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  1. 5 points
    Hello!! My name is Laura and I will be starting my first Whole30 on Monday July 8th. My ultimate goal is to finish and my other goal is to take the first steps towards truly changing my relationship with food. Food has been my drug for almost my entire life. I know that in order to be successful I will have to learn how to be uncomfortable and so I am gearing up to deal with all the suck that is going to come with it. I am looking forward to and dreading this experience all at the same time. I appreciate any suggestions or advice anyone might have. Thank you!
  2. 5 points
    A little about me.....I did a Whole30 a few years ago and never felt better. Then I talked and ate my way back into old habits. Now, I'm overweight, sad and feel crap-tacular. I need to do this so I can feel better, physically and mentally. I'm 5'1(ish) and I weigh in the ballpark of 170 pounds. I gain weight in my mid-section and I hide it well, most times, with my clothes. If anyone is interested in being my July buddy, that would be great!
  3. 4 points
    Day one- done. Today, July 10 is day 2 for me. I hope to be a part of this group, being in about the same place as everyone. Day 1 was ok. I even got past my family getting dessert last night. Day 2 is shaping up nicely. I am so glad to have a community to be a part of since I am the only one in my family eating whole30. Thanks everyone. I have read your posts and they are super helpful. We can do this!
  4. 4 points
    Hello Everyone! I will be joining everyone for the July Whole 30. I've done it once before. Loved everything about it. I have a sugar problem and need a reset. I'm a runner too. I remember having a sustained energy issue while on the whole30, but I upped my sweet potatoes/potatoes intake and that really helped! I'll stay connected Below is a link to the Whole 30 Calendar in case anyone wants to print it off to mark the days off! Cheers to everyone on this journey! Adam https://www.google.com/search?q=whole+30+calendar&rlz=1C5CHFA_enUS809US809&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjkh8SXqZPjAhWWWM0KHbIADNUQ_AUIECgB&biw=1280&bih=666#imgrc=hd6UekPRoS7yWM:
  5. 4 points
    Pandora Black

    Pandora’s Whole 30 log

    Doctors appointment today, and it went great! My blood pressure went from high to normal it was 120/70! I have lost 15 lbs as well (I knew it had to be significant because my pants are too big now). I know you’re not supposed to weigh yourself but they always weigh you at this doctor. Also I’m off Prilosec, I’m no longer nauseous...ever. Even my back pain is better. The Whole 30 works, y’all.
  6. 3 points
    End of week 1! That's the hardest part of the timeline for me. Not that the rest is super easy, but nothing like the groggy fatigue of week one. Going to have to heavily rely on pre-prepped veg from the local grocery store - thank goodness they have a good produce dept. The dairy free coleslaw was quick, easy, and tasty, so it goes in my lunch again this week. I can alternate shrimp and eggs to make it more of a salad, have avocados at the ready. Boom. Lunches planned.
  7. 2 points
    So day 3 and last night I cried before bed and felt sick and moody. I re-read parts of the book and it was helpful. My brain was telling me to quit that I’m not worth it but I did not. I get up in the middle of the night often in pain and usually would eat sugar, last night I had some nuts instead. Is that really bad? I don’t think I was hungry I think it was a craving. Advice on a better way to deal with it? I am being really honest on this because I really want to succeed.
  8. 2 points
    Day 2 went pretty well. I feel like I ate too many calories, considering that I would like to lose a few pounds while doing this, but I followed the rules at least. I'm on Day 3. Today is challenging at work--Dunkin Donuts in the kitchen this morning, our lunch meeting was catered, and there will be birthday cake at my 4:00 meeting. I was easily able to say no to the donuts, and to the lunch because I brought a chorizo and sweet potato hash, but the cake will be more difficult to resist. I also need to go a pub this evening to pick up my bib for a 5K tomorrow. I feel a little guilty for having a smoothie for breakfast even though it was all allowed, but I like to have some variety in my meals, so I didn't want what I'd had the last two days. I know I'm only on Day 3, but I'm still trying to get a good balance of protein, fat, and carbs with each meal. I'm trying to follow what my FitBit suggests: 45-65% carb, 10-35% protein, and 20-35% fat. One reservation I have with Whole 30 is that I don't like to eat this much meat. Although I do eat all meat types except for beef, I don't really relish the idea of incorporating more meat into my diet. I'll plan to make a fish recipe next. One positive about today: I DON'T HAVE TO COOK. Yay, leftovers.
  9. 2 points
    coachmandiep

    Started June 26-- Day 14!

    Yes, yes, yes! Well said Jihanna! I echo everything you said here. This is exactly what Food Freedom is about. No judgements, no punishments, no guilt; only decisions based on what you have learned (from your reintroduction and continued experience). It is a journey that is never-ending, as we are constantly learning and adding to our list of worth-it and not-worth-it foods. Even this can change when considering the situation. The ability to learn and move on using your new-found knowledge is Food Freedom!
  10. 2 points
    I am so grateful for the wonderful discussions happening on this thread. I am learning so much from reading everything. I have learned 3 things so far today on Day 2. 1- Tessemae's Pantry Ranch Dressing is VERY GOOD! 2- You can make hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. Game Changer! And 3- I need to read the label on my cashews. Peanut oil???? I hope you are all having a wonderful day!
  11. 2 points
    To jump on the end of what was said above me, a little sesame oil goes a LONG WAY toward making foods taste better. We go through a lot of coconut aminos in my house. My favorite sauce to use when cooking beef is a quick bullet blender mix of coconut aminos, cooking oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, garlic, and pepper... throw that in a pan with some ground beef and onions, add some shredded carrots and mushrooms, then toss in some spiralized or riced daikon radish (or riced cauliflower) and simmer for a few more minutes... that's one of our favorite weeknight dinners, right there
  12. 2 points
    Hello everyone! I started ... something ... today. I'm not sure yet if it will be a Whole30 or a mini reset. I've completed two, complete Whole30 rounds and have done several other mini resets and partial rounds. I've done formal reintroductions so I know what foods do and do not bother me. But, I have been eating terribly and feeling terribly and want to get back on track. So, here I am! My goals are two-fold. First, long-term health. I love the outdoors and aspire to be that 80-year old women out hiking a hard trail later in my life. Second, sustainability. I'm still trying to figure out a way to eat this way and make is sustainable so it becomes a long-term lifestyle change. So, I'll be going with very simple meals and focusing on what would be realistic for a lifetime of healthy eating. Anyway, I hope you don't mind if I join you, even if I'm unsure whether I will do the full 30 days. I have a business trip, a three day backpacking trip and a full week long camping trip during the next 30 days. But it's actually the business trip that has me most wary. I've done and know I can do camping and backpacking on Whole30. So, I'll see how I'm feeling after a week and re-evaluate my aspirations for a mini reset or a full Whole30.
  13. 2 points
    Good evening everyone!! Tomorrow is the day! I will be honest and say I am not as well prepared as I would have hoped. We had my father's memorial service this weekend and we have been host to a lot of family from out of town. I am so grateful to see them but I didn't get the meal prep done that I was hoping for. It will be okay though. I work the late shift this week so I will definitely have time for breakfast and it will also give me extra time in the morning to pack my meals for the day. Good luck to everyone on the first day tomorrow!
  14. 2 points
    W30CoachErinn

    Day 24

    I agree with Jihanna's advice! If you have been able to identify that your cravings picked up because of the date almond butter from a week ago, then I would consider eliminating fruit and nuts/nut butters altogether for at least the remainder of your Whole30 elimination and reintroduction phases. Sugar is sugar is sugar to the body/brain, so if you've been allowing yourself to continue relying on the dried fruit/nuts to get you through those sweet tooth cravings throughout the first 24 days of your Whole30, then it's like you never really gave it up as far as your sugar dragon is concerned. You're so close to the end of your elimination phase and have put in so much work already, it would be a bummer to get to the end and feel like you have a raging sugar dragon you can't control. Best of luck! Finish strong!
  15. 2 points
    Jihanna

    Day 24

    A starving sugar dragon will crave, crave, crave... until you give in or it gives up and goes to sleep. Getting it to the sleeping point can be very difficult, though, especially if you've already been giving in to the cravings. My suggestion would be to start with asking yourself if you're actually hungry. If yes, then ask again, focusing on whether or not you'd still want to eat if the only food available was something not at all sweet and maybe even not your favorite "real foods". If the answer is still yes, wait 5 or 10 minutes and assess that one more time. Then, if you feel like you really do need to eat, skip those nuts and dried fruits entirely. Go for something "slightly sweet" (like baked sweet potato or roasted butternut cubes) or slide right past those and smack your craving senseless with a dose of savory and/or umami. The most important part for me was always to skip the stuff I felt like I really wanted -- so if I craved fruit, I'd grab veggies (roasted carrots actually work really well for me) and pair them up with a homemade sausage or tiny burger.
  16. 2 points
    Hi there. I’m Liz and I’ve suffered from GI issues and anxiety for as long as I can remember. I’ve always made excuses — it’s just stress, I just ate too much, it must’ve been old food. I even went GF for a year, documenting how much better I felt for it, and now (back to my old ways) still won’t admit the difference because I love ____________. I do. I love to have a glass of wine in the evening or beers with friends on the weekend. I love to bake and enjoy every form of biscuit/bread/cookie/cake under the sun. I love to treat Aunt Flo to a poptart. But I feel like crap. Now I’m (begrudgingly) coming to the realization that it’s time to be a grown-up and stop trading my health and well being for the temporary pleasure of something delicious. I’m committing to the Whole30 to test for food sensitivities on a physical level, but also to heal my relationship with food on a psychological level. I’m scared. I’ve cried wolf many many times, to the point where I don’t want to tell my friends and family for fear of their reactions: “another diet??” And they wouldn’t be unjustified. My motivation lasts approximately 2 weeks and then I decide that things were perfectly fine the way they were and I shouldn’t deprive myself at the family BBQ where my sister-in-law brought her legendary booze-infused cupcakes. I’ve never had anyone to take me by the shoulders and give me a good shake and shout “the cupcakes aren’t worth the (insert nasty GI symptom here)!!” I feel like no one will understand that this isn’t about losing weight, or following a trend. I don’t discuss my issues and prefer to “suffer in silence”. I’m hoping that I will find a community here to support and understand me, because you’ve all done it. You’ve all had your reasons for committing to the Whole30, and even if they weren’t the same as mine are now you know that the struggle is real. I’m hoping that you will be my strength, my tough love, and my victory cheer. Because I certainly applaud all of you who’ve made this incredible sacrifice in the name of health (even if you really loved doughnuts).
  17. 2 points
    @Starlight89 you might want to bring a vegetable side of some sort that you can have, as most of the things people serve at picnics are going to be full of non-compliant mayo and other ingredients. Mel Joulwan has a lot of good side salad type dishes -- here's a few: http://meljoulwan.com/2014/05/21/paleo-summer-salads-potlucks/. The Belly Dance Beet salad is good, and her Sweet & Salty Broccoli salad is good enough that even non-vegetable eaters and non-Whole30 people will like it.
  18. 2 points
    Hey Everyone! Hope you guys are having a great Day 3! The last two days have been tough. I felt so exhausted and hungry that it left me extremely moody. I was able to break through with consistent workouts, meditation, lots of water, and tons of sleep. I feel much better today and looking forward to the next couple of days off of work to relax and get outdoors. @Gryhndlady Welcome and congrats on your first Whole30. This program has changed my life in so many ways and I'm excited for you! When I first started, I thought I knew what healthy foods were but couldn't lose any weight. After reading It Starts With Food, I was skeptical about the challenge but thought, "what the heck!" I had nothing to lose. I ended up extending the challenge to 60 days and lost nearly 20 lbs. The biggest win for me was learning to read labels, cook wholesome meals for me and my fiance, kicking the sugar dependence, and all of the energy I had. This is my fourth challenge over 5 years and every time I go through it, I always learn something new about myself. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions!
  19. 2 points
    W30CoachErinn

    Ghee-Heavy Feeling?

    What a bummer! I have felt that way after using too much ghee as well...I usually just use a touch of avocado oil to cook my eggs in now. That seems to work better for me. Did you lay the bacon on a paper towel for a second before placing it into your container? That should help soak up just a bit of the excess grease. I definitely think it is important to start your day off with protein + some healthy fats....so don't get discouraged that today was a bit off, you're on the right track! Switch it up tomorrow and see if less ghee or a different oil helps. You could also try hard boiled eggs (possibly with a dollop of whole30 mayo), some sliced avocado, and bacon/sausage instead and see how that feels. Good luck!
  20. 2 points
    Hello Everyone! Starting my 4th Round of the Whole30 Challenge today in preparation for my wedding in September and looking for an accountability group. I've been doing Whole30 challenges for over five years now and I love the energy and confidence it brings me. I tried restarting last month and let work stress get in the way of a successful challenge (I got a week and a half into it) but this time around I'd like to finish the challenge with no slips. I've recently noticed irregular sleep patterns and high anxiety levels returning so I decided it was time to be serious about my whole30 challenge. I've been following a paleo lifestyle while I'm off the challenge but have slipped in some occasional cheese and bread these last couple of weeks. I've noticed that I turn to processed foods when I'm overly stressed. I recently read Food Freedom Forever by Melissa Hartwig and loved it. I used to beat myself up when I reverted back to bad eating habits. Now, I'm able to look for signals that I'm going off course and gently nudge myself back to a healthier lifestyle. Looking forward to getting to know all of you over the next 30 days! Have a great first day!
  21. 2 points
    Hi, I am rejoining and starting today. I have done this several times in the past, and only finished once. I have been playing around with other diets and have been unable to commit. What I have accomplished is cleaning out my house of any sugars, breads etc. My motivation this time is that my son wants to do a strict Keto. I do not do well on Dairy but thought this would be a nice compromise. I will just add cheese to his portions. He lost 50 lbs and then gained back 20. I have put on the standard peri menopause 20 in the last year, went up a size and turned 55. I am tired, weak and sore. I did start exercising again and have started ballroom dance lessons to add some fun to my life. Now I just need to lose the belly. :) I would love some support!
  22. 2 points
    JulieAW

    Starting Now

    Well actually tomorrow, but getting prepped now. I’m e cited to change my life regarding food and all things related to food. Have been in a never- ending downward cycle since I had to quit running 4 years ago. Over the four years I have experienced depression, a 50 lbs weight gain, inflammation, and a whole list of other not fun things. I want my life back. I wanna energy back. I want my health back. Anyone else starting this week?
  23. 2 points
    Lorna from Canada

    Protein (beef fat)

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3569688/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6101675/ There's a couple to get you started.
  24. 2 points
    Ohh! also mayo. nothing by my own homemade mayo in the house. I absolutely love it.
  25. 2 points
    SchrodingersCat

    Protein (beef fat)

    I'm not all over the science, but I believe that the highest concentration of undesirables in meat are concentrated in the fat (as that's the storage component), so if you're not in a position to purchase higher quality meat, the best step you can take is to remove all visible fat.