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  1. ____Emily____

    Whole January

    Hope everyone had a great weekend! I was super busy - I've been doing training to volunteer as a community tax preparer (plus I had a couple of book clubs). On Saturday I left my house at 8am and didn't get back until 9pm. I really wanted to give up to be honest, especially at my evening book club, which was held at a cool food hall. But I ate a couple hard boiled eggs before I went, and just ordered a tea to have while everyone else had drinks and dinner. Also, halfway through as of today!
    3 points
  2. KalinaM

    Whole January

    The past few days have been going alright for me. The PROBLEM I am finding with batch cooking is by the week's end (yesterday and today) I am VERY sick of the options I made for myself! I started freezing some individual portions of meals to pull out in a week or two when I have a break from them! I'm never one to like eating something more than twice, maybe 3 times if I'm pushing it. I just don't like leftovers. But, I am the only one in my family doing whole30 this time around, so all the meals are mine and it's a lot to get through. But, at least it will save me prep time in future weeks wi
    3 points
  3. Artemis22

    Whole January

    Hi Everyone! I am on day one also. I have done the Whole 30 before but botched my reintroduction. Looking forward to completing the whole thing this time.
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  4. Hi all. I’m returning again, I think for my …. 6th? Whole30. It’s been a long summer. I’ve flirted between calorie counting, attempting rounds of keto and fast800 and other diets just to keep my head above water so to speak, weight wise. However, you cannot beat that buoyant, energetic, zesty feeling of a good round of whole30. I work in school so September is as good as January really for a new year/new start mentality! I cut out alcohol on 14th august after we returned from holiday so I am already 2+ weeks in with that, and started my September w30 yesterday, as my sons birthday is 29t
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  5. Back on track today. Tomorrow's breakfast and lunch are prepped and tomorrow's dinner will be Whole Foods. I have been a bit more relaxed though. Did not really have much of a dinner since lunch was late and larger. Grazed off of my kid's plates. Did their roasted broccoli touch rice and ketchup? Probably. No visible contamination, but something I would not do during my 30 days. This was not eating after I was already full and I feel better about less food waste. Dog got the extra chicken nugget and some rice (haha), but I cleaned up the veggies.
    3 points
  6. Hey everyone - less than 34 hours to the end! No shame in admitting my first intro is going to be a glass of very good wine. After that, haven't really been missing bread or dairy. I'm a little afraid to add grain, especially wheat since I think it just saps the energy out of me. I notice my energy levels are pretty even throughout the day, and ready to go to sleep at an appropriate time at night. I don't want to mess with that! Enjoy the last few hours, this phase of W30 will be over before you know it!
    3 points
  7. Niya

    Whole January

    Same here. Just kicked in the last few days. Technically I'm not on Whole 30 anymore, I introduced butter after the 30 days (I started early). But I have no cravings anymore. Especially sugar just feels like too much. Huge for me since I was eating some kind of chocolate or something daily before this. Also, I tried half and half the other day in my coffee. No bueno. But I have decided to stay whole 30 for awhile. Reintroduce very slowly over the next month. Otherwise, I know I will drift back into old habits and I want this to settle in as my new lifestyle. I like the way I feel.
    2 points
  8. KalinaM

    Whole January

    I find it so overwhelming with meal prepping and batch cooking that I also never get more into the movement portion! Oh well- good idea though about being more intentional with walks when the weather gets a bit warmer! I'm finally feeling like I am doing a whole30! I am still contemplating extending to 45 days since it just kicked in the last day or two. Between the detox, a virus and a nasty menstrual cycle, my body is finally "over the hump" and I would like it to last more than just 10 days or so! So--- as much as I'm "over this" I'm also seriously considering two more weeks to
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  9. ____Emily____

    Whole January

    I'm getting to the point where I'm both ready to be done and also thinking I could do this forever. It's feeling easy, but also I am bored with food in general. Went to a book club at a wine bar and got peppermint tea. I really miss wine, lol. Someone else in the group is doing Whole30 as well so it was fun to talk about. Also spent this morning at a coffee shop, which I do every Sunday morning; today the coffee shop smelled so strongly of cinnamon rolls. I've never gotten a cinnamon roll from that coffee shop before (and I've been going every Sunday for over 5 years now), but they s
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  10. Sheila B

    Whole January

    For what it's worth, I did FODMAP elimination a year and a half ago and it's somewhat complicated - there are some foods you can't eat at all, some you can only eat in small amounts, it matters what combination of foods you eat.... I wouldn't recommend trying to do it in conjunction with Whole30. Just my two cents. But hopefully you'll start feeling better in the next couple of days and won't need to do it at all!
    2 points
  11. CGinDC

    Whole January

    Hate to admit it, but weight loss (or at least, kicking off healthier habits that can lead to weight loss) was a secondary goal for me too. I think I've probably dropped the extra holiday pounds but would like to lose some of the extra weight I've been carrying ever since I had my kids. I like that the standard response from the W30 people on that is that if you have weight to lose, you will likely lose some. And that rapid weight loss is never sustainable. It's hard to remind myself of that but it is true.
    2 points
  12. KalinaM

    Whole January

    OOOOO--- how'd they turn out?? We did pizza/wing night as well. And my daughter kept stealing my potato wedges and my husband kept stealing my kale chips I made! So my meal was good, too! And the wings go so well in that primal kitchen buffalo sauce. These are all tried and true go to websites for me too! I also found recently what will become a tried and true website in https://whatgreatgrandmaate.com/ Lots of whole30 options there as well. I've had a virus since Tuesday night. I'm feeling much much better, but still have a cough and congestion. Thursday was absol
    2 points
  13. Niya

    Whole January

    Adam, this is great.. that you see this. I use food to numb, distract and stimulate my need for excitement and motion in my life. I've always been this way. Stimulation junkie. I believe now that it's an escape from lurking depression. Now in my first whole 30 having removed the sugar and dairy etc. depression has hit. Knowing this helps me a lot. I see it as a process of connecting with other things in life that are overall more satisfying when food isn't the go to. Thank you for your post.
    2 points
  14. AdamzW30

    Whole January

    Hello everyone! We've made it over a week now! Things are smoothing out. Not as many headaches, but sleep has been off. Energy getting better. It looks like everyone is making it through alright. I'm glad to be doing this, because it's true, life triggers us often to reach for junk food to curb our emotions. I am a junk-food binger. I've had a big problem with it since I quit drinking alcohol and smoking cigs ~7 years ago. I stay in shape since I'm active, but it's affecting my health and energy daily now. That's the main thing I'm trying to get control of, and for good. Went to a
    2 points
  15. Artemis22

    Whole January

    Good Morning Everyone, Things are going ok. I am really trying to work on my relationship with food this time. My father has some really serious health issues and caretaking is stressful. Part of doing the Whole 30 is to break the cycle of eating something with sugar when I am stressed about him. I was picking up his medicine yesterday at the grocery store pharmacy and there was a problem. My first thought was a dessert. I think it is the " I don't want to feel this how do I make it stop" thing. So i bought some Larabars. They are compliant and I thought I would sneak around the rules th
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  16. ____Emily____

    Whole January

    This is what I like to hear! Good luck to everyone on Day 1 tomorrow! I'm about to go hard boil a bunch of eggs in my new Instapot (Christmas gift). Hardboiled eggs are my go-to breakfast. I've lately been skipping breakfast, but I know I need to start my day off well to get through the day. I always really struggle with the sugar withdrawal during week 1 and I'm aiming to not rely on fruits to feed the dragon this time.
    2 points
  17. Terez R

    Whole January

    Hi. New to this and starting Jan 3. Taking this weekend to read my Whole30 book and get my kitchen in order. I also have the Day by Day book hoping it helps keep me on track. Good luck everyone! I’ll be checking back here for sure during next 30 days!
    2 points
  18. Maybe try peppermint or ginger tea in the morning to help with nausea (it can be hot or cold, whichever he prefers). He does need to eat. Between the not eating in the morning and the focus on weight loss, I would guess he may not be eating enough, which is going to contribute to him feeling tired and run down. Potatoes are fine. Is it possible to eat too many? Sure. But if what gets him to clean up his diet and eat less chips and ice cream is potatoes, it seems like a good trade off, and a stepping stone to more veggies later, when he's ready. Whole30 can still work for him, but h
    2 points
  19. The only "pasta" that is allowed on either the original or the plant-based Whole30 would be vegetables cut into pasta-like shapes. So, butternut squash cut into "noodles" using a spiralizer or mandolin. I'm not sure exactly what recipe you're talking about but if it involved pasta made from a mix of vegetables and some type of flour to form noodles, it is not compatible with Whole30. Plant-based Whole30 contains protein sources that are not allowed on the original Whole30, like soy and other legumes, because people who choose not to eat any animal-based items would not have enough protei
    2 points
  20. I had a pretty darned good day! I have moved on to "Whole 30-ish". Today I went to my favorite brunch spot in a nearby town, sat outside in the cold Because Covid, and had Eggs Benedict -- but instead of bread or English muffin, I had them put it over spinach. So yummy! Went on a nice walk, maybe 2-3 miles, with a friend on the river nearby.
    2 points
  21. Thank you so much, @Aliem999! Also, I hope you feel better soon! I really appreciate it. Good to know about the raw veggies. I'm trying to increase my portions overall, but it's just hard to have enough time and energy to cook so much food. Still, I'm planning to do a Whole40, since my joint aches and pains haven't gone away (they've kind of gotten worse), to see if I just need a bit longer. Big congrats to everyone who has finished the program!!! Cheers to all of you!!! Anyone have any Tiger Blood (catching up on posts now)??
    2 points
  22. It might be. It might be that you've gone much lower in carbs than you're used to, and some people feel anxious or depressed when they do that. Be sure you're eating enough in general, but definitely try for at least one serving each day of starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, root vegetables like beets, carrots, parsnips, or rutabaga, or winter squashes like butternut, acorn, or kabocha squash. Sometimes people also find that they've been using food as a coping mechanism, eating to avoid dealing with issues, and during Whole30 they can’t do that anymore. If you feel like
    2 points
  23. Congrats on the blood pressure and weight loss!! That’s awesome!!
    2 points
  24. Tiff, applause for trying some nonalc ideas. Another idea is to try shrubs - a few weeks ago I purchased a key lime balsamic vinegar (kind of like a shrub) and the gal at the store (it's a specialty olive oil/vinegar shop) and she mentioned it was delightful in a sparkling water - tasted a bit like seven-up! And it did, w/o the sugar! I've dived right back into true drinking - but in moderation. Tonight we made margaritas but I used Swerve. The husband and I are in a groove not needing breads, dairy....but we are going to have vegetarian enchiladas (with grain free home made tortil
    2 points
  25. @MizRik sounds good, waiting on the reintro! @MaddMac sounds like a good Day 31! @Aliem999i hope you get to feeling better. flu or Covid or unknown? I tried another nonalcoholic drink tonight, with some sugar. Either the sugar or the natural flavors are causing a weird sensation in my mouth and tongue. I sometimes have citrus/orange allergies, so I suspect that is the culprit. I was kind of hoping that had gone away. Oh well! Otherwise still on-plan. Felt the urge to go get a bagel and cream cheese. Didn't.
    2 points
  26. @MizRik I totally get it. I am for sure adding two days because I had half a grain of accidental rice day two. Also it is Wednesday and Thursday so not a big deal. Ideally, I want to add another week or two on since I am clearly losing weight and that was one of my goals (first being to get back in the habit of cooking, eating veggies, etc which for the last few months I was completely off the wagon.) Friday/the weekend will be tougher to stay on track. I do hope to go until Super Bowl Sunday and then splurge with some fries (compliant ingredients, but not compliant in general) and a gin and s
    2 points
  27. CGinDC

    Whole January

    I hear you on this. It's gotten a lot easier to just throw something together out of what's in the fridge, but I'm also feeling kind of blah with meals lately. I had a couple cooking fails yesterday, which sucks because I'm not going to throw out food just because I'm not happy with it. The one exception with that is the roasted butternut I made with dinner last night that tasted like dish soap - not eating that. I think I hadn't rinsed the pan or the silicone mat well enough when I did the dishes. It was the last two squash from my summer garden so it was really disappointing. My cold i
    1 point
  28. Niya

    Whole January

    I hear you. I started going to bed earlier that helped a bit. As well as magnesium and powdered vit. C. Also, I started a week early so am beginning to reintroduce. The only thing I have introduced is butter. I was surprised how much of a lift that gave me. On the other hand no sugar, wine or bread cravings. Sending you lots of good energy Kalina. Food testing from a naturpath helped me. i was surprised by a few things. You may have something going on with some of the foods in W30.
    1 point
  29. KalinaM

    Whole January

    Day 21! How'd this happen so fast? Feeling pretty good. Wishing the tiger blood would be more forceful. I do have a bit more energy and some NSV, but nothing like a switch flipped. Also starting the "I'm so over this" part of the timeline for sure. I am still only getting 6.5 /7 hours of sleep, not sure what to do about that. I fall asleep around 11/11:30 and then wake up at 5:30 or so and can't get back to sleep.
    1 point
  30. Niya

    Whole January

    I had the first great night's sleep last night. And am now having regular BM's which is amazing for me because I have IBS. The only thing I'm struggling with now is a sense of heaviness - fullness that isn't super comfortable. My metabolism is slow and this feels like a lot of food. My hope is that my metabolism will speed up in time. I swim 4 x's a week and walk as often as possible. Yesterday, I drank more bone broth and feeling more energy today. And cutting down on meat proportions is helping a bit. Hope you all are doing fabulously.
    1 point
  31. KalinaM

    Whole January

    Downhill slope!! Woohoo! Although, I'm feeling kind of discouraged. The past two days I've had slight digestive/bathroom issues in the morning and bloating at night. Something I'm eating? Still getting over illness? PMS because my cycle is near? Who knows. I may end up extending this to a whole45 if things don't turn around in the next day or so. And I may end up looking into FODMAPS for that extra 15 if needed. Sigh-- so discouraged because of that. My mind is very clear, once I manage to fall asleep, I sleep soundly and cravings have definitely gone away. So hooray for NSV!!
    1 point
  32. ShannonM816

    Grain reintroduction

    Yes, you can do reintroduction in any order. The important thing is to do just one type of food, and wait at least two days before reintroducing the next food, or longer if you're experiencing any symptoms that last longer than that. Also, even if beans are not a major part of your diet, you may want to reintro soy and peanuts at some point as they both show up in unexpected foods.
    1 point
  33. ____Emily____

    Whole January

    According to the Whole30 timeline, this is totally normal around this time (they have it at days 6-7, but I personally think it's happening all the first week and we're not noticing until later thanks to the the sugar hangover), but I'm sure staying up late isn't helping. Sorry to hear about your family problems I've been having problems falling asleep at night and I'm wondering if I need to be more cautious about which teas I'm drinking in the evenings. I haven't really been thinking about it, but I think the caffeine from the black teas are possibly keeping me up.
    1 point
  34. CGinDC

    Whole January

    How is everyone doing on Day 5 (ish...not sure if we're all exactly on the same schedule)? My sugar headache is pretty much gone but I'm super tired. I don't think it's necessarily W30 related, maybe, but I have not gotten enough hours of sleep most nights this week and it's taking a toll. I've got some pretty heavy family stuff going on and that's been weighing on me in the evenings after kids are in bed, when I finally have time to think. I've been having a hard time just getting my brain to turn off. The good news is that I've slept soundly once I do finally get to bed, so that's a pos
    1 point
  35. It's really up to you, as long as what you eat is Whole30 compatible. Leftovers could be easy, or you could keep some hard boiled eggs cooked and ready, or some pre-cut vegetables, or if you like something more starchy, you could precook some potato or sweet potato to grab when you take your meds. Whatever works best for you.
    1 point
  36. AdamzW30

    Whole January

    Awesome! We will all be here in support!
    1 point
  37. ____Emily____

    Whole January

    I'll be joining you all on the Whole30 this January with my husband. We were going to start Jan 1, but figure we'll make it a Monday start. This will be my 4th Whole30 (although I ended the second Whole30 a day early on day 30 with a bachelorette party). I have been TTC for about 7 months now, and I have discovered that I have long cycles, some of which are anovulatory. During my previous Whole30s, I had an IUD in and wasn't getting periods or tracking my cycle, so I'm hoping that I'll discover that Whole30 helps regulate my cycle. Regardless, I need something to get me into a good diet/exe
    1 point
  38. ladyshanny

    Whole January

    That all sounds great, @AdamzW30! You're in the right spot on the forum for January Whole30!
    1 point
  39. Day 27. I’m still not well, in fact today k have taken the day off work and stayed in bed all morning. Then got up and have had a very slow afternoon. I have not felt well now for weeks. I am feeling quite down about it as I have had a really successful w30, no alcohol for nearly 8 weeks and yet I don’t feel any better. No tiger blood at all (yet) and I feel exhausted and wiped out. I know it’s not really related to my w30 but I had hoped I would feel better and I feel the same if not worse. i intend to just carry on with the plan but as it is my husbands birthday we are going out for a mea
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  40. I'm sorry this happened to you. Unfortunately this is not really something that we can necessarily help you with here on the forum -- we aren't medical professionals and this is really beyond what knowledge we have. Normally for people who are ill and having trouble keeping food down we would recommend bland foods like broth, sweet potatoes, plain chicken, or baked potatoes, but you've already tried that. At this point I think it's probably more important that you eat something than that you stick to Whole30. If you decide to try Whole30 again in the future, you might want to resear
    1 point
  41. Hi! I'm new here. Starting June 27. I realize I'll be behind everyone, but you seem like a fun group. I hope to see some lessons learned. I'm still reading through the book, so still learning about what I can and can't eat. Based on all of my research, I believe I have leaky gut, and I suffer horrible allergies. I'm excited to see if Whole 30 will help. Cheers!
    1 point
  42. SugarcubeOD

    Frozen Fruit

    This is fine. You'd be looking for sugars mostly - can't think of what else that is not compatible that would be added to frozen fruit but just compare all the ingredients to the rules (including the sneaky sugars and additives list we have (linked in my signature below) and you're golden!
    1 point
  43. My understanding is that for a vegetarian/vegan diet, FODMAP's can be a challenge - there's some great resources on high and low fodmap foods if you search google like fodmapeveryday.com that give quantities of things like beans that you can still eat while staying low fodmap. Of course, please apply the rules of the PBWhole30 to anything you find, for instance, most low fodmap lists will list corn or grains which is off limits for both Whole30 programs.
    1 point
  44. Hello! I really related to your posts. Being married for 36 years...it is easy for me to just hang out with the hubby and eat easy foods. For avoiding McDonalds...I have resorted to putting my wallet in the trunk of my car. It makes it a real hassle to stop for the junk now. I am just not willing to pull over, pop the trunk, then head to the drive through. Also, we are grocery shopping more often and panning meals. I am going to buy the cook books because I am getting bored with my creations. Good luck for the rest of this week. You are definitely not alone on this journey
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  45. Can I have a glass of wine or champagne?
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  46. kremasmooth

    Intro

    Hi! started 4/1. I’ve been vegetarian for 20 years. Eat eggs and a little dairy. I have done Whole30 a couple times in the past. It was a little more difficult being vegetarian so I was really happy to see the PB program. Hope there are others who join in. Someone has to Talk me down when I NEED a Reese’s Peanut Butter Easter Egg.
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  47. This is done as per request, you can see it here: Plant Based Recipes - Whole30 Thanks for the great idea!
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  48. I don’t know what I was thinking…. Clearly I was in a post Night Shift fog and NOT thinking. A co-worker and I grabbed breakfast together on our way home from the hospital. I made the decision that I would intro gluten/flour. So I got a breakfast sandwich that was grilled chicken on a biscuit. No cheese. No sauce. Nothing else. Just chicken and a biscuit. I didn’t even add egg because I already know those can give me headaches. I felt good about my decision. Enjoyed breakfast and the company. Went to bed feeling fine. Woke up this afternoon to head back to work and sudden
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  49. Hi All, hope everyone is doing okay! Exciting to hear about all the NSVs - that's awesome! Congrats to everyone! I've just started Day 21. I felt really good the first week, then I got my period which kind of took me out, and now, for the last week, I've been having headaches every day and am really tired at night. And I find I'm still getting hungry between meals. I'm trying to eat as much as I can, and to eat potatoes for carbs and fat at every meal, but it sometimes still doesn't feel like enough. I already spend 30 mins eating my meal each time (way more than I used to before Whole30
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  50. I have really really struggled This last week. I just totally list my mojo. My food has been awful. It’s very unlike me, but I have had several times where I’ve just eaten everything in sight. I don’t feel like I really did w30 this time round. So I’m restarting. It’s annoying that my month off alcohol couldn’t coincide with my month of healthy food so although earlier in the month I felt good I am ending the month really feeling deflated and not feeling good at all. I love the whole food lifestyle though and when I get on it, I feel so much better, literally within days, so tha
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