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  2. Pandora Black

    Psychiatry meds

    I’m bipolar and I was hospitalized during my first real attempt at a whole 30. But I wasn’t on enough antidepressants for me and I’d just had a med change before I began. Ultimately in the end when I finally was near to completing a round (I’m on day 27) my moods improved exponentially. Just make sure to get your starchy carbs in every day, and be prepared to adjust meds. One thing I’ll say is I’d never recommend this for early sobriety. I’m a former opioid addict, I could NEVER have done this earlier.
  3. FairyL0u

    Day Zero

    1. eggs and shroooms 2. chicken salad 3. pork chops w/leeks, more shrooms, bacon, green beans, b sprouts, etc..... hairdresser Bike - 10.5 miles, did run 7 miles yesterday and it was very sweaty 2 sleeps and a hotel sleep then holidays - SO EXCITED
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  5. Pandora Black

    SchrodingersCat's Round 2 diary - starting 12 May 2019

    I feel you. I’m so sick of Whole 30 food right now. I literally cannot even look at an egg. I am sick of meat at every meal. I’m even a little sick of coconut. I’m looking forward to food freedom.
  6. Pandora Black

    Swapples and Beyond Meat

    Beyond meat is definitely not compliant, I wish. It’s not even very healthy tbh.
  7. I love y’all but I’m getting some gluten free grains for reintroduction. Sorry but for me, it IS about the pasta! Things that will stick: proper breakfast (though I cannot even look at an egg rn), the meal template in general and I’m not going back to drinking soda. I will not be reintroducing gluten or dairy.
  8. Pandora Black

    Pandora’s Whole 30 log

    I am getting my groceries ready for reintroduction. I will not be reintroducing gluten or dairy. But my food freedom will include gluten free oatmeal, pasta, and a loaf of bread (that costs $10!). I also have beans and rice in my pantry.
  9. I wonder if that’s what happened to my [email protected] He got what we thought was a stomach bug (and shoot, maybe it was) but it threw him off for about a day and a half. But he’s since bounced back. I agree with @CharGorman...maybe try cooking some veggies.
  10. Pandora Black

    Pandora’s Whole 30 log

    Day 26: I had egg salad for breakfast, yes by itself. I was so sick of eggs and whole 30 food, and I didn’t want to make a vegetable too. Lunch is pork chop and Brussels sprouts, dinner is marinated chicken and a baked potato with clarified butter.
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  12. Aliem999

    Allison's Whole 30 Log

    Day 27 (Sunday) Busy. Busy. Busy. Went to a concert after dinner. I really was not very hungry so I had some pretty light lunch and dinner. This has become sort of an autopilot, though I did wish I could have a slice of pizza Breakfast (8:30 AM): hash browns, eggs scrambled with spinach, onions, sausage and bell peppers, and strawberries Lunch (11:30 PM): Chicken sausage with Trader Joe's riced veggie mix and scrambled egg. I had the rest for dinner. Dinner (6:30 PM): Leftover "fried rice" and slaw
  13. We are starting this weekend. We'll do our shopping on Saturday and then, depending on meal prep, start on Sunday or Monday. July 4 might be tough (I mean, who doesn't love corn on the cob in summer?) but we are ready!
  14. SusanMarks

    Whole30 - Ready to get Healthy

    Awesome! I know the book will encourage and help a lot! And definitely add an extra 15 days or so to your Whole30 for reintroduction. The more you can begin to mentally prepare yourself for the additional days, the easier it will be to slide right into that process at the end of your Whole30 journey. You will have worked hard, stayed committed, and accomplished so much at the 30 day mark. Reintro will come alongside all your hard work and reinforce your best and healthiest food options for beyond Whole30. Here's an article if interested! https://whole30.com/step-two-finished/
  15. Pandora Black

    What do you drink?

    Passionfruit La Croix is my favorite.
  16. Siegfried1980

    Whole30 - Ready to get Healthy

    Thank you, Susan. I did not do the reintroduction last time. I believe that is where I made a mistake. I actually celebrated after the 30-days by eating something non-compliant and too much of it. I will definitely read the book.
  17. SusanMarks

    Starting Today (6/24)

    Hey Char! I am not currently doing a Whole30 but love encouraging people who are!! Love that you came back to Whole30 for round 2! I noticed on another line of communication that you've got a great group of people currently doing one as well! Always good to connect with people during a round! Keeps the commitment level up and makes it more fun!
  18. CharGorman

    Starting Today (6/24)

    Hi Susan! Thank you... it's the second time I've done this, but the first time was many years ago. Just looking to get back on track with my health. How about you? Are you on a Whole30 now?
  19. SusanMarks

    18 lbs down!!

    @Tarxx99 congrats on completing your Whole30! It's totally normal to feel nervous when reaching the end of your Whole30! You've worked so hard to get to this point ~ Reintroduction plus reading Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig Urban will definitely help you more firmly establish and keep your great eating choices in play long term! Food Freedom Forever will give you skills and tools to know how to navigate well those moments where you say yes to treating yourself - Worth It Moments - and knowing when you need to say no and refrain. You've got a lot of great habits in place from doing Whole30. Just keep coming back to your why that lead you to start Whole30 and keep that goal in front of you to inspire and encourage your everyday decisions.
  20. Pandora Black

    Pandora’s Whole 30 log

    I can’t believe it’s day 26 and it’s almost over! Food freedom here I come!
  21. SusanMarks

    Starting Today (6/24)

    Way to go Char! Is this your first time or is this a multiple round for you?
  22. SusanMarks

    Whole30 - Ready to get Healthy

    HI Siegfried! happy day two of your Whole30! Glad to hear you're coming back for round 2 ~ Whole30 is so great for that reset and getting our habits back to a place where we're feeling great! Being that you felt great while on Whole30 and not as great bringing some of those off limit foods back in is telling! Did you do reintroduction last time? If not, I'd definitely recommend doing that to help establish which foods might be problematic for you so you can either keep those out of your diet or limit how much you consume them. Also, I'd encourage you to read Melissa Hartwig's book "Food Freedom Forever" to encourage and equip yourself with the tools to maintain all the hard work you're doing while on Whole30 and help maintain great habits that keep you feeling good and living in your personal Food Freedom.
  23. @akrin - Congrats on 3 days in! I'm definitely not a professional at this, but can say I've had the same issue in the past with similar meals early on. Not sure if it's due to all the raw veggies at one time (I'm not use to eating big salads) or what. Maybe it just takes some time for our tummies to adjust to all the raw fiber? I don't know? It did get better though. In the meantime, maybe try roasted or stewed veggies with spices instead of salad/raw spinach. That seemed to help me.
  24. ShieldMaiden

    What do you drink?

    Things that helped me transition in the first week: - I made my own plain carbonated soda stream water and then added a splash of no sugar added fruit juice - Passionfruit or Berry flavored LaCroix is probably the most palatable to people who are used to drinking soda - I also made my own fruit infused iced tea by brewing the tea, chilling it, and then tossing in an assortment of berries. Black tea has a good bit of caffeine in it too so you get that boost you're used to.
  25. I'm on day 3 today and no cravings so far. Day 1 has been reeeeally tough. After my first Whole30 Dinner (beef patty, 1/2 avocado, 1 boiled egg, greek salad) I felt extremely nauseous and had a headache, which resulted in throwing up a few hours later... Day 2 was fine, but I haven't had a huge amount of fat all day because I was scared from the day before. Today after lunch (1 boiled egg, canned tuna, 1/4 avocado, tomato, cucumber, salad, fresh spinach) I feel nauseous again, but no headache so far. Is this normal?
  26. SugarcubeOD

    Can I have D-Ribose>

    If this has been prescribed by a doctor to your wife then she may have it and whether it follows the rules or not is moot. If it's one of those things like Acai or other super foods that people say is great for xyz, like a glass of red wine a day is good for xyz then no.
  27. @AimHigh22 - Awesome job on getting to day 5... congrats! The first 2 weeks are tough, but once you hit week three it all becomes worth it. Day 1 here was a success, but I had headaches and crazy sugar cravings. It's scary to think how dependent our bodies become on sugar, right?! You asked what brings me back for a 2nd round of Whole30... it's insanity! JK! It was my lack of energy, eczema I never seemed to have before showing up on my face randomly and my wine belly! I know deep down that my food choices (lots of processed food and wine over the last two years due to a very busy work travel schedule and a divorce) are causing me to be tired, gain weight and impact my mood. After the first Whole30, I had crazy amounts of energy, my skin was glowing, my cravings were gone and I lost the stubborn belly and thigh fat I'd been trying to get rid of. Unfortunately, I didn't go through the re-introduction phase to figure out what foods triggered my ailments and after a vacation a few months later I fell off the rails. It's been a couple years and I'm ready to feel good. No, wait, I'm ready to feel GREAT! We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to be the best version of ourselves we can be and only we have the power to make that happen, right? At least that's what I keep telling myself. Enough about me... how are you feeling today? Have you noticed any effects yet; positive or negative? @CarolMaureen - Congrats on your decision to take the plunge again. That's amazing! They say Whole30 isn't hard, but it is. My cravings in the evening after a day of work are insane too. Do you feel like that's the hardest part of your day? I also feel you on the belly... the damn thing gets more and more stubborn every year! Unfortunately, as we age we just don't have as much latitude as we use to... and that sucks! But, at least we have a way to get rid of it. So curious to hear how day 1 went and how you're doing. Please let us know! Also, I wanted to share a quick tip to help with the wine cravings... muddle some fresh mint in a glass, pour in watermelon sparkling water (you can find it at whole foods), a little bit of watermelon water (whole foods again) and a ton of fresh squeezed lime in a wine glass and sip. Is it as good as wine, hell no. But, it helps take the edge off. Good luck today, ladies! We got this!
  28. Jihanna

    Psychiatry meds

    I'm bipolar and avoided meds for 20 years, but have now been taking mine for about 2.5 years (I'll be 40 in November). I'm also a recovering alcoholic (sober 3-Nov-2014) and have a variety of other issues (codependency, forgiveness, etc.) that I work through daily. In my experience with Whole30, it helped that my focus was nowhere near whether or not I would lose weight -- I needed to, but I didn't let myself stress on it and instead focused on just making sure I was eating to template and being mindful of changes. My "meals and feels" log helped me immensely during round 1 and reintro. It was just a homemade planner insert to track: -- meals (when, what, and roughly how much I ate of it, including snacks) -- water (I also noted how much of other stuff I drank, like tea or coffee) -- medicine (when I took my usual medication, with notes if I needed a pain pill or something for nausea) -- sleep (when I went to bed, when I got up, and how many hours of sleep total) -- cycle (when, how heavy, pain level, PMS symptoms, etc.) -- feels (physical, emotional, and mental changes throughout the day) Using that, I could look back and try to see patterns in how things affected me, even days later. I could also take it to my doctor, to get his feedback and see if I'd missed something. This helped me determine some foods that were better (or worse) for my mood balance, so I'm able to eat in a way that supports my medication to give me better benefit than when I'm using junk for fuel, and I can adjust when I know hormonal changes could be throwing me a little off my norm. I did lose some weight (about 3% of my starting weight), but let me re-iterate that losing weight was not my reason for doing this... and it was not my biggest take-away from the experience. What mattered far more than weight loss was the knowledge that changing the food on my plate could actually help me maintain better emotional balance/stability (in conjunction with my medication) and feel better overall. When I eat this way, I find that I can function better and have more energy to deal with the world (physically, emotionally, and mentally). In general, I feel happier and healthier. I've also experienced more "true energy" (ability to get up and do things I enjoy or need to do, then get some natural rest) and fewer drastic swings, so less "manic energy" (an inner vortex hurtling me forward until I drop from exhaustion) and less "funk" (weighed down; unable to function effectively regardless of the consequences; falling to pieces; etc.). All that said, remember that Whole30 (like anything else) is definitely a "your mileage may vary" type of thing. What works for me might not work for another person in a similar situation, and what works for them could send me reeling. Do this for you, share your experience with her, and let her know you'll support her if/when she decides that this is a good step for her (which might mean doing it alongside her, so it's not like you're on the outside looking in).
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