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  1. 10 points
    Melissa Hartwig

    Forum Rules

    Welcome to the Whole30 Forum! We are happy you are here, and think you will find this new format ideal for questions, answers and support during your Whole30 program and beyond. Below are the general rules for this forum. We ask that you read them through at least once, and abide by them at all times. General Forum Rules We run a family-friendly show around here. Please keep language, links and images PG-13; no "f-bombs," links to adult content or any other such things you would not say, read or watch around your kids Keep discussions respectful. We appreciate differing opinions and relish open dialogue, but we ask that you maintain your temper and your respect for others at all times. Do not spam or grossly self-promote in these forums. If you have a blog to share, by all means, link to it in your signature. If you wrote an article appropriate to a particular topic, go ahead and let us know. But keep it tasteful, and please do not use this venue to drum up business for your goods or services. Respect the Copyright! Do not post recipes, articles, excerpts, or images from copyrighted materials. That means no copying recipes from The Whole30 or Well Fed into a post, no posting entire paragraphs from It Starts With Food, or posting links to PDFs of e-books you've purchased. These posts violate people's copyright (which is illegal), and it's just a generally disrespectful thing to do. If the item in question is posted freely online, you may copy the recipe or an excerpt from the post, but ONLY IF you provide a link back to the originating website. Posts found to be in violation of these rules will be immediately deleted, and the poster will be warned. Repeat offenders will be banned from the forum. We take this seriously, so please respect people's hard work and original material. Posting Rules Before you submit a new question, SEARCH! We aim to keep forum material as streamlined as possible, and chances are your question has been asked (and answered) before. Do not cross-post across categories. Please choose the best category for your query, and post only once. Stay on topic! This forum is currently only for Whole30-related topics. Again, do not post, upload or attach copyright-infringing material which you are not free to redistribute (subject to the licensing terms of the specific item). If you are found to be in violation of these rules, you will either be warned or banned. A ban of your user account may either be temporary or permanent. The administrators and moderators also have the right to edit, delete, move or close any thread or post as they see necessary, without prior warning. General Recommendations Use a descriptive topic name, so we can answer your questions faster and more effectively. ("Help!" tells us nothing - "Headaches on Day 2, is this normal?" gives us a clearer picture of your issue.) Do not ask for (or expect) personal consulting via this forum. Should we feel your request requires more attention than we can provide in this setting, we will direct you to our consulting options. Welcome new members. Help new folks "learn the ropes" about how to find information and resources, and how to get involved in our Whole30 community. Thank you for your support, and best of luck on your Whole30 program.
  2. 8 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.
  3. 8 points
    When I wrote the original post of my experience as of Day 29, I was upbeat and happy, and glad to share my "success story". Then I read the reply by Tom Denham, a Moderator for the Whole30 program. If I had written a response yesterday, it would have been a short two word reply, but I decided to think about it and sleep on it. I did both and here is my reply to Tom and to others. Tom, you are implying that I did not complete the Whole 30 program and that I failed because I chose to weigh myself during the 30 days. You couldn't be more wrong....and you can't take that achievement away from me. I was 100% faithful to the food rules...let me repeat, 100% faithful. And for doing that, I was rewarded with many positive changes, physically and mentally. Tom, if you had read my post with an open-heart, you would realize how wrong your statement was when you said that I let the scale guide my behavior...if that was true, I would have stopped the program on Day 7 or 8 when I stopped losing any more weight. But I didn't stop because of all the other positive things that where happening, as I outlined in my original post. You may think I was not fully engaged in the program and you are free to have that opinion...but I felt fully engaged and reaped positive rewards for my efforts. The only negative experience I had during the past 30 days was reading Tom's reply which felt shaming and pious.
  4. 7 points
    kaydeebakes

    Struggling to Make Mayo

    Alright ladies- here’s what I learned: 1. I’ve been using my immersion blender incorrectly. Now I’m double excited to use this tool! 2. Light tasting olive oil is an actual thing AND it’s amazing. 3. This forum is awesome. I’m so glad I wrote in. Everyone has been super supportive and helpful which is great because... 4. I CAN MAKE HOMEMADE MAYO AND IT’S DELICIOUS. I’m so excited. Thank you all so much for your help!!!
  5. 6 points
    lucystephens

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi, I'm Lucy and I'm 71! This is my first time with W30. I know we'll all do really well. Time flies really fast at my age so 30 days is going to go by quickly and we'll be new people! I've heard it is life changing! I'm ready!
  6. 6 points
    couchnest

    Starting Oct 1

    Hello! I'm in the process of reading the books so I can have an Oct. 1st start date. So far I am mostly excited because it seems like there are plenty of things to eat and since I'm not counting calories, etc. I really am just focusing on what I put in my body and fighting cravings. I have some suspicions already about certain foods and how they affect me, so I don't think this will be super eye-opening, but I am anxiously anticipating feeling better and hope to continue the better eating well beyond the 30 days. I'm not here to lose significant amounts of weight, although I won't lie, if I lost 15 pounds I would be pretty happy. I think I'm picking the perfect time to start because I have two weeks off work in Oct. for vacation and since it's a staycation, I will have better control of my days and what I am eating. It's great to meet other people going through the same things and sharing ideas and support! Right now I'm thinking about going through my cupboard and fridge, marking what is safe to consume, and then making a list of the items I need to find Whole30 subs for, if possible.
  7. 6 points
    I'm a newbie to Whole30 but have been preparing for a couple of months. I am starting on Sept 3 and my husband is joining me! A little nervous, but also excited to see what this new lifestyle change will bring! I'm putting this out there for accountability! I'm 55, and I know a lot of people in my age bracket will say gaining weight, body pains/aches, lack of energy is all a part of getting older.... but I defy that! I want to be healthy and feel great! Thanks!
  8. 5 points
    Blue Zen for Jen

    Whole 30 December Start

    I have had other aborted attempts at a Whole 30 start. So why not when I will be facing the Holidays as an extra challenge (at least if I stick to plan I can not gain weight over the month of December. I am really really finally ready to give an honest go at this Whole 30 beginning December 1st. Today was a test day with one or two items such as hot chocolate and milk in my coffee and herbal teas but I am ready to do whatever it takes to improve my health. I have various chronic issues with health -- Cancer Survivor (grateful to be 15 years post - Blood Cancer), hypothyroid, PCOS, and pre-dabetes also Anxiety / Depression. I am active somewhat regularly but just have not been able to get the food right. So the workouts running , mountain bicycling, walking/ hiking occasional swimming and spinning class and yoga class but mostly home yoga over past year also trying Fitocracy (calisthenics) and Barre workout ( a few classes) now home workout (very challenging) and core workouts including a really good workout with Yoga International online with a core yoga sequence about 45 minutes. I also tend towards chronic fatigue even though i push through 40 hour work week and commute and tend to stay on top of the exercise schedule sometimes falling off plan during the weekdays. So any help would be appreciated. so far I have about four or five how to do the Whole 30 books and a few Paleo cookbooks and just bought Practical Paleo book also. no questions yet. Hopefully tomorrow off to an ambitious start even with the Holidays to navigate through this month. I am so grateful for all the helpful online tools to get started and this community with experience and practical tips and guidelines. - Jen
  9. 5 points
    mfustos

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hello ladies! I started Jan 1 as well..This is my 5 or 6 time through, but the 1st I've done in over a year. Last year was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. I had a baby, (viktoriya my LO is 10 mos) lost a a beloved dog of 9 years unexpectedly, lost my mother, moved (and my mother and father in law have moved in with us in the mother-in-law suite in the basement) and have had some health concerns with my father-in-law and my father. My husband recently had a promotion at work which is great, except it has meant a lot of long hours and weekend work...which is not great. I am doing another round of Whole30 to re-establish a good relationship with food. This past year I have pretty much been eating what is in front of me, partially bc I didn't make the time to cook healthy meals, and partially because when I was given a chance to eat, shower or sleep, I most always chose sleep (thus continuing the cycle of not eating well). In Sept I started developing Atopic dermatitis on my face, which I had experienced one other time but was able to take antibiotics to clear up. This time I haven't had that choice due to the fact that I am still breast feeding the LO. Needless to say, I have been on 3 separate creams and the areas are just NOW starting to clear up after 5 full days of being on Whole30. I had my suspicions that the dermatitis could be food related, but this will either confirm or dispel my theory. I started out eating sugary treats once in a while..and then it turned into "Oh, well, I'll just have this treat today and eat better tomorrow." Tomorrow started turning into next week, next week to next month... As someone who has been an anorexic twice, it is extremely important that when I get this lax in my relationship with food, it is only a matter of time before I start going down the dark path leading back to a very very bad place. So I am back! Welcome to all of you newbies - there will definitely be difficult days but the physical and mental rewards are amazing!
  10. 5 points
    GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I had a food dream two nights ago that I was at a fancy restaurant and taking forever to order. I didn't actually order or eat anything in my dream but I kept rereading the ingredient list for bone broth on the menu. In real life, I went to two restaurants yesterday but didn't eat any restaurant food in either. I went to the first restaurant for lunch with my two kids and a friend and her kid and just ordered coffee. We were in Big Bear so I had a big insulated bag of food from the trip with me. I ate hard boiled eggs, almonds and raw veggies. My friend was slightly embarrassed that I was eating my own food in the restaurant but I didn't care. Then, last night after I ate a good, filling, compliant dinner at home, I went to meet friends at a restaurant at 8:30 pm. They ordered & had cocktails, pizza, olives, bread, salad, dessert and coffee. I told them I already ate, was doing a Whole30 this month and just drank water. We were at the restaurant until 11:30 pm and the only thing I was truly tempted by were the salad and olives. All in all a successful day 4!
  11. 5 points
    GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I prep/shop every few days and make sure I always have the following on hand: 1. Hard boiled eggs 2. Cooked chicken breast 3. Compliant smoked salmon 4. Avocados 5. Bagged pre-washed greens 6. Raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews) 7. Compliant olives 8. Homemade compliant salad dressing (Extra virgen olive oil, apple cider vinegar, compliant dijon mustard, salt & pepper) 9. Roasted sweet potatoes, white potatoes or butternut squash 10. Raw veggies & fruit (carrots, celery, cucumber, peppers, apples, blueberries, etc.) 11. Coffee and compliant Nutpod coconut creamer 12. Homemade mayo or compliant pesto This is my 3rd Whole30 and I have my prep & menus down to a science. I keep most of my meals pretty simple. Breakfast is usually eggs, 1/2 avocado, blueberries and greens. Lunch is a salad with chicken (or left over protein), 1/2 avocado, nuts, & dressing. Dinner is seared chicken, salmon or steak with roasted sweet potatoes, raw veggies and a simple green salad. Once or twice a week I'll make something super delicious like slow roasted lamb shanks. Yum! Cheers to everyone for finishing Day One!
  12. 5 points
    JudiPurple

    Who's starting 1/1?

    My husband and I began our W30 adventure today. He was a little dubious about going on a "diet" - but with my 2 Nom-Nom Paleo books, the internet and a desire to load our meals with flavor, this first day wasn't so bad. I have always been a grazer, so keeping this to three meals a day is challenging. Dear hubby is a diabetic, and I am hoping this W30 will lead to depleting the need for meds for him. He's testing right now...first day, dinner was 3 hours ago, and the # is....155! Excellent#, no need for a shot tonight. He is a happy man. We spent the day prepping, so, Lord willing, this will be the beginning of a great relationship....with food!
  13. 5 points
    viktoriya

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi! My name is Viktoriya. Im 32 years old, married and have a 9 month old son. I have successfully completed two rounds of Whole30 but attempted 4 times (failed twice). I love how I feel when I’m on Whole30 but I lose motivation about a week in. I’m hoping by joining the forum and reading peoples stories will keep me motivated.
  14. 5 points
    Jim4884

    Whole 30 December Start

    Welcome Jen! I have done two official whole 30's, and I eat 95% plus Whole 30 all the time now, 18 months total. When I started, I was pre-diabetic, and my doctor (at Kaiser, so a fairly busy doc) e-mailed me personally to emphasize that I needed to do something about it. My first Whole 30 brought my blood sugar into completely normal range, and it has remained normal since. I too have had to deal with anxiety and depression issues all my life. I've found various solutions to help with that, but I will add that the Whole 30 brought about modest improvements in mood, and energy levels as well. I've had many other health benefits from Whole 30, and would never even consider going back to how I used to eat. I'm happy to share anything that I've learned and experienced, and I can be a cheerleader for you, as I love to hear about others' successes. The Whole 30 tagline "it will change your life" may sound contrived, but I believe in it. It truly did change mine.
  15. 5 points
    bambinamamma

    Starting Oct 1

    week 2! I made the holiday menu from the whole30 book for my whole family for our canadian Thanksgiving dinner this weekend. Everyone raved about it and they think this new crazy diet i'm on is awesome lol. i'm doing this whole30 to really change my habits and lastnight i had a little relapse. I stayed compliant! but i did sit in front of the TV eating a bunch of pistachios and dried apple chips. that habit used to include cheesies and gummy worms so at least i'm being healthier! so far i am loving how full i feel all the time and i seem to have regular energy throughout the work day instead of highs and lows
  16. 5 points
    After dinner used to get me too. This is silly, but worked for me, and that was to make some tea. I don't even really like herbal tea, but the process of messing with it was enough to make me feel like something had happened. And I'm talking old school (not keurig) - teapot, boil the water, get out the teabag and cup (pretty cup :)), then steep the tea, etc. I even recommend getting some sort of assortment of tea because it takes a little bit of brainpower to choose which one you "want". More than once the tea sat on the counter and got cold because I'd forgotten about it entirely after getting re-involved with tv or whatever. Just going into the kitchen and doing something that took 10 minutes or so was enough for my brain to feel like "okay, we went into the kitchen and got something" and/or to get past the reflexive feeling that that was supposed to happen. If you actually drink it then that takes even longer. Sometimes I still wanted something but it was easier to say no to after that. It took that a long time to go away for me (and may never fully go away). Hope this helps!
  17. 5 points
    My 15 year old daughter and I are starting today. This will be my 3rd round and her first. We're excited and I spent most of yesterday food prepping while she read through the PDFs and lists, etc. She actually approached me about doing this, so I'm along for moral support. I had a *very* off program summer so need to get back into better habits. We're both looking forward to it. Let me know if you're starting today too and we can check on one another and keep honest
  18. 5 points
    Good evening, I'm starting the Whole 30 on August 13th. Book to arrive tomorrow so I hope to do some reading this weekend so I'm ready to roll come Monday. I'm excited to do it, motivated but still a bit nervous. I hope after reading the book and turning for support on the forum will alleviate any nervousness. Looking forward to chatting and supporting others these next 30 days. Rebecca
  19. 4 points
    Jihanna

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I cooked FISH! and ate it, too! It's probably the first time I've eaten any fish in the last 20 years, at the very least. The good news is that it didn't smell fishy at all, from the moment I opened the little seal-packs to the moment I put it in my mouth. Because of that lack of fishy smell and a mild flavor, I was able to actually enjoy eating it. I used very thin flounder fillets that I'd found in LIDL's frozen section, and the recipe was extremely simple - just put fish on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, rub oil on the fish, use microplane to zest grapefruit directly onto the fish (I was probably a little overzealous with the zest, and also rubbed it in slightly), then salt it and bake at 350F for 12-16 minutes (until flaky). We had it with a side salad, which I loaded up with citrus fruits, and some zucchini. Here's to trying new things
  20. 4 points
    Samoyed

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I headed into my personal training today thinking... being on day 3 that I'd really struggle...but to my surprise I was able to complete my full session with some increases in weight! I completed the following.. 20 burpees 2 sets of 10 = 37.5 lb rows 2 sets of 10 = 37.50 lb weighed squats 2 sets of 10 = 80 lb kettlebell deadlifts 1 minute plank/45 second plank 2 sets of 5 shoulder/ neck band work 2 sets of battle rope waves 2 sets of battle rope slams I have the same session tomorrow! DONE!!! By the way I'm 57 years young!!
  21. 4 points
    Junebug2015

    Who's starting 1/1?

    Hi everyone! Checking in because I also started the Whole30 yesterday. I've attempted one Whole30 before in 2016, but only made it to Day 21. Even though I didn't finish the program, it had major effects on how I ate and shopped. I'm ready to make it through the entire 30 days this time and to have a successful reintro period. I'm feeling very motivated, especially since I was travelling home from a NYE wedding yesterday and was not entirely sure I would even be able to start on 1/1 as planned. I was able to find compliant food in the airport (hardboiled eggs and some fruit) and cobble together lunch from my pantry / freezer (frozen riced cauliflower with tuna and kalamata olives) before getting groceries later in the evening. It was empowering to know I was able to make compliant choices even in the absence of ideal circumstances. Let's do this!
  22. 4 points
    GraceMelodie

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I'll join in too! I have completed two Whole30s and I am looking forward to joining a group to complete my first January Whole30. I am 43, married and have a 9 year old son and 6 year old daughter. My husband will be doing a "Dry January" in support and give up alcohol for the month. My Dad also suffered a stroke several years ago and is now wheel chaired bound. My short term goals are to wake up energetic every day, lose a little belly fat, have "glowing" skin and set a good example for my children. My long term goal is to reach old age in good health. I'll spend today and tomorrow getting my kitchen and pantry Whole30 ready. Cheers to a successful 2019!
  23. 4 points
    lynsmize

    Who's starting 1/1?

    I’m Lynsey and I’m starting 1/1! I’m 32 with two daughters ages 7 & 4. Last Christmas my dad suffered a major stroke. He’s since had two more and is severely mentally and physically handicapped. He lives with my family and I’m one of his caregivers. His health issues were entirely diet related. I’m trying to prevent any of the lifestyle diseases he had before they set in—diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol & BP, sleep apnia, etc. I’m hoping for some great results and to set a good example for my daughters.
  24. 4 points
    ladyshanny

    Psyching up for a December W30!

    I feel like December Whole30 is an especially magical Whole30 - rock it, girlfriend!
  25. 4 points
    Mandy612

    Starting August 20!

    @Michele B. Oh how lucky to subscribe to a meal plan that is Whole 30-ish! Here's my system for what it is worth. I made a simple meal planner in the Pages word processing program, with "Breakfast, Lunch Dinner, Activities and Next Day Prep" as my column headings. My current week is below. I went through the Whole 30 cookbook and filled in about a week's worth of meals. I searched online for some recipes that sounded good to me, and asked my husband's input as well. If the recipe goes over well, (about 50% of the time), I'll add it into the rotation a week or so later. So far I haven't run out of ideas, but only at this for 12 days (5 days with my husband). I must say I am getting a bit fatigued of spending time in the kitchen and washing dishes. I use the Pilot Frixion erasable pens which I love as plans change so frequently! I'm also logging my meals under the Mandy's Whole 30 Log in that forum section if you are interested.