semester and, you guessed it, will also be taking finals during my Whole30! I figure if I waited to start until I wasn't so busy I'd never get around to starting!
  10. Hi, everyone - I started my Whole30 today - Thursday, April 13 - which is an oddly random day, but I really felt like doing it. I'd been thinking about it since January, but with travel for work, pleasure, and to my sister's bridal shower, I couldn't string together 30 consecutive days. This week I felt bloated and awful, not sleeping well, ashamed of my sugar addiction, and thought, "F-it, time to start." I've got compliant options in the fridge, a plan for the next seven days of meals, a well-established exercise routine, and have taken my before pictures and measurements. But for the first time ever, this isn't about weight loss for me. I genuinely want to know if dairy, grains, sugar, and legumes are messing up my gut. (I don't drink, so the no alcohol part isn't a factor for me). I hope I look stronger and more fit in 30 days, but what I really want is to FEEL better. I'm not overweight - a bit squishy - but I'm tired of being tired, cranky, and constantly in need of a little pick me up via Diet Coke or chocolate. It's time to face my feelings, and get reacquainted with my body. A couple of years ago I started working out twice a week with a personal trainer, who is a friend of mine. "Here's the deal," I said. "I don't think lifting weights and watching what I eat will make that much difference in my body." "Give me eight weeks," she said, "and I'll prove you wrong." I gave her eight weeks. She proved me wrong. So I'm ready for the Whole 30 to prove me wrong again! Margaret PS - Not raiding my son's Easter basket won't be easy...but as Melissa says, no one makes you eat anything you don't want to eat!
  11. Whew! Day 5...here I am. Today has been a struggle and definitely a good time to join the forum. Hello all! I'm looking forward to connections and support.
  12. 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!
  13. Hi! I am committing to start the Whole30 on Monday the 17th! This will be my first time and I am nervous. I have lost 30 pounds in the past year, but have about 20 more to go and have plateaued. I have also found it hard to stick to my diet plan as of late, and thought this reboot is exactly what I need. I am super excited and looking forward to getting started!
  14. Hello Everyone, I will be starting my first Whole 30 after Easter weekend on the 17th! My birthday is on the 15th and with Easter there was no way I wanted to start before then. I didn't want to wait even longer just to start it at the beginning of a new month either and put it off. I've been wanting to try this for quite some time but choosing a start date took some serious thought. I tend to eat out A LOT and I plan to give that up for these 30 days and cook my meals at home to eat throughout the day. I know I'm not strong enough right now to try and find Whole 30 compliant meals at restaurants. Bravo to those of you that can manage that hurdle! I'm looking forward to a fresh start and building healthy habits. Good luck to everyone starting out. I hope we can all find the support we need here
  15. Hi everyone! I am super excited and a tad bit nervous to start the Whole30 this next Monday. I figured I would wait until after Easter to give myself the best chance possible. I currently live with hypothyroidism as well as psoriasis with some psoriatic arthritis as well. I take medication for for all three but still endure some joint pain. I am very excited and hopefully I will figure out what works with my body and help myself from the inside out!!! I can't wait!!!
  16. Hi there, Whole 30 first timer here I'm starting on April 3rd and I am super excited! I have read the book, done some hanging around the forum and pinned a ton of recipes! I'm 35 years old and have been carrying an extra 40 pounds around for the past 10 years. I talk about making changes, I read about making changes but I never actually get around to making the changes! I heard about the Whole 30 and what appeals to me most about it is the elimination factor. I constantly feel full and bloated (not that it stops me from eating) and there are some days when my stomach makes the weirdest noises! I'm hoping that I can find the cause of the discomfort. Anyway, I am so eager to get going and would love to hear from others that are starting around the same time. I'm hoping to check back in here often during the 30 days. Happy Friday!
  17. So, I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease and my doctor advised me to do the Whole30 diet for 6 months. I prepped this weekend and started today. Good thoughts and prayers are definitely welcomed!
  18. Hey guys! Newbie and excited/overwhelmed/scared/curious/determined! I'm starting on Saturday April 8th with my husband, although the way things are going right now I feel like he's not as motivated as I am to start this. Maybe he'll get more motivated once he sees my progress, but either way I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired (and feeling fat, and slow, and low on energy, and ugly). Time to get my life in control! I know I'll be on here a lot with questions and for support, especially if I have to do this on my own. Any help will be appreciated! Let's do this!
  19. Hello! i just got done reading It Starts With Food and am super excited to start my first whole 30! I am getting married at the end of July and would love to have more energy, clearer skin, etc for the big day! My question is when do I start? I want to start Monday but then our food tasting for our reception is on day 19. If I wait until after that my bridal shower at a winery falls about half way through and then my bachelorette party. Thoughts?
  20. Hello!!! I am new here to Whole30... my boyfriend and I started our first round on Monday. We're on day 3! Besides an awful headache yesterday, a not so bad headache today, and a few cravings.... we don't feel half bad! I was expecting to feel a lot worse! HELP! Am I doing something wrong here?!? Is anyone else expietencing this?! Thank you so much!
  21. Just getting started on this journey -- today is day 2! Located in Denver, CO -- anyone nearby?
  22. April has 30 days, so it seemed like a perfect fit! Plus, starting on the weekend will allow me to prep and get used to everything before a dreaded Monday hits
  23. Brand new, just read ISWF for the first time and I am in for sure... just a little nervous! I just started a new nursing job with 12 hour days and nights and my hormones are all mixed up. Hungry throughout the night, exhausted most of the day! Need something and I feel like this might be the answer. Do I treat nights when I am awake just like days (3 meals) or do I fast?? need clarity before I start. I want to make sure I get it right.
  24. Hello! I'm on Day 2 of my Whole30 journey. So far, so good. I'm getting a little overwhelmed trying to find and prepare the right foods to eat. Any advice on quick and easy food choices? I did eat my first sweet potato today! I actually liked it.
  25. Hi. It looks like most people start on a Monday or 1st of the month. I usually do things like that but decided to jump right in tomorrow after doing some planning today. Love to hear from others starting on the 24th, but will participate in the forum for the next closest date if there isn't anybody else. This plan is a massive departure from my current lifestyle, but the 30 day concept seems doable. Good luck to us!