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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. Moderators, I have a question for you. So I've been doing very well on my Whole30 so far. I'm almost halfway there. But I had a couple of accidental minor "infractions" that I wanted to ask you about. I recently ate a Larabar that I mistakenly thought was approved, but realized the fact that it wasn't because of vanilla extract in ingredients. Also, for the first week of my Whole30 I took 2 capsules daily of a high quality supplement that has in the ingredients "phosphatidylserine enriched soy lecithin" and on the label it also says "contains lecithin from soy". Do you think these accidental slips require starting over the Whole30? Or can I just keep going?
  3. Weeks ago, I learned about Whole30 from the awesome website Be More With Less. I checked out the Whole 30 bible, read it cover to cover and made a commitment to start on October 20th. I prepped my kitchen, I pre-made emergency meals, I've been practicing reading my labels, I made my countdown calendar, I even recruited my husband (a die-hard sugar junky). I. Was. Ready. Yesterday, I started with a lovely scrambled egg and spinach omelet. Lunch consisted of a cucumber-chicken salad with avocado, olives and a red-wine vinegar/olive oil dressing with italian spices. My day was going great...no cravings, no hunger, I even managed to get in a small walk. I was CRUISING!!! Needing to run an errand, I decided to pop into a favorite green-awning coffee shop for an iced tea to help cool me down on such a hot day. I ordered my usual iced tea, no sweetener, light ice. I heard my name called, grabbed my drink and walked out. Three steps out the door and nearly 3/4 of the way through a successful day one, I take a sip of my beverage..... ...my SWEETENED beverage!!!!!!! AAARRRRGGGHHHH!!!! Thwarted by the sugar gods! Dejected, I walked back inside and re-ordered my tea. Everyone was very apologetic, and I was very cool about the whole thing (mistakes happen). I then finished my day Whole30 compliant (I wasn't going to blow off the whole rest of the day just because of one sip of tea). But I also made sure I started over, Day 1 today. . So far, so good - and nothing outside of food/beverage I prepared myself!!! But I learned a valuable lesson (and luckily only on Day 1)....something as simple as an iced tea can mess up your best laid plans in the 11th hour. So be careful out there!
  4. This is my first post - I have learned so much from reading all the other posts - I haven't needed to ask a question - they were all here in the forum and ANSWERED! Today I have had SERIOUS bloating, stomach pain and just feel BLECH. I have been feeling fantastic until now. I have TONS of energy, I'm sleeping better and my clothes are all fitting better. My husband decided to join me a couple of days ago and 2 days ago we had grass fed steaks marinated in TAMARI! We have used this in our house for years b/c our 11 yo has Celiac Disease. I felt fine Sunday after dinner, but then today I had the left over steak with eggs for bfast and no bueno. I was telling my husband how bloated and just YUCK I felt this afternoon/evening. A few hours later, he was reading up on whole 30 and declared he knew why I felt like this... TAMARI! So - here is my dilemma - do I start over with day 1.... yes, right? ALSO - how do i make myself feel better. This is an AWFUL feeling... Thanks for reading! Carrie
  5. I'm supposed to be on day 16. While traveling, I was staying at a friend's house (who happens to be French and a great ... And very proud...cook) he was disappointed that he couldn't cook everything he wanted for me but was very accommodating with lots of fish and veggies. A couple nights ago we had a wonderful curry and I asked him before if he had put and sugar or soy or anything in it. He said of course not. The next day, I noticed my acne return a little but didn't think much of it, today I had all the left overs and asked again just to make sure, he said, "I swear it is just chicken veggies and curry sauce" and he held up the jar! I assumed he had made it himself, but the premade sauce had the whole gamut: sugar, peanuts, soy, cornstarch, I stopped readin there because I started to cry, but probably lots of preservatives. I guess I have to start over huh?
  6. After feeling itchy ears--which is my reaction to gluten; which I have known for a very long time; I looked into the brown mustard I put in my mayonnaise. Its GLUDEN's mayo and it indeed is not guaranteed that it doesn't have gluten...NEWS FLASH, it feels like it does. Have I ruined this entire process and do I need to start over? The ingredients are only Vinegar, Mustard Seed, Salt, Spices, Turmeric. AAAHHH
  7. HELP. I am on Day 9 of 30, did I mess up? Should I start over OR what? I ate at Chili's today. I ordered mixed greens (no dressing), avocado slices, and a plain grilled chicken breast. I don't know if they used any oil on the grill...wiped off the chicken before I ate it. So what should I do? I just read this in the Whole30 Dining Guide, "Don't sweat the small stuff if you did your best to make smart choices. Dining out should be fun and not stressful!". Thank you for any feed back.
  8. Well, after 14 days it looks like I get to start my whole 30 over tomorrow. They brought my roast beef out with a side of veggies covered in cheese sauce. I was debating asking for new veggies when I realized the beef I was chowing down on was covered in brown gravy. BROWN GRAVY, y'all. I don't even like brown gravy. Worst Whole 30 cheat ever. So I came home and had a cookie. I'm actually kind of excited to start over. It's like buying a brand new clean notebook. I jumped in immediately without reading too much about the program and have had a few "oops" moments already. For example, the olives we were eating the first week from the grocery store deli were in canola oil. We didn't think to ask about that, but we let it slide once we found out. Still it had been bothering me. One day we were out (the only other time actually that we ate out) in Melbourne and I ended up eating the filling of a sandwich and it had mayo on it. At the time I just wasn't going to throw the whole month over that because it was the best I could do, but still it bugged me. Now that I know more about the program I'm hopeful to complete a no-oops Whole 30. ​So clean slate! Who has done something similar? Does the second go feel like forever? Is the "timeline" going to look the same for me?
  9. I followed the Whole30 program perfectly with no cheat days or slip ups (insert cheering here). After Whole30, I reintroduced rice into my diet on one day, followed by 4 days of Whole30 only approved foods. Felt great! Then my best friend had his birthday party. I ate pizza, cake, goldfish crackers, and corn chips. I felt like death afterward and for 2 days had some seriously uncomfortable repercussions. Regardless, since that day I've been back to the Whole30 and trying once again to start my reintroduction phase, hoping to incorporate beans soon. Did my birthday cheat day ruin all my Whole30 progress since I reintroduced too many food groups at the same time? Do I need to do an entire NEW Whole30 to detox that in order to genuinely reintroduce each singular item? Would it be just as beneficial to simply do Whole30 for a few days and get back to my reintroduction schedule? My goal from Whole30 was to figure out if I'm allergic to dairy (I get stomach pains a lot). Hoping this didn't set me back and I can jump back on track for reintroduction!
  10. It's starting to feel like this program is so strict that it's impossible to follow. Guilt won't stop eating at me for eating some fruit, or not having enough protein. All I can think about is how I have made so many mistakes the last two days that I should probably just start over. Anyone else feel like this? Frustrated and guilt ridden.
  11. I am on day 7 and just realized today that some of the turkey breast I have been eating has 2% or less carageen. Do I need to start comepletely over? I am at the point I really don't feel like I am doing this correctly. What are the rules on fruit? I fear I might be eating too much fruit. I also have missed a couple meals during the week is this a reason to start over? Sorry for all the questions I am starting to feel like I am doing this all wrong. Any help is much appreciated! Thanks!!!
  12. Today is Day 23 on my Whole 30 Challenge (way to go me!) however I had dinner over a friends' house last night and she'd grilled steaks. Apparently (i found out after the fact) the steak had been marinated in soy sauce. After all of my hard work, I have to start over from Day 1 don't I...
  13. Hello all. I hope I'm posting in the right category. I started my first Whole30 a few days ago on Sept. 1st. I saw that some Larabars are permitted, as long as the ingredients are compliant. I ate a blueberry muffin one and it has vanilla extract in the ingredients. I forgot that vanilla extract isn't permitted, so my question is do I have to start over? It wouldn't be the worse thing since it's only day 4, but I was reading a post elsewhere on the forum and one user responded to someone saying they don't have to start over (just don't continue to eat it) even though she had a blueberry larabar. I only had the Larabar because I was stuck somewhere and wasn't going to be home in time for lunch, and was feeling the hunger pains come on. Any assistance would be appreciated. Thank you! Deena
  14. I've been avoiding everything I am supposed to avoid. However, I'm not eating a protein, veggies and fat at every meal. For example, lunch might be veggies (and perhaps fat) and dinner might be protein with fat. How much of a problem is that? Part of the problem is my lifestyle and I'm really working hard to change that. But part of the problem right now is that I'm sick and just don't feel like eating. Does getting "off program" in this way mean I need to start over? Or is that just if you eat something non-compliant?
  15. Hi all, I have embarked the Whole30 27 days ago and have been very dedicated and totally compliant throughout those days. I have been super motivated and was quite surprised I didn't find it too difficult to leave out all kinds of forbidden foods. Now I feel really disappointed, because I found out that yesterday's fish curry was made with non-compliant coconut milk (containing E220 which translates as sulfur dioxide). It came from a can, not a carton, but nonetheless. However motivated I was I now really dread the thought of having to start over. This morning I woke up with a slight headache though, which I never have, and definitely not on my last weeks on the whole30. I wanted to prolong to a whole40, but now I'm afraid a whole57 would be necessary... What would you do? Appreciate your thoughts on how to proceed. Plough on or take my loss and start over? In the latter case I might as well have a glass of wine today as I have 2 parties to attend to… But funnily enough that thought makes me more sad than happy :-( Thanks for any feedback.
  16. Should I start over if I had 2 sips of red wine?
  17. I am on day 15 of my whole30 and just noticed that there is SOY LECITHIN in the Enzymatic Therapy Acidophilus Pearls that I have been taking for years!! Plus, may contain a minimal amount of residual milk protein: Other ingredients: vegatable oil (palm and coconut) fish gelatin (Tilapia), vegetable glycerin, soy lecithin, and pectin. May contain a minimal amount of residual milk protein. I take one pearl every evening. I thought I was doing so well with absolutely no cheating, but now I am concerned that all of my hard work has gone to waste Do I need to start over?? Monique
  18. A little background: I started my Whole30 13 days ago to help with symptoms of my IBS, but felt I had to make a few changes to meet my personal needs. I thought these alterations were minor, as I followed recommendations from the book, but now I'm not so sure ... I had a brief discussion with a couple members in the "Whole30 with medical conditions" forum (http://forum.whole9life.com/topic/11207-ibs-friendly-breakfast/) about consuming a pure, clean whey protein isolate - just like the one recommended by the Hartwig's in their book - during my Whole30. I am eating it for breakfast, as I have IBS and don't stomach eggs at all really, as well I have a lot of trouble eating meat in the morning - I just get nauseous?! Thus, I was having a really hard time finding breakfast options that included protein, fat, and vegies - so I have been making a vegie-based smoothie (I know their not recommended either, but I really do find them filling especially when I drink a cup of tea right after) with the clean, pure whey isolate and coconut milk. However, I didn't sleep at all last night because I wondering/panicing if I am having these smoothies, I am truly on a Whole30? Or do I have to start over to reap the benefits? My stomach has been doing much better, in fact my only complaint is I have been backed-up for the past two days. So if I am feeling better, do I still have to crack-down? How bad are the potenially negative effects of a clean, pure whey protein powder?
  19. Hi, I'm on my 6th day of the Whole 30. I was eating Paleo and very clean before hand so it hasn't been too difficult to transition. I noticed that there is rice starch in my probiotic supplement. Is it ok for me to continue to take this during my whole 30? After my whole 30? I imagine that it is an inconsequential amount, but please let me know if that's not the case. I'm taking Jarrodophilus. I also eat kraut and drink kombucha. Is kombucha ok even though it's made with sugar? I've read that it is but could use a more opinions. Also, I ate a small amount of pickled ginger on the fourth day before realizing it likely was pickled with sugar. What happens with mistakes like this? At what point is the Whole30 broken? Thanks for answers to any of the above questions ~Mistress