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  4. W30CoachAmyLouton

    Starting reinto days before going on a week long trip.. help!

    First off, congratulations on your progress so far!! It's so important to have a plan, and you're already planning ahead for your reintroduction-- Brava! You don't say how long you will be away, where you are going, or where you are staying. All of those things will help inform your choices. If you're visiting an English speaking place (or somewhere with a language you read/ understand) label reading will be easier. If you're staying with friends or in an AirBnb, food prep will be easier. Also, I'm curious about traditional cuisine where you are going, and if that is an interest of yours? So many factors come into play when traveling! Also, I'm curious if there are foods that you are planning to reintroduce that you think are likely to be problematic (based on past experience)? Considering these scenarios will help you prepare. Right now I can offer these tips: 1) Plan like you're still on W30 because you really are; this means bring compliant meals/snacks with you when traveling, and have a plan for your first few meals when you arrive at your destination. 2) If there is a food or food category which you think may be problematic, do not reintroduce while you're traveling! No time for an upset stomach. 3) If there is a special dish where you're traveling or restaurant you're dying to try, do some investigating, and plan how you can incorporate into your W30 reintroduction. It isn't always possible, but you won't know without researching. 4) If it's easier not making a bunch of decisions while you're away, and you're staying somewhere where it's do-able, you can always stay on your W30, and start reintro when you're back on home ground where you control the food!! Here's an article that offers further tips and insights.
  5. W30CoachAmyLouton

    Prenatal Gummies

    Hi @Quin not sure if you're still researching this....I don't have a specific suggestion about prenatal vitamins, however, I just want to share that doctor's orders trump Whole30 rules, so you can go with whatever your doctor recommends.
  6. W30CoachAmyLouton

    One week to go...

    It doesn't sound like you're doing anything "wrong" as far as Whole30 goes! I can hear your frustration in your post. It's discouraging to be doing "everything right" and to still be lacking energy and be constipated. I'm curious about a few things: how's your sleep? How are you managing stress? And what does your daily movement look like (not "exercise," per se, but overall movement throughout the day)? I'm curious about these things because I have noticed in myself and people I've coached that these things all affect energy and digestion in different ways (and differently for each person). Also, wondering about your thyroid? I am not a doctor, but I have a thyroid issue, so hearing your concerns made me think of that immediately. Also, keep in mind the Whole30 "timeline" is an amalgamation of results and everyone is unique. You may be days away from feeling how you're hoping to feel!
  7. BabyBear

    Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020

    Congrats on your journey too. Thanks for the encouragement. I have found journaling on the boards super helpful to me. It gives me a sense of accountability as I’m very much an Obliger.
  8. BabyBear

    Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020

    Day 25 staying alive, staying alive 7:00 rise up with alarm. Thank you Mother Nature for your gift *insert eye roll*. That explains my mood yesterday. 8:30 M1 Chicken nuggets from 40 Aprons along with the dipping sauce and a salad. Oh my were the chicken nuggets good. A lot of work but really good. The sauce! The sauce was amazing, I even used it on my salad. 1:45 M2: Mustard braised roast with potatoes and carrots. The boys had their first archery tournament today. I knew we would get back hungry and I would pass by lots of eateries and possibly even concessions so I put the roast I made yesterday in the crock pot and put it on warm. Knowing I had yummy compliant hot food ready for me when I got home made all the difference in my ability to say no to all the other “options” especially as my kids begged for food from the concessions. Even though they were bummed about no concession food they did enjoy the roast quite a bit. I also had managed to get all the dishes cleaned before we left out this morning. It helped I had the dishes from yesterday done. That is a big NSV for me, having enough energy after eating to get dishes done and not just become a sloth with a bloated tummy.
  9. My husband and I are 2 weeks in and we feel great! Lots of energy, clearer skin, but I’ve noticed that we both have dark circles under our eyes. Noticeable without my make-up. Does this happen at first to some people on the Whole30? I thought it might be part of my body adjusting! I hope that they go away.
  10. adperez79


    Hi, I’m new, on Day 14 of my first Whole30. Today I was thinking about how it’s challenging to eat so differently, and then it hit me.... ”Everything new is hard at first!” An older, wiser woman said this to me at first real job. I feel the frustration with the Whole30 sometimes, and read about others who just want to give up. But it’s because it is difficult, any big change is going to be hard, ESPECIALLY at first. My husband is doing this with me and we keep looking at each other and saying, “I have so much energy.” I realized today that all the stress, all the learning, is WORTH it. Just want to share that and say don’t give up. P.S. Also, find some yummy “treats” to have like maybe shelled pistachios, macadamia nuts, a little dried fruit. Our local health food store has bulk bins with many compliant items. We also love GT’s Gingerberry kombucha. Treat yourself well!!
  11. I also talked this program up to everyone before I started and I am quite disappointed with the way I feel right now as well. I am on day 25 and I will finish, as I always go all in and evaluate something before I make judgement. This program so far has not helped me. I will do the reintroduction as listed in the book but if I have no improvement I will say, " well at least I tried it". My son is doing it with me and he feels the same as I although I have a host of auto immune conditions.
  12. ShannonM816

    Help day24 and I'm about to quit!

    I'm sorry no one got back to you on your previous question, and that you're not feeling so great. As a breastfeeding mom, you should be eating more food than what is recommended for most people, like four full meals a day, or three full meals plus some mini-meals if that works better. The fact that you mention your breath being worse makes me wonder if perhaps you've gone a little too low in carbs. For most people, we recommend at least one fist-sized serving of starchy vegetable each day, but you might even need more than that. Starchy vegetables include root vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, beets, turnips, carrots or parsnips, winter squashes like butternut or acorn squash, or plantains. Be sure you're drinking plenty of water, salting your food, and adding a serving of fat or two at each meal in addition to whatever oil you cook in. If you'd like more specific feedback, list a day or two of typical meals, including approximate portion sizes, and we can see if anything stands out.
  13. jennyrony

    Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020

    This is awesome! Great work! 24 days and counting. I pretty much registered to say good job. Following. Keep up the good work.
  14. AlyssaB

    Food Dreams

    I'm on day 18 of my Whole30 and for the past week or so, I've been consistently dreaming about eating non-compliant food. I know this is normal and a part of the timeline, but when it's happening in my dream, I'm aware of it and feel guilty about it because I think I'm actually eating these foods and I don’t know why. The cravings don't bleed into real life (...except for my poppy seed bagel dream. I miss you, bagels) but feeling guilty while I'm asleep is weird. Does anyone have any experience with this? If so, how long have you dealt with these dreams for? Is sleep-guilt normal?
  15. BabyBear

    Ælfric’s W30 №2 (Jan 2020)

    Oh man that’s terrible, and definitely a disaster of epic scale. We had a freezer incident this week and I lost 10lbs of chicken and about 25lbs of venison along with a bunch of baked goods for my son with multiple food allergies. It was like a kick to my gut. I just kept crying No no no, like it would somehow make it better. Taking care of you and putting first things first is most important. The whole 30 will be here when you recover from the loss of so much food ie money!
  16. BabyBear

    Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020

    Day 24, steady as she goes. So today was weird and rough. I slept in a little. Felt a little blah when I finally did get up. I was told not to drive my truck as it symptoms indicates a small problem that could create a much larger problem. This seem to overload my brain as I tried to figure out how everyone is going to get to where they need to be without my vehicle. Things have worked out. My sister in love called me needing some essential oils for her little girl that had fallen ill and we talked and afterwards she offered to send her vehicle via my brother seeing as she wouldn’t be going any where this weekend with her daughter being sick. I had just felt off all day so I did take a nap and that helped. I didn’t really have much of a appetite all day either until about 4:00, then I wanted to eat all the things. I didn’t though. I enjoyed my food I did eat today. I spent some time last night foraging inspiring recipes. I bought the whole 30 slow cooker book and made a roast from that today…. Surprisingly delicious! I got some chicken tenderloin cut up and marinating in pickle juice to make chicken nuggets tomorrow. Oh and I made ketchup tonight from the stuff I picked up at sprouts on Wednesday. I used the recipe from because well no dates! And it was really good. I am a condiment Queen! I purposefully didn’t buy or make ketchup in the beginning because well I would have hated it, and still would have slathered it on everything. I wanted to give my taste buds time to reset. I notice the past few days that flavors are deeper and brighter so my taste buds are beginning to appreciate foods for their flavor rather than the added sugar. The ketchup tasted great, even my 11 yr DS said it wasn’t half bad. I’m so excited I’m going to have burgers this week and now I have some ketchup and mayo to go with it. Happy dance! 9:30 is M1/s1: 3 slices of bacon and 2 pickles (bacon and pickles could easily be my food without brakes if I’m not mindful) 3:30 s2: Rx bar chocolate cherry, archer turkey rosemary stick. driving my brother home after he brought me the car. He lives 40 minutes from me so I grabbed a snack Incase I got hungry, and I did. 6:30 M2: 2 turkey BLT lettuce wraps with mayo and spices mustard…. So good! 9:00 M3: Mustard braised venison roast with carrots and potatoes. Adapted slightly from the mustard braised brisket with potatoes and cabbage in the Whole 30 Slow Cooker Meals book. Ending my crazy day with a bubble bath next to my beautiful flowers I bought earlier this week.
  17. BabyBear

    Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020

    7:00 rise and shine time to get everyone going. Get baby up, potty changed and fed. Get lunches packed and breakfast together while boys pack the truck. I love our homeschool tutorial but it does make for a long day. Plus we have to rush off to a college about an hour away for my 13 yr DS speech competition. 7:30 M1: 3 eggs salt pepper basil coked in CB, blackberries, and 1 Tbs coconut oil. For the first time in a long time I had a very weird and vivid dream. It was so weird and not like me. Forgetting appointments, shirking responsibilities and I found a box of left over baby shower cake and I went to get a fork and my husband woke me up. I don’t think I’ve been getting enough water in so back to tracking that. Tracking helps me be more aware of my need to drink water. 12:30 M2: sweet and sour chicken with broccoli I enjoyed lunch and visiting with the other moms today at our community day. One of the moms announced she is pregnant. It was so exciting! I don’t know that I’ll be blessed with one more, but man did that make a tiny bit of hope and longing well up inside of me. 7:00 M3: lemon pepper steamed shrimp, baked potato with ranch and gold BBQ sauce, steamed broccoli. My 13 yr DS had his speech competition he did great! He was so nervous but he overcame those fears and knocked it out of the park. By the time we were done I was hungry! He wanted Papa Johns, and this made me think twice about this whole 30 gig. I am beginning to think I don’t have a sugar dragon I have a pizza demon lol. I couldn’t think about it I couldn’t even consider what it will be like to eat it again when I choose to. No! I had to think about something else anything else. I think this may have made me a bit cranky or hangry by the time I got home, but I was okay once I sat down to my food which was delicious by the way. Survived day 23 by sheer will power at the end lol
  18. BabyBear

    Ann’s Struggles+Successes

    We are so close yet so far from the end. I had to go recipe surfing to get inspired for next week. I cruised through some of the logs on here and then hopped over to Instagram and Pinterest... then I bought the Whole 30 slow cooker book on my kindle. I probably have enough new recipes to last another two months. I will say this though, the next few days will include chicken nuggets, burgers, and bang bang shrimp. My son had pizza last night and it nearly did me in, but that’s when I decided to buy the cook book. Which I made a roast from it today and it did not disappoint. Dig deep! You can see this through to the end.
  19. So its day 24 of my first Whole30 (actually my first attempt was a year and a half ago but I only lasted 3 days that time so it doesn't count) and i can't imagine doing this for another week! I haven't had one single NSV which is very discouraging especially when I read through the list of potential NSVs. My energy levels fluctuate so much day to day. The one day I got up with energy i organized my two big projects that I've been meaning to do for a long time. The next day I could hardly get out of bed because i was so tired (at 10 am!). I've been super gassy the whole time and these last few days has been straight up diarrhea. My breath has gotten worse. The only "NSV" I've noticed is that my wedding ring got looser which then caused it to slip off and now its lost forever. Frankly I am kind of embarrassed since I talked the Whole30 up so much to everyone i spoke to about it and it turned out to be such a failure. If I step on the scale after putting myself through all this and find I haven't lost anything I will be terribly disappointed. That being said I am breastfeeding a 5 month old baby so I'm not sure if that would effect the results that much but I have managed to maintain my milk supply throughout. I'm sure by the time anyone reads this it'll be too late since nobody ever responded to the last question I asked but I figure it's worth a shot.
  20. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 4 yesterday was as far as I made it this time. I think a big layer of this onion is simply not planning ahead. I'm not going to make a bunch of excuses ... "I'm busy, blah, blah, blah"... Yeah. We're all busy. It's called life. My boss texted me today and said she was getting Taco Bell for lunch, did I want anything? And I said sure, I'll take a chicken power bowl. Because all I had with me to last until dinnertime was black coffee, sparkling water, and freaking Larabars. Today's layer of this onion was not social plans/pressure. She did not care whether I ate Taco Bell or not, she was just being nice and offering. It really bothers me to say this about myself ... but have I just gotten lazy? In the food department - yes, I think so. I've always been happiest keeping it simple. I really don't have any need or desire for elaborate recipes. I can eat the same things over and over for days or weeks, and it's fine. But this is different. I'm not even managing to consistently get a decent amount of meat 2-3x day, and for me this is a red flag. I don't believe that anyone is just "lazy". It's a symptom of not feeling good. There are several things working against me right now: #1 by far is WINTER. I don't have words to describe how much I hate how I feel in the wintertime ... like a different person. Lack of sunlight, circadian rhythm all thrown off, and lack of sleep -- these are all stressors. Then add in the general stress of daily life. Stress at work, stress at home ... financial stress, kid stress, husband stress, dog stress, nutrition stress. Lol. Did I mention stress? But tomorrow is a new day. And I'm a big girl ~ not a whine-ass. So I will keep on keeping on.
  21. GraceMelodie

    One week to go...

    You could try eating more fruit, especially prunes to see if that helps. This month I tried intermittent fasting (I don't eat from 8:00 pm - 11:30 am but I drink coffee, tea and water during this time) while keeping my other two meals Whole30 compliant. A couple times a week I eat walnuts as my protein for lunch but eat animal protein for all my other lunches and dinners. My body responds well to this approach. Bottom line, Whole30 is a healthy place to start but everybody is different and our bodies respond uniquely to our diets. Once you have finished the 30 days, I encourage you to experiment to figure out what works best for your body. As long as you are eating a variety of whole, non-processed nutrient dense foods, you are on the right track.
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  23. Lauren0213

    First Watch

    Did you find out if you Could eat their potatoes?
  24. ladyshanny

    Siete Queso

    This type of thing is technically compliant but would not meet the criteria to be Whole30 Approved.
  25. pd1224

    Siete Queso

    Siete sells cashew queso. see attached for ingredients. on their website, it does not state whole30 approved as the enchilada sauces do.
  26. toriathequeen

    One week to go...

    I’m eating meals straight out of the cookbook, and I usually increase the vegetables. I snack on celery, carrots, and bell peppers. I drink 80 oz. of water plus two or three cups of herbal tea. I eat one whole avocado every day. Thanks for your advice...I already have the meal template.
  27. ShannonM816

    One week to go...

    What do your meals look like? Are you eating plenty of vegetables? Try for 2-3 cups at each meal. Drinking lots of water? Aim for 1/2 oz per pound of body weight, so a 120 lb person should try fir at least 60 oz a day. Be sure you're adding a serving or two of healthy fat in addition to any oil you cook in at each meal. You can download the meal template here for more information:
  28. lizziehall

    January Whole30 Log

    Already on Day 24, time is going so quickly! I imagine this last week won’t go quite as quickly though. I’m ready to do reintro, I’ve found myself saying “isn’t 24 just as good as 30?” I’m moving back to school on Sunday so my meal preps are lacking because I won’t be able to transport them easily. I’ll do a stock up of compliant foods when I go back, but for now I’m just eating random things I have around to get rid of them. This means lots of kale salad! At least I like it now. My taste has been changing in the past couple weeks and I find myself enjoying things I previously disliked, like chicken salad, deviled eggs and kale. I’d consider that another NSV!
  29. Oh, some people also take digestive enzymes with some success, but since I don't have a specific brand recommendation or what exactly to look for, I was hesitant to suggest it at first.....but if you try multiple things and in a week or two are still having issues, that might be something else to look into. Oh yeah, and final recommendation: try to have fun with the process! I know it can be a lot, but you're doing great!
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