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  1. I've done several Whole30's (at least ten but probably more) and even did a Whole75 last year. I felt great and was able to stay active with no issues. I wanted to try Keto so I did that the second half of the year. It was a keto/Whole30 hybrid and also made me feel great. However, I started getting depressed in December and began shoveling unhealthy food in my mouth because it made me feel better. Then I started feeling bad so I ate more bad food. I knew what the bad food was doing to me but couldn't stop and my depression got worse. I started on an anti-depressant at the beginning of January
    6 points
  2. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    I decided to change my avatar tonight, in honor of Toby. He's the toad who has spent so much time with me this summer. One morning, I came outside to find Toby sitting backwards in the cab of the dump truck. "Do you ever just feel all turned around?" was my immediate thought. I shared it with my friend, and we had a good laugh. But Toby had a plan. He was working toward a goal. You see ~ I had come outside on a previous morning to find him sitting on top of the cab of the dump truck. And I came out on a later morning (after this avatar pic) to find him fully immerse
    5 points
  3. Hello forum! I’ve done this twice before but privately. The quarantine and work from home has Turned my brain and body into battlefield- everyday I say today’s the day I stop with the junk and over eating. And then ... tomorrow. Today was one of those days. All went well til late night cookies and crackers. So this time I’m reaching out to community. I’ll wake up August 5th and start this. I’m a pescatarian so some limitations. But I can do it! Did some prep work already and have all my old hacks - lots of hard boiled eggs, bags of fresh and frozen veggies, canned fish, nuts, etc. I’m r
    5 points
  4. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 13: 8/8/20 – Enjoying being sober. How about that?
    5 points
  5. So, I have an unhealthy obsession with my weight. I lost 22 pounds my first round, 12 my second, and about 6 this third one (weighed in this morning, which is my Day 31!). 1) I basically did them consecutively over the past few months. 2) I probably had more to lose at first and the novelty has worn off. 3) I probably under-ate my first round and have progressively incorporated more carbs/fats/variety into my Whole30 diet. So I only lost 6 pounds, BUT I have so many NSVs... Most of them are related to mental health improvements - I have been diagnosed as bipolar and b
    5 points
  6. I'm starting a new Whole 30 after spending most of these few months of self-isolation eating like a 4th grader whose parents are out of town. During self-isolation, I have also done a number on my knee (too much anxiety-walking, I think). Probably just a little patellar tendonitis. The inflammation is pretty bad. I want my knee back. Back away from the Chips Ahoy, Contessa. My sleep has also been kind of dodgy, and I just feel/look more sluggish than I'd like. Grocery shopping yesterday, I was delighted by the number of great products on the shelf that are Whole 30. Thank you, Sir Ke
    5 points
  7. Hi Everyone! I'm Patrick and I'm starting the Whole30 tomorrow (Monday, June 1st 2020) with my mom. I have been back and forth with my health for a few years now. While I have been relatively health-conscious, I haven't achieved a sustainably healthy lifestyle that allows me to maintain my goals long-term. This is definitely a time of transition in my life: I am currently living at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, after which I will be relocating to LA for work. I was also recently in an accident that broke my collarbone that I am still recovering from. Since there's a lot of
    5 points
  8. Food journal for 6/5/20: Breakfast: 2 eggs + spinach + ground turkey Lunch: diced sweet potato and white potato + broccoli + ground turkey with Garlic Everything sauce Snack: ~3 oz cashewmilk "yogurt"; 3-4 pieces "Crunchies" fruit snacks. The Crunchies are probably not a good idea even though they are literally just freeze-dried strawberries, blueberries, and bananas with no additives. They taste quite sweet after a few days away from my packaged cookies. I have not eaten many crunchy foods this week, and I miss them. The crunch, man. We homo sapiens really love the crunch.
    5 points
  9. Food journal from 6/1/20: Breakfast: 2 egg scrambled in olive oil, coffee with cashew milk Lunch: Roasted chicken + mashed cauliflower + steamed broccoli with Primal Kitchen teriyaki sauce Dinner: Spaghetti squash + meatballs + spaghetti sauce I actually started my food revolution on 5/30/20, so it's been a few days. Right on time, a mild headache is brewing. It's like my body is crying out for potato chips and M&Ms. Fortunately, before all this happened, I tossed all the primo junk food into the garbage. Yep, I tossed the name brand stuff. The potato chips that cost $4
    5 points
  10. kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    ROUND 5 RESULTS Alright, well, I'm officially done with my Whole30 so I thought I would log my scale- and non-scale victories! I'm also planning to continue for another month, so I've added measurements, which I will compare in another 30 days. I lost more weight than I thought this round, but it felt a lot harder to see and feel the difference. Probably because it's less easy to notice weight loss when you only wear sweats! LOL. Much easier to notice when you're actually wearing real clothing, like business pants! I still continue to be disappointed that I don't have more energy b
    5 points
  11. Amy_Michigan

    Amy's Log for 2020

    Hi everyone! I was here last year around July/August 2019. I'm 33 now and my starting weight at the beginning of 2020 was 240! [Shriek! Highest ever for me.] I am here again to make something wonderful happen in my life! Every Nov/Dec, I start getting depressed. I think one reason is the weight gain, I'm sure. The other is the lack of sunshine. Unfortunately, I can't do UV therapy (according to my rheumatologist) because I have lupus and UV light can trigger a lupus flare (achy joints, rash, etc). Here is where my grandma would say- are you taking your vitamin D supplements? And th
    5 points
  12. Hey everyone! My name is Julie, I'm 41, and I had such great results on my first Whole30 in January, that I want to do it again in March! I am taking February to slowly reintroduce foods to see how I react to them. I was so excited to see the affect these foods had on my system, but the results have been anticlimactic. I just don't feel very good, clean, or healthy when I eat dairy, gluten, sugar, or alcohol. Not sure about legumes, peanuts, or other grains yet. I hated the rules at first, and don't consider my self to be a big "rules girl." But I came to love and cherish them and I wan
    5 points
  13. Congratulations on setting a date! I found the whole 30 log forum as well as the Whole30recipes on Instagram and the recipes in the whole 3 books a huge help and inspiration. I made a list on my phone with links or page reference to recipes that inspired me so when it was time to grocery shop I had a quick reference on some new and delicious recipes. This kept things a little more interesting than baked chicken and roasted veggies every night. Also if you can take some time before your start to make a couple condiments to aid you in your cooking you will be glad you did. Rather than t
    5 points
  14. ladyshanny

    PSA: Don't Get Lost!

    Public Service Announcement: The group threads in this section of the forum can be extremely fast moving and as such, the volunteer moderators have a hard time keeping up with reading the hundreds of posts that go whizzing by. That said, if you are struggling or something doesn't seem right or you need some specific help, please create a new post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 portion of the forum. Make the title of your post as specific as possible to assist in getting a response sooner. For example, titling your post "Can't Break the 3pm Slump!" rather than just "Someone Plea
    5 points
  15. October 28th-I made a series of bad choices because of poor planning and ended up giving up for 5 straight days. I've already been noncompliant for my first meal today, but I'm restarting today. My pain levels are so clearly tied to what I eat, but it takes a few days for impact to kick in. Wouldn't it be so much easier if as soon as I ate something inflammatory, my pain shot through the roof? Almost like eating bad seafood and having a reaction within just a few hours? But it's not like that, it takes a few days. I know this. My desire to have pain controlled has to be stronger than m
    4 points
  16. Is It Tiger Blood? I woke up at 4:30 am and felt rested after only five hours of sleep. Yesterday we hiked what some consider a strenuous but short hiking trail up to the most beautiful waterfall and, while it was difficult, there is no way I would consider it strenuous. We're staying in Lexington, SC right outside of Columbia and we drove the two and a half hours to Marietta, SC to hike the Falls Creek Waterfall Trail. The day before we went to Columbia Canal and Riverfront Park and walked along the canal after I swam an hour in the pool at the airbnb. Today, we will either canoe Cedar C
    4 points
  17. Tevenie

    Tevenie's Whole30 Diary

    Thank you, I feel all full of early autumnal, crisp early morning air enthusiasm. I am not sure if that is a thing, but I feel it anyway. I have just signed up for 30 days of 15 mins a day of Pilates too. So lots of menu planning and getting ready this weekend. I am excited to feel well again. I intend to make sure I go into next year healthy and happy. Looking forward to chatting with you all again. x
    4 points
  18. Feeling listless on a Friday night. I made plans to enjoy a breezy patio dinner at a restaurant with my fella tonight, but in the end we canceled the reservations out of COVID concerns. Infection rates in our area seem to be really high, and I am not sure I can handle two hours in public without a mask on, even if it's outdoors. "Your 'Surge Capacity' is Depleted — It's Why You Feel Awful" This essay has been making the rounds in my social media circles, including a repost from W30's Melissa Urban. It resonates with me. I continue to find help in hearing (reading) other people's refl
    4 points
  19. Day 14: 8/9/20 -- I just don't have much to say at this point. Whole 30 works, it just makes sense, and it's not anything new to me. I feel a lot better and I can't really believe where I was a couple of weeks ago. I've reduced my stress considerably by not signing up for any nursing shifts for over a week now. That helps!
    4 points
  20. I am a 46 year old female in good health. No hypertension, diabetes, good weight (I'd like to lose a few more, but you know...), etc... I'm a pretty healthy person EXCEPT for this addiction to sugar which I have and love. Complicate that with the fact that I LOVE to bake. I must be in menopause as I have not had a visit from Aunt Flo since October. Aunt Flo has not stopped by since then, but Cousin lb has been coming consistently since then. Then comes the corona-work-from-home situation and that stress. I went for a physical on 4/30/20. This was my Lipid panel Total Cholestero
    4 points
  21. Hi everyone! A coworker of mine mentioned a few weeks ago that she had just finished the Whole 30 and was feeling really good. Out of curiosity and a need for change I was reading through different diets and decided to look into it. I was very happy to see that it wasnt a weight loss diet focused thing but a feel good and get healthy kind of thing. I suffer from inflammatory arthritis (similar to RA) and a fibro mix. I have a myriad of other health issues and among other things I am a BIG girl So Im confident that any change in my diet will be extremely beneficial on all fronts. Beca
    4 points
  22. Food journal for 6/19/20: Breakfast: Brussels sprouts + meatballs + butternut squash + sauce; a little Forager cashewmilk kefir Lunch: Last serving of leftover salmon cakes + diced red potato + sauce Dinner: Oh my goodness, surprise California rolls with my boyfriend on the patio of a restaurant. Yes, this was an infraction of my Whole 30. This was not a compliant meal (rice + soy sauce). However, I went with "food freedom" in the moment. Because rice and soy sauce are not trigger foods for me, and because sitting on a patio with my man was such a luscious break from the difficu
    4 points
  23. Food journal for 6/12/20: Breakfast: This was a grumpy breakfast smoothie of spinach, blueberries, cashewmilk, etc. Lunch: Spaghetti squash + ground turkey + brussels sprouts + broccoli + sauce Dinner: Melissa Joulwan's Cuban Meatballs + mashed potatoes + broccoli Woke up this morning feeling like straight-up trash. I don't think this is a Whole30 or carb flu thing..... probably more about not having been to my chiropractor since before COVID tranformed us all into shut-ins. I think my gimpy knee is affecting my gait; my lopsided gait is influencing my lower back, and my lo
    4 points
  24. Meal 1: Thai Green Curry tuna patties with steamed broccolini and spicy mayo Meal 2: OMG, I went to the supermarket and they had this amazing standing rib roast on clearance, so cheap! So I snapped it up, with rub it, sear it, then oven it til it's medium and serve it with roasted veggie medley and brown onion and peppercorn gravy! Edit: I just went to put the last tuna patty away (ok, in my mouth. I went to put it in my mouth) and one of the cats has had a go at it. Joke's on them, there was a LOT of curry paste in those patties! Suckers!
    4 points
  25. Food journal for 6/11/20: Breakfast: Spaghetti squash + shredded chicken + brussels sprouts + sauce + 1 egg Lunch: Mashed potatoes + ground turkey + sauteed spinach + sauce; one baby food pouch of apple, sweet potato, coconut milk, blueberry, etc. Dinner: Sauteed shrimp + cauliflower rice + steamed broccoli + sauce with cashewmilk yogurt Today was a very frustrating day at work, and the first time in this W30 that I have felt like face-planting riiiiiiight into a bucket of ice cream. I am not sure what I would have done today if it weren't for this reset. Doing a W30 i
    4 points
  26. Day 30!!! This was by far the easiest round. I credit that to not even having the opportunity to eat out, having ALL the time in the world to prep and cook and shop, and having no outside pressures at all. Here's hoping that as that stuff begins to creep back in, it stays easy I downloaded FFF yesterday and have started it - @ShadowInTheKitchen I hear you with reading at night LOL, I'm 2 pages and out like a light!! I forgot to eat meal 1 today, only realised after 3:30 when I was out walking the dog. Had a mini-meal when I got home of a bit of cauli/brocc rice and a bit of chicken t
    4 points
  27. kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Thank you! I just don't think "I want to lose weight" is enough. I think you need a soul calling to really change. And for me, that isn't caring about the way I look. It's caring about how I want to be able to interact with the world around me.
    4 points
  28. Food journal for 6/8/20: Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs + kale + 1 piece bacon; black coffee. I really can't remember the last time I consumed black coffee. I neither loved nor hated it. Pre-Whole30 coffee for me was not a daily experience, but when I had it, it was a big, sumptuous affair with lots of frothed milk and sugar. Black coffee is a different animal entirely. Lunch: Power-eating in the precious, 6-minute window between meetings about my company re-org. Broccoli, spaghetti squash, sweet potato, roasted chicken + Garlic Everything sauce. A splash of cashewmilk yogurt. Dinn
    4 points
  29. I did everything on my checklist yesterday. I even took the dog for a walk a little earlier than I had planned, then read for a while, did yoga, and made dinner (leftover grilled chicken and the rest of that risotto). I also had a glass of wine with my dinner, though no vegetables. I was feeling really good about myself and then I saw the bag of Twizzlers - "I'm not on Whole 30 yet, I can eat these." So I did. And then later, three dinner rolls with butter. I wasn't even hungry. It was me thinking that I'm about to move away from these foods, I won't be able to have them anymore, I can
    4 points
  30. Good morning! Day... 18? The last couple of nights I have struggled to get to sleep due to to twitchy legs. It's been really weird. It's like there's this twitch in my lower back that makes my legs feel weird and I just want to keep moving them. I hope it goes away. So last night I actually did a workout. Exercise is supposed to make you release happy endorphins, right? This one just made me maaaaaaaad. No reason, just like epic PMS cranky. It passed, eventually, but I was a bit of a sook for the rest of the night. But, I've decided to make the effort to go back to Taekwondo. I
    4 points
  31. Sav Millz

    Day 19

    Hey friends, Its day 19 here, somehow I have managed to make it to this point. I survived camping, brunches, cakes, desserts, and watching my coworkers eat cheese right in front of me. I never thought I could ever turn down food, let alone not wanting to indulge or partake in the food around me. It was extremely hard at first, and the first week I felt really terrible. I've had some bad cravings, but I have not given in to them and Ive been reading the Whole 30 day by day book and thats been helping a lot. There have been a few days that I have snacks, and take naps. There have been days
    4 points
  32. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 31: 5/14/20 Weighed in today ~ same conditions: 126.4 lbs That's 4.8 lbs in 30 days ~ and 3.7% of my weight = gone.
    4 points
  33. In a pop tart the cinnamon would probably be the only thing that was compliant...
    4 points
  34. I did it! My first online forum and I announced my start date! Whew! Quite an accomplishment for this Facebook phobic female. I am super motivated: new foods, new recipes, NSVs - Counting on the Whole30 forum for guidance and inspiration!
    4 points
  35. Hello! I'm new to Whole30. I will begin tomorrow and am busy prepping today. I cleaned out the kitchen and made my meal plan for the week. I'm off to the grocery this afternoon. I'm very excited. But looking for a Support Group. My friends and family are tired of watching me try and not succeed. But I'll use this forum for accountability. I'm keeping a promise to MYSELF for the next 30 days!
    4 points
  36. I have a freezer full of frozen soup which is non-compliant, but my migraines are back causing vertigo with a vicious vengeance and I can't live like this . Round 3 Day 1 will be kicking off Tuesday 28 January. I'll go through to 9 March, because the hubster will be away 29 Feb -9 March so it will be very easy to stay compliant that extra week. Food prep will happen Monday with mayo, chimmichurri, pesto, and at least 2 weeks worth of lunches. Maybe more, it would be great to just have grab and go ready for most if not all of my round. Now to go find my old threads to see what
    4 points
  37. I made it through Day 10. Hooray! I'm feeling a little bored, and my lunch was kind of pathetic but I didn't touch my emergency larabar, so that's something. B: Hard-boiled eggs, banana, a spoonful of almond butter. L: Ugh. What I could do at the lodge...uninspiring but compliant beef patty on lettuce, then some more salad greens (with apple cider vinegar only because there was no oil at the salad bar?); a couple of almonds. Tomorrow, I'll bring my own dressing at least. D: Pleasantly surprised by the Chipotle Whole30 Bowl. So yes, I'm getting a little bored with the choic
    4 points
  38. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 1 again today. I'm posting now ~ because this is my quiet time to do so. The rest of the day will be filled with running kids here and there, conversations with my family ... and putting down the new flooring. I worked on it for a couple of hours last night ~ and it is going to be beautiful. But boy-oh-boy ... it's going to take me awhile. That's okay. It's winter and I would rather have a project to focus on, for sure. It's satisfying, seeing each piece click into place. Hmm ... progress that can be seen before my very eyes ... I like that. I had originally gone to a ne
    4 points
  39. Oh, Day 4. I was supposed to want to Kill All the Things, but my toddler apparently beat me to it. He's teething and has been sick and basically needed to scream or be held (or both!) every waking minute until after lunch, so that was that. Fortunately for both of us, I found myself feeling pretty good. I made my first mayo last night and found today that despite a lifetime of refusing to eat mayo in nearly any form, I actually don't mind this recipe. (I'm pretty sure it was 1980s-formula Miracle Whip that put me off of it all those years ago.) Anyway, today's meals: B: Scrambled eggs wi
    4 points
  40. LOL, we're very lucky - my mum-in-law's yearly Xmas gift to us is a bulk lot of grass fed beef, conveniently sealed up into 2 person packages. So our lazy dinner is to defrost a pack of steak in the sink and throw some veggies on the side Happy Valentines, people!! Hubster and I don't really valentines. He got me decorative vegetables yesterday, which were gorgeous, but the timing was coincidental! I ran out of lunches today, I have roasted veg but no protein and the supermarket didn't have my go-to smoked salmon. I ended up in Court from 9-2:30, so roasted veggies with eggs i
    4 points
  41. MeredithM20

    Start February 10th

    Sluggish all day. Got home from work, put my pjs on and washed my face i got to sit at the kitchen island and watch my husband cook us the ‘Chicken Hash’ for dinner. We put some music on and talked and laughed. Dinner was delicious. We’re gonna watch a movie and then go to bed early! i survived day 3.
    4 points
  42. Day 2 was ok. I felt good when I thought about how I physically felt but nonetheless found myself feeling blah and struggling a bit in the afternoon. Breakfast was eggs fried in coconut oil over arugula. Lunch was sweet potato with ghee and chicken apple sausage. Dinner was ground beef over onions and bell peppers with avocado. The food was all tasty but it wasn't as "comforting" as my default choices. I instead turned to walks or time outside, water or a few minutes of reading a good book to get through. I can do this...but it turns out the planning and if/then approach makes a b
    4 points
  43. Day 1 went pretty well. There was a lot going on today, so the advance planning came in handy even if I didn't follow it exactly. Breakfast was two hard-boiled eggs and while I had planned to also have apple and a bit of almond butter with it, there wasn't time for that so I had a couple carrot sticks of my own while I was packing lunches. I still meant to eat some fruit, but didn't really get a chance until close to 11, when I grabbed a banana. I had plans with colleagues for lunch so ordered a cobb salad with no cheese and no bacon, and replaced dressing with some squeezes from t
    4 points
  44. I'm having a very up and down time, emotionally, at the moment. I didn't eat my lunch as a meal, just munched the 2 tuna patties separately, and then in a strop decided 'stuff it, I'm having a cookie, this is pointless, you can't even do 30 days'. Went to the work break room, opened the cookie jar, looked at them.... and walked away. I even decided that if I was going to cave on a snack, I could go to the minimart across the road and get a compliant but SWYPO lara-like bar, or a pot of almonds, then didn't do THAT either. My issue is at the moment, I feel crappy and so I have the 'why bo
    4 points
  45. Ann

    Ann’s Struggles+Successes

    Three days pre-W30. Cleaned out fridge and pantry as best I could (my adult kids live with me so can’t really get rid of their non compliant stuff). And went shopping to stock up on everything. Made homemade ghee, mayonnaise, and Romesco sauce. Any boring meal can be made better with one of these. I feel like I’m ready NOW to go all in, except I have plans on NYE to play board games and drink bourbon with my neighbors, so it just makes sense to wait till Wednesday. At least I know I’m prepared for day one, when I will probably be ....not in the mood to shop, and looking for s
    4 points
  46. I'm really nervous -- I've been planning and researching but I have never been the type to stick to something like this. I chose January 2nd because I'm going to a NYE party tonight where I know I'll be drinking, and I don't think starting Whole30 while hungover is the best idea. Plus I have the day off work tomorrow so I can spend the day shopping for my first week of meals! My sister in law is doing it with me but she lives across the country, so I'm hoping for some extra support on here. Here we gooooo!
    4 points
  47. Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Thanks @BabyBear ~ I appreciate your support. This journey back to food that is not causing a chemical shit-show in my brain and my entire body ... it is very, very much like quitting smoking. We've had discussions on the forum about this in the past. I don't think the majority of people are aware of how much food really does interact with every part of our being. I can go one day, EASY. And I feel better -- good! Productive! Two days ... probably even easier. Things start to become habit again. It's day 3 that is the hardest for smokers. They say it's because after 7
    4 points
  48. @Jim Baunach I would also suggest you start your own thread with these questions. Right now you're taking over @heb2014's journal and this probably isn't the tone she wants to start her journey on. (I don't mean to speak for you, heb.) Like with any lifestyle change, it's best not to be so literal about it. There is no fast and easy way to get rid of cravings forever. If you're looking for a magic pill, this isn't the program for you. But if you want to be diligent and change your habits with the help of this program with an open mind, by all means dive in.
    4 points
  49. Hi. I have many of the same issues. I'm starting again slowly. I want to ease into a "Food Freedom" lifestyle this year, rather than blow up 30 days just to go back to the same old addictions. Good luck.
    4 points
  50. PATreeTrimmer

    pre-/post-Whole30

    First, I feel a lot better after the Whole30. My wife and I did it together and the support structure was very much needed, especially during the first few days when the sugar buzz was gone. My clothes fit much better and a few pieces too loose! My weight went from 274 to 255 lbs., and my BMI from 35.1 to 32.7. While still too high, I feel confident that I have some control over my weight and will work to continue this trend through diet and exercise. My blood pressure (medicated) has went down as well. That's a bit trickier as I'm also studying tai chi.
    4 points