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  1. 2 points


    Thank you Meghan! I love this: "Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels"! That is something I need to keep in mind. I know this will probably help me lose a touch of weight, but what we are all really looking for with this change is improved health! Great reminder! Thank you! And WOW! This thread has really exploded! Yay! I'm so glad we could all find each other! I have been VERY absent for awhile with the long weekend/my birthday weekend! I was really living up my last few days before diving into this! I am currently on Day 2 and have definitely had my ups and downs already....Stayed on point all day yesterday and even got a workout in! Today is a different story though. (Long story ahead...fair warning) I sleep with my windows open as I do not have air conditioning and Mother Nature thinks it's a great idea to make Oregon damn near 100 the last few days! This has been our weather all summer! Hot, dry, the last rain we had was back in June and that was barely a trace...before that it was well over 50 days of no rain. With wildfires burning all over central/south Oregon and California, we need rain and temps NOT in the 90s and 100s. Well..sadly over the weekend, a few teenagers thought it would be funny to purposefully drop smoke bombs and burning fire crackers into a beautiful hiking gorge (Eagle Creek, in the Columbia River Gorge just east of Portland). Within a matter of a couple of days the fire has raged out of control over 10,000+ acres, covered Portland in a thick layer of very unhealthy smoke, and is raining down ash all over us. I woke up with a sore throat and ash all over my bed. But I would say I'm lucky compared to the hundreds of families displaced by this fire. My heart breaks for those people and for the loss of such an amazing natural space. If you take anything away from this, it is to please pray for/send positive thoughts of rain to Oregon. Our firefighters and emergency response teams need the help! Needless to say, I wanted to stress eat a bit today. But I haven't! Even when I got to work and had to place an order for catering pastries, cookies, and brownies to the office in a few weeks (none of which I'll be able to eat) I still reached for my carrot sticks to munch on while I finished the order. I also found a compliant salad dressing at Fred Meyer today, so my strawberry/sweet potato/grilled chicken/spinach salad was IRRESISTIBLE! Anyone looking for inspiration on their recipes? Check out my girl, Tiff! She's done the Whole30 twice before and is currently doing it now. AND OH YEA! She's a food blogger that makes and shares AMAZING recipes! She has a few posts specifically Whole30 compliant, but she also shares a lot of other healthy, sweet, savory, not so compliant recipes (for when you start reintroducing!)! She's all about balance and finding your happiness! http://www.parsnipsandpastries.com/ Okay! I think I've rambled on for quite long enough now! I'll try to be better about posting more updates for myself, and also for my boyfriend, who's doing this with me! (He's already experiencing sluggish feelings and a headache today... ) but we both know this will help us so much more in the end! Here's looking ahead at the next 28.5 days (and shorter for most of you that started on the 1st!) Cheers! Alison
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    Hey everyone! (and Happy Birthday, Alison! - Thanks for starting this thread!) I started on September 1st with my very first Whole 30. I have been aware of the program forever, but I've been struggling with weight loss and have "tried everything" but eventually got embarrassed after calorie counting, weight watchers, etc etc didn't last. I just wasn't super committed and came up with excuses to stop restricting myself (since I thought "no one cares but me anyway and I want this _____ (cookie, alcohol, pizza roll, whatever)"). I didn't want to tell anyone that I was doing this (at this point only 4 people in my life know) because I didn't want to fail publicly again to regain control of my health. But, here I am on day 5 and haven't murdered anyone ;). JK, it hasn't been as bad as I thought, but I am kinda short tempered today. I'm proud of all of us for working hard to change our relationships with food and have a healthy lifestyle. I always hated the phrase "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels", but seriously, 5 days in and not being constantly bloated, I haven't had knee pain a single day yet, and my pants feel so much looser that I have to agree, with modification, that "nothing tastes as good as healthy feels". I would love to lose weight, but truly, I don't want to be a slave to food. I don't want to feel controlled by food, use it as my comfort, or feel embarrassed about what/how much I'm eating, or eat in secret. I want more out of life than that and I am hoping that Whole 30 will be healthy path in that direction. The biggest thing I want to work on in the next week is incorporating more veggies (that has been lacking in these first 5 days). I hope that everyone is having an excellent day and if not, I hope that tomorrow is better. I'm here rooting for you!! Ps. feel free to point me in the direction of any websites for recipes or on the go snacks that you love or tips you didn't know when you started that you came to love. Thanks so much!!
  3. 2 points
    Sara Cameron-Ragazzo

    August 7th Start Date

    Yes, we did it!!!!!! Here we are in Day30!!! I really can't believe my own self. This is the most disciplined I've been since I was pregnant with my kids! I'm going to reintroduce slowly for sure so I don't mess something up!
  4. 2 points
    Sara Cameron-Ragazzo

    August 7th Start Date

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of us. Don't think I'm going to change much but we'll see what tomorrow brings. THANKS for getting this group re-started!!! I should be more active in September as work will slow down some! Yahoo to all of us!
  5. 1 point

    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    Hi everyone. I've done two whole thirties already and I love the whole thirty so much. I've gained weight since then and definitely not proud of where I'm at right now. My self control is weak. And my skin isn't as healthy as it used to be. I also have somewhat of an addiction to aspartame, gum and sweet N low. I think a lot of my lack of self control is due to lack of sleep. I'm Committed to a fresh start tomorrow and getting rid of the sugar dragon. Thank you.
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    Cabbage carrot slaw

    I have been shredding carrots and purple cabbage, mix it together, drizzle olive oil over all of it, half a lemon's juice and 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt. It is so DELICIOUS! You can use it to top any salad, eat it with avocado, eggs. Proteins...SO GOOD :-)
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    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    I started today, too:) This is my first time. Tired of feeling tired and bloated and not fitting into any of my clothes! Feels like so many people are repeats and therefore old pros at this. I'm still feeling a bit overwhelmed, but hopeful, too. Thankful to have this forum as a resource.
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    Looking for an Over 50 Group to blog with

    The moderators will be able to help more specifically than I can, but night time hunger is likely caused by not having enough fat in your meals. It did take me about 3 weeks before I got the meal sizes and portions between veggies/proteins/fats dialed in - at that point, I could almost set a clock by my hunger as it would be 5-6 hours after the previous meal. Hang in there with this - I have experienced profound health improvements as a result of my dietary changes - I completed my Whole30 August 4 and I continue to eat 90%+ compliant as I am not willing to regress on my health - and I really enjoy how I eat now. Welcome!
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    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    I'm starting today too! And I'm glad all of you are here doing the same. And many veterans... So, I did one Whole30 before (about 2 years ago) and it was transformational. It definitely improved my eating and lifestyle overall, but I've slowly slid to less awesome eating and living. I started a Whole about 6 months ago wanting to remedy this, but I had a hard time sticking to it, and only made it about two weeks—mostly because of poor planning. Looking back, I wasn't fully prepared to do the second one and should have done it more intentionally and consciously. This time in doing this Whole30, I am more prepared. I think and hope the biggest differences will be (a) I wrote some things down about my reasons, my goals and my outcomes (b) I'm committing to it here with all of you (c) I signed up for the email of 30 days from Whole30 Daily (d) I have a public calendar in my house to track progress. (Even though, I'm the only one in the house doing it, my husband is supportive and is doing his own self-improvement regimen.) I'm excited. Let's do this! ----- @MMF - I'm in Denver. Where are you?
  10. 1 point

    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    I'm starting today as well! I've done two Whole 30's before but need to work on how much sugar I am eating. :-/ Time to get my act together.
  11. 1 point

    8/7 start Reintroduction

    We are starting reintro tomorrow. I'm going to start with gluten-free grains. I am quite looking forward to it. My husband hasn't fared well on this plan and is anxious to include more carbs. Both of us have tamed the sugar monster which in itself is amazing! I'm thankful he did this with me as I'm not sure I could have alone. I look forward to reading everyone's intro stories. @Karen L Thanks for starting this group!
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    August 7th Start Date

    Yay! I'm so happy to make it to this day! I can't believe it! Without thinking twice, I threw sausage and veggies into the oven for lunch. No biggie! I will be joining the reintro group too. I really enjoyed reading everyone's stories in this group. It truly helps! Congrats to everyone else too!
  13. 1 point

    August 7th Start Date

    Hi all!! Congrats on completing your W30's!! I'm on day 8 of of my redo, and doing fine! Mom, and others keep telling me that I'm looking great! I am still wondering how having baking as a hobby works into this lifestyle, since I feel like I can't eat it anymore. I miss that part... someone please tell me I can at least have a bite of something when I'm done?? I mean, my husband can only take so many things to work.... lol. The good thing is that I can now bake something without a taste of the spoon so to speak!! That's so exciting for me! At least I have other hobbies too, and raising my two year old takes all the energy I have! I'm so glad that I have more energy that's even keeled! Just chcking in, and looking for advice...
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    Start date Tuesday September 5th

    September 5 start date here too! Got busy this weekend, and didn't do ALL the planning that I planned to do. Ironic, eh? I've done a successful whole30 before, so I have a better idea of how it's going to do than the first whole30 I did.
  15. 1 point
    Karen L

    August 7th Start Date

    WE DID IT!! WOOT! So, I started our reintroduction forum. Hope you guys will join me! I don't think you can actually click through on this link, but this is where it is on the forums page. Home \Life After Your Whole30 \Whole30 Reintroduction \8/7 start Reintroduction Almost thought I wasn't going to make it past Sunday due to some family unexpectedly in town, but I did!!!! LAST DAY!! YAY US!!
  16. 1 point

    August 7th Start Date

    WE DID IT!!!! Day 30!!! Wholly cow!! I am so excited! I hope everyone is proud of themselves as I am of myself!! I have my re-introduction ready for the morning, lol. Cheese on my omelet and a slice of toast. Now its time to see what ails me. and then this weekend I'll try an ice cold beer. Slow intro though. We'll see how it goes tomorrow. I just am so glad to have had you all through this unbelievable journey!!
  17. 1 point

    First Whole30! Hi from Spain

    Hola! Bienvenida! I once had a Spanish Tortilla and it changed my world. So delicious.
  18. 1 point

    Whole 30 Cookbook

    Some of the recipes in the book are full meal recipes and some are for the main course in which you would then need to add the veggies and fat... some in the cookbook are for veggie sides in which you would then need to add the protein and fat etc... Get familiar with the template (linked in my signature below) and then you just work out what you need to add to a specific recipe in order to make the plate match the template. You can have starchy carbs and fruit at the same meal if you like, just see how you feel a few hours after and throughout the day. I don't really understand what you mean about incorporating starch 'into' the eggs...
  19. 1 point

    August 14th Start Date

    Meal prep for the week (I'm proud of myself): I made Crock Pot ready Citrus Chicken (http://newleafwellness.biz/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Whole30-Slow-Cooker-Freezer-Meal-Plan-from-New-Leaf-Wellness.pdf) this afternoon and threw it in the freezer for a later date (maybe this week, maybe next?). In the oven I have a slightly modified version of Sheet Pan Chicken and Sage (http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-sheet-pan-chicken-red-potatoes-and-sage-235985). I had to split them into 2 pans and added some garlic to the red potatoes. I have a pork tenderloin in the refrigerator to make Slow Cooked Balsamic Pork Roast (https://paleoleap.com/slow-cooked-balsamic-pork-roast/) tomorrow. Boiled some eggs, bought prechopped veggie mix, prediced cauliflower (for cauli fried rice or cauli mash), and tons of frozen brocolli (one of my favorite quick veggies that I can top with anything to make a meal) along with berries, apples, bananas, nectarines, watermelon, cantalope (need lots of fruit for the kids). I think I'm ready for the week. Let's do this all! Day 22 and going strong.
  20. 1 point
    We weren't planning on it, but had to eat out on day 22 of our first whole30. (Due to being delayed and still having a two hour drive home, to our "safe" food.). Yes, at first I panicked , but knew this day would come eventually. Time to think fast. We almost went to Texas Roadhouse but I was still leery, having to trust the cook in the back, behind closed doors. Then I saw, Golden Corral. A place I haven't been to in years. My first thought was, "worse case scenario, we can always fill up on salad bar." After we paid $30 for 2 people (ouch) I was really hoping we could eat more than just salad. At first glance, it didn't look promising. So I slowed down, and looked harder. I asked the grill chef about the prime rib. Yup, butter. Then I told him of my "dietery restrictions" all of this conversation taking place with me bending down to talk to him under the sneeze bar..... I then asked about the steaks- "does the seasoning have sugars?" Bless his heart, he knew the answer,"yes." And then I kindly asked him if he would be willing to make two dry steaks, using only salt and pepper. "How would you like those cooked?" And a loud voice inside my head sang, "HALLELUJAH." So we filled up our salad plates with a plethora of veggies, dressed with oil and vinegar and " look, over there by the chocolate fondue fountain, fresh fruit! (And thinking, all those poor people are ruining their fresh fruit. They're missing out on the glorious favors of fruit!.). We still had a few minutes to wait for our medium rare steaks to be done and I didn't want to be rude and not be standing there with open arms, I.e. Open plate, so I continued to meander around. The harder I looked, the more I found. Next to the vat of melted fake cheese product was beautiful steamed broccoli and cauliflower. ( I asked, once again, yelling to someone under the sneeze bar.) steamed with water only. Who-hooo, Load me up!! I held two plates in my hand, and hollered with excitement to my husband across the room-" no butter!!!" And then a 12-13 year old boy walked up to me and said, "the butter's over there." Bless his heart. Further down the line I found baked potatoes and baked sweet potatoes. After confirming the very completely plain, we each grabbed a sweet potato, that was so moist, it didn't need a thing to be added to it. We were very satisfied with our $30 meal. We thanked our grill chef repeatedly and also asked the manager if there was a comment card and told her about our experience with her chef. We asked her to recognize him for his knowledge and willingness to help. She let us know that she also has a manual that list every ingredient in each item they serve and if we ever wanted to look at it, just ask. We left the restaurant feeling very accomplished and proud of ourselves. We were the minority leaving that restaurant, feeling good. Not only physically but mentally. You can go out to eat on Whole30! I might even be willing to let someone cook me something, behind closed doors. We'll see.
  21. 1 point
    The truth is, if it's not 30 days by the rules, it's not a Whole30. That said, there is no reason why you cannot adopt the way of eating for as long as you can and then go forth to college with what you learn about yourself and your relationship with food and try your best. You won't get a chance to do reintroductions which is the main point of the program but 24 days is better than nothing! Do the best you can while you have the opportunity because the healthier you are entering that stressful environment, the better off you'll be in the long run and when you CAN do a full 30 with reintros, I would encourage you to do so. Good luck at school!
  22. 1 point

    A fresh start on July 31st

    Congrats everyone! We did it! Some NSVs I noticed: clothes fitting better/looser, same for finger rings (although this is annoying because I JUST had my engagement ring resized twice prior to starting). Wearing less makeup as my skin has improved so much! No more 4pm slumps or energy dips and I'm sleeping so well. Less bloating/digestive discomfort. Sugar cravings have diminished. I've become a better/more adventurous cook and am more organised and well prepared. I lost just under 8lbs, a pleasant surprise. I have no idea how this happened, because not only was I eating tons of delicious food and plenty of fat, I wasn't exercising that much. It is interesting to me how much you can eat and still lose weight when sugar and alcohol are no longer an option. I hope I can maintain this weight. I worried that I would be tempted to celebrate with a chocolate or dairy binge (or a combo of both, hello Frappuccinos!) but I have no desire to. There's a box of chocolates in my fridge now that I'm going to give to my team at work tomorrow because I have zero desire to eat any of them. I AM excited about the slow cooked short ribs and roasted veggies that I'll be having for dinner tonight though! We have a work BBQ tomorrow, so it's a good opportunity to relax the rules a bit and reintroduce some dairy or a grain- I haven't decided what to reintroduce first.
  23. 1 point

    Applegate all beef hot dogs

    I purchased Applegate All Beef Hot Dogs yesterday and had one for lunch today. They are made out of Whole30 approved ingredients and are delicious! I felt like I was cheating because they tasted like a regular hot dog but 1000X better. I don't think I'll ever go back to regular hot dogs. Has anyone else tried these? I bought them at Sprouts for $5.99, which is a little pricey but totally worth it.
  24. 1 point
    I completed my 60 days! NSVs include: deeper sleep, brighter skin, improved self-respect, major breakthrough letting go of sugar, flatter belly, leaner appearance, clothes fitting better, fewer menstrual headaches, minimal gas, have let go of both my over-the-counter allergy meds, I'm happier, I'm more confident in my ability to age well, had no issue at home even though my spouse didn't join me, learned to adapt my cooking and many new wonderful recipes, confident that this is indeed a lifestyle change! I couldn't be happier. And I lost weight, too...knowing that I've done that in such a healthy way that feels so right is very rewarding. When I started this program I had been feeling so clunky in my body and now I feel graceful again. There have been bumps in the road but I'm so grateful for them because I got past them, and have learned so much! The fact that I needed to take an antibiotic during this process, and having such a strong reaction, but getting through it makes it all the more worthwhile. I learned even more nutrition than I had bargained for, and it's all good. Thanks for all of the support here, comrades!
  25. 1 point


    I too have reactive hypoglycemia. I am currently on day 18 of my second W30. I did the last one over Feb last year but I don't remember the exact dates. I do remember how hard it was though. I had headaches, the sweats, light headed-ness. It was downright awful for a while there, but by the end I felt GREAT! I tried to follow paleo throughout the year but got off track while on vacation in August and then come October, my diet was shot to shit again. Jan 2 my husband and I whole heartedly devoted ourselves to W30 again. I can honestly say that once I got through the first W30, I didn't have sugar issues until late November. December I had a few episodes and I know exactly why. W30 is the ONLY thing I have ever done that has alleviated the hypoglycemia crashes. It is the ONLY thing that I have ever experienced that truly helped me understand the way food has affected my body. I have always known the mechanical reasons why it happens to me. But I never really "got it" until I felt the healing powers of eating the correct way. And to be honest the W30 I did last year was the first time in my life I can honestly say that I felt HUNGRY and not sugar starving. I am sure that is not the correct terminology. Instead of the shakes, I felt hungry but level headed at the same time. It has been an awesome journey for me and I have a long way to go. I'm just glad we have friends who introduced us to paleo and the W30 and support us through it all.