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  1. 38 points
    Melissa Hartwig

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  2. 36 points
    Melissa Hartwig


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  3. 17 points
    Since starting eating the Whole30 way, many of my friends have asked questions, and for advice as they consider it too. Here's a getting started summary, based solely on my own experience. First, you are considering this for any number of reasons... for some it's the hope of weight-loss, for others, health issues such as allergies, inflammatory responses and other ailments that might be addressed by learning through the process which foods your body does not do well with. I can tell you that I don't think I have any allergies to foods and didn't have any digestive issues plaguing me. But I have terrible eating habits. I love healthy food, but also ate way too many snacks and foods that were just empty, very tasty, but empty calories. I have been successful with Weight Watchers in the past, several times. Get that? SEVERAL times. So, I was tired of the yo-yo weight issue I lived with as a result of not changing my HABITS, and that was my real motivator for trying the Whole30. I didn't want to count calories or points all my life, but understood that weight was a direct result of too many calories in and not enough burned off. What I didn't understand is the way a healthy body burns calories, and mine was way off wack from a lifetime of splurging and self-denial. The process is that the body goes first to sugars for fuel, and I had plenty of those coursing through my system! Some of it, it turns out, I wasn't responsible for, or even aware. It wasn't just the sweets I chose to eat, but I've learned that sugar is added to the craziest things you'd never dream of, and as a result, we ingest way more of it than we should, all day long. I wasn't choosing all of that, but it was going in my body every day! So, the short of it is, our body uses those sugars and leaves the rest of it, until needed. And the way I was eating, the rest was never needed, staying on as extra pounds unless I deprived myself for a period of time - in a DIET. After that time, of course, it would all come back because I was going back to eating the way I'd known for all my life. So, for ME, and for my husband Dan too, we lost weight just by eating compliant to the Whole30 Plan of healthy proteins, vegetables, healthy fats and some fruit three times a day, and being sure that we were not leaving the table hungry. I'm talking measurable, significant amounts of weight. Also, I lost some of the hip, knee and foot pain that was pretty much with me all the time. Is it just that the lower body mass was easier on my joints, or was I eating in a way that kept those areas inflamed? I don't know. But I know I'm eating compliant still most of the time, with small indulgences here and there, and I don't miss the weight OR the pains!! (lol) It's not a once and done, either. I was looking for something I can live with, forever. And I think I found it. Eating well, feeling satisfied, and never having to DIET again. It's a learning process of eating mindfully, sliding back into old habits, and bringing yourself into check again when you see it happening. I think of it as a re-structuring of a lifetime of habits and way of thinking about foods as "good or bad", or worse yet, yourself for eating them! I am still learning, and it will take many cycles before I can achieve what Whole30 calls "Food Freedom Forever", but I am closer now than I've ever been in my life, and I feel great too along the way! OK, some tips to make it easier: BUY these books and read them. They will HELP YOU on this journey. 1) 'It Starts with Food', 2) 'Whole30 - 30 Day Guide to TOTAL HEALTH and FOOD FREEDOM', and 3) 'Food Freedom Forever'. You CAN do this without the books, but they are great resources, and isn't your health worth a little investment? NO, I am not a spokesperson for them and I don't get any commission if you buy. Book #2 has a sample week's menu that I used as my base when I started new. It also has many recipes, some for some things I've never done before, like making my own mayonnaise! Participate in this Whole30 online forum. There are many there who are more experienced than me, who are very generous with their knowledge, get you through some tough moments, and, most of your questions have probably been asked and answered there. It's a great resource and source of support! PLAN your meals. Failure to plan = a "screw it" attitude when your belly is talking to you and you don't know what you are going to put on your plate. Consider utilizing a meal planner. I subscribed to RealPlans.com, which integrates with Whole30. This has a shopping list feature that is fantastic, tied to the menus selected for the upcoming week, has a supported facebook page/forum, and it lets me import my own favorite recipes too. PRE-COOK as much as you can, weekly or bi-weekly. This is especially important for those that really hate to cook. I don't hate it, but I hate to use my time cooking. Some, really HATE it. But we've got to eat. Might as well make it as easy on yourself as possible. You've got to have 3 good meals x 7 days/week... in my mind...forever, which means I wanted to learn as much from this first 30 days experience as possible. But only concern yourself about the next 30 days for now. Some of what you are eating for dinner can be in breakfast tomorrow, or lunch the next day, or a full meal that you cooked double or triple of and froze for dinners next week, or weeks from now! Cook large portions of protein, parcel them to servings, and freeze. You can change up the menu by serving them as part of another grouping of vegetables and whole different set of spices, and it won't have to be the same-old, same-old. Speaking of spices - there are many good sources online for mixing up new combinations to keep your tastebuds VERY happy. I'm loving this part. I rely on what I call "skillet meals" a lot - I love bringing raw or pre-cooked proteins and veg's, even fruit sometimes, together in layers in a pan on the stove, cooking in a healthy fat. I never get tired of them, and Dan loves them too. Fritattas, started on the stove and finished up with the eggs on top and browning under the broiler - YUM!!!! This recipe is SO versatile - anything goes!! TRY NEW FOODS that you thought you didn't like. Be open-minded. Once you start eating un-processed foods, you will be surprised at what fills you up, and what tastes good together, and you want to have as much variety of healthy, satisfying foods as you can get your hands on, so you won't ever get hungry or bored. PLAN your meals... and don't think of them as breakfast, lunch and dinner. They are meal #1, #2 & #3, and all foods are good at every hour of the day, not only the way you've been thinking of them your whole life. Yes, even salmon (for me anyway)... great left-over in an egg frittata first thing in the morning! Don't give in and snack while on the Whole30 - just don't do it. Eat to fullness at each meal, and you won't. Plan and serve foods that you like at each meal, and you won't. Try not to snack AFTER the 30 days too - keep that bad habit from coming back. Let your body work to process in a balanced nourishment cycle rather than peaks and valleys of too much/too little food intake. Staples in my pantry - reading labels to be sure anything packaged, canned or bottled is compliant to Whole30: Coconut Aminos Chicken and Beef Broth Coconut Oil Olive Oil Coconut Milk Sweet Potatoes Russet Potatoes Canned Sliced Potatoes Shredded frozen Potatoes Unsweetened Apple Sauce Canned Diced Tomatoes Salsa Canned Tuna Vinegars Nuts! (Yum!! Great, & healthy in recipes!) Vegetables of all kinds - fresh when possible, canned and frozen also though! Spiralized vegs - yes - it makes a difference - these are GREAT sauteed in a skillet! Riced Cauliflower - I've bought mine frozen from Whole Foods - usually 10-12 bags at a time, because I'm not there often. Onions Mushrooms Peppers Avocados (didn't know just how much I loved these!! Yum!!) Eggs Spinach (fresh baby spinach - great nutrients and cook down from a big pile into tasty bites in your meal - I use it in fritattas, always) Squashes Turnip Poultry, Pork, Beef, Fish, Frozen Shrimp Some becomes smoked and shredded, some cooked fast in pressure cooker, some cooked in slow cookers, some pre-assembled in patties, often with portions frozen for many, MANY future meals. Bananas Grapes Clementines Melons Berries Apples, and any other fruit in season!! Have an open mind. This is not a punishment, but a gift that you are giving to yourself. Anything worth having takes a little work, and so does this - at first. Until it becomes second nature. If you are doing the Whole30 - it is only 30 days, and you can do THAT, right? Of course you can! Embrace it, and decide later whether you have learned anything useful about foods and your body, then use what you've learned to work towards a lifetime of good eating that keeps you healthy. Hope this helps. Good luck my friends!
  4. 13 points

    Getting clear on the WHY

    On the weekend, my MIL kept asking why I'm doing this, hinting that it's not healthy and that I should be checking my vitals weekly since it's basically Atkins and Atkins is unhealthy and only for losing weight. Last night, my husband told me that even though I told him I'm not doing this for the weight, he's asked around and everyone says it's for the weight, that this is the reason people do the Whole 30. Then he asked me why I'm doing this, since I'm healthy already so saying it's for health doesn't make sense to him either. Both of these exchanges bothered me tremendously, and I see now that it is because I didn't have a clear answer for them (or me) as to WHY I'm doing this. So here is my attempt to sum up why I chose to do a Whole 30, and why on Day 16 I remain committed. I will come back to this list when I wane in motivation, which is sometimes hourly :-) 1) Connecting with my food connects me to the earth and to what is really important for me. Choosing to eat only whole foods for 30 days nourishes not only my body, but my mind and spirit as well. 2) The Whole 30, for me, is a celebration of how far I've come with food. I have a history of eating disorders (which may explain why my family is concerned), but I do not feel at all that my Whole 30 is about losing weight (which I don't need to do). It is about celebrating food, eating when I'm hungry and as much as I need to feel satiated, eating lots of fats, and eating animal protein and being ok with that after various failed attempts to become vegetarian when in my heart I knew it just wasn't for me. 3) The Whole 30 is about saying YES to me, and kindly being firm with others when they try to tell me what to do (in overt or subtle ways). I have always been a people-pleaser, and while I already know sugar, white flour and alcohol are not good for me, I often partake because it's the social thing to do or because I know others will feel better if I have something with them (my mom - sweets, my husband - alcohol). This time is all about ME, and asserting that I don't have to eat or drink things I don't really want to to make others feel better. 4) The veggie, protein and fat combo is delicious and satisfying. I've been trying Whole 30 recipes at home and the whole family loves them. I have discovered new combinations of foods, new foods altogether, and rediscovered foods that I had overlooked (hello tahini and shredded coconut!) 5) I recently made a big decision in my life, choosing to step down from a management job and stay at a more comfortable job in order to have more space and time for myself, my family, and my passions. Doing the Whole 30 at this time feels like a RESET. Starting fresh, becoming new again, recommitting to the things that are most important to me. 6) It is only 30 days. I do miss whole grains and the occasional sweet, but I know that soon enough I will be able to partake if I really want to. Yet it is more than 30 days. Getting so crystal clear on what my body needs and likes will help me be more conscious of my choices going forward. I love Melissa's questions around whether to eat something post Whole 30 - something like - Is this a special occasion? Will it make me feel terrible after? Do I really want it? Do I really want it is key for me, and will help me make good food decisions going forward. 7) The community. I love the book, the website, the Forum! I feel like I've connected with like-minded people who are committed to good food, to taking care of themselves, and to working for something they believe in despite of what others may think. It's all about tuning in to what is right, and to working with others to help you see that when it is not clear. 8) Although I feel I am now a normal eater after many years of eating disorders, I still fall to sugar, white flour and alcohol when I am stressed or depressed, and was falling into that habit again before Whole 30. The Whole 30 is a good way to just stop those bad habits and remind myself that the short-term pleasure is not worth the lethargy, low mood and negative thoughts that I fall into when I'm back on a daily sugar hit. 9) On Day 16, I've hit Tiger Blood. I feel connected, refreshed, energized, and able to make good decisions about food and life. Having an experience like this reminds me of what's possible, and that happiness is an inside job. 10) Last year I went off anti-depressants, and good food was a big part of that. Kelly Brogan's book, "A Mind of Your Own" uses food as the first way to reconnect with yourself and heal depression, and her dietary guidelines are very much aligned with Whole 30 - lots of good quality proteins and fat, lots of fruits and veggies, no sugar, flour, alcohol. When Dr. Brogan works with patients, she has them do a 30 day food reset eliminating grains, legumes, white potatoes (resistant starch), and processed food, so doing this is something I had been thinking about, and I'm already seeing improvements in my mood. So there you have it! My top 10 reasons WHY I'm doing the Whole 30. I will send this to my hubby :-) What about you? Why are you YOU doing the Whole 30? Lots of love, Paula
  5. 12 points

    Starting January 2!

    Hello all! HUGE NSV for me last week... I made it through a week in the land of CHEESE CURDS, spent 15 hours in various airports on the 15th, lived in a hotel room for 4 days and, because I was prepared, I was able to stay 100% compliant and I feel FANTASTIC!! Happy day 21, everyone! Keep up the great work!
  6. 12 points

    It didn't work for me

    It sounds like the past 30 days were tough for you. Sorry that was the case! I just am going to throw out a few ideas that you can take or leave 1. Family food - in our house hubs eats what I make or he makes his own thing. I don't know how things work in your house but is your daughter old enough that if she doesn't want what you make she can make her own meal? Hubs often eats what I call "paleo plus" - if I make burgers he may have a bun, if I make sauce he may have noodles, things like that but the "main" meal is the same. If I make spaghetti sauce I'm not making garlic bread, pasta, etc to go with it - I'm making my sauce and zucchini/sweet potato noodles and that is it. If hubs wants extras that is up to him. 2. It sounds like you didn't like a lot of the food you made because you were trying to adapt your usual recipes. I totally get this! Mom's sauce isn't going to be mom's sauce without the red wine... but there are lots of other sauces out there that may be worth a shot! W30 is always a time for us to try *new* recipes - you might have found some you really liked. 3. "Lots of nuts" is often an indication things were not as well rounded for meals as they could have been. Snacks should be template based and ideally you don't need them. Maybe more fat/protein/volume at meals would have helped you "need" fewer nuts? I'm 5'2" ~130 lbs... meal 1 for me today was 3 jumbo eggs cooked in duck fat (maybe 1/2 tbsp), 1/2 bag frozen spinach (so 8 oz), and 2 big handfuls of some onions and peppers I pan fried in coconut oil a few days ago with a side of mayo (1-2 tbsp). Point being: a decent amount of food. Kept me full for about 5 hrs. 4. You said you aren't going to continue. Which is fine. You are an adult and can totally make that choice. But as you go forward - especially with a goal of normalizing blood sugar and liver function... think about why your "go to" chicken chunks have sugar in them... and if maybe you could make your own chicken soup on a rainy day and freeze some for the next time you are sick so you don't need to eat canned food. In my opinion so much of one's success about the W30 is "buying in" to the idea that "food is medicine". And if you don't just feel that... well than W30 is tough because, gosh, it is restrictive and so.darn.time.consuming.to.cook.so.much. BUT if you truly believe that you can heal yourself with food I think there is a mind shift that suddenly makes the effort worthwhile. At least that is why I make the effort to eat paleo most of the time because I truly believe eating food - from the ground, trees, animals, ocean, etc and not food that has to make its way through a factory first is truly the best thing I can do for myself and my family. Anyway, however you decide to go forward I hope you have some success with the biomarkers you are hoping to change!
  7. 12 points

    breaking the alcohol cycle

    Yes...but you're probably not going to like the answer. You just have to quit - cold turkey. (I'll give y'all a few minutes to scream and run to another post - one with a happier answer...) But if you're still with me....here goes (tough love time). Like Whole30, you start with one day. You prep - getting all the booze out of the house. ALL OF IT (even that $50 you bought for that special occasion). You tell your friends so they don't hassle you (nor should they...what kind of friends are they really if they're pushing you to do something you don't want to....really, you're stronger than that!). And then, you don't drink. You go do something after work that has nothing to do with drinking. Go to Home Depot and plan out an herb garden, clean your house, get decaf coffee, get tea, go anywhere where there is NO BOOZE! Then you wake up the next morning, mark a #1 on your calendar. Just like Whole30 - you mark your first day. Then you proceed with the second. Same thing - stay away from "trigger" places, invite a friend over for movie and soda, encase yourself in a "safe, alcohol-free zone". Then you write a "2" on the calendar and proceed with day 3. You do this each and every day. You don't think about the next day - you focus on the present. You DON'T think about the what-ifs, you just plan to go without. You tell friends you're just not drinking - and if they keep pushing, you just don't hang out with them. You focus on the present day. FOCUS! If you go out you order sparkling water (in a wine glass - so you feel like you're holding an elegant glass of wine, and you have bubbles like you're drinking champagne or beer). You don't sit at the bar. You order coffee (decaf). You tell yourself how much classier you are ordering coffee or sparkling water instead of alcohol. You think about celebrities that don't drink and realize you're just as hot and mysterious. Even MORE so! You take it day by day. And you have to tell yourself to focus on THAT DAY. You can't think about not drinking tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or at your wedding, or vacation, or holiday, or when your family comes to visit...because you will depress the crap out of yourself if you try to look long term. You have to choose to not drink today. Each. Day. There is no easy way out of this. If you CRAVE alcohol, there are no cheat days. There is just you making a decision - do you want to drink, or do you not. (didn't Yoda say that somewhere...?) It is a hard, hard habit to break. I know. Trust me, I know. I love wine. I love going to Napa. I love(d) wine dinners - paring different wines with different foods. I got married at a wine bar! Meanwhile, I LOVE(d) beer. I worked at a brewery. The smell of hops and yeast when you walk in the door of a brewery is like perfume to my nose. I love the different brewing techniques and all of the wonderful seasonal beers! I love(d) drinking with my friends...the laughing, the social aspect. I love(d) warm Bailey's and coffee on cold winter nights and ice cold beer at baseball games on warm summer days. I LOVED IT ALL!!! But when my daily routine started looking like this: 8am -"not gonna drink today"....6pm-"well...just one glass of wine"...2-3 glasses later....8am-"God, I feel like crap...ok, not gonna drink today"...lather, rinse, repeat, then it was time realize that it was harmful than helpful and it had to go. You can tell yourself that you're not me. And that's OK. If you can tell yourself you're only going to drink on the weekends and can pull it off, that's great. If you can tell yourself you're only going to drink wine from here on out and can do it - I wish I had your willpower!!!! But if you're waking up each day saying you're going to quit and then telling yourself each night that quitting is for quitters...well.... I love that Whole30 gives you the freedom to introduce foods back into your menu as you see fit. That there is to be no guilt, no remorse when you enjoy, no - SAVOR, something that may or may not be ideal depending on your reintroduction. But in the same way you wouldn't stay in a horrible relationship with a person, why make excuses for food or drink? Even more importantly...I'm GLAD I quit drinking. I still see my friends - we still go out. Hell, we go out to bars and breweries! I still make fabulous dinners. I throw parties. I see my family. And I can do it all WITHOUT alcohol!!! This may not be the answer you wanted. It's not the answer I wanted. But I did it and you can do this. If you WANT to do it. And ain't nobody gonna do it for you. Day 1. Decide. love, Gina - 976 days sober.
  8. 11 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.
  9. 10 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!
  10. 10 points

    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.
  11. 10 points
    C. Page

    Start date June 1st

    Yes! She! Did! Took my daughter to watch Wonder Woman last night and survived the temptation to bury my face in her buttered popcorn, devour her box of candy, and demolish her drink!!! I kept asking myself, "Do you really want to go back to Day 1 and start all over again?" Yay me!!!!! (It was a great movie, by the way!)
  12. 10 points

    I woke my Sugar Dragon

    I'm speaking in general, but you don't need to start over again. Extended Whole 30's don't really fix it when you're finished.The off and on again approach...Whole 30's mixed with binge eating or just minor/major off-roading inbetween is not Food Freedom Forever. It's boxing yourself into a corner. It creates more black and white thinking about food. Whole 30 or Not. All in/on target or falling back into old habits. After watching others do this for years now, I am convinced that the original constructs of a Whole 30 are optimum, in every way. Elimination protocol of 30 days, a Reintro of about 10 days or longer and done. Next. Immediately create a plan you can live with for the rest of your life. Your personal decisions will be liberating. Maybe you like eating the same lunch every single day, some do. Some like eating the same food 3X aday, that wouldn't work for me but you choose, you decide. Read FFF, you'll find ideas for putting your positive food management plan together. My plan is consistent but it has leeway. I can eat full fat plain greek yogurt or cottage cheese, legumes, even some non gmo grains in whole form, fish, fish, fish, proteins of every kind, nuts, fruits and vegetables. What I can't do is eat is deliberately engineered to be craved candy or donuts or bakery items or white sugar, white flour, white pasta. These things cause an immediate uptick in my blood sugar even in small amounts. I don't eat them. I don't touch artificial sweetners or soda pops. No fast food or ice cream. I have enough leeway that I don't ever feel deprived. I eat everything with a protein. Fruit, vegetables, everything is paired with protein. That's my Rx for blood sugar control. It works for me. Starting over and over again will not make it any easier on Day 61 or Day 91 when you're done. FFF = not doing a Whole 30 Forever. It's going to take work to find your way. I'm consistent but that's my way. The sooner you can find your way the easier this will be. Create something consistent for awhile until you get your footing back. After an elimination protocol, there is an adjustment period. You're used to reading every label. Find your wiggle room and branch out. You can always prune yourself back before it goes sideways.
  13. 9 points

    Are you new here? Welcome!

    Is this your first Whole30? This is what it's all about http://whole30.com/new/ There are lots of PDF downloads to help you out http://whole30.com/pdf-downloads/ including the fabulous Meal Planning Template Not sure what you can have? Whole30 Rules & Can I Have... You'll also find great info searching in the forum section Can I have...? http://forum.whole30.com/forum/6-can-i-have-___/ Did you know there's Rules AND Recommendations? http://whole30.com/2015/01/rules-recommendations/ It's early now, but bookmark the Timeline, it's really great http://whole30.com/2013/08/revised-timeline/ Really want to complete your Whole30, might want to read this now - Do I really have to start over? http://whole30.com/2014/06/really-start-whole30/ Welcome you've totally got this!
  14. 9 points
    Hopefully this will serve as some encouragement to see it through - I had such incredible health gains from doing the Whole 30, that I would never even consider going back to eating how I did prior. And I got lucky in that my taste buds have changed - I really enjoy eating Whole 30, and I still do so about 95% of the time. Just completed my second 100% Whole 30 yesterday. Here's what happened to me: I lost 40 lbs without increasing exercise or ever feeling hungry (and I've maintained that loss for over 6 months now) I lowered my blood pressure (from 130/90 to 110/70) AND got off of blood pressure medication I went from pre-diabetic to completely normal blood sugar Triglycerides went from 3x normal to normal The inflammation in my severely arthritic ankle went away and I can now run again with no pain Minor eczema has disappeared completely My sleep and mood have both improved modestly Not everyone sees such dramatic results - I am 55 and was obese - but great things can happen! It's only 30 days, it's worth an honest attempt. Good luck, and there is great support here.
  15. 9 points
    After I wrote my post, I got into my car and headed to my local gluten-free bakery. Half-way there, I realized I really didn't need a pastry. My craving had subsided, so I immediately turned back around. I took a walk around my neighborhood instead and just being outside helped. That was a major win for me against my relentless sugar dragon! My habits truly are changing, slowly but surely, and I can't give up now! Thank you so much for your support.
  16. 9 points
    Nicole Lee

    I want to quit or cry or both

    I threw my scale in a dumpster yesterday. I feel like my entire whole30 purpose was to get to this moment. The greatest NSV of all time! I am finally free
  17. 9 points


    Hey everyone! On the cusp of my 30th birthday, suffering from migraines and asthma, my boyfriend and I have decided to tackle the Whole30 together! We were originally going to do it in November, and after double checking calendars and training schedules (we are both runners with numerous race events we've already paid for, so we didn't want to struggle and feel we had wasted our money), we decided to move our start date up, to September 4th! Little did we know, there'd be a big movement to have as many people as possible participating in the month of September! This will be coming days after our second overnight relay in the month of August (CLR and Hood to Coast), AND my 30th birthday! What better way to start off a new decade than with improving my health?! I am committing to this challenge in hopes of getting my nutrition on point as a runner, to rewire my brain about food and cravings, and to hopefully discover trigger foods for my migraines and asthma! I will be chronicling this journey for us via Instagram - @rundrinknerd - feel free to follow along! We look forward to getting inspired by all of you, sharing our journey, and hopefully inspiring others to take the challenge! Cheers! Alison
  18. 9 points
    I may be banned after this but that's a risk I'm willing to take: I joined this forum over a month ago when I first started Whole30 so that I could get quick answers to questions without having to pull out my book. I haven't posted anything because I've been able to find everything I need by searching the forum and google. I will say that 75% of the people that are active on this forum couldn't find their way out of a paper bag. "Can we have corn?" No, it's in the book. "Is this processed jug of liquid compliant (even though it clearly states cane sugar on the label that I attached a picture of)?" No, it has sugar, which is clearly stated on the label that you attached a picture of. "I didn't lose any weight. I only cheated 8 times. I'm sad." It's not for weight loss. "I'm going to quit this diet because you're mean to me." You're an idiot (I also think you're the "oversensitive" poster who threatened to quit the "diet" when SugarcubeOD moved your non-Whole30 Whole30 log to another section but that's just me being hopeful that there's not two of you). These moderators are saints. I would be cussing people left and right (I've actually done it in my head a few times). So, to the moderators - you don't have to apologize for anything. I want to apologize on behalf of the people that are lazy, don't like to find out answers on their own and expect you to spoon feed them. Some of us really do appreciate you and your straight forward answers.
  19. 9 points

    April 1st Start Date - Support Group

    Hi all! I am starting the Whole30 April 1st and I am looking for some support buddies to help me through the process.... especially skipping my nightly glass of wine! Oh wine... I will miss you... and chocolate....sweet chocolate....and cheese, my dear friend cheese! I have complete the Whole30 before and felt AMAZING. But it all went wrong afterwards. Let's just say I went straight passed the re-introduction phase to the eat all the pies phase and have been going downhill at an astounding rate! Definitely need a re-set! Would love to have some people to touch base with on a regular basis, so we can encourage each other and share tips and advice. Who's with me? LB345
  20. 9 points
    @kellyfoss Sorry about the sneaky salsa! I am also feeling really great and was thinking about staying a little longer but I think I have successfully mapped out a preliminary plan for reintroduction that I am excited about. I have decided to stay away from alcohol for a bit longer, at least through the end of Lent. If pregnant ladies can do it for 9 months, I certainly can do it for 40 days! I am nervous about dairy and gluten. I have never had a serious issue with either that I know of, but the more I am reading about reintroductions, the more people I see who have had sensitivities. I don't want to feel sick which is maybe why I want to stay on longer. I am on Spring Break the second week of April so I am planning most reintros for that time period. When we started the whole 30 in February I was doing a good job of working out as well. I love to walk outdoors and enjoy lifting weights or using weight machines at the gym. I am not a fan of indoor cardio machines but try to use them on occasion anyways (the former Skyfit now Aaptiv app is helpful). Unfortunately, I hit a bit of a stall with the working out about day 8 or 9 when I was feeling particularly sluggish and I am finally feeling ready to jump back in. I have an absolutely CRAZY busy week coming up since I am music director of a show that goes up next weekend so I am prepping myself to get back into my walking routine on Monday, April 3. If time allows, I will do it sooner-- possibly even this afternoon (my last few hours of freedom until the show is over on Sunday the 2nd!). Hopefully the weather will warm up in the next several days! Now, to be slightly petty for a minute, I find that I am frustrated when I see people who sell shakes-which-shall-remain-nameless or fixes that last between 20 and 22 days on Facebook and other social media talk about clean eating. THIS. THIS IS CLEAN EATING. Don't get me wrong, do what works for you I truly believe that, but we have been eating seriously clean and whole for the past 26 days. I am so happy about the way I am eating, particularly the hoards of vegetables and proper plate set up. I feel like it's easy now. I know what I can eat and what I can't and it really is becoming habit. I just feel like there are so many lies out there about proper food consumption. Have I drank too much of the (sugar, gluten, dairy, & soy free) Whole30 hypothetical "cool-aid" that now I am extra aware of other food/diet fads that are just not the same? I just want to shout "NO!! GO BUY WHOLE30!!!" LOL. To me, someone who has tried IT ALL, this is the answer and this is how I need to approach food forever (which reminds me, I must buy "Food Freedom Forever" before it's all said and done!). By the way to everyone in this group...we ROCK. WE REALLY ROCK. I am so grateful for this forum and that I have a place to communicate how I am feeling and receive positive support from others in the same boat. This has been seriously helpful and you all inspire me to keep walking past that candy aisle in CVS!!!!
  21. 8 points

    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
  22. 8 points

    Day 30 Results

    Confession: I have tried the Whole30 before. I say “tried” and not “completed” because I see now how out of compliance my meals were. I had a breakfast of an RX Bar, a pre workout of prosciutto and walnuts…I also trained for a half marathon at the time and did intense circuit training and it was a rough month. It was a white-knuckling kind of month and I got nothing out of it. Nothing. It triggered disordered eating tendencies (from being starving all the time) and things I had not been doing since high school I started doing again. I ended up gaining weight in the weeks that followed. That was in 2013. So why did I come back? I felt out of control. I’m living totally alone for the first time in my adult life and I felt like my food habits were just getting worse and worse. No meal prep was happening, I was skipping lunches all the time and then going crazy at dinner. I was pouring myself a glass (or two) of wine 4 or 5 nights a week. I was bloated, I was lazy, I needed to do something dramatic. Also, my digestion seemed to be getting worse and worse. I’m an abstainer. Now, the Whole30 taught me a lot this time around. Some things I knew and it just reinforced and some things were brand new information to me. I wrote this list before I weighed myself this morning. Things I learned from my Whole30: I overeat. Especially when I am alone and bored. I’m always wandering into the kitchen wondering what I could pull out just to munch on. I have to be aware of it. I eat too late at night. Not waking up hungry is the result of my after dinner popcorn/chip/chocolate snack. I justify it because it’s low calorie but I don’t need it by any stretch of the imagination. The Whole 30 was the first time I felt really hungry for breakfast. I use wine as a transition from work to home. It’s my reward after a long day. (And my days have been LONG this month, trust me.) I was fat phobic and still am to a degree. I want to go get my cholesterol tested, no matter how many peer-reviewed/meta analyses articles you show me stating dietary cholesterol does not impact serum cholesterol. I’m a (not practicing) registered dietitian. It’s ingrained in me still. Not weighing myself was hard, but not as hard as I thought it would be. I surprisingly almost broke only twice. I might be intolerant to garlic (#sadface) I feel weird asking for what I want at restaurants. I’m a paying customer and none of my requests are unreasonable, but I get anxiety having to order food, no matter how cool or indifferent everyone around me is. I went out for dinner with a work colleague and then friends and both times they had their own specific requests and had to give me a little nudge to ask for substitutions instead of just making do and probably starving myself. I hope I get better at this. I don’t need sugar in my coffee, coconut milk is delicious and good coffee black is satisfying. The only time I want an almond milk latte is when I’ve had a coffee for the day and just want a mid-day “treat”. I don’t drink enough water but when I do I feel a lot better Despite not weighing myself all month, I’m not over the scale. I have been having anxiety for days knowing I have to step on it (Note: I know I don’t have to, but I will. I want to know and I also don’t.) I still struggle with eating to satiety. I eat what’s on my plate. Now, for some NSVs: Glowing skin (according to a coworker) Less pronounced under eye circles Stronger nails Flatter stomach Leaner appearance Less bloating Feeling more confident in appearance Fewer PMS symptoms (I have PCOS so this is a big deal) Less stomach pain Less diarrhea Less constipation Less gas Improved regularity Fewer seasonal allergies (maybe related to the changing time of year, but definitely better now) Feeling in control of your food Fewer carb cravings Fewer sugar cravings Improved disordered eating habits More nutrition in my diet Food no longer has unwanted side effects Thinking more clearly Awaken feeling refreshed Energy levels more even No more mid day energy slump Need less caffeine New cooking skills New recipes Meal prep is organized and efficient AND NOW, for the weight... I lost 2.6lbs. I don’t want to qualify this saying I’m PMS-ing or anything (I am). That doesn’t matter. It’s lower than I expected just seeing how flat my stomach is by comparison. It also explains why none of my clothes really felt looser. I’m on the higher end of a normal BMI and I would like to lose weight. Am I disappointed? Yes and no. I was a little surprised it was less weight loss than I had anticipated but also, if I can keep eating good amounts of healthy food and eating enough and feeling satisfied…I’m super happy with 2.6lbs. I’m at peace with that number…and I never thought I would be able to say that. So what are my plans now? Well…I don’t know. I had a reintroduction schedule all laid out and I’m on the fence whether to follow it. I have a big licensing exam tomorrow so I will be having a glass of wine with my friend at dinner afterwards, but I’m kind of at a loss for what to do beyond that…In some ways, I want to stay on the Whole30 and do a slow roll. If you are still reading I’m amazed because I do tend to ramble. I’m very happy I gave the Whole30 another chance. It’s what I needed in so many ways and it’s nice to know I can always come back to it. Now, to practice practicing food freedom. Good luck to everyone completing the program/living the post Whole30 life!
  23. 8 points

    I gained a LOT in a month

    I gained so much in my 30 days. I gained self control. I gained understanding of nutrition. I gained new culinary skills. I gained self-respect. I gained a new palette. I gained a new perspective on my life. I also lost a few things. Mood swings. Energy lows. Anger. Depression. And around 10 pounds and a gut full of bloat. Thanks so much for this program, the excellent free support, and the inspiration to improve my life, inside and out.
  24. 8 points

    August 7th Start Date

    Thought I'd pop this up here for future reference. I know my last round I was a day off from all this (but everything still held true like clockwork).
  25. 8 points
    So I've been thinking some more about this positivity vs negative self talk... I love love LOVE a good analogy... my therapist started writing them down cause I made up so many... so I was tryinig to think of an analogy as to why we have to seemingly continuously pour positive thoughts into ourselves... and i thought... well we drink water... that's not a one and done thing. We drink water every day because it is healthy, its required for good bodily function and it keeps us alive. But it must happen ever day... hourly even! If we don't drink water on a consistent basis, our body turns toxic, our bodily functions don't work properly and eventually, things start to die. Not much different than positivity... Not a one and done thing... those books that inspire us (Hello Brene!), the food that fuels us, the people that bring out the positive and the growth in us... that's not one and done either... it's not a meme on instagram that touches you for a second and a half, it's a constant practice to choose a better tape in our heads... Anyway, those are my thoughts... anyone else have a good analogy? I LOVE a good analogy... if I didn't mention that
  26. 8 points
    @emilyelowe & @SugarcubeOD, you guys inspired me to make a list of goals... so I hope you don't mind getting to know me pretty well too! 1. stop HURTING - I'm 25, and I hurt all over. My hips, back, neck, hands, feet... It has gotten better since doing my first whole30, but it all came back pretty much as soon as we started our road trip. 2. feel better in my body - I know I'm overweight, but honestly I'm more concerned about how I feel. I don't own a scale, and I'm fine with that. Right now I feel bloated and weighed down all the time. I'm ready to be happy in my skin, and I saw a glimpse of that with my first round. 3. more energy! - I had soooo much more energy & motivation (which really was a testament to my mental status) starting about two weeks into my first round. I'm ready to feel like that again and have it stick! 4. mental/emotional stability - I was diagnosed with postpartum depression at 6 months postpartum because my daughter and I were getting NO sleep, and I ended up in counseling and have realized that I have probably dealt with depression/anxiety type stuff most of my life. When I did my first round though, I was so much happier and stable, really for the first time in my life. It was amazing. I'm ready for that to be my everyday norm. 5. FREEDOM - We just relocated to GA where our families live, and I know part of our experience here needs to involve me resolving internal conflicts that I have with my family. I know that God has called me to live differently from them, and a small part of that is how I eat and care for my body. I think this is the first step to show that I am setting myself apart from them, that I am going to raise my daughter differently, that I still love them even if I do things differently than they did. 6. other things - better digestion, no more restless legs, no more headaches, improved sinus issues
  27. 8 points
    Dawn Williams

    May 1 Start - Support

    Hi Everyone, My name is Dawn and I am so excited/scared to be starting May 1 and would love to hear from anyone else starting on May 1st. I am running around this week and next week trying to get all the non-Whole30 food out of my house and get all the Whole30 foods and meals ready to help the transition. My biggest motivation for starting Whole30 is autoimmune issues (officially diagnosed and too many to list) which I have realized are partly due to my dietary choices. At this point, my doctors have decided that my only option is to stay on the Prednisone and oral chemo pills indefinitely for relief from my symptoms and I want to try Whole30 as a less toxic alternative before committing to that. I wish everyone success on their Whole30 journey! Dawn
  28. 8 points
    Rhonda Dee Lillie

    Getting clear on the WHY

    I think it's funny when people tell me "It's basically the Atkins diet." My response: Do you eat meats? So do I. Do you eat veggies? So do I. Do you eat fruit? So do I. Do you eat fast food? I don't. Do you eat Packaged foods with lots of ingredients you can't pronounce? I don't. Do you make all of your meals at home with fresh whole ingredients? I do. Do you drink 8+ glasses of water a day? I do. Do you avoid harmful ingredients? I do. Do you know every ingredient that you put in your mouth? I do. Do you eat foods that contribute to nutrient absorption, liver cleansing and better body detoxification without it being in a pill or powder form? Well, I do. Do you have amazing Bowel Movements? I do. Do you sleep 8-10 hours per night? I do. Do you feel healthier and happier every day that passes? I do. So... what's the problem with my way of eating?
  29. 8 points
    Guys - I've hit a new low and a new high in the same day. So any time you get close to quitting, know that things can turn around in just a few hours! The low: I've had a testing last few days with passover dinners with many tempting foods and wine. Then, I got called for jury duty, which means hours of sitting around and waiting with no (few) distractions. I shamefully ate my lunch out of boredom at 10:15. I knew my food options weren't great in the area, so I dashed to my boyfriend's work for lunch. They list every ingredient on each item, so it's usually Whole30 friendly. But then everything had peanut or alcohol or diary. Like, everything. I had some green beans and pork. In that moment, I was so close to throwing in the towel. I didn't have much time, so I had to rush back to the courthouse. The high: Came home, had my prepped curry in the fridge and hit the gym and on the way home, something clicked! I'm typing here fully of energy. On a normal day, I'd be 100% tapped and getting ready for bed. Now, I've done plenty of nagging housework and found myself hungry and reaching for a stack of sliced peppers and finding them DELICIOUS! I'm ready to meet tomorrow! If this is Tiger Blood, sign me up. And if it isn't, I can't wait for the real thing. Hang in there crew! We're making great progress, even if it feels like your willpower is strained.
  30. 8 points

    Alcohol Dependence

    I know this thread is over a year old, but I feel the need to respond. I am on Day 13 of my first Whole30. I was scared to death of failure, since I fear I may be an alcoholic.Gin and tonic on coming home from work, followed by 3-4-5 glasses of wine. Weekends were getting out of control, not remembering conversations. I managed to hide it brilliantly, and no one in my family ever suspected just how much I drank. The not remembering things really started freaking me out. I decided to give Whole30 a try, since a close friend wanted a "buddy" to do it with her. I was also intrigued by the science of it, so I figured what the heck. It'll only last a day or two anyway, and I'll just lie to my friend about the alcohol, and eat the right food. The night before I started, I had a long talk with myself at 2 a.m., since I never, ever sleep well. I truly hate myself, realize that my health is going to be affected, and I'm missing time with my family by being in a stupor. I can do this. I can give up the booze. Call it divine intervention, straight up Dutch stubbornness, whatever, but I have not had a drink in 13 days. The booze is all still in the house, and I will pour my husband a glass of wine with dinner, but I have no desire whatsoever to have a drink. I NEVER thought I could do this. I sleep so much better, my hot flashes have diminished (I'm 53), I remember every conversation, if I say something dumb it's not alcohol fueled, but, most importantly, I don't hate myself anymore. I feel like I have been given a new lease on life. I know there are many people out there who struggle as I did, and I want them to know there are kind, listening ears that won't condemn or judge. I am reading It Starts With Food, and replacing Frankenfood with alcohol. Makes total sense when you understand the science. Thanks for having this forum. Just writing this has been hugely cathartic. Life is beautiful.
  31. 8 points

    Starting March 12

    I also started on March 13. I thought I had introduced myself to the group, but apparently not. I must have been having a blonde moment! I completed a Whole 30 in Jan of 2016, and have done several W15 and even a few W3's, but realized I needed to bite the bullet and do it again. I was having a hard time making it past the halfway mark, but I scheduled this one well (no parties, trips, etc), so I'm confident I'll be able to stick with it. I have a huge (for me) NSV to share, one that I didn't even think would/could happen. I understand that the W30 helps with general inflammation, but I had never really had results that pointed to a change in that. Until now. My plantar fasciitis has almost completely gone. Disappeared. Vanished. I tried so many things over the years to fix it. Different shoes, physical therapy, insoles, ice, and had finally settled on a management technique that involved stretching my feel every day on Yamuna balls. The balls are small, so I even took them on trips so I could make it through busy sightseeing days. The week before last, my son and I went to NYC for spring break, and I was stretching my feet several times a day on the Yamuna balls. I started the W30 the Monday after we got back, and here it is, a week later, and my feet feel fine. In other NSVs, I've started sleeping so much better and my cheekbones have popped out. Yay!
  32. 7 points

    Lenten Whole30 2/14-4/1

    I was planning on starting my first Whole30 on Wednesday too. But when it got here I was super overwhelmed and had to take a step back and make some better plans. So I will be starting on Monday the 19th. I have completed my wk1 menu, my copy of Day by Day will arrive tomorrow, this weekend I'm cleaning out my pantry and fridge, I decided to put post-its on my bathroom wall numbered 1-30 (I will pull one off after completing a successful day), grocery shopping Sunday after Mass, and then meal prep! I have my plan, now just to execute! I can do this!... Right?
  33. 7 points

    Starting January 2!

    Today I had my first serious sweets FOMO. Today we had our monthly bake off at work, and a colleague brought the most amazing looking cinnamon toast crunch cake, make with cinnamon cereal milk, cinnamon toast crunch brittle, and cream cheese frosting. Store bought doughnuts, cookies and baked goods don't appeal to me one bit - I've honestly never understood why you'd waste the calories - but I am a sucker for homemade... especially when it's my favorite childhood cereal as a cake! But I suppose I escaped the 3:30pm sugar crash and 500+ calories, so that's a win!
  34. 7 points

    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!
  35. 7 points

    Starting January 2!

    Seven pounds in a week? Did she cut off an arm?
  36. 7 points

    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!
  37. 7 points

    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!
  38. 7 points

    Starting January 2!

    Hi everyone! So, I decided to make the chicken curry recipe in the Whole 30 book last night, but of course didn't read it all the way through for directions first because I had all the ingredients and thought "fine, I can do this." Well, after looking at the complexity of three pots/pans/dishes plus a food processor which I don't own, I was about to throw in the towel, it was getting late, but then I thought I'd improvise. I really detest cooking so always try to make things easy. Here's what I did: 2 chicken breasts in a Pyrex dish, sprinkled with a ton of baby spinach, then a layer of sliced potatoes. I smothered all that in curry sauce which I made with olive oil, onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, coconut cream, a TON of hot madras curry powder, (I love spicy) and salt and pepper. Put it in the oven for 50 minutes and voila! Tasty, succulent chicken with veggies all in one dish!
  39. 7 points

    Day 29 - takeaways

    I’m on Day 29, and I wanted to share some of my non-scale victories. Partly so I could see the little successes I’ve had so far, partly to share, but also to remind myself of all the things that are changing besides whatever number readout I get when I step on the scale Wednesday morning. My checkmarks from the list in the book Clothes fit looser (pants and bras especially) Face looks thinner Clearer skin on face Mood improved (had been fighting depression) Sleeping better Move energy No digestive issues or bloating No going to sleep feeling like there was a rock in my stomach No waking up feeling like a grease pit Don’t feel deprived eating this way Feel like I have a more sophisticated style of cooking now, which is awesome Feel better about myself Usually not hungry between meals No longer wake up feeling like I’m starving for food Getting better at reading food labels (actually caring about what’s being added to food!) Now some scenarios from the last few weeks. Energy: Came home Friday night after working 5 straight days. Normally I just want to collapse in my recliner and zone out. But on Friday, I got home, ate my dinner and felt like doing something. So I finished meal planning for week 2, made my grocery list and went shopping! Sugar: I thought cutting sugar would be disastrous because I have a longstanding sugar addiction. (As in open bag of candy and feel compelled to finish it in one sitting, regardless of how I felt. … Sneaking from a communal candy bowl at work when no one is around.) But the side effects weren’t that bad. I didn’t go hogwild in the week leading up to starting Whole30, so I’m sure that helped me out. I do miss being able to suck on hard candy (“sugar free” but we know it’s really not), but I know that’s more of a boredom factor and just a habit, another way of feeding the sugar intake. I’ve tried some fruit infused water, but it doesn’t seem like enough flavor to make it worthwhile. It just seems like I’m wasting fruit. Maybe I need to change up the amounts? I’ve had a few sparkling waters from the store, which help break the boredom but it means another way of spending money. So I’m trying to make do with cold, plain water. I drink more than enough during the day, so it’s not a matter of being dehydrated. It’s about wanting that flavor. But I’m coming around to straight water. Going nuts: There were two instances when I got caught in a situation and reached for a snack of raw cashews or walnuts because they were handy. The first one should have been avoided. I had been out grocery shopping and running errands and I got home for a much later lunch than I planned. I grabbed a handful of cashews to help ease the transition as I warmed up lunch. Well, that lead to an additional handful. And I remembered why I love cashews so much, even the non-salted kind. So I vowed not to buy any more for the time being. It’s an easy food with no breaks. So while it lead to eating more than I should, it was at least a compliant food. And it prompted a realization that I need to really really watch this particular food. I’m trying to work on viewing this a success instead of shaming myself. It’s a learning process. The second scenario involved driving. Driving more than an hour has usually prompted this urge for food. But I can’t exactly give up driving. I went to my parents’ house during week 3. So on the 2.5 hour drive up, my solution was to leave immediately after eating breakfast. That worked out so well! I was full and alert. I drank water on the drive. Everything was good. I planned to do the same on the drive back, but I got delayed in my departure. I did eat a good lunch, so that was on my side. But while driving back, I started getting sleepy, hungry, and then there was a severe downpour. So I pulled over to wait out the rain some and I grabbed some walnuts to help perk me up. The only other food item available was a bag of kale, and that just wasn’t going to happen. Again, though, while I wish it was a better option, at least it was a compliant food. It was a reasonable serving, and I didn’t inhale the entire bag. Snacks: I know snacks aren’t technically part of the program. And I’m doing my best to avoid them because I’ve got a long track record of being a grazer. Not just a binge eater but a grazer. I was skeptical of how eating 3 meals a day would go, but it’s been working out. But trying to convert those unhealthy snacking habits into healthier ones for emergency situations isn’t exactly easy. I don’t like hummus or guacamole (no avocados for me which really limits the options for healthy eating fats). I love peanut butter, probably because of the sugar. But that’s not allowed on the program, and for good reason. It’s a “no brakes” item for me. So I tried almond butter for the first time. Not a big fan of that, but I’ll eventually finish off the small bottle I bought. So it’s difficult to find a way of eating raw veggies with some type of dip (I don’t like ranch dressing or mayonaisse. … I do need to try making my own salsa. That could be a good alternative. Haven’t gotten there yet. I realize the program’s goal for emergency snacks is to combine macro nutrients (protein/fat/carb). But I don’t like boiled eggs and it’s hard to find compliant deli meat, so portable protein can be tricky. I will have to look into Primal Pacs. Coworkers: I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing comments of “that smells good” from coworkers on the few times I’ve eaten around them. I’m trying to do better at stepping away from my desk to eat, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. There was one instance when we had a farewell pizza lunch for a coworker who was leaving for another job. I told the person ordering the pizza that “my doctor is asking me to make dietary changes” (which is true but also quicker than explaining Whole30). I said I’d be happy to join in while bringing my own meal, but I wouldn’t be eating the pizza. So that’s what I did. I knew I couldn’t just bring a salad with grilled chicken, it needed to be more appealing than that. So I brought garlic shrimp on zucchini noodles with other veggies and pesto sauce. Got a few “that smells so good” comments and one quick “you don’t want pizza?” but aside from that, no focus on me. Visiting my parents: Week three meant an extended weekend with my parents. I wanted to remain compliant. I mentally prepared myself that maybe all I needed to do was request that whatever protein Mom was using, that she set some aside and let me fix my own. She likes to use lots of cheese and creamy sauces and ingredients that aren’t compliant. Eventually we settled on the idea that I would cook dinner each night. So I did that, making sure to prepare enough that I’d have lunch all squared away for the next day. That worked out so well because I was in control of how the food was prepared and could show my parents what was allowed on this program that seems so restrictive. “You eat very well” was one of the comments my dad made. We had variety and color. They enjoyed the meals, and Mom got a break from cooking. It was a win all around. Dining out: I’ve had three experiences with eating at a restaurant. It was scary, but I scoured the online menu to find something compliant. The first was at a family-owned place. My game plan was to make use of their salad bar and order grilled chicken. Well, they weren’t able to do the salad bar because produce prices are too high for them. So I had to find an alternative. I remembered reading in the book about bunless burgers or even double patties and using the patties as buns. So that’s what I did. I ordered a double patty burger. Sadly none of the sides seemed like compliant options. While they had lettuce and tomato and onion for sandwiches, they didn’t have enough that they could offer a small side salad. So I skipped the sides. While it was a filling meal, I clearly didn’t get enough vegetables. I made up for it later at dinner. The second experience was at IHOP. I didn’t want to mess with asking for “shelled eggs” and hoping the waitress understood what that meant and hoping the cooks would follow. I went with a grilled chicken sandwich (hold the bun) and a side salad. Brought my own condiments. And my eating companions didn’t seem to care that it was breakfast. No one questioned me. And it was delicious! The third experience was Outback. I was in the mood for a steak. So this was the easiest ordering of them all. I had the steak, steamed broccoli and a plain baked potato. Delicious. I know I’m going to extend my Whole30. Right now I’m debating adding another 15 days or even 30. I know I want more time absorbing the feeling of this Tiger Blood. And continuing to note how I feel eating this way. That it should be normal to wake up feeling good and not in a sugar coma, or without the greasy feeling of so much processed garbage. And I want to continue proving to myself that I don’t need the added sugar to function. I realize the goal of reintroduction is not to add in donuts or something that is essentially pure sugar. I do want to get away from eating cookies and chips and candy because it’s just bad for you, period. I want to get to a point where I can reasonably enjoy and savor a serving of ice cream without going face-first into the remaining carton. That will require a lot of discipline. I guess, I just want a firmer grasp of what should be considered normal eating, what foods should be on my plate on a daily basis. So that I can better recognize what it really means for certain items to be limited or occasional. I haven’t done so well with that in the past.
  40. 7 points
    My husband and I have the ultimate whole 30 success story! The MAIN reason we even tried the whole 30 is because a friend of my younger sister's had been struggling with infertility for years and got pregnant immediately while she was on the whole 30 with no other fertility interventions. I'm 41, and my husband and I have been trying to conceive since last fall. In the past 8 months, I've been seeing an herbalist and acupuncturist, and cleaning up my diet in general (no dairy, no gluten, very little sugar). So my diet and health were already pretty sound. Then last month we did the whole 30, and two days ago we got a positive pregnancy test!! I'm THRILLED! At first, it kind of seemed like a shot in the dark, but my friend's success story inspired me to at least give it a try. Bingo!!! Not sure how exactly the Whole 30 provides such a fertility boost...I'd love to know more. I know it greatly reduces inflammation, but I think it is a hormone reset too? Anyway, we are so grateful!
  41. 7 points

    A fresh start on July 31st

    Hi Everyone!! This thread looks so inviting!! Can I join you? I'm actually starting my 2nd Whole30 tomorrow...I wanted to sign up for the newsletters and forgot yesterday, did it today and then it wouldn't let me get them until tomorrow... I did my first Whole30 back in 2015...we were trying to get pregnant and I needed to get healthy. Had awesome results! Since then, we were able to get pregnant, had a baby girl and NOW, need to get back on track!
  42. 7 points
    I finished my Whole30 a few days ago, and I lost 8 pounds. I went from 155 to 147. I'm a 5'4" female in my early 30's. BUT, *more importantly* it became obvious to me that my relationship with food and my scale isn't serving me. Here are some of my Whole30 discoveries... Realization: One of the hardest parts of Whole30 was not weighing myself which made me realize how much I let the scale define me. I used to weigh myself every morning and the number would lead to a cascade of feelings (good or bad depending on the number). This is such a limited way to view myself. To put it in perspective, if a friend judged me every morning based on my weight, I would kick that person out of my life. So why wasn't I treating myself with the same respect? New Commitment: I've decided to weigh myself far less (like 1X a month, if that). And instead, I'm now starting my days with a spiritual text - usually something about treating myself and others with kindness & compassion. I read articles that refocus my mind on the most important parts of life - human connection, nature, and simple, healthy living. I like starting the day on a positive note. It helps me live more mindfully. Realization: When I go to the grocery store, I can really only shop in 2 out of the 12 grocery isles because the majority have unhealthy choices. This was a very clear sad realization about how our grocery stores are focused on shelf stable foods with preservatives and additives that prevent them from going bad. The majority of foods in stores do not support our health. I already knew this, but this fact became glaringly REAL during my Whole30. New Commitment: Eat whole, healthy foods. Continue learning to cook. I don't need to be compliant 100% of the time since my Whole30 is over, but I'd like to respect my body and put healthy foods in it most of the time. I actually think it's healthy to eat "treats" once in awhile (for me personally, everyone is different). I think being too stringent can lead to a mentality where I'm chasing perfection...which doesn't exist. I like riding my bike. I'm in a reflective place, so I will try to come back and update this post after I've thought more about my experience. - J
  43. 7 points

    Starting June 19th

    Hey Everyone! I was farting around on the good 'ol internet and found this feed. My lovely lady Erin and I (Name's Nate) just started our first Whole 30 on the 19th! I bought the book and did some good reading, and Erin has read up online. I think we have the just of it, but we needed to jump right in. I cannot BELIEVE how bare my pantry and fridge are after dumping all the junk! It feels good, but a little intimidating. We have been doing some shopping, and the last two days have gone well so far. Erin is a pescatarian and I am an avid meat eater, so we are working together on some shared and other not meals. We both worked outdoors previously and are now indoors for work and have found ourselves "Fat and Happy." Except not super happy about our health and energy levels! Personally, I am really working to get better sleep, less anxiety, and overall better health. Power start the self-discipline muscle! I am with @Jonathan Ferrantelli on the drinking, it has been a crutch for me for the past while for anxiety, relaxation, and sleep. Current goals are to stick in the rules, and work toward 3 full meals at decent times, as I tend to graze all day, and eat the most later at night. Anyway, happy to find some other folks to check in with over the next month, thrilled that everyone is here looking to put forward a positive foot and practice some self care, cheers!
  44. 7 points

    Starting June 19th

    My husband and I started today, I see many people have precooked food for the whole week. I guess I have some catching up to do. I just finished reading It starts with food and I'm getting around reading The Whole 30 so I am really just cooking with the basics of do's and don'ts we know so far from the book. It all sounds very delicious though. Looking forward to become a pro like you guys with all those yummy sounding recipes. Good luck everyone!
  45. 7 points
    Brett Bim

    Starting June 19th

    My wife and I are starting today along with several people from where I work. We threw everything away in the house last night and made the chicken salad in the Whole 30 book. The book talks about the first day being pretty easy and then the hardest days being 2 through about 5 or 6. So I'm gearing up for this week. Tonight we're having pork chops with sweet potatoes and a salad. Glad to hear of so many people starting this week. Good luck to everyone!
  46. 7 points

    Starting June 19th

    Congratulations to ALL of you.... I started on June 1st and am so happy with the results so far. I'm waking up before the alarm most days....I feel much more confident and honestly...haven't missed the sweets or junk foods at ALL! A client brought me cookies and I gave them away immediately without any reservation or temptation at all. Kudos on all the prep and I hope you ALL have a successful Whole30.
  47. 7 points

    Start date June 1st

    End of day 13 for me. I'm bloody proud of my self Too! I'm actually doing this!! great eating today, veggie omelette much like @Lizzards the other day. Even DH ate some of it. Added avocado. Lunch was tuna, eggs, whole30 Mayo, salad, cucumber, red capsicum and a madarine. Supper was steak, avocado, more salad and a kiwi fruit. my face is thinner and my clothes are looser. Sleeping like a baby. had a bit of the sads today, thinking about my mum, father and two other family members that passed and I had a cry...but I didn't go for comfort foods.,I allowed myself to have those tears and then I could move forward not taking that weight with me everywhere I go. That felt better than any comfort foods. Oh thanks @HopingtoHeal that makes sense.
  48. 7 points

    5/7 Start Date - looking for a buddy

    I did it guys!!! I went through an 8-hour party where people drank like fools and ate like crap without partaking at all. Thanks for all the messages of support! i made sure I started my day with a really good breakfast with tons of veggies. Same at lunch - lots of protein and fat. I think that really helped set me up to not be hungry and not have too many temptations. I stuck with sparkling water with lime at the party... brought along a grapefruit lacroix to mix things up. I didn't eat anything (just do not trust bar food) so at one point I was getting hungry and having major temptations for dessert but I was able to get over those thoughts quickly. Luckily the party was close to home so I had a quick dinner break at home and then kept the party going, all said I lasted 8 hours surrounded by party-goers and stayed compliant the entire time. And I definitely didn't miss out on anything by not drinking or eating crappy food. I did really want some wine by the end but was perfectly content with just water and enjoying everyone's company. Homestly im shocked that it was so painless. Proud of myself! And I know I'll feel amazing in the morning and SUPER hydrated so wins all around
  49. 7 points
    I've changed my question a bit. Now instead of "is it worth it?" (because that answer is 157% YES every time chocolate, sugar or baked goods are involved, much to my own detriment) the question is now "Will this improve my happiness factor?". And more often than not, the answer has been no. It's working for me so far. Insomuch as I have actually taken a cookie out, went to sit down on the couch with it, asked the question to myself and and handed the cookie over to my husband, unbitten and said "this is not going to improve my current happiness". And then the cookie mysteriously disappears and I feel empowered and good with my decision.
  50. 7 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.