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  1. 6 points


    First, I feel a lot better after the Whole30. My wife and I did it together and the support structure was very much needed, especially during the first few days when the sugar buzz was gone. My clothes fit much better and a few pieces too loose! My weight went from 274 to 255 lbs., and my BMI from 35.1 to 32.7. While still too high, I feel confident that I have some control over my weight and will work to continue this trend through diet and exercise. My blood pressure (medicated) has went down as well. That's a bit trickier as I'm also studying tai chi.
  2. 6 points

    PSA: Don't Get Lost!

    Public Service Announcement: The group threads in this section of the forum can be extremely fast moving and as such, the volunteer moderators have a hard time keeping up with reading the hundreds of posts that go whizzing by. That said, if you are struggling or something doesn't seem right or you need some specific help, please create a new post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 portion of the forum. Make the title of your post as specific as possible to assist in getting a response sooner. For example, titling your post "Can't Break the 3pm Slump!" rather than just "Someone Please Help!" makes it quicker for the moderators to understand and assist you. The moderators try to get to everything and we appreciate your patience but members following this outline is one of the ways that you can help us to help you!
  3. 5 points

    Amy's Log for 2020

    Hi everyone! I was here last year around July/August 2019. I'm 33 now and my starting weight at the beginning of 2020 was 240! [Shriek! Highest ever for me.] I am here again to make something wonderful happen in my life! Every Nov/Dec, I start getting depressed. I think one reason is the weight gain, I'm sure. The other is the lack of sunshine. Unfortunately, I can't do UV therapy (according to my rheumatologist) because I have lupus and UV light can trigger a lupus flare (achy joints, rash, etc). Here is where my grandma would say- are you taking your vitamin D supplements? And the answer is actually "no", so okay, I should really start doing that... Anyway, for one week (since Dec 31st), I have been doing awesome (if I may say so) with exercising and I have actually lost 8 pounds (yes, a lot of that is water weight, but I still feel proud!) I am on a roll, and I'm making better decisions about food, not drinking alcohol, and not stopping at restaurants or coffee shops. Something is missing though- I need to log, I need to write down how I feel and what I'm eating because it's a big part of the journey to better health. So here I am again, ready to put all of my thoughts here. Maybe I will get to know some people here- I hope I do. It sure is easier to remember to log in and post when I look forward to reading posts from other people. Right now I am eating healthier but I will spend the next week or so planning what foods to have around the house for a successful Whole30. I'm looking forward to feeling better and less tired. I think I've already gone through a sugar withdrawl even though I only drastically reduced my intake, and didn't completely stop yet. I'm hoping I don't get the sugar withdrawl symptoms again when I quit cold turkey! Wish me luck!
  4. 5 points

    March 1 Start Date!

    Hey everyone! My name is Julie, I'm 41, and I had such great results on my first Whole30 in January, that I want to do it again in March! I am taking February to slowly reintroduce foods to see how I react to them. I was so excited to see the affect these foods had on my system, but the results have been anticlimactic. I just don't feel very good, clean, or healthy when I eat dairy, gluten, sugar, or alcohol. Not sure about legumes, peanuts, or other grains yet. I hated the rules at first, and don't consider my self to be a big "rules girl." But I came to love and cherish them and I want to go back to Whole30 land! Dairy makes me break out and cheese is not the magical food I remember - it's just... fine. Sugar gives me an insane rush followed by a low hard crash. Alcohol is not as fun as it used to be, and I don't want to waste the whole next day feeling bad/unproductive. Not one food or drink tasted as good as I remembered or expected it to taste! I'm slowly transitioning to a place in my life where I want to, need to, and am using food to fuel my body, not feed the sugar dragon or any of my other demons. Also, I look and feel better than I have in six years, since before I had my last baby. I want to keep this light, healthy, free, autonomous feeling going! Hope some of you can join me in March and help me stay accountable!!! XOXO
  5. 5 points
    Congratulations on setting a date! I found the whole 30 log forum as well as the Whole30recipes on Instagram and the recipes in the whole 3 books a huge help and inspiration. I made a list on my phone with links or page reference to recipes that inspired me so when it was time to grocery shop I had a quick reference on some new and delicious recipes. This kept things a little more interesting than baked chicken and roasted veggies every night. Also if you can take some time before your start to make a couple condiments to aid you in your cooking you will be glad you did. Rather than trying to make them in that first week when you are feeling blah and over it.
  6. 5 points
    The days I'm reintroducing, I'm only eating some of the food, and saving the rest for later. This is a BIG deal for me. I have been a notorious binge eater. This was the most apparent when I could have corn again. My biggest problem pre-W30 has been tortilla chips. I would eat at LEAST half a bad a night. Well, on Saturday I opened a whole bag with some salsa, sat down ready to just enjoy as much as I wanted "because I deserve it", and amazingly only ate 5-6 chips. They just weren't that great. I've NEVER eaten that few before and just put them away. The same happened when I got a large order of fries when I was with my family. I slowly ate and enjoyed a handful, and everyone else shared the rest. TOTALLY not something I'd do before!
  7. 5 points

    Starting October 1

    Hey everyone, as a W30 coach and someone who loved those daily emails, I created some for my clients. I don’t charge clients right now because my schedule doesn’t allow “in depth” coaching, so if anyone wants to be added to the daily email list or a Facebook group (I can make one), let me know!
  8. 4 points

    Like an Onion

    Day 31: 5/14/20 Weighed in today ~ same conditions: 126.4 lbs That's 4.8 lbs in 30 days ~ and 3.7% of my weight = gone.
  9. 4 points
    In a pop tart the cinnamon would probably be the only thing that was compliant...
  10. 4 points

    March 1 Start Date!

    Hi Everyone, Hubby and I are starting our second whole30 tomorrow (March 2nd). We did one in the beginning of 2014. We loved the results and have changed a lot of our habits since then. However, some joint issues still linger, so we are going to try another one to see if it helps. The first whole 30 we did was 'hard' for me because I was a big sugar addict. It took almost two weeks in the whole 30 until I started feeling better. I had a dull headache, felt lousy and had tons of cravings. By the end of the month, giving up that sugar made such a big difference in my energy level etc, that I've mostly stayed away from my bad habits since then (ie. no m&ms for lunch, no oreos as an afternoon 'pick me up' etc.) I was apprehensive about the program the first time. But this time I'm looking forward to it due to the results I got the first time. It really helps that both of us are doing it and we like to cook. It helps having someone nearby to keep you honest and share the cooking tasks. We worked on our weekly menu this morning. And I started a batch of the silky ginger soup from the Well Fed 2 cookbook. Anyways, I just wanted to say Hi and am looking forward to catching up with other forum topics. Ally
  11. 4 points
    I have a freezer full of frozen soup which is non-compliant, but my migraines are back causing vertigo with a vicious vengeance and I can't live like this . Round 3 Day 1 will be kicking off Tuesday 28 January. I'll go through to 9 March, because the hubster will be away 29 Feb -9 March so it will be very easy to stay compliant that extra week. Food prep will happen Monday with mayo, chimmichurri, pesto, and at least 2 weeks worth of lunches. Maybe more, it would be great to just have grab and go ready for most if not all of my round. Now to go find my old threads to see what I was eating...
  12. 4 points

    Like an Onion

    Day 1 again today. I'm posting now ~ because this is my quiet time to do so. The rest of the day will be filled with running kids here and there, conversations with my family ... and putting down the new flooring. I worked on it for a couple of hours last night ~ and it is going to be beautiful. But boy-oh-boy ... it's going to take me awhile. That's okay. It's winter and I would rather have a project to focus on, for sure. It's satisfying, seeing each piece click into place. Hmm ... progress that can be seen before my very eyes ... I like that. I had originally gone to a nearby flooring store and stamped my foot like Veruca Salt, saying, "I want it now!" You know, not really, but ... at first I did just want to pay the "professionals" to come in here and get it done quickly. There's a little bit of Veruca Salt in there sometimes ... it's good for me to be aware of her presence, and keep her in check. --- My computer was doing some update crap this morning, and I couldn't use it to do things with my morning coffee like I usually do {Veruca was pissed}. So I finally picked up this new book I had ordered: The UltraMind Solution by Mark Hyman, MD. I like holding real books in my hands ... and I like highlighting. That's a part of myself that does not get honored nearly enough lately. I have always had a love of learning, and I especially like reading books about the human body. I don't know a lot about Mark Hyman, and I don't revere any doctors as Gods. But these books usually have some great information that I did not know before ~ and, if they are worth anything as an author ~ some deep and thought-provoking quotes. I hit a point in the very first paragraph of Chapter 1 that made me tear up this morning. He is talking about the epidemic of "broken brains": "It deprives children of their future, the elderly of their past, and adults of their present." Indeed. This hit me right between the eyes. I have children - one, in particular, whose mood and behavior is highly affected by his food choices. I am the adult, and so is my husband. And I have a great-grandmother, dear to me, who is 93 years old ... and the deterioration I have had to sit back and watch over the past few years is painful. Downright, almost, seriously, physically, painful. The way her "care" has been handled has caused a rift in our family that I think will never fully mend. --- Whew -- I hate to end on a sad note! Let's not do that. So I will share one more thing, and maybe go into more detail later. I have been undecided on whether I am ever going to work in nursing again ... very up-in-the-air, and I hate that feeling. I know, sometimes it is necessary, and those uncomfortable times are often when we really grow the most. I have decided to go back to WGU for a bachelors in business management -- that choice I decided on awhile ago. What's crazy is this: I spoke with my admissions counselor yesterday. I said yep, I like the way you transferred my credits, looks good, green light - let's go. But I want to change my start date from March 1 to April 1, after spring break. (That's no big deal - WGU starts every month, all year round). Turns out, the program catalog is changing for all students who start April 1 and later. So now, instead of just having a straight-up business management degree, you get "micro credentials". And the two choices are: Marketing track, or Healthcare track. I'm working for a marketing company right now, and I love it. But I'm also a nurse. Lol. I'm like ... are you freaking kidding me? And it brought me clarity. Looking through the marketing classes causes excitement. Looking through the healthcare classes makes me want to barf. I'm not sure it can get much more clear than that. If you've actually read this far ~ Ric Flair "woo!" ~ I'm thankful for your presence here. And I hope you have a fantastic weekend.
  13. 4 points

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Oh, Day 4. I was supposed to want to Kill All the Things, but my toddler apparently beat me to it. He's teething and has been sick and basically needed to scream or be held (or both!) every waking minute until after lunch, so that was that. Fortunately for both of us, I found myself feeling pretty good. I made my first mayo last night and found today that despite a lifetime of refusing to eat mayo in nearly any form, I actually don't mind this recipe. (I'm pretty sure it was 1980s-formula Miracle Whip that put me off of it all those years ago.) Anyway, today's meals: B: Scrambled eggs with salsa and avocado L: W30 protein salad with chicken, celery, grapes, pecans and mayo, plus some extra celery with almond butter D: Turkey and cauliflower meatballs with butternut squash veggie spirals, grape tomatoes and a little fresh parsley. (I enjoyed this meal a lot more than I expected to, but my absolute favorite part is that all three of my children ate the meatballs without complaining...though the toddler did pick it up, look at it, proudly announce "ball!" and throw it across the room. But after I gave him one in pieces, he ate it.)
  14. 4 points
    LOL, we're very lucky - my mum-in-law's yearly Xmas gift to us is a bulk lot of grass fed beef, conveniently sealed up into 2 person packages. So our lazy dinner is to defrost a pack of steak in the sink and throw some veggies on the side Happy Valentines, people!! Hubster and I don't really valentines. He got me decorative vegetables yesterday, which were gorgeous, but the timing was coincidental! I ran out of lunches today, I have roasted veg but no protein and the supermarket didn't have my go-to smoked salmon. I ended up in Court from 9-2:30, so roasted veggies with eggs it is. Torn on dinner. I still think I might fancy something up for dinner, just coz I can. I'll have to pop somewhere after work to buy ingredients though. This sounds dumb, but one of the issues with making fanchish dinners every night is it's hard to take it up a notch lol. Maybe I can find some spatchcocks. Ohh, or maybe duck breast...
  15. 4 points

    Start February 10th

    Sluggish all day. Got home from work, put my pjs on and washed my face i got to sit at the kitchen island and watch my husband cook us the ‘Chicken Hash’ for dinner. We put some music on and talked and laughed. Dinner was delicious. We’re gonna watch a movie and then go to bed early! i survived day 3.
  16. 4 points

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 2 was ok. I felt good when I thought about how I physically felt but nonetheless found myself feeling blah and struggling a bit in the afternoon. Breakfast was eggs fried in coconut oil over arugula. Lunch was sweet potato with ghee and chicken apple sausage. Dinner was ground beef over onions and bell peppers with avocado. The food was all tasty but it wasn't as "comforting" as my default choices. I instead turned to walks or time outside, water or a few minutes of reading a good book to get through. I can do this...but it turns out the planning and if/then approach makes a big difference, so I need to keep that up.
  17. 4 points

    Almost40, First Whole30

    Day 1 went pretty well. There was a lot going on today, so the advance planning came in handy even if I didn't follow it exactly. Breakfast was two hard-boiled eggs and while I had planned to also have apple and a bit of almond butter with it, there wasn't time for that so I had a couple carrot sticks of my own while I was packing lunches. I still meant to eat some fruit, but didn't really get a chance until close to 11, when I grabbed a banana. I had plans with colleagues for lunch so ordered a cobb salad with no cheese and no bacon, and replaced dressing with some squeezes from two lemon slices. It was plenty of food and I only felt a little bit of the afternoon drag. Dinner got pushed back on account of multiple kid meltdowns but some almonds and a couple more carrot sticks got me through until I could prepare baked salmon, cauliflower rice, and some greens. On the whole, today felt manageable. I listened to a couple of Melissa's podcasts while commuting (thanks for the tip @BabyBear!). I'm not expecting that feeling to last, but it's nice to feel some positive momentum. I appreciate the advice you all offered!
  18. 4 points
    I'm having a very up and down time, emotionally, at the moment. I didn't eat my lunch as a meal, just munched the 2 tuna patties separately, and then in a strop decided 'stuff it, I'm having a cookie, this is pointless, you can't even do 30 days'. Went to the work break room, opened the cookie jar, looked at them.... and walked away. I even decided that if I was going to cave on a snack, I could go to the minimart across the road and get a compliant but SWYPO lara-like bar, or a pot of almonds, then didn't do THAT either. My issue is at the moment, I feel crappy and so I have the 'why bother' attitude but feeling crappy is exactly WHY I need to bother. So I'm just going to plug on, one meal at a time.
  19. 4 points

    Ann’s Struggles+Successes

    Three days pre-W30. Cleaned out fridge and pantry as best I could (my adult kids live with me so can’t really get rid of their non compliant stuff). And went shopping to stock up on everything. Made homemade ghee, mayonnaise, and Romesco sauce. Any boring meal can be made better with one of these. I feel like I’m ready NOW to go all in, except I have plans on NYE to play board games and drink bourbon with my neighbors, so it just makes sense to wait till Wednesday. At least I know I’m prepared for day one, when I will probably be ....not in the mood to shop, and looking for something I can just grab and eat. I mentioned this in my intro, but my 27 yr old daughter (who lives with me) is doing her own 30-day mission alongside mine: she is a vegetarian who will for 30 days eat 100% vegan, do daily yoga, and eliminate alcohol. So although our meals will be different, we will be supporting each other. I sure love her. Tonight I am enjoying a glass of wine (well, two). Maybe it tastes better knowing I will be giving it up soon. But I’m also looking forward to committing to no alcohol for a month. I’m sure it is the biggest part of what makes me feel better when I do a W30. I’m also hoping to be transparent on here with that part of my struggle, without feeling judged. Okay. Here’s to a successful W30! Ann
  20. 4 points

    First timer starting January 2!

    I'm really nervous -- I've been planning and researching but I have never been the type to stick to something like this. I chose January 2nd because I'm going to a NYE party tonight where I know I'll be drinking, and I don't think starting Whole30 while hungover is the best idea. Plus I have the day off work tomorrow so I can spend the day shopping for my first week of meals! My sister in law is doing it with me but she lives across the country, so I'm hoping for some extra support on here. Here we gooooo!
  21. 4 points

    Like an Onion

    Thanks @BabyBear ~ I appreciate your support. This journey back to food that is not causing a chemical shit-show in my brain and my entire body ... it is very, very much like quitting smoking. We've had discussions on the forum about this in the past. I don't think the majority of people are aware of how much food really does interact with every part of our being. I can go one day, EASY. And I feel better -- good! Productive! Two days ... probably even easier. Things start to become habit again. It's day 3 that is the hardest for smokers. They say it's because after 72 hours, all of the nicotine is gone from your body. But we all know there's more to it than that. It's those layers of myself and how I got to this point that I need to peel back here. And it can be downright painful. We self-medicate with food, smoking, alcohol, drugs, shopping, gambling ... and our brain is literally wired to expect those big hits of dopamine. Not only do we have withdrawal symptoms from the absence of whatever we have removed ~ but we have to FACE those things we were self-medicating for in the first place. Whew. Ugly. The great news is -- I am a strong and confident person. I have grown and learned so much. I love myself for who I am. And I really don't engage in the "beat myself up" behavior. So what you are saying resonates with me. If I have 50 "Day 1's" throughout this year ... that's still 50 days of good eating that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Lol. That's not my goal ... but it IS a tiny win.
  22. 4 points

    Anew in Arkansas - Round 2

    @Jim Baunach I would also suggest you start your own thread with these questions. Right now you're taking over @heb2014's journal and this probably isn't the tone she wants to start her journey on. (I don't mean to speak for you, heb.) Like with any lifestyle change, it's best not to be so literal about it. There is no fast and easy way to get rid of cravings forever. If you're looking for a magic pill, this isn't the program for you. But if you want to be diligent and change your habits with the help of this program with an open mind, by all means dive in.
  23. 4 points

    #JanuaryWhole30 Here We Come...

    Hi. I have many of the same issues. I'm starting again slowly. I want to ease into a "Food Freedom" lifestyle this year, rather than blow up 30 days just to go back to the same old addictions. Good luck.
  24. 4 points

    Biometrics report

    OH MY GOSH!! I just got back the medical summary from our yearly health screening at my workplace. I AM AMAZED!! For the past 5 years I've been actively losing weight, exercising and eating better. Each year my results have improved, but the jump in results this year is nothing short of miraculous!! I'm lucky that my glucose has always been good. My blood pressure was controlled by medication prior to 3 years ago when I lost just over 100 lb. and was able to discontinue it. Since then it has been in range and holding steady. But this is the great news: HDL (good) cholesterol is up 5 points. LDL (bad) cholesterol is down 14 points. Total cholesterol is down 11 points. Triglycerides are down 17 points. ALL my numbers are in the green/optimum range!! (Except BMI... Still working on that one.) THANK YOU, THANK YOU WHOLE30!! I AM SO HAPPY!! I was genuinely worried that all the meat and eggs I had been eating lately might have a negative impact on my health screening results. Silly me!! REAL FOOD is the answer!
  25. 4 points
    I personally believe that the cooking and the cleaning are essential. Might be bothersome, but essential nonetheless. Because if you rely heavily on eating out and/or highly processed foods, it's way way harder to eat heathly (Whole30-ish or not). On the "whole30-ish forever" subject, I recall the book mentions it as an option but I believe it's a very personal choice. You may have noticed huge changes and are not ready to give up on the Whole30 as yet, so it's ok if you keep going, it's also ok if you decide to reintroduce just a few foods and otherwise stay whole30-ish... but it's also ok if you don't. I personally did not notice any reaction to any type of food, so I don't see the point in keeping the strict limitations. BUT I've learned some things about how I eat, why I overeat, what triggers some bad habits, and I'm using all those lessons in my everyday food choices. So, yeah, I eat diferently than I did before my Whole30, but I do not eat Whole30-ish at all. That's my food freedom, which may be completely different to everybody else. And if we notice that we go back to old habits, we can always go back to what we know works well, hopefully learning a new lesson and changing yet another food-related habit. That's the beauty of Whole30: it's fully customized.