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  1. Hey guys! I am on day 3 of Whole30. I feel fine, I actually felt the worst on the first day, but I think that was related to just coming back from vacation. I was going to push back my start date because I was tired between vacation and going back to work, but I just took that as my first challenge to get over. The quote from the book about this not being hard (comparatively) stuck in my head. I initially started reading about Whole30 because I started making healthy lifestyle changes in June. I have brought my lunch and breakfast to work every day since 6/1/2017. So far I'm down about 18 lbs. I began looking up healthy meal prep ideas, and I stumbled across Whole30. The more I read about it, the more I couldn't wait to start. Little background on me: I've struggled with weight my entire life. My first "diet" was in the 3rd grade after I demanded my mom take me to a nutritionist. I ate the healthiest out of all my siblings and exercised just as much, but I kept gaining weight. I suffered with weight gain after a bout of depression in college and it's been difficult since then. Last year, I was finally diagnosed with PCOS which explains a lot of my difficulty with losing weight over the years. I've also dealt with severe anxiety. Learning that whole30 might help these issues, even a little bit, was one of the main reasons that I chose to try it out. Day 3 is almost over, and I've been managing really well. I'm getting some fresh local veggies this weekend from the farmer's market and I am planning on making the Thai Coconut soup from the book (coconut soup is my fave!) I've even gotten those around me at work to try it out, and it helps when they are eating healthy foods too. I'm going to start out my 30's at the end of September a much healthier and happier way than I started my 20s, and that's something to celebrate I wish everyone good luck and I'm so excited to be part of this community!
  2. Hi! On Day 25, and decided to weigh myself - not looking for judgment that I decided to weigh myself, thanks. Anyway, I'm down 1.2 pounds since I started. I'm also a 5'7 female who has over 100 lbs to lose - currently at 286.4, so this isn't making sense. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. By just the sheer nature that I've cut out sodas, fast food, along with sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, and alcohol, seems like I should see more of a change on the scale. I realize this is alone is a healthier way that I'm eating now, but I should absolutely be seeing that change on the scale as well. And please I don't want to hear that 1.2 pounds down is better than nothing - that won't be helpful for what I'm trying to resolve here. Typical day: Breakfast 3 eggs - either poached or scrambled with 4th and Heart ghee, 2 handfuls of spinach, tablespoon of raw sauerkraut, half mini avocado, sea salt and pepper Lunch Salad - greens, diced chicken breast, cucumbers, onion, tomato, olives, hardboiled egg, celery, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, apple Dinner Grassfed steak or ground turkey patties with zucchini, spinach salad with Tessemae's whole30 dressing and ketchup, also been having potato, not sure if I should cut that out. Snacks I do find that I need snacks in between meals - those have generally consisted of RX bars or couple handfuls of almonds or fruit like watermelon -- maybe too many nuts? I am drinking roughly 8-10 glasses of water a day, well, water or lacroix sparkling water, or pellegrino. Maybe I'm eating too much. Or too little. Any recommendations?
  3. I DID IT! Today was my 30th day!!! (yay) I feel so powerful.. I was kinda scared at the beginning of this road, I didn't think I would see any outstanding results but here I am 32 days later (I did 2 more days cause I kinda accidentally screwed up on the second day) very happy and definitely planning on sticking to this lifestyle. First of all I lost 10lbs... yup... that's the most weight I've ever lost in little as 30 Days, I started at 167.55 and now I am at 156.53 lbs My skin is definitely clearer, it isn't totally acne free but I do see improvement , its also glowy and I love it. My sleep is amazing I feel full of energy I'm a little bit scared by the reintroduction so I would love any advice on this. I don't miss legumes at all I think ...but I sometimes crave corn and a froyo wouldn't be such a bad Idea also a cup of wine sounds good. I've seen the reintroduction plan and it starts with legumes can I skip those? Can I jump right into gluten-free grain? I wanna keep on whole30-ing actually but I'm kinda relieved that If one day I really crave popcorn I can have some or that nothing will happen if I have a sip of beer or a cup of merlot. Im pretty sure I wanna keep eating like I learned in this 30 days but I also feel free and insecure about how to apply and use that freedom, do I explain myself? I also don't wanna gain the weight back, recently a friend asked me how much weight can someone loose on Whole30 , when do you plateau? I'm full of doubt and at the same time excitement, I feel like a baby who gave its first steps and now i'm ready to run! Overall this is and amazing amazing experiment and a lifestyle worth to keep, I think my mom is tired of listening how marvelous I think Whole30 is and how much it has changed my life, I can't wait for her to try I mean she's been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and I've heard Whole30 can be really helpful I really don't like the idea of her being conditioned on taking pills her whole life as her doctor prescribed so... Thank you for this, Thanks for the experience, Thanks for all the community that helped me through this journey I'll be here , I just love being part of this and I still have tons to learn.
  4. I did it. I am back into my pre-pregnancy pants! That was my main motivator in doing this 30 day challenge. My friend told me about how her and her boyfriend did it and they felt great. I wanted to feel great again. Not the bloated, tired mom of 2 with no energy to play with my kids. I’d been trying for months to lose even a pound. I even talked to my doctor and she said I still had pregnancy hormones and that’s why I could not lose weight. Something had to change. I’ll be forever grateful to my friend for telling me about this new way of eating. I even got my husband to do it. He made it about 23 days but he calls the challenge life changing. The good NSVs: Less bloated. My old pants fit! Skin feels less dry and itchy Regular, not constipated Lighter period Rings fit better Allergies are not as bad this spring Have not eaten cheese in 30 days Have more energy to play with the kids Made some very delicious food from the book, including bbq sauce and cauliflower rice. Got good at prep time and meal planning Using kitchen tools that I have not been using in a long while My grocery cart is filled with healthy fruits, veggies, and meat When I did get hungry, it didn’t get “hangry” A splash of olive oil and vinegar is just enough on a salad Home made mayo is easy to make The bad: Having to read labels. Although I tried to think of this as part of the game Had bad joint pain the first 2 weeks but went away My skin and hair got really oily the first 2 weeks but cleared up too Still had some bad PMS but not as bad as before Never really felt like I got “tiger blood” although Shannon helped me increase my energy in a post on the Troubleshooting forum area Lots of chopping and food prep Was scared to go out to restaurants to eat because I didn’t want to accidentally fail the challenge or have a bad reaction as I’ve been reading people having Conclusion: I will totally do this again. I’d done the south beach diet, which was great but I always felt like I was missing out on things. With the Whole30, I didn’t feel like I was on a diet. I did miss our Friday pizza night that we’d have as a family but we had some good Friday dinners of compliant sausage and peppers. I missed a cookie here or there but now I have some sliced strawberries and they are a good substitute. I could eat as much as I wanted during the 3 meals. Sometimes I would not eat enough at a mean and I would snack on roasted nuts which was bad for me. My next 30 day challenge will be to get back down to my college weight and include working out. I’m feeling like I can actually do that now! Some tips that are in the book but I just want to say them again: Have some emergency food, like hard boiled eggs, handy. Do some prep on the weekends so your weeknights are not spent chopping and cooking. Watch out for eating too many nuts as an emergency food Try not to snack. Eat enough during your 3 meals to keep you going Use salt If you’re tired, add a starchy veggie and enough healthy fat to each meal Drink enough water
  5. I finished my first Whole30 a couple days ago. My background - I am a 50ish year old 5'4" woman who had my children in my 40s. I work out/run regularly and already ate gluten free and almost never ate processed foods nor sweets. I don't drink milk or use artificial sweeteners and already like my coffee black so Whole30 was not a terribly hard leap. My indulgences that I had to give up for the month were wine, cheese, and gluten-free snacking on eliminated foods like hummus and rice crackers, or corn tortilla chips. And of course the overeating that comes with mindlessly nibbling on the kids' food as I prepare it or clean up. Post children and hitting menopause had contributed to my gaining some weight. I started the Whole30 at 140lbs but my "perfect" pre-children weight was 120-125. I also have had some inflammatory issues and eczema and just generally felt run down. I decided to do the Whole30 to force myself to give up wine for a month so my "diet" to lose weight would be healthier and also to test the elimination of food triggers that might be causing me to not feel my best. It turned out to be painless to adhere to the Whole30 as long as I cooked at home since it wasn't that different than how I ate before (except for that wine and cheese and mindless snacking)! I pretty much avoided restaurants for the month since the few times I ordered out on the Whole30, the food and experience was not nearly as good as what I could make at home. On the Whole30, I noticed an immediate improvement with inflammation and my eczema went away. I had energy and a good mood the whole time. Feeling better allowed my runs to get longer as I trained for a half marathon, which also probably contributed to my losing weight. I was very happy to lose 11 lbs in 30 days. Although I would note that I never introduced things like Whole30 compliant bacon because I usually wouldn't eat those things in the first place, so my Whole30 diet was mostly wholesome - eggs, chicken, pork, seafood, tons of roasted veggies, kale, big salads, and lots of good fats like avocados, olive oil, small amounts of nuts, and a few bananas but not much fruit otherwise. I found that subbing out things like a vinegar pepper hot sauce for sriracha, and coconut aminos for tamari were easy fixes that I plan to mostly stick with at home going forward. I look forward to a mindful reintroduction of foods so I can continue to lose weight and figure out what foods I should avoid or limit in the future!
  6. Hi all, I am Sneha. I am 25F, 5'8", 159lbs and kinda hit a plateau in my weight loss journey. I am starting my Whole30 journey from today and not just for weight loss but to have a positive change in my diet and fitness level. I hope to enjoy this with you guys and hope to motivate each other.
  7. Hey everyone, so I'm on day 8 and I've noticed clothes falling off, which is a good sign, but I'm not in this with a weightloss goal. I am a 5'11 female 165lbs and 18% body fat, very active...but I made a nono and got on the scale this morning and I've lost weight in the last week. I don't need to be saying goodbye to my muscles lol. My diet is Breakfast: 3 eggs, 2 slices compliant bacon, butternut squash, peppers, mushrooms, onions and spinach. Lunch: Big taco salad with compliant salsa and 8oz 93/7 ground beef, with tomato avocado and cucumber. Dinner: Usually 8oz steak or chicken with brussle sprouts, root veggies veggies like turnips, beets and carrots fried in coconut oil. I don't eat sweet potatoes, fruits, nuts or nut butters a lot, because they have always lead to binging for me.
  8. Just finished a round of Whole30 with my husband. I did it because I have 30 pounds that I can't seem to lose, no matter what I do. My husband did it along with me, for support. We figured he could probably stand to lose about 10 lbs. Well, just finished and the results are in- he lost 21 pounds (what?! from where?!) and is definitely at his ideal weight now. I lost a whopping..... 4 pounds. I tracked NSVs along the way so I wouldn't miss them, and didn't see a ton of improvement there either- redness/eczema has maybe improved a tiny bit, allergies seem the same, still get puffiness/swelling in my hands and face. Energy levels are ok, and my sleep has gotten a little bit better. My clothes seem to fit exactly the same. My biggest NSV is seeing the cookies / desserts we always seem to have at work and not touching a single one! What went wrong? We ate according to the template. We both ate the same things (I obviously ate less than he did, adjusted for our size). Didn't eat a ton of fruit, maybe 1 serving a day if that, often a few strawberries. I do 4 hiit cardio / lifting workouts per week. My dr. just suggested I start a trial of Orlistat, a weightloss drug that blocks fat absorption. I told her no way and am now in the market for a new doctor. I had labs done and everything seems normal. Any ideas? I'm very discouraged. Maybe I need to extend to a Whole60?
  9. Hello! I work out at Orange Theory Fitness (3 x a week) and just started another round of whole 30 today. Has anyone had success blending the two? My body tends to hold onto weight when I do intensive exercising so I'm a little concerned. I have 30 pounds to lose so I don't want to stall it in any way. Background: My first whole 30 was really successful in many ways including weight loss. I jogged couch to 5k 3 x a week and lost 11 lbs in that month. I would love for that to happen again but I am burning an average of 550 calories for every Orange Theory class I take, so obviously it's a lot more intense vs jogging a couch to 5k. Any thoughts? Opinions? Success stories?
  10. I made it, I did it, I honestly didn't think it was that hard! What?! Maybe I was just ready for this change, or maybe it was the fact all the olives and avocados kept my salt tooth happy (because I have more of a salt dragon than sugar dragon haha). Regardless I did it and here is my final report! I plan on continuing a whole30 style life and will continue to log here for as long as I see fit. My journey has just begun What I didn't do great I did get on scale a couple times, this just wasn't a deal breaker for me though as I just don't feel this drives my happiness if that makes sense? As in although I would like the scale to say a lower number I measure my success on lots of other factors such as how my clothes fit and how I feel. I did eat I think 5 or 6 lara bars total, although I realized these could easily be a SWYPO for me I was happy I was able to identify that I would grab these because they were easy as opposed to me actually being hungry What I rocked Bar a couple meals, pretty much every meal I had fit the template! I was able to eat out twice and keep it simple and compliant I didn't even want to cry when turning down various sweets and other goodies SLEEP! As soon as my head hit the pillow at night I was out Handled some stressful times and not with food What I learned That my body can run really efficiently off three meals a day and rarely added snacks! IF I am fueling it properly! LaCroix is my new pop! I really enjoy having veggies with breakfast (ahem meal 1, thank you very much) Discovering new healthy foods for me AND my family is really rewarding Seeing my toddlers being more open to trying new foods is awesome (still a picky 5 year old but she actually put melon in her mouth which was huge!) That I did lots of mindless eating prior to the Whole30, so many tastes, and licks, and bites that I became aware of once I started turning them down. Other Advantages Skin clearer and glowy Happier mood (even after some mega stressful things) Sleeping like the dead Waking up feeling refereshed No more naps needed on the weekends (I was taking 3 to 4 hour naps easily once or twice a weekend previously) Teeth and eyes both seem brighter No more tummy issues (have IBS) Clothes are getting looser Cravings gone Oh and I am down 12 pounds Attached a pic of me day one and day 31, yes I know background and lighting are different and I am kind of smiling in second one but there is still no denying my face looks less puffy!
  11. Greetings, I'm on Day 18 and haven't noticed any change whatsoever in my body - and I'm frustrated. I know WHOLE 30 is not about losing weight, but I have a lot of weight to lose (50 lbs) and, after reading so many testimonials, thought I'd at least lose a one or two pounds a week or feel some difference in my clothing (I've felt no difference at all). I have been gluten free for almost a year, so am used to reading labels and being very conscious of the foods I eat. I've been 100% compliant, making my own mayo, eating protein, veggies, and eating a fat source with every meal. I've either used recipes out of the Whole30 book or had a simple meal of meat, veggies, and avocado (for an example). I have not been hungry at all between meals, which I find very refreshing and quite a change for me, but I, like other post or two I've seen, am wondering if I'm eating too much? That being said, I know I will not be able to eat on a program where I am feeling hungry all the time (been there, done that). I also do have some health issues - Toshimotos thyroid disease (which I take pills for), and migraines. When I started the program I had a pretty bad headache/and or a migraine every day the first 10-12 days. Really sucked, but now seems like I've adjusted. Not sure why that would happen, but glad it's over. Typical foods for me: Breakfast: 2-3 eggs fried in coconut oil 1/2 to 3/4 cup stir fried veggies (mushrooms, peppers, onions) in either coconut oil or light olive oil coffee with coconut cream Lunch: Salad - a huge plateful of mixed organic greens chicken (pre-cooked in my crockpot) olives carrots celery handful of roasted walnuts avocado dressing: either whole30 ranch or balsamic vinegar/garlic olive oil Water Dinner: Protein source Roasted Sweet Potatoes (about 3x a week) Stir fried veggies or grilled (in the oven) with olive oil or steamed veggies Mayo (sometimes with hot sauce in it or fresh garlic) Snack: About 2x a week I've had an apple with almond butter in the evening. I didn't see until a few days ago that I shouldn't be having fruit as a snack, so will cut that out. I know the advice I will get, but decided to write anyway! I know it's only day 18 and I have 12 more to go - just barely over half way....and I need to be patient. Especially with my health issues which could be complicating things for my body. BTW: I remember doing Paleo about 3 years ago and losing 5 lbs the first week though, so thought I'd respond similarly. When I did Paleo I started adding in a bunch of "treats" made with the allowed flours and then didn't lose any more weight. With Whole30 I thought I'd lose and keep losing, since I'm not adding in any of those paleo muffins, etc that wrecked my progress. I will continue to be vigilant and stick with whole30, but just wanted to hear any advice from folks. Thanks, Tracy
  12. I'm wondering if anyone is attempting to lose a significant amount of weight during the whole30 process, or anyone who has. Obviously "significant" is relative, but has anyone lost more than 10lbs over the course of the Whole30? If so, did you eat less fruit and nuts and more protein/veggie combos? I feel more Atkins like when I omit the fruit and nuts, but it's not sustainable for me long-term, but it does help induce significant weightloss....just curious
  13. Hey... I am wrapping up my 2nd whole30 and haven't lost any weight or inches. The first whole30 I did, my husband and I both lost 15lbs each. Now I didn't do this 2nd one just for weightloss, but I was optimistic. I feel like I've hit a plateau. Is there something else I should do now? I don't have much left to loose, just the last 10-15 lbs. but it's hanging on for dear life!
  14. 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!
  15. My name is Angel. A long time ago in a body far-far away I was a highly competitive ice-skater (from the Tonya Harding era lol!) I went to college on a full scholarship as Vermont's Junior Miss, got a Master's Degree in ten months, I can seem to conquer anything except my eating/fitness habits! I am 5'3 and currently weight 206 lbs. I am 8 lbs shy of my highest weight ever. Twelve years ago I lost 80 lbs in 5 months going to one of those pill dispensing medi-weightloss clinics. Although everyone around me said I looked amazing I felt awful, got sick all the time, lost some hair, and eventually put the weight back on. All 4 of my grandparents died of cancer and both of my parents have battled it. I am a time bomb! My stomach is constantly upset and I am sick of food making me tired instead of giving me energy. I have a great deal of head knowledge. I see so many people in programs like this being insanely successful in every way, but I cannot seem to slay this dragon. Being an "over achiever," I am perplexed by my inability to get a grip here. I teeter between "healthologies;" like weather to go cold turkey or make small changes over time. In general I make it about 3 days max 3 weeks before I find a reason to cave. I think about food way more than the average person. Literally, 100+ times a day.... what to eat, when to eat, what fun/yummy food centered thing is coming up. Is there a "addiction" line or am I just undisciplined? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
  16. Hi ya'll, I'm starting my first Whole30 *(EK!!!) on Jan 2nd. I've been obsessively reading about it for months now, so I think I've mentally prepared myself for the challenge... I'm really interested in how this could potentially change my life. I have hypothyroidism, so I'm hoping that this will help improve that condition. And I'm not gonna lie... I'd like to lose the 40 pounds I've gained over the last 4 years. I'd love to hear from fellow thyroid sufferers to see if this had any impact on their health. I turned 40 2 years ago, and I just assumed it was middle age and my love for wine... which it still might be... haha Thanks... and wish me luck!
  17. Starting Whole30 today and took measurements. Excited to see the outcome as I have felt hopeless as of late. I eat gluten free for the most part, don't drink sodas, no fast food, not much dairy, very little soy, etc and I work out every single day. Yet my body is all out of wack. Can't loose this "tire" around my stomach, digestion biasses, sometimes great energy sometimes none. Height' 5'10 Weight- 154.4 Arm: 9 1/2 Chest 36 Smallest part of waist- 31 Waist- 39 1/2 Butt- 40 Upper leg- 21 1/2 Leg (8 in up) 19 I think the hardest thing to do for me is the no drinking but I am so ready for this jump start! Any tips would be greatly appreciated
  18. To say I'm ecstatic is a total understatement. 9.2 pounds is fabulous, but honestly is just the icing to how I feel. Some days it was hard to find time to cook, heck, or even find the desire to cook- but it was all worth it. My parents both lost over 10 pounds and my fiance Bryan lost 18 POUNDS....seriously, I could not be more proud of my family! I'm so proud of myself for never cheating. There was one day I wanted to cry and eat the world, but I didn't- and that is AWESOME! Bryan was a HUGE support and would talk me off my cravings ledge Thank you! I think I could have pushed my self harder in the beginning as far as my workouts go, I didn't feel great the first week and I definitely used that as an excuse. The pounds and inches lost are great...but nothing can top how I feel energy wise and with my sleep habits. I always had issues sleeping, would wake up every few hours or not sleep at all. Never was a hard sleeper. The last 30 days completely changed that. I sleep HARD and sound, not waking up like crazy. And when I wake up- I'm ready to take on the world!! Energy is hands down the best that I experienced over the last 30 days. I was a 6 cups of coffee, pre-workout, at least one redbull per day drinkin fool- now maybe 2 cups of coffee per day and I'm fantastic. I have energy for my 4 am workouts and energy to do it again when I get off work. I would suggest this to anyone And here is to Whole30 DAY 31!! I'm going to day 45! Bring it on!
  19. Hi all, I'm on day 24 and usually feeling pretty good at this point (at least relative to how I used to feel, no tigerblood though) but today is just not a good day.I didn't sleep well and I'm just feeling really discouraged and anxious about what I'm going to do after my whole30 ends. I'm significantly overweight- 225lbs, 5'7" and I've been a chronic dieter for over 3 years now - usually weight watchers/calorie counting and a brief stint following the "Sugar Busters" method. I'm worried that I won't lose weight, or God forbid I will gain weight by the time this is over. I'm a true scale addict (my husband had to hide the scale from me this month) and I'm worried if I don't see numbers I'm hoping for that I'll fall off and start binging again - because that's what chronic dieting/failing has created in me. I've tried looking for some advice or encouragement here, but it looks like most of the people who express concerns about weightloss only need to lose 10-30lbs. I have a hard time relating to their "ditch the scale and follow how your body feels" theory because I have such a significant amount to lose and I'm worried that if I do that I'll never get healthy - which I know sounds ridiculous. I'm sure I'm just in a funk because I couldn't sleep last night and that I'll feel better tomorrow, but I'd appreciate any advice or encouragement.
  20. Feb. 10th. That's the date for me. Deciding to do the Whole 30 was somewhat of an impulse decision for me I'll admit. You see for the past several months, I've eaten pretty clean. I don't eat much sugar, dairy or grains. I don't restrict myself from having it, but I do it in moderation, so I guess I thought that was close enough. Recently though I've been a little frustrated that I work out 6 days a week, eat very well, and have not dropped a pound. In October I decided it was time to shed some excess weight (I'm 20lbs over what I should be). I got really strict with my diet and exercise and so far have only lost 4lbs. Disgruntled and defeated, I decided that I can only really be disappointed if I put in 100%, and still don't feel better, (realistically I'm probably only 75% right now). Sure I don't eat sugar often, but maybe even my limited intake is doing more damage then good. So with all that said, now's the time. I'm sick of counting calories, getting worried about my macro's and weighing out everything I put into my body. It was like I had a 'duh' moment and realized that if I become more focused on what types of foods I was ingesting, then I could focus less on the amounts. So here I am getting ready to start. I was just wondering if there is anyone out there who: a- Signed up for the Whole30 Daily (is it worth it?) b- Anyone who was generally an active person and healthier eating to begin with, how did this help you? Did you notice an improvement physically? I'm going to be documenting it all on my blog too (shameless self promotion) so if anyone wants to follow it you can at www.FromFlabToFit.com
  21. Hi so I started the whole30 yesterday I am a teenage girl and I want to lose about 10-15 pounds. I was just wondering if I could slim down doing this. I'm ready to commit to it (well I already have) but I want to know if this promises me to be healthier and slimmer because if it doesn't this is a waste of time. So if you could tell me your experience with whole30 that would be great!
  22. I know, I know!! I am NOT suppose to look at my scale. BUT because of the HCG program I did for 2 years I have to keep an eye on my scale becaue I screwed my system. Carbs go right to pounds. I watch the scale to make sure I'm not gaining. I'm in my Whole30 day 6 and wondering when does the weight loss start to happen, I am pretty sure I'm BEHIND. Am I eating TOO much good stuff? Not enough water?? HELP Frustrated..............
  23. Hello! I haven't posted much during the past 29 days, but I have read quite a lot. Now, during my third to last day of my first Whole30 I would love some feedback and thoughts on what I should do moving forward. Background: - Cut out gluten, refined carbs, fruits and potatoes, sweet potatoes and root vegetables in February 2012. - Weighed over 230 lbs (105 kgs) and lost more than 45 lbs by the end of January 2013, i.e. a steady but not super fast weightloss - Height 1.61 meters/ 5ft3in --> i.e. still very overweight! - Since August 2012 I go to the gym about 3-4 times per week pretty evenly split between cardio and strength. Between February 2012 and February 2013 my diet consisted of meat, fish, full-fat dairy and lots of vegetables plus berries, very dark chocolate and SWYPO desserts. I drank wine on average two times per week. I have been eyeing paleo for a while because I disliked the fact that I increased my dairy intake when I cut out gluten, sugar and refined carbs. Transitioning to Whole30 was fairly easy for me given my starting out point. I loved the idea of being able to eat sweet potatoes, plenty of root vegetables and fruit! But it also meant that for me, Whole30 meant a significant increase in carbs - which I guess isn't normally the case when people join the Whole30. A normal day would look something like this: Meal 1: omelet with 3 eggs, tomatoes and spinach and some berries on the side. Coffee with coconut milk Meal 2: oven-roasted beets, carrots and sweet potatoes, beef patties and salad Meal 3: Moroccan lamb stew with steamed broccoli and sauteed mushrooms A couple of times per week I had apples or plums as part of a meal. 3 times I had a Lara bar. I avoided pork and chicken because it is really good to find good quality meats here. I switched over to organic eggs and focused on buying as much local produce as possible. I bought free-range meat whenever possible and ate a lot of lamb and game (I am in Sweden and that's the easiest Whole30 friendly meat to find). I ate less fish than before because it's really difficult to find the type of fish that is advocated for in the fish guide without spending a fortune. Positive effects: - Reduced dessert cravings. - No more need for milk in coffee!! (this was a big one) - Stronger nails - Delicious food! Negative/Neutral effects: - Much worse skin - Same energy levels - Same sleep quality - Same or slightly worse athletic performance - Less weightloss than before (2 lbs in one month which considering what I have to lose is very, very little) I really want to continue with paleo and I am super happy that this has helped me cut out dairy. I also love The only things I am hoping to reintroduce are an occasional glass of wine, 85% dark chocolate and the occasional paleofied dessert. But I also need to continue losing weight to get to a healthy point - no I am not obsessed with a specific number but 178lbs is not a healthy weight for me. I think I will need to be a bit less strict if I hope to go out to eat or be invited to friends for dinner. This month I brought food to every social gathering I went to and did not eat out a single time!! Should I cut out fruits and sweet potatoes completely? Am I missing something? Do I just need to keep going? Why is my skin still worse after 29 days? I am not expecting anyone to be able to give me all the right answers but I would love suggestions or help from anyone who thinks they might have good advice. Did anyone else increase their carb intake when they started Whole30?
  24. My husband and I are on Day 21 (yeah!) of our Whole 30, and things have been going really well. I have been strictly following the non-food rule of NOT WEIGHING YOURSELF, and while my husband has been so good at the food rules (this is such a HUGE change for him), he has not been following the "other" rules, and has been weighing himself. He lost 7 pounds the first week, 12 by the second, and yesterday, on day 20, he weighed himself and he has LOST 20 POUNDS. In 20 days. I can't help but think this must be unhealthy, right? He wasn't overweight to begin with, he's 6'3" and was 220, now he is 200. It seems to me that the man is constantly eating - he has an INSANE metabolism, and doesn't even work out... he eats probably 4 larabars a day on top of 3 square meals (again, I know this is technically against the rules - I can't convince him not to do that, I've stopped trying). Is this super-quick weight loss bad? Should he be doing anything differently? Meanwhile, all my clothes fit the same. Sigh. The downside of being a woman rather than a man I guess!