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  2. Mama Pajama

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    I had a pretty good weekend, been having some cravings, but I'm okay with that. still kind of flying by the seat of my pants, but 'getting it' in theory if not yet in practice. I over-indulged a bit with Sunday night dinner and paid for it, but that was worth learning, too - it's Not the Chinese food place making me sick, it's the overeating I do when I eat the Chinese food. it's the same with healthy foods. too much equals a sour stomach and unfortunate intestinal side-effects; I need to find a different way to cope. here's my blog for the week, thanks for reading! https://theunusedportion.blogspot.com/2018/06/the-whole6.html
  3. ThisAgrarianSoul

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    @magsrose I love the idea of an exercise night! @AmandaRG I completely agree about re-introductions! I am almost hesitant to add anything back in. We do have raw goat's milk, so I thought about using that in my morning green machine smoothie instead of coconuts milk to start. Nom Nom ice cream sounds wonderful, though! Weekend went well- I feel like I have gotten through the feelings of neglect when sitting at a cookout where everyone is eating sugar and carbs! That is huge for me- I never thought I would have that willpower. Same for random snacking- I never thought I could pass through the kitchen and not grab a handful of 'something' processed or sweet. My clothes are looser, and I am dying to step on the scale. Why does that number mean so much to me, though? Shouldn't it be enough to know that inflammation is down, and I can see definition where it wasn't before? Have a good day all- I am so glad I found this thread and can be a part of your journey and you mine!
  4. ladyshanny

    Could I be sensitive to dairy?

    The only way to find out is to test it again.
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  6. ThisAgrarianSoul

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    For sure you can get a fall planting on lettuces, at least! And they do well in container gardens. This year was truly trying for spring planters...we lost a bunch of carrots, and then when I did get my seeds in the peas and beans wouldn't germinate. Gardeners are always optimists, and our favorite saying is 'maybe next year', lol.
  7. LanaG

    Our New Beginnings

    Thank you Shannon. Sprouts has a Whole30 Hint drink that I will check out tomorrow. Otherwise, I will try the self infused drink. Maybe I will just drink water at first and use the fruit infused water for lunch. My husband is good at keeping a check on his sugar because he does have times of going low. I am putting together my grocery list to spend tomorrow and Wednesday making up all my sauces. Look forward to a new life-mentally free from food having so much control over my life!
  8. MissHLG

    Could I be sensitive to dairy?

    But there was sugar involved too, so I didn’t know if sugar did that
  9. MissHLG

    Could I be sensitive to dairy?

    Before and after dairy
  10. I am on my first Whole30 and am now on Day 15. Things are going well as most of the negative side effects (fatigue, mental fog, nausea) have subsided. However, I wanted to ask if anyone has experienced sharp, intermittent abdominal cramps/pain after about 10 days on Whole30? For the last 4-5 days, I generally have a constant 'shadow' of pain in my ovarian, lower abdomen with sharp, shooting, crampy pains which seem to indicate that I need to have a bowel movement. My abdomen as a whole just seems 'tense' or 'tight' and the pains go away after I have a bowel movement but are a 6-7 on a scale of 0-10 with 10 being the worst pain which makes it embarrassing in public because I can barely walk to get to the bathroom. They are pretty severe. In my mind, it feels like adhesions (in my mind, because I have never had adhesions.....)but there is no reason to believe that this is possible. It seems that my 'cue to poo' has changed to this sharp stabbing pain and I'm not happy about it. BTW, I am a seasoned nurse and do not believe in any way that this is something that needs to be addressed by a physician. Just wondering if there is a history of people having these symptoms. Thanks!
  11. Aymster

    Starting tomorrow 06/25

    Let's do this! I'm starting today also!
  12. mledbetsmith

    Day 22 - Fatigued and Mental Fog

    I'm a petite 110 lb female, and I feel like I'm eating way more calories than I used to and honestly not sure I could eat any more than I am now without feeling sick! I also previously did not eat much meat as it lays very heavy on my stomach. Any recommendations on how to include more protein without upsetting my stomach?
  13. laura_juggles

    Day 22 - Fatigued and Mental Fog

    Not getting enough fat is a *huge* contributor to brain fog. The brain is ~60% fat and needs healthy fats to stay healthy. https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-20584/why-lowfat-diets-wreck-your-brain-health-what-to-do-about-it.html
  14. ladyshanny

    Day 22 - Fatigued and Mental Fog

    I'm pretty sure you are not eating enough overall which can directly cause the symptoms that you have explained. Eggs, as a sole protein, are as many as you can hold in your hand without dropping - 3-4 is a good start for most people. Bacon is a fat so doesn't count towards protein. Breakfast is the foundational meal and as you have likely been under-eating it from the start, the cumulative effects are starting to show. Up your protein portions overall, make sure to include a plated fat source with every meal, ditch the smoothies (highly non-recommended) and make sure to salt your food. If you are coming from Standard American Diet, chances are you consumed more sodium then than you are now. Sodium is essential for life so make sure you are salting to taste. If you do need to snack, the recommendation is to stick w/ a combo of either protein + fat or protein + veggies. Leave off fruits/nuts combo, they do nothing for you, can keep sugar-dragon alive and prevent fat adaptation in the early stages. (plantain chips are not compliant unless you made them at home)
  15. ladyshanny

    Protein Powder/Reintroduction Dilemma

    Hi @kellythomas710 - this phrase really stuck out to me in light of the fact that you don't necessarily feel you want to introduce protein powder and that the Whole30 has allowed your relationship with food to change. We cannot and will never give weight loss hacks on Whole30. You are free to reintroduce as you like and modify your meal composition and timing as a self experiment and see what results from from a physical and overall standpoint. Your comment about the protein powder filling you up with less calories is a diet mindset and we really try to avoid that on Whole30. Afterwards you're free to do as you wish but much of the relationship with food resolution is because we don't worry about calories, we listen to our bodies to determine what we need and how much. I'm sorry that you're struggling and I know my answer isn't what you likely want to hear but there is nothing we can really say that is going to do what you are after (shed a couple pounds by Sunday).
  16. Hello everyone! I know the whole protein powder topic has been discussed a lot, but I still have questions. Tomorrow is my last day of Whole30 and yes, I feel amazing and yes, my relation to food has changed, which I'm thrilled about, but I haven't seen as much of a change in my body I was hoping (which I know is not the purpose of Whole30). A couple years ago, I did a cleanse with a nutritionist that included Nutritional Frontiers Protein Powder and Lean Greens Powder (linked for reference). The cleanse included the same parameters of Whole30 minus this component. The layout of my day was the following: Morning: Protein/Greens with non-dairy milk (frozen berries optional) Mid-Morning: Snack (apple w/ almond butter, serving of fresh fruit/vegetables, avocado with salsa, organic deli meat, handful of nuts minus peanuts, RX or Larabar, hard boiled eggs) Lunch: Lean Protein with veggies Mid-Afternoon: Protein/Greens with non-dairy milk (frozen berries optional) Dinner: Lean Protein with veggies Snack (optional): see snacks above I had better results weight-wise in the two weeks of this meal plan than I've had on the Whole30 and reaped all the benefits including beating my food addictions. I'm assuming the extra weight loss happened because the two protein shakes a day helped fill me up in fewer calories while still providing me with the proper nutrients (what my nutritionist coined as "supportive nutrients) needed and as far as I can tell, this is one of the healthiest/cleanest protein powders out there (I'd love to hear your opinions). While I'm not crazy about the idea of reintroducing protein powder, I feel really stuck as to how to alter my current Whole30 meal plan or go forward from the Whole30 in a way that will be more beneficial to my weight loss. My next guess if I were to alter my Whole30 meal plan would be cutting out natural sugar altogether, which also doesn't sound like a balanced mindset. I have something on Sunday that I was hoping to shed a couple of pounds/get rid of some bloating before and wanted to implement something new to help me out, but if I introduce protein powder I feel like that'll throw my whole reintroduction phase off track. Any tips would be very much appreciated!
  17. Hello, I'm on Day 22 of my first Whole30 and am pretty close to throwing in the towel. I feel worse than I remember ever feeling before the program, shy of times I've been actually sick. I'm sleeping at least 8, usually 9, hours a night but have a really hard time waking up and getting out of bed; I'm constantly fatigued, to the point I've been missing my workouts because I'm too tired - still trying to at least do 20 minutes of walking a day, also I golf and take a ballroom dance class once a week each, neither of which I've missed yet; I'm suffering a constant headache which gets worse throughout the day - I work a desk job, so by the end of 8 or 9 hours I feel like my eyes are going to fall out of my head; the worst part is that I feel completely unfocused and unmotivated at work; also I generally feel pretty irritable, probably because I'm always exhausted. Prior to Whole30, I ate a pretty standard American diet - pretty high in processed foods but generally healthy 80% of the time - but I never experienced these things. Sure, I'd get a visual headache from time to time and would have a hard time getting out of bed on Mondays, and I'd experience "carb coma" after a particularly crappy lunch, but I don't recall ever feeling so constantly bleh. I've pretty much felt like this throughout the duration of the program - some days have felt a little more "normal" but the majority of my experience has been crappy. I thought that by this point in the program I'd at least be back to my baseline levels of energy. Here's a recap of what the typical day has looked like - Meal 1: some combination of a couple fried eggs, 1-2 pieces of bacon, avocado, potatoes, and/or a smoothie with both fruits and either spinach or carrots I eat eggs almost every morning, then sort of rotate the others in and out. So today I had a fried egg, two pieces of bacon, and filled the rest of my plate with potatoes. Yesterday it was 2 eggs, sweet potatoes, and a fruit/carrot smoothie. Meal 2: a palm-sized portion of fish, chicken breast, or steak, either eaten on top of a full plate of mixed greens or with veggies on the side; typically leftovers of whatever we had for dinner the night before. Yesterday for instance I had grilled chicken on a bed of mixed greens with mandarine oranges, red onion, and avocado with oil, vinegar, and a splash of fresh-squeezed orange juice. The day before was grilled chicken with sweet potato medallions and steam carrots. Meal 3: similar to meal 2. Yesterday was a bit light since we needed to run to the grocery store, so I had chicken with grilled pineapple, plantain chips and a handful of cashews. The day before was steak, grilled asparagus, and homemade fries cooked in compliant oil. I'm full after each meal and rarely will snack. When I do, I try to eat a combination of some nuts and a small piece of fruit that's in season. I should also add that before W30, I drank tea every morning then usually had either another cup of iced tea or a can of Diet Coke mid-afternoon, but because I'd rather have no tea than unsweetened, I'm also on Day 22 of no caffeine. I'd really appreciate any advice. I don't want to simply throw in the towel, but I'm also tired of feeling like garbage. Thanks in advance!
  18. ladyshanny

    Could I be sensitive to dairy?

    It can take some time for the body to process a reaction. given that you had a skin reaction I would say that it is very likely dairy caused. Dairy is notorious for causing and exacerbating skin issues such as eczema and inflammatory skin issues like rosacea. If you want to know absolutely for sure, go back on Whole30 until you are feeling and looking (skin) just as good as you were before you tried it and then try it again and see what happens. Might take 7-10-14 days for the skin issues to clear up. They can come on quickly but take quite a while to resolve.
  19. AmandaRG

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Happy day 25! I think I felt the tiger blood yesterday... that or I had a manic episode I got so much sewing and yardwork done... I felt like I was in the zone. Problem was then when I went to sleep, I woke up at 3am still in the zone. So I was awake for quite a while until I finally fell back asleep. I feel like I could do this forever and I'm not sure how I'm going to reintroduce. I was thinking I might just start out with Nom Nom's strawberry/banana/coconut milk ice cream. It's a paleo-fied dessert, but I have been really wishing for something cold in this NC heat. Other than that I kind of want to stay the course for now. What are you guys' plans for day 31?
  20. MissHLG

    Could I be sensitive to dairy?

    Or is it totally random??
  21. boyercs

    Starting 6/11

    Kudos to you for staying compliant throughout all of those events. That's awesome! We went to a birthday party Saturday night and made sure we ate a delicious meal before going. We stayed compliant munching on veggies and water while everyone else ate giant slices of ice cream cake. Now if I'm being totally honest.. it was difficult not to be envious of the cake eaters, but we tried to focus on the benefits of whole30 and how much better we are already feeling. The worst part about the social gathering was not watching everyone else eat things we are choosing not to.. it was actually all of the comments of "well you're braver than me", "I could never do that", "Why would you want to deprive yourself"... I was saddened that our family members considered our healthy choices deprivation. Something doesn't seem right there to me because we feel the exact opposite. We feel fulfilled, recharged, and well. In regards to breakfast, I totally get it. We are so lucky that we love eggs. I ate eggs everyday pre-whole30. My tip for breakfast (and any meal) is just to remember the meals don't always have to be "pinterest-ready" beautiful plated meals. Most of the time my breakfast is 3 scrambled eggs, a compliant breakfast sausage, red peppers, and ghee. It is simple and it takes about 10 minutes to make. We also make egg casseroles in advance to last the week sometimes. Our first whole30 we got so caught up in complicated fancy meals that we were exhausted from cooking. I am not ashamed to say sometimes our meals are whatever is in the fridge... ground meat, random vegetables, and a compliant sauce all thrown into the same bowl. Sometimes we eat grilled hot dogs, avocado, leftover vegetables, and apple sauce. Our meals still follow the template and are 100% compliant even though they are somewhat random at times. We also double every meal for lunches and leftovers... this has saved us a TON of time.
  22. Crimsann

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    @magsrose I love the idea, count me in! I’ll have to think about how to do it. My secondary goal this month was to close all three rings on my Apple Watch every day. I nearly slipped yesterday by missing a few Stand hours in the middle of the day but I did keep the streak going. I feel like to truly honor the community night though I should do something outside my typical treadmill/yoga rotation. That needs shaking up a bit anyway!
  23. HI everyone, I am about to start my first Whole30 tomorrow, feeling both pretty confident and prepared, but also a little nervous. I haven't used any forums before, but must say that I have found so much over here already, that has been hugely helpful while I was mentally getting ready for this journey, so thanks a lot!!! I have prepped for my first few meals, have done some cooking and now I am as ready to start as I can be, so wish me luck! Nina
  24. Martha Rae

    The WHOLE30

    I am starting my Whole30 today (6/25/2018!) I have tried it before and never actually made it the 30 days. I find that social situations (especially when alcohol is involved) is my weakness and that's when I usually break. Any advice, tips or support is much appreciated!
  25. Martha Rae

    Starting tomorrow 06/25

    Hi Taina! I am starting today too! Good luck! I have tried Whole30 twice before but have never completed the all 30 days... this time around will be different!
  26. magsrose

    Starting whole30 6/1/18

    Everyone have a good week and a great strong finish to your Whole30. I have at least 3 parties to get through this week, but I will stay strong and be prepared. I'm more motivated than ever! Just as we did a "burger night" last week, who would be up for a group exercise night? We pick a date and everyone commit to go for a walk, hike, swim, weight lift, planks on your living room floor, whatever works for you. How about Thursday night this week?
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