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  3. Bueller

    Whole 30 bodily side effect

    Yes I did actually start eating cashews during whole30. Never ate them before. That could be the reason why!
  4. Bueller

    BLOATING

    Hey everyone? Could use alot of feedback here. I just finished Day 25 and have been experiencing alot of bloating these past few days. On Day 15, I felt really different, like I had lost so much weight, felt skinny & even LOOKED thinner. But now I feel like I'm gaining my weight back. I haven't really changed anything in my diet this whole month. Maybe not getting in as much water. I'm even going to CrossFit everyday. I'm not eating any FODMAPS either. No food that would cause bloating. It is just my body still healing from all the crap I use to eat before Whole30? I use to eat pretty bad.
  5. KarenandMike

    Day 23. Very Frustrated

    Hi Jill: I am a newbie to Whole30 but wanted to encourage you to keep going! Hold a firm positive mental picture of yourself succeeding - and do not permit this to fade - no matter what fear or worry creeps into your mind based upon the past. Keep seeking those positives you are finding - like stabilized blood sugar - that is AWESOME! My fasting blood sugar has reduced well too! I have my own health challenges that I walked into Whole30 with and have done 2 other simliar resets. I noted that I don't lose weight and see rewards as quickly as others. It takes me a few extra weeks to reap the rewards. This may be the same for you. I am planning to continue this a little more before I re-enter foods - we could do this together! I am sorry you are still feeling horrible - my husband and I are still somewhat fatigued on day 14 - but are minds are clearer - we're ecstatic for this wonderful positive! The timetables are general trends that they provide so people have a sense of what happens what you make these improvements to your diet. Not everyone will experience these things the same. I know it feels like a lot of work but YOU ARE WORTH a lot of work to be healthier. Eating processed quick foods may be easy but living with an unhealthy body is NOT easy at all. So we dice and chop and make all our meals - and we minimize our eating out - we are in this for the long haul, the long term gains. You are doing the right thing and you have been committed to doing what you could for a while now. I really want to ENCOURAGE you to hold on. Our bodies do not change overnight - give it some EXTRA time and I promise I will be here to blog it out with you. As my husband and I talk this through - we realize that there are some very serious decisions to be made about what if much at all we put back into our diet.......truth be told! Why would I add a muffin or cookie.....that truly only takes away health.....it adds nothing in health to us. Hugs and I am excited that you are heading into a compliant whole30 this week! You go girl!! Karen
  6. adperez79

    Food Dreams

    I am on day 16 and I’ve had three dreams that I know of. I have felt guilty in the dreams and chewed up the food and asked myself if I should spit it out (all in my dream). I wake up and laugh and sometimes crave the foods I dreamt of. I would tell yourself, “it’s ok that I’m having these dreams, I’m not doing anything bad.” As much as you need to tell yourself that. You’ve come so far and are digging so deep, it’s coming up in your dreams, that’s all. When I had my first dream of digging around in a basket of candy to find sugary hearts, I actually laughed when I woke up bc I remembered reading about the dreams. I think it’s all par for the course. Way to go on coming so far!!
  7. I have also experienced canker sores that I am sure have been related to excess stress - as well as low Vitamin B. I would recommend getting some extra B. I know - they are uncomfortable!!! Hope this helps, Karen
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  9. SchrodingersCat

    Guess who's back? Round 3 Day 1 on 28 January

    Ooh, just found a recipe for Chicken Marsala, I might prep some of that today to have over cauli rice, instead of the laksa chicken, coz I haven't got any fresh galangal and can't get any today. Brain is starting to do the whole "This is too hard, do you really want to start this week?" thing, and it needs to shut up!
  10. Laura of The Great White North

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    @littleyellowdiary I considered a Whole45 or Whole60 as well. But I decided to start reintroducing foods. First up, legumes! So tonight I made chili with beans. I may still have some peanut butter also. I'm trying to keep this as single-ingredient as possible. @kirbz, I think a whole foods February sounds like a great idea! I am like you, either Whole30 or pizza, pop, and chips. I am looking forward to finding balance. Thank you for joining me during these 30 days!!
  11. lizziehall

    Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020

    Isn’t it funny how your taste changes so quickly? You aren’t depending on that added sugar in everything (seriously everything!!) and appreciating the flavors of real food more. I’ve noticed the same thing recently. Also, a very good reminder to be kind to yourself and your body, I had uterine fibroids and they made my TOM so awful. Rest as much as you can and try to eat if you can stomach it (especially bananas!). Good luck to you, finish strong!!
  12. ShannonM816

    Chipotle problem!!

    For anyone unsure exactly what is and isn't compliant at Chipotle, you can review that here: https://whole30.com/chipotle/ Remember that in the restaurant, you can't necessarily just say you want the Whole30 bowl, they may or may not know what that is, though that option is apparently available on the app or website. If you go in and order, check the link above and specify each ingredient that you want in your bowl.
  13. Maria45

    Chipotle problem!!

    PLEASE be careful when going to Chipotle. My husband picked up Chipotle for me last night and asked for one of the Whole30 bowls. Luckily, I noticed that it did not look like the pictures on the website. I called and talked to the manager who confirmed that the salsa was not included, the guacamole was not included, they gave me a salad dressing that was not compliant(!!), and they were not sure if the meat was Whole30 compliant either. Please talk to the manager when you enter Chipotle and ask lots of questions about what you are getting... or don't risk it at all. The manager has my name down for a free meal when I go there again, but I'm not sure that it's worth having to go back to Day 1 because someone screwed up my order. Be careful!
  14. BabyBear

    January Whole30 Log

    Just when we think it’s going to be smooth sailing life pulls out all the stops and let’s us have it. Way to exercise those muscles you have been building over this past month to remain resolved in your plan! Congratulations the top of this mountain is in sight.
  15. BabyBear

    Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020

    Day 26 the home stretch! 7:00 up with alarm and baby was up shortly thereafter. Got up and get my morning going. I really just want to lay in bed with my heating pad all day. However I’m at least able to function. When normally with this TOM I’m in so much pain that I literally can’t function and I’m often borderline going into shock. I have a very high tolerance for pain. I’ve had three natural births and all of those are nothing in comparison to the pain my body is in from my cycle. Ugh! So even though I’m uncomfortable and very bloated I’m glad the pain is manageable and not debilitating today. 8:15 M1 - 3 eggs with oregano and basil cooked in bacon fat. 1tbs of my homemade whole 30 ketchup. Raspberries and blackberries. Hot lemon water. Oh I had ketchup on my eggs… how I so missed this. Granted I can now enjoy my eggs with out a condiment if I so choose, but the ketchup was a nice addition. I honestly wouldn’t have appreciated it at the beginning of the month, but now as my taste buds shift I found the homemade ketchup quite tasty. I just have to make it through to this afternoon and then perhaps I can rest a little. I’m learning to be kind to myself and recognize that my body is doing a hard thing right now it’s requiring so much energy that I just don’t have much to spare. Instead of feeling frustrated at my inability to function I’m having some compassion for me and trying to give myself room to do less while my body is working through an internal molting.
  16. lizziehall

    January Whole30 Log

    Day 26 now, it’s so close! I’m moving back to school today so I’m struggling to find foods to eat around the house. I haven’t been grocery shopping because it makes more sense to me to just do it at school, but that makes these two days pretty tough. Yesterday I worked a double at work (10am until 10pm!!!) and forgot all the food I had packed.... it was rough. My boss also brought out all the new desserts to taste test along with a few salads that definitely weren’t compliant so it was so hard. I ended up ordering a salad with sushi grade tuna, olives, asparagus and hard boiled egg and added olive oil and apple cider vinegar but it was not at all what I wanted in that moment lol. By 10 I was starving again when my coworker offered me the cheeseburger she ordered and another friend offered me a slice of pizza, I was about to lose my mind. But I went home and ate the last of my meatballs and an RX bar because I thought I could use the extra calories. This morning was full of temptation too at hospitality Sunday at church because I hadn’t had time to eat before mass. I feel so full of complaints right now but these past few days have been tough! Earlier on I think I would have cracked but with the finish line in sight I pushed through. Now it’s time to go to school & grocery shop. Here’s to a great last few days!
  17. BabyBear

    Ann’s Struggles+Successes

    The FFF book is amazing! It has been so good, and thought provoking. Ooh Filet Minion covered in butter, I’ll take two please. I’m glad you enjoyed your dinner celebration with your family. I’m lucky we have no big celebrations in January to wrestle with. I will have my anniversary weekend with the hubby during reintro so I’m using what I am learning in FFF to decide how I want that to look for me.
  18. Ann

    Ann’s Struggles+Successes

    It's over, folks. Kind of. I made a deliberate and considered decision last night to go off plan. It was my son's 26th birthday, and I took him and my daughter out for a very nice dinner. I've been thinking about how I was going to approach this dinner since before I started this round, contemplating whether I'd go off plan and have a glass of wine. While we do eat out often, we only splurge to this degree a couple times a year (if that) -- $42 for a filet mignon is definitely a special occasion dinner! Anyhow, I decided in the end to have a couple glasses of red wine (shared a bottle), Then I saw that the filet came with whipped potatoes and garlic butter. I asked if they could bring the butter on the side, thinking I would only have it if I felt like the potatoes and/or steak would be greatly improved with it. But the waitress told me there was also dairy in the whipped potatoes. So I said what the heck, and just went for it -- put the dang butter on top of the steak as it's intended! And IT WAS SO GOOD. And then we had a "foofy" cocktail after dinner (the place is known for its variety of martinis). I had a Manhattan ("small batch bourbon with a dash of bitters and a hint of cherry juice" - I tossed the cherry garnish). So - two glasses of wine, one bourbon, and butter are my ultimate demise. And I don't regret it. It was an awesome dinner and we had a really good time. I guess my "well behaved" parts of dinner were that I didn't have even a taste of my son's dessert (although, I'm not generally a dessert person and don't struggle with the sugar dragon much), and the steak/potatoes/zucchini was probably the most compliant thing on the menu (but I would have picked it no matter what, since filet mignon is my fav). I plan to remain W30 for the next five days, so mine will be an imperfect W30, but it was a fairly perfect W24.5. I'm reading FFF right now, and hope to do a better job with reintroductions next week than I have in the past. Onward!
  19. GraceMelodie

    Day 29 - demotivated

    It sounds like you have quite a few NSVs: less cravings, better muscle tone, and better skin complexion! Extending your clean eating for another week or two definitely won't hurt you but ultimately you want to "find your food freedom" especially since you had issues with restrictive eating. If you truly are not missing anything you left out, maybe your "food freedom" is eating well everyday and eating all the healthy, nourishing food emphasized in the program. If you are really missing something that is whole and minimally processed, such as lentils or beans or oatmeal, reintroduce them and see how they make you feel. It has taken me 3 whole rounds and a few mini-resets to finally figure out my "food freedom" over the last couple of years. I am in a really good place and while I don't always have "tiger blood", I feel healthy and have fostered a healthier relationship with food. Congratulations for sticking to your first round!
  20. BabyBear

    Like an Onion

    Yay! have you read Food Freedom? I’ve been reading it and if you haven’t you may very well benefit from the part where it talks about designing your own reset if the whole 30 doesn’t seem to suit you. It’s very in depth on how to go about it. I thought about you this morning while I was reading and came to post on here in hopes that just maybe you would check it. And look you are already back. I had to challenge myself at the beginning not to focus on what I couldn’t have but rather on all the new delicious recipes that were waiting for me to discover them. This mindset has helped me immensely. I could not rid my house of my kryptonite because of the kids and the hubby. I couldn’t “punish” them just because of my own struggles. I also decided if this was going to be a lifelong change toward my health and betterment then realistically I had to learn how to make these changes with the kryptonite in easy reach. Ha all that to say I truly believe this is way more mental than a physical struggle. So I challenge you to spend 5-10 minutes first thing in the morning reframing your mindset and deciding what you really want for that day, and then using that as an anchor for the rest of your day. It seems silly. It did to me, but it really does help. Im so glad you are back! Truly I am!
  21. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    @BabyBear ... I will stay. Sometimes it's hard to convey real human emotion through the interwebs ~ but you did it. Thank you. As I woke up this morning to all of the telltale hangover sensations, which I have not experienced in over a year ... I had already thought to myself, "Well, THIS clearly isn't the right path." And that's the thing. My imperfect (pistachios, Larabars) or half-assed (Whole 8, Whole 4) Whole 30 eating has still brought me so much progress. I could make a list of my personal successes here, but I'll save that for another day. So when I said I needed to re-group: 1) I was drinking wine, and wanted to continue drinking wine. Lol. I'll own it. and 2) I know that I really need to get back to my low-FODMAP Whole 30 eating. So the first reason already took care of itself. The second one requires some work. I will now go make a grocery list, and I will make myself go to the store today. And life will go on. And it will be good.
  22. NC David

    Melissa on Tour

    First timer on program so I went to the Charleston meeting. I had no idea what to expect. I did enjoy it but she did start 20 minutes late and it was over after a handful of questions. Unless you want to meet her save your time and use the forum, she referred several questions to the forum for answers.
  23. Hi! I’m not sure what to do! I initially decided to start Whole 30 because I was always suffering from stomach issues ( gas and painful bloating) and I wanted to rule out my food as the cause before I went on a pill for IBS. Over the past 25 days I have experienced so many wonderful successes such as: more energy, happier and more consistent mood, much more focused and productive, and overall less anxious! It’s been great, but my stomach is still the same or sometimes even worse. I think my next step is to eliminate foods listed on the avoid side of the FODMAP list - even though I really don’t want to. It eliminating even more foods that I’ve grown to love over this experience. Since I’m close to the reintroduction phase, I’m not sure if I should extend my time to the Whole 40 or Whole 60 due to not feeling any relief from my stomach issues. My boredom gets pretty bad at times, and now I would have to cut out even more foods. I know I probably should just suck it up and stick with it to be able to rule out the foods on the FODMAP list. I guess I’m just looking for some support and guidance from anyone that had similar issues. I also don’t no whether to look into probiotics or digestive enzymes at this particular time in the processes. Thanks for letting me vent! - Kristen
  24. littleyellowdiary

    Joy of Food

    @nikkitalks I'm with you - I am on day 29 and no tiger blood. I have been trying to manage my expectations so as not to feel too disappointed, but it's hard when you have made an effort for a month. I keep telling myself that even if I don't feel a load of benefits I certainly haven't done myself any harm by eating whole foods for all this time and cutting out rubbish. But it's a bit tough.
  25. littleyellowdiary

    One week to go...

    @toriathequeen I made some homemade sauerkraut at the start of January and after leaving it a few weeks to ferment I have been eating it this week. It has really kick started my gut, so maybe try some fermented foods? The unchilled stuff you get in supermarkets has usually been pasteurized to make it safe at room temperature so it kills all the good bacteria, but if you can find a health food store that sells chilled kraut or kimchi, maybe that would help if you tried it for a couple of days? (You could make your own but you would have to wait for it to ferment and it sounds like you need it now! This is what I made.)
  26. littleyellowdiary

    Day 29 - demotivated

    Hi guys. Somehow I am already on Day 29. January has gone so fast! I'm feeling a bit low, confused, and demotivated to be honest and just needed to vent a bit. A bit of background, I've had issues with restrictive eating in the past, but over the last year or so I have gone totally the other way and had a lot of trouble with binge (and sometimes purge) behaviours. I've been working on it with a therapist and I think a lot of it has been reaction to how long I denied myself a lot of foods like bread for example, but I wanted to try Whole30 to find some balance and be more aware of when I was truly hungry. I also have a chronic pain disorder and hoped that Whole30 would help me find some relief. Sadly, my pain hasn't improved at all, so I don't think I am sensitive to any foods - bit of a disappointment there. Immediately after I started I felt like I lost some bloat from the Christmas excess, but since then I've felt very confused about my body and the plan. My exercise regime for years has been 2 x short run and 3 x weight training a week, and I have also been doing one yoga class a week in the last six months. Before Whole30 I tended to cook veggie/vegan most of the time - I wasn't strict about it, it was just cheap and easy, and a habit really. I think my body has really responded to sudden introduction to so much meat protein because in just 4 weeks my biceps have suddenly got massive and my shirts are tight across my chest, even though I haven't changed my exercise regime. I guess that should be a positive thing but it has just made me feel really solid and bulky, and I don't feel that good about it at all. I did a body scan at the gym and some measurements before I started Whole30, and it could be that if I checked now I would have packed on some crazy muscle % and lost fat, but I just don't feel good. I still get very fatigued legs too, which I always did - I don't know if it's because I try to be active at the gym but then have a sedentary job, but I have days where my legs feel like concrete when I am trying to walk up the stairs at work or to the train station and Whole30 hasn't helped with that. I don't think I have slipped up on the Whole30 at all. My schedule has meant I haven't been able to follow the guidelines about eating pre/post workout really, so I have snacked quite a bit on nuts and the odd banana. But generally I have been diligent and have even tried to stay away from eating too much fruit (and no dried fruit) to break the habit of eating any sweet stuff. I know you are meant to focus on NSV, but I just feel a bit disappointed not to see more of them. I haven't felt bad on Whole30, but I haven't felt amazing either. My body seems to like the increase in meat in terms of putting on muscle, and some of my family mentioned I had a "good colour" or looked well. I haven't missed or craved sweet things and it has broken some bad habits like eating the occasional cake/sweets at work, drinking a couple of milky coffees at work, or wanting a couple squares chocolate or whatever after dinner. I don't miss booze either and I am wondering about laying off that for a while, Whole30 or not. I was wondering about extending to a Whole45 or a Whole60 to give it more time, especially as I am not finding it too tough to stick to. I know cutting out crap and processed food certainly won't do me any harm for a few more days. I don't really know where I am going with this - just feeling a bit meh and wanting to share, I suppose. Sorry for being miserable today!! I hope other people are feeling better than me!
  27. littleyellowdiary

    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    @kirbz That sounds sensible Kirbz. I really miss lentils and chickpeas and other pulses. It hasn't been any of the obvious stuff like sugary treats I have been craving, but I would give anything for a dal curry or a bowl of porridge.
  28. BabyBear

    Like an Onion

    You will be missed
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