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  1. 8 points
    dianne m

    Starting January 2!

    I think the tiger blood has hit! If that is what prompted me to get into high gear and make "perfect burgers" last night, then roast spaghetti squash and sweet potatoes; and while those were roasting, making the downright SCRUMPTIOUS mashed cauliflower! Went to bed a little later than usual; slept till 5 and took the dog for a power walk/jog. It felt SO GOOD! Also - confession/confusion time - I am not sure how it is I fit into those jeans, b/c my other clothes still just slightly less snug, and other smaller things aren't really fitting yet. I must have stretched them out so much last time I tried to get into them ... and with less bloat I was able to zip them up. Who knows? It's baffling to me - but I don't care - I feel SO GOOD! I know I am walking taller. I feel happier. I find I am being gentler with strangers, too. I work in SF, and pedestrians and cars alike can be so annoying, but I've been much calmer when getting cut off by a car while in a crosswalk; or when someone with head buried in phone just plain stops right in the middle of the sidewalk... Anyway, I am LOVING the food. Referring to the W30 book is making me a better cook. I never looked up how to make a burger before (how hard can it be?), and now, I see what I have been doing wrong! Day by Day is a great way to track everything and as someone above said, moving that marker to the next page is really satisfying. I am also thinking of slowly adding back in only wine after the 30 days, bc birthday, and then continuing with W40 through Lent. I support a team going to trial right after Easter and I am finding this way of eating and behavior modification is totally busting stress issues for me! Sorry for the long winded-ness, but I really feel like this challenge is a winner!
  2. 8 points
    BeckyB

    Starting January 2!

    If you feel like your Whole30 progress isn’t showing you results fast enough, I’d like to share a thought I had this morning. It occurred to me that a huge NSV for me was the feeling of control I’ve been having. Everyone has so much in their life that they have zero control over. Those things we can’t control affect us, our lives, our loved ones, and we have to deal with the fallout every day. Each day we have to, once again, reconcile ourselves and accept them. Controlling what you eat via the Whole 30, and doing it day after day, has slowly given me a feeling of power that I quite enjoy. It resonates. I CAN control something that affects me in a very big way. It feels GOOD.
  3. 7 points
    elizabeth.joan

    Starting January 2!

    I have struggled with anxiety all my life and I really notice a difference with that! I don't feel nearly as anxious about things in my everyday life. it's still there, and it always will be unfortunately, but it's not nearly as bad as it was before starting this, and I've had zero anxiety attacks, so for me that's a huge success! I think the tiger blood is starting a bit slow for me, but I think today it started because I feel a difference. I'm feeling cheerier and really productive at work this week. At the start of this I wasn't finding everyone around me all that funny, but I feel like I have my humor back! All in all, this week has been good
  4. 7 points
    JohannaE

    Starting January 2!

    Seven pounds in a week? Did she cut off an arm?
  5. 7 points
    DebCoop109

    Starting January 2!

    Can't believe tomorrow is Day 14... whoo hoo, yay for us! I'm also starting to see an upturn, not the "flip the switch" kind of feeling but rather smaller things. I'm feeling less puffy and definitely have more energy. Headaches are gone and while the pizza brought in by our Finance team today looked REALLY good I'm generally doing well with cravings. Like most of you, did a lot of cooking this weekend but with it being the 3rd time through the rodeo it was easier knowing what works and what doesn't. Found this recipe for chicken/sweet potato hash browns and tried it out this weekend, it was yummmmmyyyyy and an easy quick-hit for lunch on Saturday: http://www.realfoodwithdana.com/chicken-hash-browns-the-healing-kitchen-review/ Also made the Whole30 ranch dressing to add to things since I haven't been getting enough fat. That required an epic search of the kitchen/pantry/basement for my immersion blender that I knew I had but somehow had gotten tucked away somewhere by mysterious house gremlins. After 30 minutes of searching then finally recruiting my husband to look everywhere I'd already checked he found it. So more immersion blender recipes are on the horizon for next weekend. And a funny today... a co-worker made a stop by my office today to tell me that she thought I was looking really good ("not that you didn't before"... ). She thought my face looked thinner and my skin looked great. I didn't tell her that I happened to actually wear foundation today, but took the compliment and ran. Because I'm FEELING better!
  6. 5 points
    JohannaE

    Starting January 2!

    This weekend will be the most challenging for me. We're headed to New York City (to see Hamilton!), where there is so much food (bagels!) and so many friends who want to grab a drink! We've found a couple great places for meals that I'm actually looking forward to, and are going to make it a lower key weekend than we likely otherwise would. I do take satisfaction in knowing that it will surely be a healthier weekend than it otherwise would have been!
  7. 5 points
    nicoledawn913

    Starting January 2!

    I've tried two new dinner recipes this week and both were a hit at my house! They were super easy as well, which as we all know, is always nice! Thought I'd share them here in case anyone is interested! https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/06/13/20170613sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas-avocado-crema (I did not make her Avocado Crema, instead I made the Creamy Avocado Sauce from Stupid Easy Paleo: https://www.stupideasypaleo.com/2016/03/12/chicken-fajitas-recipe/) http://www.justjessieb.com/2018/01/hawaiian-bbq-chicken-bowls-whole30.html These two are both going to go on rotation! I hope you enjoy them too!
  8. 5 points
    WholeCourtney

    Starting January 2!

    Saved the eggs! Since I have the luxury of working from home I cook everything to order I did save some leftover sauces. Once I calmed down from the initial freakout I realized I can make this work. I have a mini fridge that my eggs and sauces are living in along with a 2 expensive cuts of beef that I shoved in the little freezer compartment. I can have eggs every morning and if I have to I can shop everyday and store the leftovers from Meal 2 for Meal 3. On a positive note I found the part I (hopefully) need at a local store so if my husband is able to fix it tonight I may have a working fridge sooner rather then later.
  9. 5 points
    FairyL0u

    Starting January 2!

    It's the evening of day 14 for me and I'm posting in recognition of an NSV that's easily overlooked. I have atrocious pmt carb cravings every month; no matter what I do or eat I always want extra easy sugar. One of the best things about whole30 is that it's really easy to feel hungry and just eat more food, no counting how many calories are contained within some godsforsaken packet of nutrition free pseudo-food - I just eat a bit more home cooked, delicious, actual food and move on, safe in the knowledge that my appetite will balance out next week happy days (and really tasty stir-fry with pineapple)
  10. 5 points
    OHMaryF

    Starting January 2!

    I am meeting a friend tomorrow and she proposed going out to dinner with our children at Red Robin. I had noticed last year that they include the option to have a burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. I am going to take my own mayo and probably my own mustard since I don't recall if they give you the bottle or just bring it out in a cup. They give the option of unlimited fruit salad instead of fries, but I am going to ask for broccoli. I feel ready to meet the challenge of ignoring the fries and it will be our half way point!
  11. 5 points
    OHMaryF

    Starting January 2!

    I went to Trader Joe's last night as they were the only store that had almond flour (Whole Foods and our local chain grocery store were out). I decided to pick up some prosciutto. I was looking at the NomNomPaleo IG and she had a receipe for prosciutto egg bites, so I am taking that as a sign. I made slow cooker pot roast and curried chicken thighs yesterday, so I have dinner set for the next few days.
  12. 5 points
    WholeCourtney

    Starting January 2!

    Had some GREAT food this weekend and I wanted to share a few recipes... http://coorec.com/p/savory-smashed-sweet-potatoes-with-lemon-garlic-aioli http://www.planksloveandguacamole.com/2015/01/balsamic-and-basil-marinated-steak-with.html The sauces (lemon garlic aioli and roasted red pepper pesto) really steal the show. And you'll have plenty left over to add to other meals. The aioli and pesto can make any veggies or protein to die for. Also, I discovered that Trader Joes now has a complaint turkey breast lunch meat option (their organic line which is just turkey, salt, and water). I love doing turkey wraps (turkey with a bit of mayo stuffed with greens and rolled up) for a quick and easy lunch option. Can't believe we are almost half way there!
  13. 5 points
    RroseR

    Starting January 2!

    have some people in town tonight and we are going to a famous restaurant in my area that specializes in fried chicken sandwiches. i am going to eat a big whole 30 meal before i go and just sit with them. worried that its going to be awkward for them eating in front of me, but there's not one thing on the menu that could even remotely be compliant. i am thinking they will understand and not feel bad about eating in front of me. we'll see how it goes. the struggle is real!!
  14. 4 points
    diamonds422

    Starting January 2!

    That's wonderful. The Whole30 helps me with my mental health, too. It's not a complete cure for me either, but it makes a huge difference. Y'all, I would just like to echo again how freaking amazing Mel Joulwan's chocolate chili is. I made a double batch a couple days ago and usually I freeze half, but this time my husband and I are just eating our way through it! Let it simmer as long as possible and you will really taste the difference. I like to throw a big handful of fresh spinach in my bowl and mix it in to get more veggies in there. Tonight I'll be making Nom Nom Paleo's sheet pan chicken fajitas with avocado crema. I'll report back and let everyone know how it is. It's only now, on my fourth Whole30, that I'm getting the hang of cooking on a schedule without it taking over my life or randomly running out of food in the middle of the week. Practice makes perfect, I guess! https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/06/13/20170613sheet-pan-chicken-fajitas-avocado-crema
  15. 4 points
    SugarcubeOD

    Starting January 2!

    Everyone's tiget blood looks different... yours might be zero anxiety attacks and a good sense of humor... don't dismiss that amazing NSV just because it doesn't look like someone else's boundless energy.
  16. 4 points
    DoodleJo

    Starting January 2!

    Ha, I found the perfect way to make mayo...put the whisk blade on your immersion blender the right way:/ What a difference!!!
  17. 4 points
    Sissi

    Starting January 2!

    I am surprised to realize that the hardest part of the Whole30 for me so far is to deal with my emotional eating habits. I find the whole30 meals really tasty and I do not feel deprived of anything. However, I find it so difficult not to fall back into old, bad habits of self-medicating with food when something feels off. I have been feeling exhausted and a bit sick the past couple of days and my first reflex is always to want to eat something, especially carbs, fat and sugar, in order to deal with my feelings. I am really happy (and a little proud of myself also :-)) that I have managed to stay strong and not give in to these strong cravings. It helps me to inhale peppermint essential oil and I keep a journal to write down my emotions. Meditation also helps me a lot to deal with stress and fatigue. It also helps me to distract myself for long enough until the cravings pass. So far, the Whole30 has been a really good and important experience for me. Realizing the extent and power of my emotional eating habits and (the process of) learning to deal with my emotions without food is a big NSV for me.
  18. 4 points
    Christiana

    Starting January 2!

    Hi everyone! I am so excited to be 16 days on track! I love moving the bookmark in my Whole30 day by day! I can see how far I've come! I am so amazed by the food freedom that I already feel! I have been a carb and sugar addict my whole life! I'm 52 and have never had that monkey off my back. This is truly amazing! I am still waiting on my tiger blood! Stay strong! We've got this!
  19. 4 points
    SugarcubeOD

    Starting January 2!

    May I gently ask why less bloated and gassy, newly fitting jeans, tendinitis improved, tendinitis gone, better sleep and improved joint pain are not what you would consider changes? That sounds friggen amazing to me!
  20. 4 points
    ErikaA

    Starting January 2!

    @Sissi Thank you for posting the link to the article on diets. I found it incredibly interesting. It seemed the biggest negatives of W30 were the fact that no scientific studies have been completed on W30 participants, even though the program is based on science (see “It Starts With Food”). The other big negative was the fact that it required effort and planning - seems to me, if you want to see changes then you can’t expect what you’re doing to be easy - easy would be doing what you’ve always done, which is not going to produce results/changes! It also criticized the fact that it was short term - which shows me the writers of the article didnt take the time to understand the point of the program - to create habits and knowledge that will extend beyond the 30 days (especially if done with proper reintroduction). I could go on forever about the other reviews/analysis of the other diets too...but I will save you from and endless rant!
  21. 4 points
    pearlgirl2017

    Starting January 2!

    I take magnesium supplements for my restless legs. Take it only at night because it can make you sleepy.
  22. 4 points
    JohannaE

    Starting January 2!

    A new pan
  23. 4 points
    GayeC

    Starting January 2!

    My friend who is on Whole30 dreamed that she had eaten donuts and cupcakes! She woke up frantic, thinking it had actually happened!
  24. 4 points
    DebCoop109

    Starting January 2!

    omg, I’ve been having strange dreams too... not about eating non-plan food, rather they’re very intense. Usually running from something (the other night it was a hovering helicopter that went completely silent, had to find a hiding place from it.). Perhaps it’s bad habits chasing me? Not seeing physical changes yet either, but despite being tired I do feel better. Like my body is cleaning itself out. Spent some time on the troubleshooting section of the forum and will be focusing on more water to help the process. This morning am planning out the week’s meals then heading out to grocery shop for my weekly cooking session tomorrow. It’s much easier than at the start because I know what I like and how much to make, then how to plan for end of week when stuff prepared on Sunday is gone or past it’s fridge date. Onward!
  25. 4 points
    LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Happy Day 12 everyone! I'm at the stage where I Iook at myself in the mirror and think: "Aren't I supposed to be seeing changes by now?" I still look the same! Tummy is still poofy and I don't feel my clothes are fitting any better... seems like some of you are having the same issues? Maybe I'm just wishing for results too soon? I feel good, and my cravings for wine have got a heck of a lot better (yea!) Having said that, I am avoiding social events because I don't trust myself that much yet. I can handle the office with its bagels, cream cheese, ever-flowing goldfish and bowls full of chocolate... somehow, I can breeze past all that without worrying about caving into temptation as I munch my hardboiled egg and DNX bar. BUT, if I go to friends and they are all drinking wine/sparkling wine/champagne, I just don't think I can do that yet. I do have a big social function I've been invited to on January 27 which will be Day 26 for us, and I'm hoping by then I will be strong enough to sip sparkling water and smile. Hey, maybe I'll even be able to fit into a dress that's too tight for me by then? It seems my go-to dish is the shepherd's pie. I think its the fact that in one dish there's meat, potatoes and veggies, and I made a huge batch again 2 days ago, mixing up the veggies so I added onions, carrots, celery, and leeks with the ground beef and regular potatoes on top with a few slices of compliant salami. I never knew that using salami as a topping while baking was so delicious! It gets all crispy and yummy. The pie fills you up so much and it's all good stuff. Thanks to everyone for all these great posts - so wonderful to read the experiences!
  26. 4 points
    chichi

    Control slipping away

    It's been months since you posted this, and not sure where you are now, but it sounds like you were trying to be on the W30 forever! Really difficult, and fairly unforgiving. Without going through the slow-process of reintro, assessing your food relationships, etc., you may have skipped an important and scary process of going back out into the world, where you 'fail' a lot (normal) and learn how to not be really judgmental about yourself for those choices, recover, and approach each new situation without a self-condemning narrative. Consider that your ideal life isn't a constant Whole 30, but a joyful and relaxed relationship with food that has wiggle room and makes you feel really good! I'm on my 3rd W30, and they have been about a year apart. I will say that about 9 months after my first one, I was absolutely miserable, thinking that I couldn't help constantly choosing foods that made me feel like crap, and thinking that I would never be able to adhere to a good food lifestyle (full disclosure, I grow vegetables for a living; I am SURROUNDED by good food, and I still ate a lot of pizza, crackers, cheese, and drank a lot of beer, out of habit, a sense of down-time needing to be full of treats, and convenience). And I wished I'd never done the W30, because the awesomeness of that eating plan felt unattainable, and made me feel really, really bad about myself. Is that crazy or what? I wished I'd never known how good it felt to feel good, so that I didn't know how bad I felt when I felt bad. Long story short, when I got to a more relaxed season in my job, I reflected. I noticed that some habits had stuck--I noticed that eggs and leftover cabbage and potatoes made me feel much better all morning than toast with cream cheese and jam, so much so that I didn't even want the toast. I allowed that some good had come of this whole thing, and I did another Whole 30. That time, I was able to see big changes in my mental habits. I was able for the entire following year to regularly decide I wanted to come back to a plan, committing to 7 or 10 or 15 days of W30 eating (defining the number at the start, not deciding on any given day to go off-plan). I went wildly to the other end of the spectrum sometimes (hello, 16-hour work days), but felt, miraculously, not panicked. I knew that I could and can always come back, and that I'll get better at making deliberate choices in between times, and that it's a long, slow process, and that old habits may always come back but you're not trapped in them, because new habits always come back, too. I'm gradually getting to know myself better, in terms of what really affects me and what doesn't, what's worth eating and what is so not. The key with Whole 7s, etc., is that they are not quick crash diets; they are re-stabilizing weeks of structure when you need them. I imagine this Whole 30 journey as sort of a pendulum--you swing way out there sometimes, one direction is over-disciplinary and mentally strict, the other is pretty much binge-eating. It's a long process, but you gradually get to the point where you aren't swinging so wide. You eat well without being mean to yourself, which means you don't get pushed into wild carb-a-palooza so far. And when you do start eating chocolate after dinner every night, and then a couple times during the day, you nudge yourself back to the middle without being cruel to yourself (with Whole 7s or Whole10s or even another Whole30), so you don't accidentally swing too far into diet-land. Maybe that's helpful, framing it another way, or just seeing how this works for somebody else.
  27. 4 points
    Sissi

    Starting January 2!

    I find it funny how accurate the day-to-day description in the Whole30 book applies to me. I have been going from exhausted to moody to discouraged to currently having weird dreams about eating all the things! But overall, I feel really good being on the program. Most importantly, I have struggled with a tendonitis in my knee for months. Rest and physiotherapy did not work. The day before I started the Whole30, I could barely run 3 kilometers without being in pain. Last week I did 6 kilometers almost entirely pain free! I can't wait to see how my next run will go On a different note, have any of you seen this expert assessment of the Whole30, among others? https://health.usnews.com/best-diet At first, I was quite discouraged and confused, given that the expert panel found the Whole30 to be among the worst of the worst in matters of a healthy diet...However, upon further reading, I find the various assessments of the different "diets" inconsistent. I also found there to be a misunderstanding about what the Whole30 is and what it is intended to achieve. In any event and most importantly, I feel really good doing the Whole30
  28. 3 points
    LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Yea day 18! Someone at work this morning told me I was looking really good and that she could see some changes in my tummy area! (She's a good work friend so that wasn't an inappropriate comment, by the way...) In fact today I do see and feel some changes. I'm wearing a pair of pants which used to be uncomfortably tight and now they are just tight (hey, I'll take that!) I have a few go-to dishes that I eat all the time and always have leftovers, and this weekend I'll experiment with some other recipes too. My work days are manic with meetings the entire day, including lunch meetings, and I just go in there with my compliant food and fill myself up while ignoring all the other food unless there are some items I know I can eat too. How is everyone doing this Friday?
  29. 3 points
    DebCoop109

    Starting January 2!

    So awesome to hear the group's progress and hearing how you're seeing positive change! No burst of tigers blood for me yet but I don't know that I'll be one that sees a big light switch moment anyway. I am seeing progress though, not getting the mid afternoon crashes, snack cravings are going away, and headaches are gone. I do still have a pretty low tolerance for "stupid" at work, gotta work on that positive attitude! Also started with a new personal trainer last week, my former guy moved out of state so finding someone that clicks with me has been a bit of a journey. I'm usually a first thing in the morning gym rat but my new trainer does the day shift. He's able to meet me after work so am making a habit shift to see him at 6pm. We worked out last night and it was FANTASTIC! Best workout I've had in a long time. I made sure I got a pre workout compliant snack which I'm sure helped. I've got the next month mapped out with him from a workout perspective and I think I'll probably be extending W30 because clean healthy eating is going to be critical to achieving my goals. Congrats to all of us for making it into week 3!
  30. 3 points
    LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    That's great Mary! (50-somethings unite!)
  31. 3 points
    BeckyB

    Starting January 2!

    Happy day 16, I'm so pleased that I'm feeling in the swing of "doing it" even having had a cold most of the time. Definitely feeling less puffy. I've started considering doing a Whole 60... I am 55 and it's now or never to get it together!!! I was home yesterday with the arctic temps and I made Nom Nom Paleo's egg drop soup. It was SO GOOD AND EASY! And quick! I love egg drop soup and this had been on my mind for awhile. https://nomnompaleo.com/post/129592158903/simple-egg-drop-soup I also found her Magic Mushroom spice blend at Whole Foods just now, and even a couple of her dishes on the hot bar! Fun! https://nomnompaleo.com/2017/09/06/20170906ready-for-another-whole-foods-takeover Stay with it everyone!
  32. 3 points
    LagunaRover

    Starting January 2!

    Day 16 - how is everyone feeling? Does anyone have "tiger blood" yet? I guess I'm still waiting for the big changes but for me this all seems to be happening, well, glacially... I mean I feel good on the inside and my cravings have dissipated a lot, (other than wine - what is it with you, wine!!??) but no sudden bursts of energy, no clothes fitting better and no one has said anything to me about me looking different. Last night I actually went out in the evening for the first time to my monthly book club, which in essence is all about drinking and talking over good food. I took a new batch of compliant shepherd's pie, which everyone just loved, and drank sparkling water all night. I count that as success! Interestingly enough, another book club member said she is also doing the Whole 30 and she started on January 7 and has lost 7 pounds. First of all - hey! No weighing yourself! And I told her that but she just shrugged. Second of all, people were telling her how good she looked. When I mentioned I started the same program on January 2, I got the "Have you lost any weight?" questions and quizzical looks. "No idea" I answered honestly, since I haven't weighed myself. Way to feel depressed when others have visible results in just over one week and I don't have any at all in just over 2 weeks... :-( Oh well, onwards and upwards. I'm still walking past bagels, pastries and cookies in the office without missing a thing... (*nibbles hard boiled eggs and salami while sipping black coffee...)
  33. 3 points
    I must be the dissenting opinion here because that soy is clearly labeled. The mods are always saying to check every package every time, even if you bought the exact same thing yesterday and it was compliant yesterday. You couldn't look at that ingredients list and not see the soy.
  34. 3 points
    JohannaE

    Starting January 2!

    Almost halfway! I did a TON of cooking over this long weekend. This chicken tikka masala was a winner! I used chicken thighs rather than breasts because they're cheaper and I find them to be more flavorful. Here's my meal plan for week three.
  35. 3 points
    diamonds422

    Starting January 2!

    I have done the burger in lettuce at Red Robin and it is tasty. I think I got a side salad with it. I wasn't doing the Whole30 at the time, or I would have taken dressing with me. That sounds like a nice way to celebrate the halfway point! I am starting to feel the lift that comes with getting to the second half of the program. My energy levels are much higher and I have laser-sharp focus. My mood has improved and I'm enjoying the food I'm eating. I don't have to choke down my breakfast anymore. I'm proud of myself for being better with veggies this time around. It definitely helps that it's been colder than normal this season, so I can just roast two big pans every Sunday and enjoy the fact that it heats up the house! Stay strong, everyone. We can do this!
  36. 3 points
    ErikaA

    Starting January 2!

    @nicoledawn913 @racheleats Thank you for posting your experiences with preparing mayo! In my first round, I struggled to make really good mayo and was hesitant to try this time. But, after reading your success stories, decided to give it another go. And I DID IT! I used my food processor this time (I think my immersion blender maybe is a cheap model and maybe that’s why it wasn’t working?). I am so happy I gave it another try, so thanks again!
  37. 3 points
    dianne m

    Starting January 2!

    Sounds like a lot of us are feeling similarly - although, I am not seeing changes yet, I do feel less bloated/gassy, and on Friday I wore jeans to work that did not fit last month. However, my Achilles tendinitis has gotten crazy better - elbow tendinitis is gone. Yep, gone. Sleep is better, joint pain seriously improved. I haven't wavered from the plan, but might have gone off the template when caught between grocery shopping trips. I am really looking forward to the Tiger Blood, though. I know I will see great improvements when I can get my butt out the door and go for a walk/jog for half an hour every day. Right now, I just want to sleep - which, I do not feel guilty about. Okay, this is the first day I've woken up and not remembered what 'day' it is. I'm taking that as a good sign WE ARE DOING THIS!!
  38. 3 points
    ShannonM816

    Successes

    Number one, you're not even halfway through this Whole30, it is way too early to know whether you will ultimately lose weight or not. Number two, a healthy amount of weight to lose for sustainable weight loss is considered around 1-2 pounds per week. You may have lost more on your first Whole30, but big changes often result in more weight loss than normal. You've done this before, it's not new anymore, and you may not lose as much. You might want to rethink your timeline for losing those 10 pounds. Finally, why not try something different than the typical diet? Do you believe that Whole30 is making you healthier? If you do, why not just keep eating close to Whole30 and getting healthier, focus on things like exercise, sleep, and stress -- which all also play a huge role in health and weight -- and let the weight loss happen as it happens? If you're getting healthier, your weight will adjust itself accordingly. People always assume that losing weight=getting healthier, and that can be true, but what we're asking you to do is look at it from the other direction. Focus on getting healthy. If you are healthy, your weight will adjust to a point that reflects your health. We can't guarantee that the number your body settles on will match the number you currently have in your mind as your ideal, but if you feel good, and you are active, and you can do all the things you want to do, why does an arbitrary number matter so much?
  39. 3 points
    DebCoop109

    Starting January 2!

    Have been having tough days here too, got up to go to the gym this morning and was so exhausted I turned around and went back to bed for another hour! So good to hear how others are pushing through. Feeling very puffy tonight, and really hit the wall at 2pm today. I think potatos aren’t helping me so will cut those out for the rest of the program thanks all for the inspiration to keep going, I was having serious thoughts tonight about a swan dive off the program and into a bowl of ranch dip and ruffles potato chips! But y’all are right, we’re almost half way and haven’t really given it a chance so I. Will. Stay. Strong!
  40. 3 points
    This is not a concern for Whole30, we are only concerned about what you eat... even toothpaste and mouthwash, so long as you are not consuming it, then it's not a problem what the ingredients are for the purpose of the program. That said, a LOT of people find that once they're done their Whole30 and they're feeling 'cleaner' they start looking for other ways to reduce toxins and that can have a spill over effect onto household and personal care products (I'm one of those... no chemicals near me/in me/on me thanks). I would encourage you to focus on the program first and then work on removing those household 'notsogreats' if that's going to be another huge shift for you.
  41. 3 points
    OHMaryF

    Starting January 2!

    Day 11 and I am feeling pretty good. I did wake up about 4:30am with a headache, but I think a large part was I needed to drink more water. I took some medicine and drank water and was fine by the time I got up and left for my barre class. I had some of the chili I made the other day for breakfast, with a salad. Very good. I will be making the salmon cakes from the Whole 30 program book for dinner. My husband really likes them. I am going to add some Old Bay as seasoning because- Maryland. I am so excited to have found grass fed beef at our local chain grocery store at a decent price. I also noticed that Whole Foods has their animal welfare ground beef on sale, so I think I will try that as well. Since my husband and daughter are not eating Whole 30 it will be nice to stretch the ground beef budget since our daughter wants me to make hamburgers this weekend. We have got this. We are headed towards the half way point!
  42. 2 points
    MaineacMom

    Starting January 2!

    Hey guys, I have been enjoying reading everyone's posts. I haven't been on in a while... super busy in here and we had a nasty cold go through the family that has knocked me for a loop. I really wanted a warm bowl of oatmeal to help with the sore throat and I find oatmeal to be a comfort food. So, instead, I made homemade unsweetened applesauce and had that with some scrambled eggs and leftover veggies. I have a bunch of friends who are doing W30 too and they have a facebook page and I get frustrated when I read about what they are eating. They are using compliant ingredients but making pancakes and muffins and other things that look delish but I am going strict W30 so I share posts of my avocados and sweet potatoes with eggs and roasted veggies, or my big ol' taco salad. I keep telling myself that it will all be worth it. For some reason, it's been harder this time around. (This is my second whole 30). I don't know if it is because it is winter and I live in a cold state and just want comfort food lately or what but boy, I have to give myself pep talks all day long. Dinner smells awesome tonight. I am slow cooking a pot roast with chicken broth, lime, garlic, cumin and coriander and I will pull it apart and serve it on top of a salad for myself and serve with tortillas and taco fixings for the crew. Made up my meal plan for the next week or so: Crackling Chicken Thighs with sweet potato, roasted zuchinni and summer squash with onions, salad. Chicken Sausage Stirfry Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken with veggie medley and roasted potatoes Baked Lemon Cod with steamed asparagus and salad Crock Pot Pork Chops with warm apples, mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon, and spinach salad Pan Steak and veggies What's cookin' in your neck of the woods?
  43. 2 points
    I've been thinking about this, and I honestly think I have had eggs for breakfast every day since July 1, when I started my first Whole 30. I haven't really been keeping track, so I've probably missed one or two somewhere along the line, but more or less. That's a lot of eggs, but I don't get tired of them thankfully. I can juggle, and I've been known to juggle produce, but I'm not arrogant enough to try it with eggs. A bruised orange I can live with, cleaning eggs off of the floor is a PITA
  44. 2 points
    WholeCourtney

    Starting January 2!

    I wouldnt start over. I would extend my Whole30 by 15 days. So rather then looking at it as Day 1 of 30 think of it as Day 15 of 45. Little less painful that way.
  45. 2 points
    Shalla

    Half way minor sabotage

    Being sick suck, but you can do it! Of course you want comfort things when you're sick, are there non-food things that would be comforting? Are you a soup person when you're sick? If so I'd recommend the Applegate compliant chicken strips, a pack of the Green Giant or similar frozen riced cauliflower, and chicken stock thrown together as a quick chicken and "rice" soup. Mostly because I need chicken soup when I'm sick and all those ingredients are already prepped, they just need a little time in the microwave. And everything ShannonM said.
  46. 2 points
    I agree, that soy wasn't hidden at all. Food manufacturers are brutal in many cases but in this case the labelling and transparency is excellent. I see where you're coming from @MimiHi, about the restart and not quitting. But it really depends on what the person needed to get out of it. If they really needed to heal their gut for health reasons, bippity-bopping right along despite the incident isn't going to help them. Sometimes just owning up to it, being disappointed and taking responsibility is more empowering than you think.
  47. 2 points
    CatieHMB

    Starting Whole30 on January 15, 2018

    Starting Jan 15th as well! - I'm also a first timer :)...did my initial grocery run - did my request to the FB group...have a (local) dear friend (newbie as well) joining me...no one in my household (hubby + 3 teenagers), however, so I'm really hoping to get support, ideas, motivation from here....really wanting to be successful....
  48. 2 points
    elizabeth.joan

    Starting January 2!

    You've got this!!
  49. 2 points
    SugarcubeOD

    Starting Jan 8

    Oooh, your brain is being quite the meany to you right now isn't it! Okay if distraction techniques don't work (read a book, go for a walk, take a bath etc) then eat something salty or briney like olives (not nuts). This does two things... it redirects your brain becasue its the exact opposite of sweet and second, it will help you tell yourself that you are NOT HUNGRY because you just ate a big handful of fat... and then move on to trying some other distraction technique. The only way around this kind of thing is through it unfortunately but you're doing amazing, keep going, it does go away/diminish eventually.
  50. 2 points
    MTNan

    Halfway through...NO WEIGHT LOSS!!

    If you want your body to become adapted to burning fat for fuel, it is absolutely important to avoid snacking; it allows hormones time to adjust and when there is no sugar present (such as you're getting from that afternoon piece of fruit) the body will turn to fat as its fuel source. If you start making a habit of reading through these forums daily, you will find one of the things the moderators are constantly telling people is to make sure your meals keep you full for 4-5 hours, and if you feel the need to snack, snack on a mini meal of protein, veg, and fat. By dumping sugar, even in the form of fruit, into your body between meals, you're not getting the full benefit of the transition to fat burning and you're getting a spike in blood sugar. Not great. You're still doing a whole 30 as all your foods are compliant, but why not get the most out of it? Also, weight goes up and down, and many people experience what seems to be an increase in weight/bloating part way through their whole30. Hang in there, give the program the full 30 days! And give yourself a big pat on the back for making this commitment and doing something good for yourself! I will be interested to hear how things progress for you.