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  1. 613 points
    Melissa Hartwig


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  2. 564 points
    Melissa Hartwig

    Forum Rules

    Welcome to the Whole30 Forum! We are happy you are here, and think you will find this new format ideal for questions, answers and support during your Whole30 program and beyond. Below are the general rules for this forum. We ask that you read them through at least once, and abide by them at all times. General Forum Rules We run a family-friendly show around here. Please keep language, links and images PG-13; no "f-bombs," links to adult content or any other such things you would not say, read or watch around your kids Keep discussions respectful. We appreciate differing opinions and relish open dialogue, but we ask that you maintain your temper and your respect for others at all times. Do not spam or grossly self-promote in these forums. If you have a blog to share, by all means, link to it in your signature. If you wrote an article appropriate to a particular topic, go ahead and let us know. But keep it tasteful, and please do not use this venue to drum up business for your goods or services. Respect the Copyright! Do not post recipes, articles, excerpts, or images from copyrighted materials. That means no copying recipes from The Whole30 or Well Fed into a post, no posting entire paragraphs from It Starts With Food, or posting links to PDFs of e-books you've purchased. These posts violate people's copyright (which is illegal), and it's just a generally disrespectful thing to do. If the item in question is posted freely online, you may copy the recipe or an excerpt from the post, but ONLY IF you provide a link back to the originating website. Posts found to be in violation of these rules will be immediately deleted, and the poster will be warned. Repeat offenders will be banned from the forum. We take this seriously, so please respect people's hard work and original material. Posting Rules Before you submit a new question, SEARCH! We aim to keep forum material as streamlined as possible, and chances are your question has been asked (and answered) before. Do not cross-post across categories. Please choose the best category for your query, and post only once. Stay on topic! This forum is currently only for Whole30-related topics. Again, do not post, upload or attach copyright-infringing material which you are not free to redistribute (subject to the licensing terms of the specific item). If you are found to be in violation of these rules, you will either be warned or banned. A ban of your user account may either be temporary or permanent. The administrators and moderators also have the right to edit, delete, move or close any thread or post as they see necessary, without prior warning. General Recommendations Use a descriptive topic name, so we can answer your questions faster and more effectively. ("Help!" tells us nothing - "Headaches on Day 2, is this normal?" gives us a clearer picture of your issue.) Do not ask for (or expect) personal consulting via this forum. Should we feel your request requires more attention than we can provide in this setting, we will direct you to our consulting options. Welcome new members. Help new folks "learn the ropes" about how to find information and resources, and how to get involved in our Whole30 community. Thank you for your support, and best of luck on your Whole30 program.
  3. 162 points
    Robin Strathdee

    Don't over think this.

    Welcome all newcomers, welcome back vets, and for those of you who never left...welcome to this post. I just wanted to pop in here and remind you all to take a deep breath before you dive into all the questions about what you can and can't have. The program guidelines are clear on what you can and can't have (grains, dairy, W30 muffins), but things get a little grey when people start talking about what you should and shouldn't have. Please don't over think think this. You don't have to address every food related issue you have, break every bad habit, and shun every food that gives you comfort to succeed with your Whole30. If you need to you can always extend or repeat the process, and things will get better each time you do. My advice to you is this: Stick to the rules like they are your port in a storm (really, they will become that). Take the Moderators responses seriously (we know what we're talking about). Take community members suggestions as advice from those who came before, but keep in mind they are not the rules and not the Mods. Everyone here is well-meaning, and everyone here wants to see you succeed, but everyone here is at a different place in this journey. And finally, take comfort in these words (from Melissa Hartwig, on another forum post): Here's the thing (and this is an interesting discussion)... there are Whole30 "rules," which are strict, clearly outlined, and very well defined. No grains - and here are all the things we consider grains. No dairy - and here are all the dairy items excluded. No Paleo-fied food choices, and here's what those look like. Then, there are Whole30 suggestions for success. They're not part of the official rules, but they're things that we've seen really help (or harm) people as they move through the program. Fruit smoothies for breakfast - not a good idea. Skipping breakfast - not a good idea. Eating every two hours, all day - not a good idea. These things won't necessarily affect your Whole30 results (although they might), but if we can give you additional suggestions that will make your transition and your program easier and more effective, we're going to give them to you. Keep Calm and Whole30 On.
  4. 95 points

    w30 is curing my cancer

    Tuesday was the end of my w30:... And for me the journey doesn't stop there... I'm 29 years old and i have cancer. Along with that- i have Celiac so i have been battling the past year and a half with food until my doctor and I really needed to try something new. My white blood cell count was low- Really low. Scary low. I've been on chemo since October and had tried everything I could to keep up my energy, my nutrition and my overall spirit. There's nothing worse then people telling you "oh you're young!" when you fight 2 diseases at the same time and you can barely get out of bed you feel weak, old and crippled. Everyday was a war with myself and the tireless efforts I go through just to put a smile on my face that things were ok. They weren't. I fluctuated weight, fought depression and barely made it through everyday without crying.... Until W30. 30 days ago i made the decision to fight. I was going to change everything I knew about food and "reset" myself. I read ISWF and was instantly motivated by the book and a friend who was also already 2 weeks into her W30. I did my grocery shopping, started plannning and pre-making meals and using food as my medicine. I went through ALL the horrible symptoms as your body shifts back to neutral. Headaches, mood swings, irregular sleep patterns, hunger pains, sugar dragon cravings: you name it! Until one day, mu body hit the switch. It was like night and day! No really, i went to bed one night: the next morning POOF! W30 magic!! I had never felt so AMAZING.... I started sleeping better and all through the night. Cravings stopped, hunger pains between meals subsided and I could run marathons with the new found non-caffeinated energy i had.... All of it i still have today. 30 days (and stil going!!) later... Here I am. I stepped on the scale (i had hidden it the day i started to rid myself of the temptation to "weigh in") and I am down 12lbs!!! I checked in with my doctor: in 30 days, my blood cell count is UP.. By almost 10,000!!!!!! That's a huge increase in a short time!! I have been awakened!!! Never in my life have I felt so energized and refreshed!! I don't feel like I have cancer. I don't feel the struggle to find celiac compliant food. I enjoy the natural taste of the food God provided in the first place!!! I only have one life, one body... And it needs to be taken care of and W30 has done that for me. My doctor gave me the best piece of news I've had in over a year... If i continue with w30 LIVING... My results could triple in the coming months and in doing so... I could potentially elimiante the need for chemo and just keep my medicine as simple as what i eat. Thank you W30!!!!! I owe you my life!!!!
  5. 93 points

    The crazy things people say

    "salad is not a food!" wha-what? I still wonder what they think salad is. One of my favorites was a vegetarian co-worker who was drinking a Diet coke and eating Fritos and a hostess cupcake told me that the grassfed steak on my salad would give me colon cancer. I looked at her lunch and then at mine and said "that is a risk I am willing to take."
  6. 89 points
    "Grocery shopping" takes place at more than 3 locations.
  7. 80 points
    This thread kicks booty! I laughed out loud more than once. (The "gets mad when sees paleo pancakes marked as Whole30 approved" was my favorite.) Maybe me and Melissa Joulwan need to make a video called "Sh*t Whole30 girls say." Melissa
  8. 73 points

    Living "Whole" for a Whole Year

    Living “Whole” for a Whole Year. I’ve always been “tall for my age” and was never the thinnest girl in class. I’d say I was “normal” size, although through high school I slowly gained weight until my senior year when I worked out a lot and got down to my smallest size (a 10/12 and when you’re 5’11’’, that’s pretty thin!). In college I was able to keep off the freshman 15 for the first semester, but then once I got tired of the deli and salad bar at the dorms and started having the hot food (mostly fried) and going out to eat a lot then the weight started piling on and continued on that way all through college. During my junior of college, my best friend told me she had an extremely rare form of cancer and she needed a liver transplant. Her mother was able to donate half her liver and my friend was in remission for another year or so. Then during my master’s I was stressed to the max studying for my master’s exams and then found out my friend’s cancer was back with a vengeance. Food was my solace. I ate and ate and ate. I got up to my highest but was able to lose quite a bit just by “cutting back” and working out a little bit. I still hadn’t gone below about a size 18. Then I moved to Italy for a year to teach English. I enjoyed it immensely of course but was sometimes lonely and again I sought comfort in food and gained some weight back. When I got back from Italy I was able to lose enough to get back to the size 18s. But then my best friend passed away that summer, in July of 2005 and the immense grief I felt over it stayed with me for years. In 2006 I met the love of my life and we were married in 2008. I lost some weight leading up to my wedding, getting down to about a 14/16, and felt great. However, the happy newlywed weight slowly crept on, and then by our 1st anniversary I was pregnant and gaining quickly. After the birth of our first son, it took me a year and a half to even contemplate losing the baby weight. That was when I discovered Jon Gabriel and his meditations and visualization techniques for weight loss. His book also helped me release the immense grief that I was still carrying around after the death of my best friend. I lost about 45 pounds by working out and eating 5 small meals a day, but then I stopped working out, the weight stayed stagnant, and then I got pregnant with my second and gained everything back again. After my second son, I started the weight loss battle yet again, when he was about 7 or 8 months old. In June of 2013, I was able to lose about 8 or 9 lbs just by eating less and walking a little more. Then someone posted something on Facebook on June 29th about the Whole30 and I decided to give it a go after reading the program rules. I was particularly inspired by the tough love section, “This is for the people who have tried this before, but who “slipped” or “fell off the wagon” or “just HAD to eat (fill in food here) because of this (fill in event here).” This is for you. It is not hard. Don’t you dare tell us this is hard. Beating cancer is hard. Birthing a baby is hard. Losing a parent is hard. Drinking your coffee black. Is. Not. Hard.” I started my first Whole 30 on July 1, 2013. During my first Whole 30 I spent 2 weeks “down the shore” (at the beach in New Jersey) with my family. I made it a point to pack compliant lunches in a cooler for the beach and when my sons were enjoying ice cream on the boardwalk, I used a napkin to clean up all the drips instead of licking it clean myself. I learned to be more aware of what I was eating and why. I got a lot of support from and made friendships with other Whole 30ers in the forum. I started to win the battle against food and I began to have control over food rather than food having control over me. I lost 9 lbs and 8 inches around my waist (!) during my first Whole 30. I did reintroduction to see how I would react to things (who knew that I was pretty much dairy intolerant!) but I decided to stay Paleo and keep using the Whole 30 meal planning template with an occasional indulgence here and there (corn chips at the Mexican restaurant, ONE slice of pizza with salad, dark chocolate, etc.) Even though I wasn’t working out, I continued to lose weight. I hit a long plateau in the winter and stayed at the same weight from mid-December to mid-February. I blame the million snow days, the lack of Vitamin D and one too many indulgences. I did my second Whole 30 in February and since I was an old hand by then, my new goal was to start working out at least once a week and the weight started coming off again. I added a second weekly workout later in the spring and the weight continued to come off. On June 1st, I started my third Whole30 so I could finish off my (first) year of Whole 9 living. Now it’s July 1st, 2014, exactly 1 year after I started this journey of Whole 30/ Whole 9/ Paleo living. I have lost 80lbs and gained so much in the ways of confidence, knowledge of how food affects my body and most of all control over what I eat and when I eat it. I no longer have that left out feeling at family or friend gatherings if I’m not partaking in pasta and bread and sweets. I make the decisions now. I’m fully satisfied after meals and not hungry in between. I have inspired 8 friends and family members to give the Whole 30 a try and they are finding success in it as well. I plan to keep eating this way forever. I never thought I’d be someone who would say that I’ve changed my lifestyle, but I have and I’m not going back. In the words of a great quote I saw in the forums in June “I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don’t.” THANK YOU WHOLE 30!!!! Edited to add: In one year I've lost 13 inches at my waist, 10 inches at my hips, 5 inches off my upper arm, 6 inches off thigh and 7 inches off my bust/rib cage/back. :-)
  9. 71 points

    Don't over think this.

    thanks so much for this post! I am on my first whole30 ever (or whole100 if I have my way) and have started to stress out a little bit today. I was actually upset with myself for having 3 pieces of fruit and cashew butter on two different occasions. did I stick to the rules? yes. could my food choices have been better? yes. did I drink diet coke and have cookies for breakfast like I did a week ago? nope. so that is success. I don't want to get discouraged and worry about how I can cook my veggies/meat/whatever.
  10. 62 points
    A Whole30 is not a plan for weight loss, but rather a template for overall better health that might include losing weight for those that need it. I just wanted to share a place I went before I stumbled upon Whole9 with the people who are struggling with weight issues. It was a dark, horrible place for me. My weight profile was the most common one in first world countries: I was overweight, teetering on the brink of obesity. I actually was technically obese, being 5'5 and about 194 at my worst. What got me up to that number was binging and dieting, over and over in a cycle. It's a boringly familiar story. From Spring 2011 to January of last year, I was on Weight Watchers. WW is THE worst thing you can do if you want a healthy relationship with food. It makes you obsess about food volume and arbitrary point-counting (the points system is designed to keep what you're eating a mystery and keep you reliant on WW for life). And WW changes their program, just ever so slightly, every couple of years, so you have to buy all their new program material to keep up. And no one who works at WW will tell you about that. You have to find that out on your own and quit eventually. Then the next bunch of desperate, overweight people, mostly women who just want to be valued by society, file into these horrible meetings. Ugh. I needed to rant about that, thanks. So, there I was after WW this time last year. I thought, maybe this is just how I am. I missed the slim youth boat. At 32, I felt old and fat. So I just tried to pick up the pieces from years of yo-yo dieting and try and accept. I found this site: http://www.bodylovewellness.com/ I'm sorry to the well-meaning Golda Poretsky who created this, but this was the deepest point of despair, the darkness before the dawn, that helped me search for health instead of being ok with being sick and fat. This woman is a life coach for obese women. She says that it's ok to be fat. It is NOT okay to be fat. Being obese is your body's way of telling you that your lifestyle is WRONG for you. She says to love yourself, you have to give up. I say to love yourself, sometimes you have to change yourself. The thing that helps the most is realizing that certain foods out there are addictive, like sugar and flour, and getting away from them will give you a clarity you've never experienced before. I found Whole9 in summer of 2012. I lost over thirty pounds in a period of about 5 months. It was an awesome experience that I can't shut up about. With another Whole30 (actually a W100), I'm losing more. What do you think about changing in order to love yourself? The act of changing things IS love to me.
  11. 58 points

    The crazy things people say

    "Oh , I couldn't give up x, y, z" Well, d'uh you could, you just don't want to.
  12. 52 points
    Tom Denham

    Do you find yourself judging?

    I keep one copy of It Starts With Food in my car and give it away whenever I am talking to someone I like who shows some interest. I keep a few copies at my house too, so I am never without. However, I never start talking with people about food. And if food comes up, I talk about what I am cooking and how good it is. I wait for people to ask me serious questions before I share serious information about healthy eating. I treat food like religion. I am a religious person and am happy to share my faith, but know that pushing religion closes doors. If you really want to share your beliefs (about food or religion), live well, be open and friendly, and people will invite you to share when they are ready to listen.
  13. 51 points

    The crazy things people say

    After I finish explaining briefly what paleo/Whole30 is: "So you're doing Atkins?"
  14. 47 points

    My mother was wrong...

    In the past 30 days, I have not eaten any bread, rice, quinoa or grain of any kind. I haven't ingested any dairy, no cream in my coffee, no cheese, no yogurt, no butter. I haven't had any alcohol of any kind. I haven't had any sugar, at all – and nearly everything in a package has sugar in it.. I haven't had any legumes, but honestly, that wasn't a problem, until it was a “banned†food. In that same 30 days, I have not had Ammonium sulfate, L-cysteine, Titanium dioxide, Sodium nitrite Sodium benzoate, Potassium bromate, or Castoreum. Nor have I had any maltrose, dextrose, or high fructose corn syrup. No MSG, no GMOs, my meat has been 100% organic, pastured, and grass-fed. Over 75% of my fruits and veggies have been organic, and always non-GMO. Monsanto hasn't made a penny off of me. Every single meal I've had has been made primarily from things that don't have an ingredient list on them, no nutritional label – because they ARE nutrition in and of themselves. My meals have been delicious – chocolate chili, baked sweet potato fries, omelets, ribeye steaks, pasta sauce over zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice rich with the taste of ghee, meatballs, chicken wings – I have not had a single moment of hunger. When you take all that crap out of your body – your body just seems to go “ahhhh, thank you†and, after the first four days – starts to reward you. Skin clears up, moods are even, sleep is so SO incredible – I've had 7-8 solid, blissful hours of uninterrupted sleep every night for the past 3 weeks. I have boundless energy – last night I washed floors at 8 pm! My skin looks awesome for a 30 year old… but I'm no 30 year old!! I realized this morning that the TUMS on my bedside table haven't been touched for a month. My digestive system is a well-oiled track, and most importantly – to me – the sugar demon has been slain and I do not crave – or even want a little bit – the sweets or salty that were my downfall. I walked through the Easter aisle at Shoppers without a glance, and down the snack rack at Fortinos without even a glance to the left. My mood swings are a thing of the past, and even when confronted with horrible news – I didn't turn to chips to soothe my soul. People say it's too expensive to eat this way, but in reality, we've cut our food bill by about 15% by ordering our meat in bulk, and not buying crap. Factor in that we only eat out one night a week now, and not four times – and we're actually saving money! Some people try to blame their spouse or kids, saying they couldn't “deprive them†of xxx. I call bullshit. We were eating this way for 11 days before my husband even noticed that we weren't having bread on the table anymore, and how are you depriving your kids by providing them with whole, healthy food and snacks? Doing a Whole30 takes a lot of commitment and a lot of time. You're cooking every meal – so my Sunday afternoons are often the prepping of the veggies, hard-cooking some eggs for the week, creating a bone broth in the slow cooker, menu planning for the week and taking the appropriate meats out of the freezer. It is worth it. Doing a Whole30 isn't about losing weight, it's about getting your body back to where it needs to be, metabolically speaking. Some people have lost 8 pounds in the month, some have lost 30. I expect that I'm someplace in the middle of that, but I'm refusing to let the scale define my success, and so I'm not going to weigh myself. I do know that I've gone down two sizes in my dress pants and at least one size in jeans. (I'd have to go through my closet to find a smaller size… J) I'm going to take the next 10 days to “re-introduce†, one at a time, the things that I've missed (alcohol !! cheese!) into my body and see how it reacts. I'm not putting grains back in, I can't see me ever again eating anything that has an ingredient list where I don't understand every single thing on the label, and I'm sticking with grass-fed, pastured animal protein. It's clean. And last but not least – I've proven to myself that my mother was wrong – I don't quit everything I start once it gets too hard.
  15. 47 points

    The crazy things people say

    "Fruit will make you fat" - a fat coworker who doesn't eat fruit. "I could never eat as much as you" - a fat coworker who eats lean cuisine every day "How do you eat so much chocolate and stay so fit?" - random coworker and my favorite..."that's the biggest salad I've ever seen"
  16. 43 points

    Don't over think this.

    Thank you for this! I worked a rogue night shift this week (between day 2 and day 3 of my W30) and was having some guilt twinges regarding my every 2 hour egg/meat/coconut milk/veggie 'muffin' - but it allowed me to get through the night without having graham crackers and peanut butter (an ICU staff nutritional staple!). It's not what I do on a normal day, but I survived my shift with my W30 intact so it was a victory. I think we are very hard on ourselves sometimes. I was actually feeling GUILTY about the 'egg muffings' because I felt I was 'snacking'. Then I remembered that we hear a lot about context here. And in that moment (or those 12 hours) I was doing what I had to do to maintain my W30. And I felt better. Yay me!!
  17. 39 points
    I started my first Whole 30 on January 5th. I was so blown away by the positive results, I immediately completed a 2nd round and then did a 3rd round shortly after. In between rounds (and currently), I stay pretty darn close to the Whole30 parameters. Prior to committing to the first round (and for the lifetime before that), I struggled tremendously with my weight. I do have PCOS, which can make weight loss a little tricky, but I also had a vicious sugar addiction, and an extremely abusive relationship with food and the scale. Since starting my first Whole30 six months ago, I've experienced the following: A loss of 42 pounds, 25 inches, and 3 dress sizes Minimized PCOS symptoms Reduced anxiety/panic attacks - more mood stability Better recovery Drastically reduced joint pain/aches Glowing skin A younger appearance (I'm told) Freedom from sugar addiction, food obsession/abuse, scale obsession New-found confidence/self-love I'm not the same person I was 6 months ago inside or out. At this point, I'm very comfortable "riding my own bike" - I crave, prepare, and eat Whole30 food 99% of the time, and whenever I'm faced with an "off-plan" choice or treat, I always mindfully consider whether or not it will be worth it (taste and consequences) and exercise the "one-bite" rule. I'm looking great, feeling great, performing great, and getting to enjoy much more of life now that I'm not a prisoner to food. Hallelujah Whole30 - looking forward to another 6 months of getting more awesome!
  18. 39 points

    The crazy things people say

    I have to post this. It's not really something stupid that was said - rather the opposite. Nothing said and nothing stupid...for once. I've been paleo since Aug of 2011. I've been to see my parents (they live in FL, I live in Oregon) about 5 or 6 times since my switch because I travel to their area for work twice a year. I've been to see them three times now while on a Whole30 (I even put copies of ISWF in some stockings at the holidays this year!). Every time, it's a food battle with my mom and mostly because she likes to question me and my motives (not because she disagrees that my food is healthy). Every visit, I try to be as non-confrontational as I can and I often buy and prepare my own meals or dishes on the side. This past visit, I arrived and she immediately pulled out all the stuff she'd bought for me: a big container of baby greens, organic apples and blueberries, compliant chicken apple sausages, a new bottle of olive oil and avocados!! My parents don't eat ANY of these things (except olive oil). I didn't ask her to prep anything either. She just got it all right, without having to ask. All these visits and what do you know...she was paying attention! For dinner that night we had grass fed lamb chops, roasted veggies (in olive oil) and a greens loaded salad (my dad skipped the greens - he can't eat them for medical reasons...don't ask). No sugar. No bad oils. No grains/legumes/starches. I didn't even have to ask. AWESOME. Truly. (plus, they loved the dinner and are eating more like that even when I'm not around!)
  19. 39 points

    The crazy things people say

    Really, it should be the other way around: "Other than real food, what kinds of processed, artificial, homogenized, hydrogenated, chemical-laden, or hormonally imbalanced imitation food products do you consume?* *Please attach another sheet if necessary."
  20. 39 points
    I'm one of them. I used to be vegetarian when I was young, drifted away from it and then went back about 5 years ago. Doing nothing by halfs I became vegan (with the exception of honey) and then a raw food vegan. I had a whole shelf of raw food books. I studied and studied it. I swore by Boutenko and Wigmore. I juiced, I sprouted, made bucketfuls of green smoothies and was convinced my diet was the healthiest it could be. The trouble was I didn't feel that way. Everyone kept telling me I could take years to fully detox so to stick with it. The crunch came when I was diagnosed with a really aggressive breast cancer. For other reasons I'd been scanned head to toe, two years previosly and not a trace of cancer. Now, after two years as a raw food vegan, I'd a large cancerous mass which had already spread to 12 of the 14 lymph nodes in my arm. Everyone in the raw food movement went on about how chemo was poison, operations would merely spread the cancer. Cancer could be cured by diet, stick to that. I was frustrated and angry; I'd been on that kind of diet when I devoloped it, what confidence could I have that it would cure it. I opted for conventional treatment, radical mastectomy, lots of chemo etc and basically ate what I could keep down, still mainly vegetarian, lots of quinoa, hummus and loads of fruit and veg etc. Afterwards I still tried to follow cancer protocols, lots of juicing etc. I kept reading, as I still believed food has to be the basis of all health but i felt paralised about making the right choices. I came across Mark Sisson's Primal Diet and was intrigued, I searched other paleo sites and came across this one. I read the book and couldn't argue with the logic - it made sense. I'd had the odd bit of chicken and fish but going back to eating red meat took a real leap of faith. I decided, with much trepidation, to try it for 30 days. I simply moved all my grains and legumes aside so that I could go back to them if this didn't work. Well I'm now on day 52 and there's no going back. It hasn't all been plain sailing, it's been a bit bumpy in patches but I know this is how I want to continue eating. It's hard to explain but my body feel like it's being nourished and yesterday my oncologist discharged me with nothing more than yearly checkups and she was absolutely delighted with how well I look. I think that took her by surprise. I know none of the above is what you wanted to hear; ethically I'd much rather be a vegan but, healthwise, it just doesn't do it for me. I'm still extremely fussy about what meat I eat. I've become friendly with one of the farmers at the local market and have extensively questioned them about how their animals are raised, how they're looked after and how they're slaughtered. I won't eat factory farmed meat, not just for health reasons, but because I want no part in colluding with the animals suffering. Whether this can be done as a vegetarian I really couldn't say but I'm sure others must have tried it. Good luck whatever you decide.
  21. 37 points

    Fat: a Love Story

    Dear Fat, I remember the 90s. I remember Susan Powter and the fat-free craze. I remember Snackwells. I remember dry toast, plain baked potatoes, and screaming at my mom for cooking onions in a tablespoon of olive oil. I remember fat-free yogurt, pretzels, cheese (what?), ice cream. I remember thinking Red Vines were a health food because they were fat free. I know you remember it too. Thank god those days are over. Fat, I'm sorry you had to spend any time in exile. I'm on day 11 of my first Whole30, and before today I used to hide my love for mayo like a dirty little secret. Folks, today I'm coming out of the closet. Fat, I am in love with you. I love you in all your glorious forms (except partially hydrogenated and massively processed; also, sorry canola, but we're through; butter, see you in 20 days, if you're lucky). I am obsessed with Melissa Joulwan's mayo. http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/2010/06/03/the-secret-to-homemade-mayo-patience/ I dream about my homemade, nutty-smelling, definition-of-savory ghee. I could eat an avocado with a spoon, and do. A dollop of pesto in my morning omelette delights me like nothing else. Sweet potatoes, diced and roasted in coconut oil, rock my world. Sunshine sauce is my jam ("jam" like "rad thing I love," but I suppose "jam" like "jelly" too). Fat, how did I live without you for so long? Talk about insanity. As far as I'm concerned, you make the world go round, make life worth living, and may be the key to world peace. Well, maybe not. But you get my point. Fat, I'll never hide my love for you again. See you soon. Sincerely, Caroline
  22. 37 points
    My fav is still the one about not licking our fingers. That makes me laugh every time. Last week I made oatmeal cookies with my daughter for a camp party and she asked if she could lick my fingers since I wasn't going to.
  23. 37 points
    Thank you for this! They have this conversation with the TJ's cashier (and this was yesterday) Me: do you have Larabars? Cashier: yes, many kinds. Do you want me to hold your place in line while you run over? Me: No. Thank you but I can't have them right now. Cashier: but they're just fruit and nuts Me: I know, but I have an unhealthy psychological relationship with them. They feel like dessert. Cashier: but they're just fruit and nuts
  24. 36 points
    One of the single biggest life-changing moments for me was on page 29 of ISWF when they say, in bold, IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT. I feel like I spent so much of my life trying to do the "right" thing and eat the "right" food and do what "they" told me to do. And it was all crap. I was digging through a drawer and found some old cookbooks me and my Mom bought when I was in high school (95-97). One is titled "So fat, low fat, no fat" and the other is "Outrageously Delicious Fat-Wise Cookbook." It is so depressing to read through these books, and see things that me or my Mom highlighted, underlined or starred as important, and to know that we followed these rules and suggestions because we believed them, and thought we were doing better for ourselves. Some highlights: "The following are healthy items while in the airport or on your drive: bagels, rice cakes, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, ginger snaps, licorice, popcorn and pretzels." "Stick to about 10 grams of fat a day. Breakfast is easy-- english muffin (1 gram of fat) with jelly (no fat). Lunch bread (fat free) mayo (fat free) mustard, lettuce, pickle, 98% fat free lunch meat and some fat free cookies, cake or candy. So far today you've had about 4 grams of fat, you're doing good!" "Count your fat grams and you don't have to worry about the calories." (This cookbook lists only fat gram information per recipe, not any other nutritional information!) And the best: "Keys to Lifelong Weight Control 1--Avoid fat foods. 2 -- Eat lots of whole grains, whole fruits, beans and most vegetables" including a quote from the Surgeon General's 1988 report "the single most influential dietary change one can make to lower the risk of diseases is to reduce intake of foods high in fat and to increase the intake of foods high in complex carbohydrates and fiber." I actually texted my sister and said reading those sections (underlined with stars beside them) made me want to cry. Or burn them in an "f you" ceremony, for so unscrupulously leading me astray. Obviously, we have a new way of thinking now. But I can hardly read "health" magazines anymore because I can't continue to get bombarded every month with the crap they are telling me to eat. I have a hard time watching "morning shows" continue to spew the same "weight loss information" (aka bullsh*t) over and over again (although, THANK YOU to Dr Oz for saying on The View's "Fat Show" yesterday that "fat is not to blame for the obesity epidemic in America.") I feel sick going on Pinterest and seeing all the "healthy recipes" posted that consist of garbage (nevermind the unhealthy ones, yowsa). It's not just chaning the way I eat, it's changing everything. It's a shift of consciousness and awareness. So when they say "Let Us Change Your Life" they're not kidding.
  25. 35 points
    Though I completed my first W30, a W47, actually, in May 2013, this is my first time writing a success story. So much has happened between my W47 a year ago and the W85 I just completed that I can finally feel like a success even though I still haven't achieved the kind of magic I (falsely) expected when I first decided to give W30 a shot. And that's why I'm writing this. For all the people who begin W30 believing it will be the final magic bullet they've been hoping for but then perhaps find something else different than what they expected. For me that something else has been far grander than what I could have imagined. I was one of those people who didn't lose weight and may have even gained some during my first attempt at this. But I came back one year later for another go round because of what it set in motion. Whole 30 has dramatically changed my relationship with food and with my body for the better. This is the dream of all dreams come true, I now realize. Here's what's changed for me: 1. I eat three meals a day, no snacks, no problem. 2. I no longer suffer from sugar cravings of any kind. No real or fake sugar, fruit, or nuts and nut butters call the siren song. 3. My digestion and elimination are regular and gas is infrequent. 4. Food is not a reward. It doesn't set me on fire, bring me up, or bring me down. Food is food. And I take genuine pleasure in preparing and eating it. I have finally learned the importance, meaning, and practice of savoring food. 5. My mood is stable and I am a nicer person. 6. I have made sleep and stress reduction a priority, and I now sleep the sleep of angels. Every night. 7. My skin is clearer (acne has been a serious problem since puberty). 8. Despite an injury set back, exercise is a regular habit. 9. I have finally lost some weight. Some time around day 60 I was about 8 pounds down, and I don't know what that number is now, but it doesn't seem like much more than that. My clothes aren't hanging off me, though my smaller clothes are fitting me better. 10. I am no longer at war with my body. I accept it for its protean nature, and I am much more attuned to its needs and hungers, most of which have nothing to do with food now because I have learned to genuinely nourish myself. In between my W30 experiences, my mom died from kidney failure, a complication resulting from diabetes and heart disease. I could not save her, and my grief significantly affected my own health. One of the ways I can make sense of her early death is to learn from it, and to choose to thoroughly care for myself in ways she never managed to care for herself. During my most recent W85, my dad came to visit me, and I gave him three days of compliant meals as well as a copy of It Starts With Food. He has been morbidly obese for most of my life and on a roller coaster of diets and weight loss successes and failures for most of his life. With the support of OA, which he began a year and a half ago, and the tools of ISWF, he and his wife, who suffers from MS, have completed a W30 and are living a W9 life that is transforming their health for the better. This makes me at least as happy and proud as my own success with W30. There is no end point for me. As long as I live, I will need to tend to my body, a complex organism complicated by childhood cancer and its treatments that left my immune system in shambles and my thyroid obliterated. I am working with a functional medicine doctor I trust to help my body heal and repair itself. She supports the W9 lifestyle, and I finally feel I am receiving the kind of integrative medicine I've needed for decades. I also trust now that my body wants to heal and that it will take persistence and patience on my part. So, I move forward with joy and with gratitude for this program, the wonderful supportive community of this forum, and for my doggedness in finding and staying on my own peculiar path. I will continue eating W30 style with minimal off roading only when I can truly savor the experience. And I'll be checking in while riding my own bike here.
  26. 35 points
    Be able to go 13 days without logging in to myfitnesspal, weighing food or drinking a green smoothie.
  27. 35 points

    w30 is curing my cancer

    Hi Everyone!! Just to keep people posted about my post- checkup. Today was Day 45 and my overall "Check in" with my doctor to see how my cancer/celiac was responding.... the results are in and they are GOOD!!! My blood levels are actually NORMAL... my Red Blood Count, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit... ALL OF IT!! NORMAL!! My total WBC is still about high, but it's better then it was before!!!!!! I fluctuated with a very low white blood count for this past year and a half (between 1-3,000) and now it is at 12,000.... hoooolllly crap. AND! On my ultrasound, the tumors located on my cervix (from cancer in previous years, they are benign but still a pain)... have reduced in size to less then 1mm.... and that is with NO radiation treatments or surgery!!! I don't know if it's a combination of W30 and a higher presence but I'm excited about these results!! LOL I have in total lost 15lbs in these 45 days by following the template of W30 and revisiting the book ISWF when I feel I need reminding as to why I do this. I have another follow-up in 15 days ending my W60 challenge and onto Whole Life! Hopefully at the end of the next check up, we can change my chemo days from 2 to 1 or eliminate it altogether!! Thank you to everyone for continued support!! I love reading everyone's success stories on the boards for inspiration! Have a sparkly day and blessed moments!!!!
  28. 35 points

    The crazy things people say

    Carla 1#/week is actually a great average, congrats! When I talk about the Whole30 program, I often get negative response from people who think it's too restrictive. Their answer to health and weight loss: Everything in moderation. I have two problems with this: 1: Everything: Everything? Really? So a moderate amount of cocaine is alright? How about arsenic? Sure, these are obvious things, but there also are less obvious things. Bread in moderation doesn't work if you're sensitive to gluten. Milk in moderation doesn't work if you're lactose-intolerant. There are also MANY signs of inflamation that are much more subtle than all of this. And you don't know until you self-experiment. Eating everything in moderation won't teach you anything about your body. 2. Moderation: There are no "guidelines" for moderation. If I eat sushi once a month, most people would say that's moderation. If I go to a restaurant once a month, that's still moderation. Same thing for candies, for baked good, cheeseburger, fries, chocolate, ice cream.. But if I add all these up, it's not moderation anymore. Nobody knows what "moderation" means to their body until they remove some foods from their diet, then reintroduce. Then again, we're back to W30/strict paleo. And just by the way, I've never seen anyone improve hormonal response, improve their digestion, their sleep, etc. just by eating everything in moderation. Health is NOT just about weight, people!
  29. 35 points
    They feel guilty when they lick an envelope.
  30. 34 points

    Lea's 30 Day Victory

    When I started my journey I read a few of these sucess stories for inspiration, and my goal was to get through those 30 days myself, so I could write one of my own. Well, here I am!!! I want to start this by saying that I'm 47 years old, 80 pounds overweight, a mom of three and this is the first food related goal that I've ever reached in my entire life, so I'm so stinking proud of myself! I've accomplished a lot in my life, but when it came to what I put in my mouth, I fell short every time. The feeling of accomplishment that I have right now is amazing! Along with that over the past 30 days I've 1. tried new foods and flavor combinations 2. mastered the art of homemade mayo and ghee 3. stepped outside my comfort zone and started yoga and zumba classes 4. worn some clothes I couldn't previously fit into 5. lost 1.25" off my bust., 3" off my ribcage, 2.5" off my waist, 3" off my stomach, 1.75" off my rear, 0.5 "off my thigh, .75" off my arm 6. felt less stress at work and home 7. had more clarity (even coworkers noticed it) 8. better sleep (I sleep through the night. No 2:00 a.m. waking) 9. less night sweats ( I just realized that this week) 10. great reduction in pms symptoms 11. have finally discovered what it feels like to be stronger than the box of donuts I realize that some of my progress can also be attributed to the regular exercise I've been getting, but, it starts with food, right? I really feel like I've been fueling my body these last 30 days, not just feeding it. My plan now is to stick with the template and keep eating clean. The next time my daughter makes chocolate chip cookies, I might have one...or not. My choice, right? I'm going grocery shopping today, and while I'm out I'm buying myself a treat - a bright pink pair of yoga pants that I'm ready to rock!
  31. 34 points

    Congrats on Baby9!

    Congratulations Dallas and Melissa. I saw your FB post and wanted to make sure all the forum folks knew your good news! The FB post said Baby9 is due in April.
  32. 34 points
    Hello Whole30 Adventurers! If you are beginning your program on January 1st, please join me here to support each other as we prepare for the food journey of a lifetime! What are you doing to prepare? What questions, concerns, or anxieties do you have? What are you looking forward to? What are you apprehensive about? Have you done a Whole30 in the past? What was it like? Are you a newbie, like me? I look forward to meeting you, and being part of a group that will be encouraging and honest as we make this transition together!
  33. 34 points
    Robin Strathdee

    W30 and "morbid obesity"

    Sarah, Welcome back. I am so glad to see you here again. I've actually thought about you a lot in the past months because your food/income situation reminded me so much of the community I grew up in. Congratulations on your new job and a new beginning for you and your family. I'm with all the ladies above, here. I have a feeling that you will see weight drop with this W30 simply because of the lowered stress level in your house and the great food quality. I don't believe that it's ever really necessary to establish a pattern of food/calorie tracking, especially when your dealing with disordered food relationships. Just trust yourself and the program and watch the magic happen. Tom's soapbox is leafy greens. Mine is this. Yes, you are going against the spirit of the Whole30. It is one of the program guidelines, just like not making SWYPO substitutes and not getting on the scale. However, it is a "cheat" with little to no physiological impact so it's something that folks like to hang on to. It is, essentially, rebellion against the system. A little flip of the bird, if you will, to the program. As much as the program changes the food on your plate, Melissa and Dallas created the program to change your relationship with the food on your plate. If you change your diet for a month, but don't address the issues you have with food - control and authority issues, for example - you aren't changing your life. You will not experience the full benefit of the program. The choice is yours, really, but personally, I don't think it's appropriate to come into the forums and flaunt your disregard for the rules.
  34. 34 points

    The crazy things people say

    My husband incredulously as I was heating tallow to make my breakfast him: "You are eating pure fat and still getting skinny?" me: yes darling He's just mad my boobies shrank
  35. 34 points

    The crazy things people say

    Bf: Is coconut milk okay? Me: yes Bf: but aren't you not doing milk? Me: ...
  36. 34 points
    You have a t-shirt that says "WHEAT is murder".
  37. 34 points
    Melissa Hartwig

    Plan a Whole30 dream vacation

    I would go to Costa Rica (we've been trying to plan a trip there for ages). We'd rent a house on the beach, close enough to town that we could hit the market for fresh produce and fish. Our house would have an awesome kitchen, where we'd cook all of our own food... but we'd also have daily cleaning service, so we never had to clean up after ourselves. Fresh fish and seafood, mango salsa (we'd go during mango season, of course), fruit smoothies (because when you're on vacation, it's okay to go a little crazy), and tons and tons of fresh salads, because when I'm south of the border, I'm always craving greens. There would also be this little place in town that served pulled pork, chicken, and beef, and they could make us lettuce tacos with fresh salsa and mole sauce any time we asked. Yum. I'd focus a ton of fun and play, and surf, paddleboard, and do yoga. There would also be awesome mountain biking trails nearby in the hills (hey, it's MY vacation), and we'd take our bikes up there a few times, too. And we'd find an awesome, giant boat to take us fishing and snorkeling, and we'd eat fish we caught right off the boat, sushi-style. I forgot about that part. Heaven. Someday.
  38. 33 points
    You see them in the sausage aisle saying, "Are you kidding me? Seriously? Who puts sugar in that?" and stamping their foot like a two-year old. They have a freezer FULL of Applegate organic hot dogs. Every single day, they're hard boiling eggs. They go into ecstasy over a little coconut butter. They have ten kinds of tea in their cabinet.
  39. 32 points

    WHOLE 100 - DONE!

    I can't believe I am actually writing this post. When I started my first Whole 30 on July 1, I was hoping I might make it through the first week, but I wasn't sure. Well, this past Monday, October 8, I completed my 100th day of the Whole 30 program, and my life is forever changed. For years I'd been struggling with inflammation related illnesses, sinus infections, IBS-C, allergies, joint pain, fatigue, brain fog, depression, bingeing, eating disorders, and hypthyroidism. I lost my thyroid to cancer in 1991, and as I get older it has become increasingly difficult to maintain wellness and keep my thyroid levels stable. My weight was up, my energy was down- I was a hot mess. In January I began working with a personal trainer one day a week. She told me losing weight and getting in shape was 80% diet. I smiled and nodded, certain that rule didn't apply to me. For years I could eat Peppermint Patties for dinner and still drop lbs. Clearly she was not aware of my ability to lose weight easily - just as soon as I mastered this exercise thing. Over the next few months I struggled through my workouts. I was dizzy, nauseous, and felt like I would pass out all the time. I never lost an ounce, no matter how many Lean Cuisine entrees I ate. Finally my trainer talked to me about giving up sugar and starches. Say what? For the next few weeks I cried at my desk as I mourned the loss of pizza, muffins, and energy bars. The cravings were so bad that I would shake. My jaw would tingle, and my whole body just hurt. Thank God I still had my Diet Coke and coffee with 3 packs of Sweet n'Low to help me cope. I lasted a little over a month but gradually went back to my old ways. Soon after, I was visiting friends who were involved in Cross Fit. They began telling me about this program where I could change my life in 30 days by changing the way I ate. "Whole What????? I don't think so." As I listened to them rattle off a list of all the restrictions, I tossed another chocolate egg (it was Easter) into my mouth, crossed my arms, stamped my foot, and said "Hell NO!" There was NO WAY I would EVER give up artificial sweeteners, Diet Coke, or haf/half. It wasn't going to happen. After an hour or so they just gave up and left me alone to finish off the chocolate. A few days later, after feeling dizzy (again) I decided to research this Whole 30 thing, and for some reason I pre-ordered the book. It arrived on June 26, and on July 1 I began the journey. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't hard. It took a lot of planning and preparation, and I had to cancel many social engagements just so I could stick to it. The first week was rough. I felt weak and tired all the time. My workout session with my trainer (day 2) was pretty typical of the last few months. I was tired, I struggled, I was dizzy, and I couldn't wait to be done. The following week's session (day 9) was interesting. I was still tired, and weak - so weak, but strangely enough, I did not experience any nausea or dizziness at all. Weird. Oh, I wanted to die, but I certainly didn't feel like I would pass out. Day 16 was magical. I made it through my most challenging workout since January, strong and full of energy. I had just as much energy at the end of my session as I did at the beginning. Plus I could tell I lost some weight, and my skin looked better. People also started noticing that I just seemed happier. And the best part - the program was starting to get easier. The cravings were not so strong and my head felt clear for the first time in years. I decided to push through and do a Whole 45. As the weeks past, I began to feel so much better, and wanted to continue the program. There were just too many health issues that needed more than 30 days to heal. Soon a Whole 45 became a Whole 60, then a Whole 75, and then finally I challenged myself to go all the way to 100 days. By this time, it was part of my life, and eating this way had become second nature. I definitely noticed a lot of changes in the first 30 days, but it wasn't until I hit day 65, that I really began to see huge changes. By the time I hit day 100, I knew I wanted to eat like this forever. What has changed for me: Depression has lifted No more bingeing No cravings - except for avocados. I LOVE them now. My disordered way of eating and obsessing about food is gone Food is just food - it does not control me Years of neck pain - GONE! Cholesterol dropped more than 36 points Moods even and stable Headaches and overall achiness - GONE! My skin looks great - no more dark circles under my eyes I feel stronger and healthier than I've ever been More energy than when I was a kid I smile more I've lost 10 lbs I've lost inches and really leaned out My eating has become consistent - I eat more when I'm hungry, less when I'm not. No big deal My sinus inflammation is better My allergies are better I sleep better.....I actually sleep Slow and steady is the way to go - no more crash diets for me I feel good about myself in a way I haven't in all my 45 years I still have a few digestive issues to work on, but I am slowly seeing some improvement. That will take some time. This week I added a tiny bit of grass-fed creme into my coffee, but that's the only change I've made. I plan to continue eating like this at least 95% of the time. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Dallas and Melissa for creating this amazing program. If it wasn't for you and Whole 30, I would be in such a bad place right now. You have helped me change my life in so many ways and I will always be grateful. To anyone struggling, keep going. The results may take some time but they are worth it. Sincerely, Lisa Rehm
  40. 32 points

    The crazy things people say

    Here's another response; " if I eat that, the voices come back." They'll walk away.
  41. 31 points
    Robin Strathdee


    This is a list of the most commonly used acronyms on the forum. If you see one we're missing, you can note it below and a moderator will update the list. W9: Whole9 W30: Whole30 SAD: Standard American Diet This is the diet that typifies the western attitude toward food - processed foods, low fat, "sugar free", food-like products, fast food... W30D: Whole30 Daily The Whole30 Daily is a 32 day (you get days 0 and 31) subscription email service packed with tips and resources for you during every step of your Whole30 journey. SWYPO: Sex With Your Pants On. Pancakes, cookies, muffins and other paleofied junk foods that are never as satisfying as the real thing and often lead down the slippery slope to "real" junk food. ISWF: It Starts With Food Best-selling book by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig (creators of the Whole30 program) that details both the ins and outs of the Whole30 program AND the science behind their many recommendations. WOD: Workout of the Day Primarily CrossFit terminology used to refer to the assigned group workout of the day. Many folks around here use it to describe their daily workout, CrossFit or not. Pre-wo: Pre-Workout/ Post-wo: Post-Workout Generally used in reference to what foods are best to eat before and after a workout AIP: Autoimmune Protocol This is a reference to the autoimmune protocol – a larger and more specific set of dietary restrictions for those suffering from autoimmune conditions. FODMAP We won't worry about the sciency words the acronym stands for. These foods are easily broken down by certain bacteria in the gut and can cause digestive troubles for some folks. MDA: Mark's Daily Apple. ~ A good go-to if you can't find the info you need here or on our site, whole9life.com. BP Coffee: Bulletproof Coffee ~ A coffee drink made with ghee and coconut oil, blended in a blender or with an immersion blender. NSV: Non-Scale Victory - like clearer skin, better sleep, less joint pain, clothes fitting better -- anything other than the number on the scale JERF: Just Eat Real Food FWOB: Foods without brakes ~ less healthy foods you can't seem to stop once you start ACV: apple cider vinegar EVOO: extra virgin olive oil OTF: Orange Theory Fitness - a popular gym/fitness program
  42. 31 points

    After 30 Days I'm a New Woman

    I've completed my first Whole30 and I'm taking away more than I could have asked for. I started this adventure pretty healthy but with some real food issues. My meals were typically healthy but my snacks were those of someone who binges. Along with that came the feelings of sneakiness, shame and regret. I had a serious sugar addiction. I say had but a few days ago when I threw out the leftover birthday cake from my son's party I had a touch of...sadness, I guess, over not devouring it in private. So maybe, like some addicts, I'll always be that way. Yet at the same time I was also happy that I'm not that person anymore. Whole 30 has given me the self control that I've been looking for my whole adult life. I'm proud of myself for making it though the whole time without going off track. That has taught me that I'm stronger than I thought I was. I've learned that I don't NEED snacks, sugar, even alcohol. I like those things but I don't need them. The other total transformation that happened for me was that, after 16 years, I am no longer a vegetarian. For a few years I have been looking for the courage to try meat again and Whole30 did that for me. It's only been about a week but I know that I'm happy with my decision and so is my body. As for my results, I've lost 11.5 lbs. I am so happy with that. I'd like to see how I feel with another 8 less lbs. so, for the most part, I'm sticking with the Whole30 plan until that happens. (Maybe a glass of wine on Friday, though ) My mood is more stable. No more sugar crashes and mood swings when I'm hungry. It's been weeks since my husband has said,"Maybe you should eat something" because of my mood. My husband has been telling me that even though I've been this weight before, my shape is different. I'm sure part of that has to do with adding weight training but not having sugar and garbage coursing through my body must be helping, too!. He also noticed that my face looks younger and more healthy. (I have a pretty amazing husband!) Lastly, I now drink my coffee black, I don't snack, I eat fat, I eat meat, I'm gluten/grain/dairy free and I love the new me. Thank you to Melissa and Dallas for your life changing book and thank you to the supportive community of Whole30. <3
  43. 31 points

    My Whole30 - How it's changed my life

    It's Day 31. Six months ago I saw a friend's post on Facebook chronicling her mid-month determination and enthusiasm for the plan. It intrigued me, so I wandered onto whole30.com, read testimonies, and felt inspiration and a bit of hope. Then I considered facing eggs every morning and somehow summoning the energy at the end of the day to make some kind of meal that required a stove, a cutting board and an iPad-free dinner. I promptly dismissed it. Not completely though. The idea waved at me in a friendly manner from the corner of my mind. I discussed it with my health-conscious 13-year-old daughter. I pondered what it would be like to have fresh food in my fridge. I pictured being proud of myself. But I couldn't escape the voice that said YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE of such a thing and YOU WILL SURELY FAIL. I couldn't face starting and not finishing, trying and giving up. I struggled with body image and self esteem. An injured knee had taken me from my love of running, and wildly discouraged about that, I hadn't exercised in almost a year. I gained 15 pounds. Fake food was so easy. Excuses for eating badly were easy to come by. I was exhausted all the time, stressed at the smallest thing, and I continued to the let the tape run. YOU HATE TO COOK. YOU DESPISE FOOD SHOPPING. YOU DO NOT HAVE THE STRENGTH, TALENT OR DETERMINATION FOR THIS. DON'T EVEN TRY. Then around New Year's I visited a monastery and spent a few days away from the fray, journaling and meditating, and somehow my own voice gently found its way to the surface. “Put your fear of failure aside for now,†it said quietly. “You are stronger than you think you are.†Two days later, with It Starts With Food under my belt, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods purchases all over my counter, and off-plan food moved up to the highest shelf in my pantry, I declared Monday, January 5 - DAY ONE. Day One was amazing. Day Two was encouraging. Day Three I woke up shaky, faint, nauseous and scared. I opened my Whole30 Daily email and read, “It's day three, and you might not be feeling quite so bright and shiny today.†(God bless Melissa and Dallas.) I ate breakfast, felt better, and kept going. During my nasty internal voice period, I had forgotten that I am great at following rules. And I suddenly had a bevy of thorough, insightful and evidence-based rules right in front of me. Follow the food template. Read the labels. Keep a food log. Think about what 4:00 pm M&Ms desperation was really all about. Wake up realizing that I could live without the 7:00 pm glass of wine. Go to the forum, re-read It Starts With Food, and take it One Day at a Time. And learn how exactly strong I was. Over the past month I have become a cook. I cannot over-emphasize this miracle. Food preparation used to mean bowls of cereal, fiber bars, ordered Chinese and the occasional boiled pot of pasta. My pizza place would answer my calls with, “Hello Wendy! Still at 148 New York Ave? Large plain pie, right? And would you like to use your credit card on file?†But I had never experienced real food. I didn't know that peppers came in yellow, orange and red, and how beautiful they were chopped up next to purple onions, taupe mushrooms and green zucchini. I did not expect to rearrange my spending to include pastured meat, organic eggs and a wealth of new kitchen tools. And my food, the food that I cook all by myself, is not only beautiful; it is simply a delight to eat. It still does not cease to amaze me that every single bite of every one of my 21 meals a week is delicious. Breath-intaking, eye-closing, fork-suspending delicious. I can honestly say, looking back, that somehow this has not been hard. But it also has not been easy. My face is still breaking out, my hair is not shiny, and I almost started to cry the night the waiter brought me a beautiful compliant steak salad with goat cheese mistakenly sprinkled all over the top. (This last was not a reflection of my inability to send the dish back, but the culmination of feeling so “other†at a table of friends with wine, comfort food, and I-think-I-would-die-for-that-flour-less-chocolate-cake in front of them all evening.) I worry about my choices over the next weeks, months, and years. I feel safe with the re-introduction rules for the next ten days, but how will I navigate my own lifestyle beyond that? Will I continue to choose well, examine my relationship with food, make myself proud? I do not know. But here is what I do know. My life has changed in profound and completely unexpected ways. I have lost 11 pounds. I am undoubtedly capable of sautéing chicken instead of settling for fake food. My body feels great, my energy has increased, and my meals carry me effortlessly from one to the next. I'm in love with Well Fed (and a little bit with Melissa Joulwan). I believe that future unhealthy choices will not equal failure. And I have a voice now. It says I AM STRONGER THAN I THOUGHT I WAS. I am so grateful. And if I can do it, truly, anyone can.
  44. 31 points
    Hi all! Before you create a new can I have, take a peek at this list we've compiled of the most common "Can I Have" questions! http://whole30.com/2013/06/the-official-can-i-have-guide-to-the-whole30/
  45. 31 points
    I finished my first Whole30 10 days ago. Actually it was a Whole35, but I really don't have any idea what day it is. If I am to be honest (and I like that this forum is honest, and incredibly supportive - thank you all for sharing your stories and advice so generously), I have spent the past 10 days completely freaking out about what I am going to do now. What will I eat? Do I trust myself to make good choices? Food. Food. Food. Will my head blow off if I eat sugar? What are the moral implications of marshmallow fluff? Why can my husband drink 12 beers and remain fat-adapted? Why does prosecco taste so good? I would actually like to stop thinking about food and start enjoying living my life. The reason I've decided to post here is that I was getting so freaked out about next steps that I'd completely forgotten about the previous 35 days and all the awesome amazing things that happened to my body once I decided to start looking after it and give it a bit of love (in the form of homemade aioli, of course. Can we all take a moment to think deeply about the miracle that occurs when one emulsifies eggs and olive oil?) So here's my list - I'm pretty sure you all know what's coming but this is really for my benefit rather than yours. 1. I stayed off a scale for 30 days. No more numbers on the dial equalling my self-worth. This was liberating. I was forced to just sit in my body and feel the changes taking place. For the first time in my life my body had a voice and I was able to hear it. 2. When I did get on the scale I'd lost 5kgs. Or in American, 11 pounds. (The only time I use US English is when I am weighing myself.) And this was with me being injured and doing little more than riding to work every day and yoga. (No Crossfit for me. I googled Crossfit and I still don't understand what it is. And I don't like running either, it makes one so damp.) 3. I became a morning person. THE MONUMENTALITY OF THIS CANNOT BE EMPHASISED ENOUGH. My husband also says I am less cranky but clearly anyone who drinks 12 beers after running a marathon is a fool whose definition of "cranky" is incorrect. 4. I look at my plate of food at each meal and cannot believe I get to put fat on everything and THEN EAT IT. 5. No more waking up with a stiff, sore body. A quick stretch and then I'm off to face the day. 6. Day 34 saw the arrival of Tiger Blood. It dang sure took its time arriving but when it did - oh my. 7. I have had the best sleep of my life. For someone who has had constant problems with sleep, this part is wonderful. My head hits the pillow and I don't wake up once, even when 12 beers down husband is snoring like a freight train next to me. (I'm hoping that next I learn how to put a pillow on his face without waking up.) I still can't get over this, it's so good. 8. Clarified butter. Adding salt to my food and being able to taste it. Truffle oil on poached eggs for breakfast. Coconut butter. 9. A truly improved sense of smell and taste (which has also meant that several off-road foods aren't as delicious as I remember.) 10. Having my body love me back because I'm taking better care of it. I'm still working out what comes next, but I feel excited about my life and all the things I'm going to be able to do. And all this came about just because I changed what I ate.
  46. 31 points

    The crazy things people say

    "So what DO you eat???"
  47. 31 points
    Melissa Hartwig

    Whole30-friendly recipe sites

    Here is a list of our favorite Whole30-approved and Whole30-friendly recipe sites to get you started. Note, we can't vouch for all of the recipes on every site listed here, so read your ingredients! In addition, some individual recipe ingredients might need additional vetting for Whole30 compliance. For example, a recipe that calls for bacon is Whole30-approved only if the bacon you use meets our standards. Feel free to add your own favorite web site or recipe links below, but remember, no SWYPO! Paleo baked goods or sweet treats are never Whole30-compliant. (And if you want to share an individual recipe creation, check out the Recipe forum.) Whole9's favorite Whole30-friendly recipe sites Whole9's Steal This Meal series. http://whole9life.com/category/recipes Recipes created by us and our readers, 100% of which are Whole30-compliant. The Clothes Make the Girl. http://theclothesmakethegirl.com Melissa Joulwan's fabulous recipes, most of which are Whole30-compliant. Whole Life Eating. http://wholelifeeating.com Tom Denham cooks up more than 300 Whole30-approved recipes, many of which are delicious and easy one-pot dishes. Nom Nom Paleo. http://nomnompaleo.com Michelle Tam whips up gourmet Whole30-friendly meals (with gorgeous food photography) for her and her family. Chowstalker. http://chowstalker.com/whole30 One of the web's best recipe compilation sites, with a special tag for Whole30-approved meals. The Foodee. http://www.thefoodee.com/tag/whole30/ Another fabulous recipe compilation site, with a special category for Whole30-approved dishes.
  48. 30 points

    Unbearable Smug Show Off...

    So today is day 30. I'm sitting at my desk in a bubble of smug, self righteous happiness. Made considerably worse because I'm being smug, self righteous and happy in trousers that are FAR too big for me and a work shirt that now buttons up - no more "camouflage" cardigans for me. If that wasn't enough for everyone to hate me, then the general glowy-ness of my skin and shiny lustrous hair should be enough to tip the average mortal over the edge. At the beginning of this process I really didn't believe in it. It couldn't possibly work in the way that the programme rules and website said it would, and as for changing my life - who the hell are you kidding? Let's be clear, I hate being wrong. It makes my (fabulously clear and luminescent) skin crawl. I was so wrong. Painfully (in a no longer bloated, or tummy ache ridden way) wrong, but there's not really any way to hide just how wrong I was, and how right the Whole 30 has been for me. The Whole 30 has worked for me in a way that nothing else ever has. I've tried just about every diet out there, as I'm sure so many people on the forum have. From Atkins to Weight Watchers and back again, it feels like I've tried every shake, meal replacement, tracker, point calculator going. It's agonising to think that all I ever really needed was to understand what the food I was eating was doing to me, and why it's impossible for me to only have one slice of bread or a handful of chips. On the very last day, I'm not counting down the hours till I can eat something "non-compliant", I'm far more excited about the thai curry and cauliflower rice that's packed up for lunch. In fact I'm excited about a lot of things. Being in control. Not feeling ill when I eat. Getting back into my favourite bikini. Making meatballs and zoodles for tea... Today might be day thirty, but tomorrow is day one. xxx
  49. 30 points
    Their freezer is full of picked-clean chicken carcasses waiting to be made into bone broth. I was going to take a picture of this but actually it's kind of gross. It's like Eraserhead 2 up in there.
  50. 30 points
    they are on farmers market at Saturday morning instead of sleeping they are able to buy and carry 20 pounds of organic beef on their own back across whole city they spend whole Sunday cooking, preparing and freezing they are only people who never touch free sweets at work they are angry if they see paleo pancakes labeled as "Whole30 approved" on Pinterest