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  1. 6 points
    lucystephens

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi, I'm Lucy and I'm 71! This is my first time with W30. I know we'll all do really well. Time flies really fast at my age so 30 days is going to go by quickly and we'll be new people! I've heard it is life changing! I'm ready!
  2. 5 points
    viktoriya

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi! My name is Viktoriya. Im 32 years old, married and have a 9 month old son. I have successfully completed two rounds of Whole30 but attempted 4 times (failed twice). I love how I feel when I’m on Whole30 but I lose motivation about a week in. I’m hoping by joining the forum and reading peoples stories will keep me motivated.
  3. 4 points
    Hpeacock

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I started today! Super excited to make a change for the better!
  4. 4 points
    MelBelle

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I am starting my first round of Whole30 today! I’m Melanie, I’m 33 from Sacramento, Ca. My weight is at its highest and confidence is at its lowest. I’ve done harder things in life and want to prove to myself that I can make this change. I believe the way to self esteem is esteemable acts and this is exactly that. I have awful food habits. I sit at my desk at work and snack on crap all day. I am excited to challenge myself with new things to eat and actually think it will be fun because I love to cook. I ate paleo a few years ago and had a good time with the recipes I discovered and how great so many of the things tasted. I’m worried that my busy work schedule coupled with caring for a toddler and a husband will be my biggest challenges, since I’m going this alone. I believe in myself though. I got sober 5 years ago and THAT was hard. (Which makes the giving up alcohol part of the W30 easy!) The opening line of the manifesto totally spoke to me. It reminded me of what I am capable of when I make the decision to change!!!
  5. 4 points
    ShannonM816

    Who's starting 1/1?

    @NZ Robin if you have an immersion or stick blender, it makes mayo super easy to make. No letting the egg get to room temperature, no drizzling the oil, just put all ingredients in a tall container just wide enough for the blender to get to the bottom (a pint-size wide mouth mason jar works well) and blend. Here's a more detailed explanation: https://thehealthyfoodie.com/fail-proof-home-made-paleo-mayo-whole30-compliant/
  6. 4 points
    NYCBlond

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi there! These are the same kind of issues for me, too. I'm usually pretty healthy but this past year I got lazier with my exercise, ate wayyyyy more sweets and treats, and basically got out of touch with my body. I'd love to develop better habits and a better relationship to food!
  7. 4 points
    snacksandsweat

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi everyone, I plan to start Whole 30 on January 1st! This will be my second time (I did my first Whole 30 in June 2017). This past year I fell into a rut with my healthy habits and returned back to binge-eating and out-of-control sugar cravings. I want to reset and get back on track with eating right and nourishing my body so I can improve my energy levels, reduce inflammation, and establish a healthy attitude and relationship with food. The biggest temptations/challenges that I foresee are succumbing to temptations (candy, chocolate, pastries, chips) at work or social events, and eating out with family (we tend to go to restaurants that are carb-heavy, e.g. noodles, dumplings, rice, etc.). I hope joining this forum will help keep me accountable because I could definitely use the support!
  8. 4 points
    KelofSD

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I’m starting 1/1. I’m super nervous because I REALLY like my daily wine!!!!! I’m doing this to get a handle on my cravings, alcohol and chips (all things salty). I’m nervous I won’t get much support from my friends and boyfriend. I’m turning 45 this year and have struggled with food cravings since a teenager. I wonder if it will ever stop consuming me. 5 years ago I managed to get it under control. That last 2 years. I looked amazing with what felt like very little effort. I want that back!!
  9. 4 points
    GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I'll join in too! I have completed two Whole30s and I am looking forward to joining a group to complete my first January Whole30. I am 43, married and have a 9 year old son and 6 year old daughter. My husband will be doing a "Dry January" in support and give up alcohol for the month. My Dad also suffered a stroke several years ago and is now wheel chaired bound. My short term goals are to wake up energetic every day, lose a little belly fat, have "glowing" skin and set a good example for my children. My long term goal is to reach old age in good health. I'll spend today and tomorrow getting my kitchen and pantry Whole30 ready. Cheers to a successful 2019!
  10. 4 points
    ChristyJ

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Tosha-a few of my favorites that I'll be prepping: chicken buffalo style meatballs (2 pkg of ground chicken, about a cup of chopped up celery, maybe 1/2 cup of shredded carrots, scallions, salt/pepper, Mrs Dash seasoning and Frank's buffalo sauce-I make either meatballs, small patties or a meatloaf-cook at 400 for 30 mins)... I also throw chicken in the crockpot with onions, chicken broth (double check the ingredients-far too many have sugar in them) and spices to then have shredded chicken for all sorts of recipes. Hard boil eggs, make egg cups (scrambled eggs with any veggies and/or compliant meat-cook in nonstick muffin tin), roast up a spaghetti squash and make a simple ground meat (I like chicken if you couldn't already tell-lol) sauce with diced tomatoes, peppers & onions. Check out the recipes threads in here along with Pinterest. Just remember to read all labels.
  11. 4 points
    lynsmize

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I’m Lynsey and I’m starting 1/1! I’m 32 with two daughters ages 7 & 4. Last Christmas my dad suffered a major stroke. He’s since had two more and is severely mentally and physically handicapped. He lives with my family and I’m one of his caregivers. His health issues were entirely diet related. I’m trying to prevent any of the lifestyle diseases he had before they set in—diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol & BP, sleep apnia, etc. I’m hoping for some great results and to set a good example for my daughters.
  12. 3 points
    eheinrich

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I'm also starting today. I had a mostly successful whole30 last year. Lost weight, gained energy. Summer travel derailed my new and improved eating habits. I turned 50 last year and have a past cancer diagnosis (breast 2015) and a history of depression. I'm super motivated to get through this and stay on top of things after the 30 days. One of my challenges will be wine I like to have a glass or so when I cook & this involves more cooking time. I know it's just an association habit I need to break. Good luck everyone!!! We got this!
  13. 3 points
    Jihanna

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Good morning, and happy 2019! For those of us who are just waking up (or yet to do so) to get started on this journey, I wish us good luck and great food. I'm about to grab my first mug of nothing-but-coffee, and I've given myself permission to drink more than 2 today just in case I feel I need extra caffeine due to cutting out all soda (so less caffeine and sugar than usual). In about an hour, I'll make a batch of this breakfast bake using ground turkey (actually mixing up 2x the turkey sausage and using half of it to make patties to keep aside, then storing the patties and leftover casserole portions in the freezer to make sure I have no breakfast excuses over the next several days). For those who are finishing out your first day, congratulations and I hope all went well for you.
  14. 3 points
    NZ Robin

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi All, I too decided to start the Whole30 on January 1st; but because I live in New Zealand that means I started today! I’ve had a few health issues over the last two years (first a frozen shoulder, really nasty, and the unexplained joint pains). Most of my life I’ve had issues with eating properly. My bad habits seem to have caught up with me. Time to make a change! So, I’m a day ahead of the rest of you. It was all going well until my first attempt at mayonnaise. As I “slowly” drizzled oil into the egg mix my brand new blender enthusiastically sprayed a fine fog of mayonnaise out of the hole in the top. Several adjustments later and I had the situation marginally under control. Unfortunately I still managed to add the oil too quickly and the mayo separated. Attempt 2: still messy, but under control. Mayonnaise began to thicken nicely. That was when the blender began to disintegrate. The smoke was my first clue that something was wrong. When I took the top off I was greeted with lovely thick mayonnaise mixed with plastic bits. The highlight of day 2 will be returning the blender carcass to the appliance store. Hope we you all have a less eventful day 1.
  15. 3 points
    Stephanie Mc

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie and I'm starting Whole30 tomorrow, 1/1, with my twin sister! She completed a Whole30 a few years back, but this will be my first time and I'm terrified (and excited..more terrified though)! I have a huge obsession with bread and then cutting out social drinks with friends on the weekend will be my main obstacles. I think if I keep meal prepping, keep a positive mindset, and lock myself in my apartment this first go round, I'll be ok! LOL I'll be turning to this Whole30 community for a pick me up and guidance, that's for sure! I look forward to being on this journey with all of you like-minded individuals! WE CAN DO THIS!!
  16. 3 points
    kalenut

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi everyone! My name is Willa and I plan on starting Whole30 tomorrow, January 1st! This will be my second full whole30 (last one completed in may 2018), with several attempted but failed ones before! I just graduated university and have recently started working as a nurse, causing disruption in what was once healthy eating habits. With my new schedule of 12 hour day/night shifts, I have been having a really hard time finding my rhythm and keeping my motivation to eat health/exercise. I use to go to the gym 5-6 x per week but have only been going consistently 2-3x per week since starting my new job. Each day I find myself bingeing and using the "I'll start tomorrow, what is one more cookie in the grand scheme of things, etc" excuse. I'm really hoping this whole 30 will kickstart my motivation and allow me to get back a healthier relationship with food and my body. I definitely notice feeling happier and more confident when the foods I put in my body and healthy and nourishing. Im also looking forward to leaving that sugar induced fatigue behind me and improving my overall energy levels! I have gone a little wild on the treats this holiday season.... I am looking forward to keeping in touch with you all over the next month and finding support/recipe motivation when the days start getting tough!
  17. 3 points
    GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    After my first Whole30 I just completely stopped eating the snacks at work. I used to be very tempted and would cut up a donut into 4 pieces pretending I'd only eat a quarter of it and finish the whole thing. Just tell yourself you are not going to eat the snacks at work and the more times you do that, the more automatic it becomes. (It becomes your new habit). Don't substitute them with different snacks. As far as outings, you should definitely suggest restaurants that have compliant options. California, Mediterranean and Steakhouse restaurants are the easiest restaurants to order from for me. Stick to steak, chicken, lamb or fish with no sauce, steamed veggies, baked potatoes and green salads with olive oil & lemon on the side. Don't make a big deal about your new eating style, be polite when you ask questions and be confident when you order. Most likely nobody at the table will even notice what you are eating. Good luck!
  18. 3 points
    berry straw

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I’ll join! I’m Alison. I did my first Whole30 in March 2017 after being diagnosed with Hashimotos. I then moved on to a full-blown AIP diet which I have mostly followed since. I’ve let some foods that aren’t great for me slip back in in the last 6 months and am eager for a reset. I don’t need to plan much, because I generally eat this way, I just need to make a concerted effort to not grab nuts, sweets and “gluten-free” baked goods as easy go-tos. I’m married and homeschool my 3 kids. No one follows the Whole 30, though I coerced my husband and oldest son to do one a little over a year ago. My oldest son stays gluten, dairy and soy free at home, and my daughter is also gluten free. I often eat differently than my family though... I just make up big batches of food for me and then mix and match at each meal. My goals will be to follow the program, and up my walking mileage. I expect to lose a few pounds, not feel gross because of dietary indiscretions, and be ready for a clean slate to reintroduce some foods I need a clear answer on (namely eggs and rice). My Whole30 will be nightshade, egg (except a little homemade mayo), and nut free. I eat meat & fish, a little fruit, nightshade free veggies (limiting cruciferous to 2 svg per day), and my primary fats are avocado and olives. I do best when I have at least 2 svg of starchy carbs per day (usually breakfast and lunch) because of my thyroid. I’ve told my doctor, a few friends and my family that I will be doing this reset. I’m looking forward to the accountability and support of this group!
  19. 3 points
    NYCBlond

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi Jihanna! I'm Gia. I really appreciate so much of what you're saying here (I, too, am my own biggest challenge) and am very impressed with your meal plans for a household of 7! Impressive! I'd love to be on a Group Text for accountability. Anyone else?
  20. 3 points
    Jihanna

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Opening the new year with my first Whole30, also. I'll be 40 this year, am married, and have 3 kids (son is 20, daughters are 14 and 9). My mom and dad also live in the same household, so when son's not away at school there are 7 of us (4 adults). I've been doing meal planning for most of the past year, just to make sure we can feed us all and stay on budget, so at least that's not a completely new thing now that I'm diving into Whole30 I'm using Whole30 as a vehicle to help me break unhealthy food habits, and I'm open to the idea of it extending past the first month based on how I feel toward the end. There are certain things that I do not intend to reintroduce, others that will be brought back in a limited way, because I believe that'll just be the healthier option in my case. I'm not here to lose weight, but I'm hopeful that developing a healthier relationship with food will lead to a healthier weight, too. My biggest challenge will be me. I have a history of sabotage, but I've been learning to live a better way -- the past is where/what I come from (or out of), but I live in and for the future; only I can determine my own actions and reactions. I'm learning to recognize situations when sabotage would be easy, and consciously make better choices instead. If anyone's wanting to start a group text (or group Skype?) to support each other, I'm interested
  21. 3 points
    snacksandsweat

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I agree! If I get tempted at work, I will try to drink water or tea to distract myself and bring emergency snacks just in case. It will be difficult to avoid outings with family and friends, so I am trying to figure out a strategy on how to stay compliant (i.e. bring my own meals or snacks? try to modify my order? suggest restaurants that have compliant options?) Suggestions welcome!
  22. 3 points
    Neweve

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I’m joining in too! My name is Julie, I’m 53, newly divorced, 3 college age daughters, love tennis and travel. I’m glad I found you all! This forum will be comforting to lean on when needing a “you got this” push. So.... CHEERS Everyone! Here’s to us for starting 2019 off committed to Whole30!
  23. 3 points
    Tosha3

    Who's starting 1/1?

    My name is Tosha. I have and husband and three kids ages 23, 18, and 14. I am starting Whole 30 January 1. I have some health issues that are surfacing because of my weight. I am going it alone in my house and need all the support and easy recipes I can get.
  24. 3 points
    My daughters, sister and I plan to start January 2 2019 as well. We are totally new to this and are nervous and excited!
  25. 3 points
    ladyshanny

    January start!

    Hi Betsy, when you do cook, cook in bulk. An entire tray of chicken thighs, a dozen boiled eggs, huge sheet pan of roasted veggies. Then you can "grab and go" and still feel great! Lots of people also do huge egg-bakes for the morning - I used to cook one every sunday and we'd eat it for breakfast for a week. Doesn't take more than 20 minutes or so to prep and then you bake and you're all set!