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  1. 47 points
    Melissa Hartwig

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  2. 46 points
    Melissa Hartwig

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  3. 21 points
    I just finished Round 1 of my first Whole 30 and I liked it so much that I'm converting it into a Whole90. I lost 9.6 pounds in 30 days, y'all. I haven’t lost this much weight in a single month… ever. I’ve lost 7.5 (!) combined inches from my hips, waist, chest. I’m down at least one full clothing size. My migraines are almost entirely gone. My mood is like I'm a different person. After about 15 months of counting calories, an over 60 pound weight loss, and a 384-day MyFitnessPal logging streak (RIP), I was stuck in a 2.5 month stall and nothing I tried would shift it. Following an offhand comment from a coworker, I decided to take a break from logging and try the Whole30 program. As a historically BIG TIME proponent of calorie counting (I lost over 60 pounds that way, after all), I had previously been pretty sure that a program like this would NOT work for me. I was sure that I’d overeat and gain weight just like every other time I’ve tried to eat “healthy” or “intuitively." (How can someone eat “intuitively” when her intuition is telling her to order three double cheeseburgers and an oreo McFlurry in the drive-thru at McDonald’s?) But I was fresh out of answers, so I tried to be open minded. I read “It Starts With Food” and Melissa and Dallas convinced me that there MIGHT be something to the idea that the reason I overeat and gain weight when I’m not tracking is that the kinds of foods I eat are foods with no brakes — foods that are designed (often literally in a lab but sometimes in nature) to make me want to eat more and more even if I'm not hungry. Hello, tortilla chips, my old friend. I was still super suspicious and pretty sure this was all going to end in tears, but I was feeling so jaded over my 2.5-month weight loss stall (I still had 65-75 lbs I wanted to lose), I decided it was worth a try. I mean, how much damage could I really do in 30 days? What am I going to do, eat too much broccoli? So I tried it. Letting go of that MyFitnessPal streak was surprisingly hard. I had been holding onto that streak as the One Last Thing I was still doing right. Sure, I had completely stopped losing weight. Sure, I was back to ordering delivery pizza and eating my weight in mint chocolate chip ice cream. But I was still logging! I still had my streak! It gave me a sense of (false) control. My fear was that I'd eventually fall off the Whole30 wagon but having lost my calorie tracking mojo in the process. Then I would have nothing at all! I know one of the things we really stress on the Whole30 is that it’s NOT a weight loss plan. Sure, if you google it you’ll find hundreds of people online claiming to have lost seemingly impossible amounts of weight on it, but the gentle recommendation is that you chuck your scale in the dumpster. My reaction was: maybe you can have my food log, but you will pry that scale out of my cold, dead hands. Here I am 30 days later and while I’m not quite ready to chuck it in the dumpster, I’m actually starting to see a glimmer of understanding as to why I should put less emphasis on the scale (and perhaps even none at all). One of the things we push on the Whole30 is to pay attention to your measurements and not your weight. I rolled my eyes at that initially because duh, your measurements and your weight are the same thing. At least they always have been for me since I'm pretty sedentary. It's hard to cling to the idea that muscle weighs more than fat when you don't actually have much muscle. But I can't ignore the hard numbers here - the number of inches I lost in a single month is the same number of inches it previously took me seven months to lose (even though I exercised more in the previous seven months than I did during the month of W30), despite losing more pounds on the scale during those seven months! In other words, the inches dropped faster on the W30 than the pounds did, even without exercise. Also, for the first time I really noticed how minor weight fluctuations would harsh my chill (you’re not allowed to weigh yourself during the Whole30 but I did a few times because I’m a REBEL and also I make poor life choices). I would be in a great mood, noticing how light I felt, how much energy I had, how my clothes were fitting better — and then I’d step on the scale, looking for that extra boost from seeing a lower number... and I’d be disappointed when it wasn’t quite low enough. It stole my joy. And ultimately… for what? In 30 days, my weight went from 190 lbs to 180.4 lbs. Sure it’s cool to break into the next “decade” of weight, but would I really be healthier at 179 than I am at 180? Would I look better? Would I feel different? The answer is honestly no, but that half a pound made me feel irrationally disappointed after a month that is clearly an unqualified success. The scale is only one metric of progress and it’s not even an exceptionally reliable one. Lesson learned for the next 60 days! That scale has nothing for me. Repeat: that scale has nothing for me. So, in the spirit of the Whole30, I’ll stop talking about my weight loss. Another great success of this month is that I normally have a migraine 6-12 days per month (so many days!) and that's been happening now for several years (I even track them in an app). But this month I had a migraine only ONE day of the entire month and it only lasted a few hours! That is truly remarkable and tells me that diet is most likely a major trigger for me, something I had not previously believed. Even if I had experienced zero other benefits on the Whole30, this one alone is life changing. Another major benefit was the full 180 effect on my mood. Prior to starting this way of eating, I was depressed and anxious basically all the time. I struggled sometimes to leave my house due to anxiety (I work from home). I often felt hopeless about the future and the past. I ruminated endlessly over things that didn’t matter. Though I actually have a wonderful job, I would get set off by small irritations at work and go into an emotional spiral for the rest of the day, devoting half my energy to talking myself out of rage-quitting. Almost immediately after starting the Whole30, that changed. I found myself ending the day and when someone would ask “how was your day at work,” I would be surprised to hear myself say “pretty good, actually!” I noticed that I wasn’t getting angry about stupid things. I wasn’t reactive, responding with a snippy email over the slightest perceived insult or inconvenience. I wasn’t getting wound up and anxious about things that don’t even have much to do with me. I was, dare I say… chill? I am not, historically, “chill.” Where before I had barely had the strength to hang on by my own thread, I now had the emotional space to be compassionate, generous, supportive, patient, helpful. Not every second or as often as I would like, but noticeably more often than before. Could it be that for me, like for many people, there are dietary triggers that actually make me a jerk? Now I’m not implying that swapping pop tarts with zucchini will cure major psychiatric disorders or that I will never have a crappy day again. I did have one or two less-than-stellar days and there were definitely a few instances when I experienced a negative emotion in reaction to something that happened. The difference is that those reactions felt proportionate to the cause, like any person might experience, and the feelings passed in a reasonable amount of time. I didn’t fly into an uncontrollable rage or sink into an endless pit of despair. I just felt my feelings and then they passed. Before, my mood issues were suffocating me; now it feels like a fog has lifted. I feel more resilient – even while PMSing, which was the real test. A few things that the Whole30 didn’t cure for me (yet): my occasional acid reflux (I have a few suspects left in mind: tomatoes, alliums, coffee, eggs - PLEASE DON’T LET IT BE COFFEE (it’s probably coffee)) my keratosis pilaris (a common and benign but annoying skin condition that is often triggered by dairy - I guess not in my case!) my self-diagnosed carpal tunnel syndrome (nice try though) my poor sleep (which sucks because that's one of the most common benefits other people experience on this program - I'm guessing coffee again) dry hair / brittle nails (people often comment on stronger nails and thick, shiny hair after this program, but I noticed neither) If there was any downside to this program, it might have been these two: My grocery bill! Grassfed beef? Organic kale? Smoked salmon? COCONUT AMINOS WHATEVER THOSE ARE? Hope you’re the CEO of a multinational corporation or you get an employee discount at Whole Foods! (On the other hand: zero beer budget, no frappuccinos, no temptation to order stuffed crust pepperoni pizza.) That said, in defense of the program, there are certainly ways to be more budget-minded than I was,* I just happen to be CEO of a multinational corporation AND have an employee discount at Whole Foods,** so I made it rain in the produce aisle every week. Lucky me!* shopping at less expensive grocery stores, coupon-clipping, taking advantage of sales, pre-cooking meals in bulk, skipping the organic/pastured labels ** neither of these are true Good luck to you if you travel a lot or have any sort of social life. Lucky for me, I work from home and have zero social life where I’m living right now and I just happened to not have any business trips during this month. I feel for people who have to navigate those situations while on this program (I know it's possible). I only had to navigate ONE social event the entire month and it was a little challenging but I learned some tricks for next time.*** If I’d had to travel, I would have had to really think ahead (I even had a stress dream one night about trying to find Whole30-compliant foods in the food court at JFK), but I did find some Whole30-approved convenience foods I could stash in my bag for my next trip.*** bring a healthy snack to share while you wait for mealtime, eat before you go, try to convince people to migrate away from the kitchen for socializing Those were really the only two downsides I observed. My daily experiences didn't really track with the Whole30 timeline - I did have strong cravings the first several days (I literally smelled chocolate chip cookies baking everywhere I went like my mind was hallucinating them) but I never went into "kill all the things mode." I wouldn't say I ever got full on "Tiger Blood" either. In fact, my energy was up and down throughout the month - very low at first, then perked up after I realized I should eat more carbs (and more food in general), but was never like SUPER POWERED. Exercise probably would have helped as I spend a lot of my day sitting at a computer (which probably affects my energy, sleep, and of course aches and pains). The thing I thought would be most challenging about the Whole30 was all the cooking. Before starting the program, my idea of “cooking” was putting a Lean Cuisine in the microwave. I would even get annoyed by those frozen dinners that required setting the microwave to 50% power or pausing to stir in the middle of the cook time. I thought this was supposed to be convenience food, not The Great British Bake Off! I was also pretty attached to my processed food and fast food. And by “pretty attached,” I mean “pry it out of my aforementioned dead hands.” Ice cream was a nightly ritual. The baristas at Starbucks would see me coming and start unwrapping the plastic on my ham and cheese foldover. Frozen meals or delivery were pretty much the only thing I ate for dinner. Or lunch. Or breakfast. It wasn’t just that I liked processed foods, it’s that I didn’t feel I had time for anything else. I’d buy fresh produce at the grocery store to make my cart look a little more balanced, but then it would wilt shamefully in my refrigerator. I don’t have kids, but I have a demanding job (working past midnight is not unusual and I'm convinced the concept of "weekends" is a mass hallucination) so I was convinced that I didn’t have time to chop vegetables, wash dishes, etc. Not to mention the fact that I self-identified as a terrible cook. Plus, I was weighing and logging every bite I ate for over a year and packaged foods had calories on the package so they were easy to track! This was crucial. Crafting meals from scratch required advanced calculus if I wanted to attempt to log a serving size. And god help me if my scale zeroed out when I wasn't looking. The most surprising thing about this experience was learning how easy it actually was for me to throw together delicious meals with healthy whole foods and still lose weight. A staple breakfast for me now is to fry a couple slices of compliant bacon, then sauté kale in the bacon fat with a splash of coconut aminos, sometimes adding some shredded sweet potato (pre-shredded in a food processor on the weekend), then top it all with two runny fried eggs and a few shakes of iodized salt and crushed red pepper. It’s AMAZING and only takes a few minutes! Dirty dishes: one pan, one bowl, a spatula and a fork. That’s it! And it’s so filling that it doesn’t even cross my mind to snack until I eat lunch about five hours later. An easy, frequent lunch for me is a GIANT bowl of romaine lettuce with a homemade lime vinaigrette (pre-made and stored in a mason jar in the fridge) with a crumbled plantain-crusted pork burger (pre-made in a big batch on the weekend, then frozen or stored in the fridge). Takes just a couple minutes to throw together (if the burger isn't frozen), is unbelievably delicious and is so filling that eating again doesn’t occur to me until dinner five hours later. A dinner I made frequently this month was a Thai green curry with coconut milk, green curry paste, shrimp, zucchini noodles (purchased pre-spiralized from Whole Foods) and a crapton of frozen vegetables, served over riced cauliflower (bought pre-riced and frozen). Tastes exactly like a Thai restaurant to me! Even my family thought it was good (they aren't doing this program). It only takes maybe 20 minutes, is SO simple, and I have leftovers for 2-3 days. I ate delicious, high fat foods like that, measured nothing, counted nothing, didn’t exercise at ALL and still somehow lost almost ten pounds in 30 days. That’s like... magic. Snacking is pretty rare for me at this point, which I’m realizing is probably the biggest key to my weight loss this month. It’s not that I’m being so virtuous and disciplined; snacking just doesn’t occur to me because I’m eating so much fat at meals and I'm not eating sugar or any other foods that trigger cravings. Sidebar: I want to echo what the founders/moderators say a lot - watch out for Larabar, that foul temptress. I ate four of them over the course of the month, none in a true "emergency" as advocated in the program but more as a dessert. In each case, I could literally feel my sugar dragon sleepily opening its eyes. Though they are exceptionally delicious, I've learned I have to steer clear. Gee, it's almost like there's a recurring theme where I disregard the rules and guidelines of the program and then realize why those rules and guidelines are there. Anyway, I don’t want to imply by this INCREDIBLY LONG blog post that I am somehow “cured” of anything. I’m a sugar addict, a food addict, a binge eater. That behavior has historically been an ongoing, recurring part of my life. I would be surprised if those tendencies never rise again. In fact, in Melissa’s latest book “Food Freedom Forever,” she says pretty bluntly that they absolutely will. Success is not “curing” myself of those things; it’s finding tools to help me put them into extended remission, and then manage them when they flare back up. For the first time, I actually feel the confidence that I might be able to do that. To learn to do that. To practice doing that. Another cool benefit of this month is that I really slowed down. I actually would occasionally eat meals not in front of the computer. I started setting boundaries on my work day. I read a book about meditation. I started making my coffee in a Chemex instead of my Mr. Coffee because I wanted to learn to enjoy it black. Do you know how long it takes to make coffee in a Chemex? Like FREAKING FOREVER. I’ve taken a break from some violent TV shows I was watching and am surprised how much clearer my mind feels. I’m not saying I’ll never watch those shows again, but eating better inspired me to want to bring that lightness to other areas of my life as well. Free up some space. Breathe. I’ve been more grateful, more mindful. I feel closer to my family than I have in decades. I feel closer to my colleagues and more valued at work. I'm actually thinking of taking a yoga class. I signed up for a volunteer opportunity doing something I’ve been dreaming of doing for years but had been too scared to try. Things aren't perfect, but I feel more at peace with my life, both where I want to be and where I am right now, and all the uncertainty in between. What I’ve learned this month is that changing my diet = changing my life. I’ve learned that it IS possible for me to cook my own meals from whole foods, even with a hectic schedule. It IS possible for me to not eat sugar and grains (and more) for an extended period of time and not even miss it that much. It IS possible for me to lose weight without counting calories or weighing my food or over-exercising or going hungry. Lastly, eating a more nutritious diet DOES improve my mood and my migraines - dramatically! In light of all of that, I’ve decided to extend this program into a Whole90, which means no pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, none of my aunt’s famous chocolate chip cookies at Christmas, and no champagne on New Year’s Eve. Those things will be waiting for me on the other side if I decide I still want them. I’m hoping 90 days will help me cement these healthy new habits and continue to shift my tastes and my body. Will my weight loss stall again? It might! Will my migraines and mood problems return? I hope not! Or will these new healthy habits further solidify, fortifying me for when I eventually reintroduce the foods I’ve eliminated to learn which are my triggers and which are safe to enjoy? I’m hoping for the latter obviously. I’m also REALLLLLY hoping that my migraines aren’t caused by cheese. PLEASE IF THERE IS A GOD.
  4. 19 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!
  5. 15 points
    gina724

    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.
  6. 14 points
    Taylor C.

    Starting March 1st

    Hi all, I am starting March 1st which give me eight days to prepare myself, house, and fiance for the pretty dramatic change that is going to be happening. I am excited to be doing this but am also nervous. I have never been able to stick to a diet change and I am ready to say that I have. This is a lifestyle change that I want to get on board with!
  7. 14 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.
  8. 13 points
    Namaste2017

    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
  9. 13 points
    calibilly

    January 2nd start date

    I have read It Starts With Food and the Whole 30. I planned on starting in the spring and that didn't happen. After my yearly dr app I realized I really need to take control on my health. I have gained weight and I feel terrible. I am tired and sluggish every day. I sit at a desk all day and find myself mindlessly eating "snacks" all day. I am eating way too much processed food because I am too lazy to cook after my work day. The drive thru after a long day is much easier than cooking a meal. I am starting now with my meal planning now so I can hopefully break that habit. I am trying to get my husband to start with me too. But even if he won't I will still starting on the 2nd.
  10. 13 points
    Warning! Go grab some protein, veg and a thumb of fat, and then prepare to hunker down. This could take a while. This is Day 31 for me, so I it's time to tally up, and — wow! — I've gained a lot. And it's all good. Here are my non-scale victories, or at least the ones I've noticed along the way... Asthma: I only used my inhaler a couple of times during the first week, and I haven't used my nebulizer at all during my W30. I'm literally breathing easier. Bumps: I used to have small bumps on my inner arms. I had for many years. They were sort of like pre-hives; they only needed a scratch to instantly turn red, angry and itchy. But they're gone now. Inflammation: This one is big. Usually (due to Lupus, arthritis, benign tumors in my spine and other issues), a day of extreme activity would require days of rest and recovery. I just did a 13-hour visit to Disney last weekend, complete with 7.5 miles of walking. My feet and shins were sore, as almost anyone's would be, but I was able to get out a do the shopping and all of the prepping and cooking in the kitchen the next day just fine. I know! Headaches: Other than a few days of headaches in the first week, which included one migraine, I've been headache-free. Lupus: I experienced one intense flare during my W30 (brought on by a very stressful external event). It was awful, but ... OK? I didn't expect any miraculous elimination of flares, but it was days shorter than I expected. I'll take it. Mental outlook: I’m in a much better mood most of the time and somewhat less anxious. I was dealing with increased depression and ongoing anxiety issues when I started. I credit the improvement to W30 and to the addition of a cup of Natural Calm + chamomile tea every day (which I call my hot cup of Calm the F*** Down). I started the Natural Calm about a week into the program to keep my magnesium and calcium up, after reading recommendations for it here. Energy: While I still struggle in this area in general, I've had moments of Tiger Blood, a bit of kitten juice and fewer cat naps. I feel like I'm ready to start incorporating more regular exercise in my routine, and that's a biggie. Kitchen: Hey, NSVs extend beyond the body, so this counts! Despite the fact that I'm prepping and cooking constantly, my kitchen has never been cleaner or looked better. I found that reorganizing it and keeping it really tidy as I go was the only way to maintain sanity during this W30. Appliances: I'm actually using all of those appliances that just gathered dust on a shelf. My Vitamix and Instant Pot, for instance, both get near-daily workouts now and are finally justifying the money spent on them. Cooking: I love to cook. Sure, I'd love not to cook quite as much as I have over the past 30 days, but I still. Having new restrictions sparked a new wave of creativity in the kitchen for me. No matter where my eating habits go from here, I've created some meals that will definitely stay in the permanent rotation. Inspiring my husband: He isn't doing W30, and he still loads up on junk food at work. But he's happy to eat any W30 food I make at home and really enjoys it. At least I know half his fuel is good fuel. He's even considering going paleo soon. And he's helping out a lot more around the house, since he sees how busy I've been in the kitchen these last few weeks (and plan to continue to be). He's actually doing more than his share. A sense of pride: I'm proud that I did this. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't the hardest thing I've ever done. I doubted the process at times, but I never doubted that I would see it through. I mean, I made it through a family tragedy, a painful flare, a brunch with girlfriends, a visit to my favorite greasy-spoon diner, a trip to the state fair and freakin' Disney World without caving in to cravings! Now, about that scale... I had a victory there, too. I lost 18 pounds. (And for those of you currently doubting your own mid-W30 progress, I'd like to point out that around the middle of Week 2, I was convinced I was gaining weight.) I have no idea about inches, since I didn't measure beforehand, but I look leaner and feel leaner. And this isn't over! Both the W30 book and the site mention that those living with chronic illness and autoimmune diseases are likely to benefit by going beyond 30 days, since it may take longer to get the full effect of this reboot. I'm not going to walk away from the opportunity to gain more benefits from this. I've got so much room for improvement still. So, for now, I'm not calling it a W45 or W60 or W-hatever. I'm just going to keep going until it feels right to start my slow-roll reintroductions, and then that will eventually evolve into my new normal. Now, here's my completely unsolicited advice to anyone who might read this while considering starting their own Whole30 adventure: Don’t try to do a Whole30. Don't attempt a Whole30. Don't give it shot or see what happens and definitely don't hope you can do it. Commit! Make an absolute vow to yourself. You *will* do a Whole30. Acknowledge that it will be tough at times, rewarding at others. Take comfort in all of those pesky rules, because they take away the guesswork. And do it! Bring it on! Honestly, I think that's 90% of the key to succeeding at this — making that real commitment. Then when you face the inevitable difficult moments and temptations, it won't be made harder by struggling with that decision. You've already made the decision. Good luck everyone! And good luck to me as I keep going!
  11. 13 points
    SarahSchroeder

    Starting March 1st

    I am doing a Whole30 for Lent too
  12. 11 points
    newwhole30er

    Huge NSV!

    So, over the past week I've baked 30 pans of cinnamon rolls for an event and I haven't eaten even one of them. But wait, that's not even the thing I'm most proud of! I used to enjoy baking a lot, but since I started Whole30ing almost 2 years ago, I haven't done much baking. I felt like it would be too hard to have baked goods around and not eat them. This time, I kept waiting for it to be hard. And it wasn't. I mean, they looked good, they smelled good, but there was no mental battle over should I or shouldn't I. I know how gluten makes me feel. It's not worth it. I've taught myself that lesson enough times that my brain really believes it now. And most of all, the cool thing was that I enjoyed the PROCESS of baking without needing to eat the food. I used to bake so I would have yummy things around to eat. This time, even though I knew I wasn't going to eat any of them, I really enjoyed baking those cinnamon rolls. It was fun. I can't even believe I'm saying this. Those of you who are new to the Whole30 - keep it up! You can get to amazing places that you would never have dreamed you could get to!
  13. 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!)
  14. 10 points
    MeadowLily

    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.
  15. 9 points
    alisonmae

    #SeptemberWhole30

    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
  16. 9 points
    littleg

    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!
  17. 9 points
    LB345

    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
  18. 9 points
    Jane Friday

    I Was Told To Share My Story

    In the Day 29 newsletter we are told to share our Whole30 story on the forum. During this process I have learned that saying "yes," to suggestions has helped me immensely. So here goes nothing! This is what my life used to be like: Before starting the Whole30 I was working hard on loving my body for what it was (this practice didn't stop during Whole30, it only grew). However, in my body I felt sluggish and bloated. I was eating terribly and had been for months. Many months in fact. I was back into the 200s, a place I hadn't been in about 7 years. Jessica had recently introduced the term "inflammation," to me and I knew I was suffering from it badly. My clothes weren't fitting, I had outgrown my two bras and was having to wear tank shirts under everything. Even though my self love had grown I didn't relate to the person I saw in the mirror. My insides felt gunked up. In January I remember telling my mother that what I wanted in my body was "purity." This is how I found the Whole30: While Megan, Katie, and Jessica had done a Whole30 before, I didn't really "find it," until Jess gave us all the Food Freedom Forever book for Christmas, and suggested book club. I was very skeptical of all of it, right up through the beginning. During my Whole30 experience: (Days 1-7)The first week was an absolutely nightmare. I didn't have any cooking or meal prep skills to draw on. I was lost and floating, all while detoxing and feeling completely awful. I was deeply drained physically and emotionally. (Days 8-14) During the second week it was as if the fever broke. My head started to feel a little clearer, I wasn't as drained, I wasn't feeling defeated. I was struggling, but I cooked a few things! I followed my first real recipe for something band new and made it unsupervised. I had just enough energy to begin to ask questions, and bought a few new kitchen supplies (including a crockpot)! However, the hours in the kitchen, the tedium of feeling clueless while cooking, and the sheer amount of dishes had my just about in tears. I couldn't figure out how it would ever be sustainable for 30 days. Days 10, 11, and 12 were just as difficult as they promised to be. All that said in my second week I absolutely had noticed positive outer and inner changes. My skin was clearer, my eyes were brighter, and I had not been bloated in what felt like ages. (Days 15-21) The first day of week three is the first day that the Whole30 magic began to kick in for me. I had boundless energy, I had some new clothes, I was feeling different in my body, more attractive and more confident at work. What I didn't expect was that it wasn't going to be a guaranteed upward trajectory from there. In fact on Day 16 it appeared I had drained myself of too much of my magic! I figured with all my energy, I didn't have to take any of my personal medical conditions into account and it bit me hard in the butt. Day 17 was when all the emotions hit me like a mac truck. This is when not using food to medicate and push down emotions came roaring to the forefront. By the last day of this week I had had a chance to process a lot of my emotions and turn my focus into embracing my NSV. When I sat down and gave a look at my life, there had already been a ton. I felt empowered, more educated on my process and on what I needed to do. I was reading and researching a lot, and I remained completely opening to sharing much of my process with my support system. I was still plagued my colon trouble which I had expected to be gone by the end of the first week (despite reading things on the Whole30 forum to the contrary). OH! And my birthday fell on Day 19 of my first Whole30. I DID NOT celebrate with food. I had not know that to be possible. (Days 22-28) I started taking a probiotic on the first day of week four. I had also started eating raw sauerkraut. It was suggested on the forum for aiding in my colon woes. By day 24 I was feeling sick as a dog. Aching body, chills (and very cold hands and feet), fever, depression, headache, and exhaustion. I combed the internet and found that these could be symptoms of a massive die-off due to the probiotic. By day 26 I was staring to make it into the clear. I was having minor gas and bloating, but no other symptoms of probiotic transition. Going through a second, even more intense detox during my Whole30 was an unbelievable challenge. I cried my way through it. By day 28 I was back to my old self. (Days 29-31) My last two days were completely surreal. I could see how far Whole30 had taken me, and how much I had changed as a person. I could also clearly see the areas where I still needed improvement. I was different. On day 31 I cried. Not out of relief that it was over, not that at all. I cried because I felt that I had truly accomplished something incredible. Now that I’ve finished my Whole30: I have hope. Hope that maybe, just maybe I can live a healthy life where I am not miserable from doing so. Maybe there is joy to be found in the process; a joy I never expected. I feel freed from a type of bondage that my body was in. It was a bondage I sensed, but could never 100% put my finger on. It was a safe cage. It has been a life of disordered eating, much of which I mistook for self love. My definition of loving my body and myself has changed, grown, and expanded. My skin is as clear as it been in as long as I can remember, I am down 15lbs from an extremely unhealthy weight, I feel more confident at work, I am no longer the woman that has to carry a bottle of Pepto Bismal in her purse (for nausea and queasy stomach), I don't wake up with crud in my chest in the early morning, the skin itching I suffer from has been greatly reduced, and my energy is not constantly down. I even picked up some cooking skills! Most importantly, I have a greater belief that someday Food Freedom may be a reality for me. I still have fear, struggles, frustrations, and uncertainty. It's times when those things feel very large that I have to kindly remind myself that 30 days does not fix a lifetime of disordered eating, distorted body image, gut problems, and a disconnect from caring about my health. But hope: There is that.
  19. 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!!!!
  20. 9 points
    Well - at long last I did the anticipated weigh-in this morning: 15 pounds!! I pretty incredulous....I'm thinking I did my pre-W30 weigh-in at the end of the day - probably a day of eating many carbs and sugar - and was bloated... But, regardless - the point is that there was significant movement on the scale. I wrap up this round (going into reintro tomorrow) with so many NSVs that matter more... I'm excited to go forward with all I've learned about eating and about myself.... (And targeting April 9 as the start of my next round. In the meantime....focusing on continuing the good habits, and upping the exercise and self-care!) But I'll keep checking in here..... It's become part of my self-care routine :-) Thank you all so much!
  21. 9 points
    KimberlyW

    Starting March 1st

    Hi All, Last year on April 4 I started whole30. It was a great success, but certainly not easy at first. I must say since that time I have cooked more this past year than I have the last 20 years! I stayed on and basically did a whole120. I never got the huge burst of energy that everyone talked about during the first 30 days, but my family mentioned that I seemed to have extra spunk in my step, in addition, I would always be moving rather than sitting down at night after work. I guess it did work, but I did not realize it right away as it was a slow change for me. So to all of you newbies, pay close attention, as there are good things happening as you struggle through the cravings, the tiredness of thinking and planning food all the time, just understand that sometimes you don't notice it right away, but it is helping you and you will feel better. In addition to feeling better, and increasing my energy, over the course of 6 months I lost 40 lbs. I know this program is not meant for weight loss, but I did help me tremendously. I still have much to loose and frankly I have hit a plateau (for quite awhile) and I started to take things for granted ... this is when I started to let myself cheat. I had moved to paleo and still felt great, but there were times when I would be like,,, it is no big deal. Clearly my hitting the plateau and feeling stuck for so long impacted how I have been eating lately. I would say I have been whole30 95% of the time. But let me tell you, that 5% of not doing it really messed with my mind. I don't want to fall back into my old habits! I liked myself much more (I know that sounds crazy), while doing whole30. So, I made the commitment to myself to start over again with this group on March 1 to reset my body, as well as my mind. Also, having a group going through the same struggles really is helpful, at least it was for me! So, looking forward to reading your posts, hearing about your struggles as well as your triumphs!
  22. 9 points
    Saritawho?

    Starting March 1st

    Me too! I am doing a WholeLent. Just finished my first round of W30 on 2/14...saw lots of improvement, loved how I felt and lost just over 10lbs! Am hoping to use this round as a springboard to a more W30 approach to eating overall. FYI, my (unsolicited) advice is use the next week to get a few emergency meals prepped and stored in the freezer. You WILL have a day that is just insane and having a premade W30 casserole or soup that you just stick in the microwave will save you from (a) breaking your W30 or (b) eating more eggs. Prepping food takes a serious amount of time, especially when you are just starting out. Also...a lot of us from my first round were the only ones we knew doing W30, so the forum board was a GREAT source of support, meal ideas, and info gathering when you ran into an issue. We can do this! Looking forward to our journey together!
  23. 9 points
    Mountain Girl

    Starting Jan. 16th!

    Well, we did it! Congrats to you all and I have REALLY enjoyed sharing the journey with you all. I had a non-participating, but very supportive husband, but otherwise, you guys were my support source, so thanks! So, my non scale goals were: 1. Better sleep...I'm going to go with a B- here. I see improvement. No trouble falling asleep, and wake fairly regularly without the alarm. I still don't sleep like a baby, but I think I have issues here that just aren't food related. (I think "the change" is starting...have trouble with hot flashes and temperature regulation in general at night) 2. Less joint pain....have to go with a flat F on that one. Zero improvement 3. Better athletic performance...so far about a D here, but I actually think my energy may just now be on the upturn. Not sure why it is taking so long, but there's room for that to move. 4. Get off of the 75 mg of Zantac every night. A+ there. I am super excited about this. I waited until the end to try it, but I have gone the last 4 nights without and had no reflux. Then of course I was hoping to lose some weight too. I thought my clothes were fitting better, but I was already examining the possibility of keeping relatively compliant, but maybe shrinking the meal template to get some better results. I feel like I have eaten SO MUCH FOOD over the last 30 days. I was not prepared for the scale reading this morning. I lost 14 pounds in 30 days. I was really hoping for 8 or so. So, A+ there, too. And now I am terrified to go off plan. I added a little stevia to my coffee this morning, and that's it. Going to dinner with gals tonight. Already scanned the menu for my complaint options, and still packing my own salad dressing. I have learned so much and there is very little that I miss much. I am definitely doing the long version of reintroduction. Wait until something seems "worth it" to add it back. ( I am quite sure alcohol will be next). You guys are awesome. Thanks again for whole 30ing together. And continue to enjoy the journey!
  24. 9 points
    abbeyw28

    Starting Jan. 16th!

    Day 31 and CONGRATS to everyone! I don't know about you---but I feel so very proud of myself and this journey thus far. As someone who has been on some sort of diet since I was 14, I have found Whole30 to be the most rewarding. I feel good eating these foods--I feel like I'm doing something good for my body. I don't want to snack...I don't want to use food to make me feel better about some event happening in my life. Thank you Whole30 for inspiring me to think about food in another way. Thank you for inspiring me to think about my health and well- being in another way. In other news, I lost 20 pounds--so that's amazing! I'm still in shock. I know that I lost, but I didn't realize how much. I am immensely proud of myself and am looking forward to continuing to eat better.
  25. 9 points
    Well, day 3 was a little difficult but I made it through. I wanted to tell you all, I have been grain and sugar free for 3 years now, so Whole 30 is just taking it a step further for me. # years ago, I read Wheat Belly and it really resonated with me and that's how I started this journey. When I began I was morbidly obese. I suffered from depression. At age 60 I was diagnosed pre-diabetic, I had high blood pressure. I knew I had to do something or I would die. Giving up grains and sugar was probably the hardest thing I've ever done . I actually cried in the beginning. I felt horrible in the beginning.....like I had the flu. ( I found out later that this is typical and actually called "the low carb flu") ...but I want you all who are on this journey to know that this was the best thing that I ever did! I lost 100 pounds! My blood pressure is now normal! My blood sugars are normal. My doctors cannot believe how my bloodwork has changed. Triglycerides are 50 (they want you to be 150 or less) HDL is high, LDL is low. My energy is through the roof now! I feel better now.....in my senior years than I have ever felt before. Exercise is enjoyable to me now where it was always something I dreaded. I now walk 5 miles every day in all kinds of weather......and I do it because I love it, not because I feel that I HAVE to. I take yoga and zumba classes every day. Nothing hurts me. I see others my age complaining of stiffness and joint pain. I want to shout from the rooftops for everyone to just try doing this and see how you feel. It really is THAT incredible. so now I want to get rid of the dairy. I believe that it is not good for me and I'm addicted to cheese! Whole 30 seemed just the ticket for me! Best wishes to you all. Please, please stick to this. It's only 30 days and if you feel anything like I felt after getting rid of grains and sugar you will want to continue eating this way and it will become easy. I promise!
  26. 9 points
    Matt Coats

    Best decision of my adult life

    I'm a month past my completion of the Whole30, and I have to say that this program was the single best thing that I made happen for myself. I'm eating in with real foods 95% of the time when I never really did before, I'm more active, I don't have nearly the digestive issues I used to, and I'm down 43 pounds from my overweight 250 pound self. Thank you to everyone that has contributed to this community of winners--I couldn't have done this without your stories of success, and you've empowered me to inspire family and friends to jump into this lifestyle change. THANK YOU!!!
  27. 9 points
    Hello All! Happy day 11 I'll tell you what, the book "Food Freedom Forever" is insanely good & so worth the purchase (if you're like me & your eating habits are directly linked to your stress/mood/etc). It's been a huge reminder of why I'm doing this. Ironically, tonight was an emotional rollercoaster. I had a hangout with some new friends, and after leaving, I over-thought & kept thinking I did so many things wrong ("self-centered", "not funny", etc...)... I came home and, without even realizing it, went into total stress-eating mode. Almond butter (straight from the package), and a lemon lara bar... As I was elbow deep in these "technically compliant treats", I realized that, a) My digestive system is going to be (once again) completely whacked tomorrow due to the nut content and b ) I was eating out of shame and guilt for the way I'd acted, using food as comfort (even compliant food) to the extreme. It's in moments like these where I hit a crossroads. When I completely want to give up because I am frustrated with myself, but then I am reminded that this is a prime example of how serious this problem is in my life. I haven't given up yet because I'm terrified of who I'll be if I do. I'm terrified that I'd never stop, and I'd always be enslaved to food and being bound my my emotional attachment. I know this is a complete rant, and it'a--okay if you dont read this, I just had to get it out. Thankful for this community. You all inspire me & reflect who I want to be. 11 days down, 19 to go. We got this
  28. 9 points
    ladyshanny

    W39 Regret!!!

    Hi, thanks for writing back and thanks for your honesty. Sounds like for sure you have an association with sweets so killing off that Sugar Dragon would be a very strong part of another Whole30 if you were to commit to one. Unfortunately the nuts and fruits were the surest way to keep all those old associations to sugar alive and to let your dragon know that it's fine, we'll keep feeding you, we'll keep you happy and fed. Except that YOU are unhappy. So....what to do. For you, if you're going to hit Whole30 again, I would focus on meal template - meal template - meal template! Protein, veggies and fats at every meal. Building meals that will keep you going for 4-5 hours, thus eliminating the need to snack. Use fruits as a condiment, if at all (like on salads or apples sliced into a stirfry etc), make sure your first meal is within 1 hour of waking. Put the nuts away as it not only keeps that snacking urge alive and well, they aren't even that great of a fat source and they can upset your stomach. Plus, depending on which ones you were eating, they are pretty "carby" which can stand in place of sugar. Avoid ANY chia puddings, n'oatmeals and the like which, although barely technically compliant, are just pudding for breakfast. Not where you want to drive yourself. If you're actually craving salt, make sure you are salting your food. Having come from a background of processed or fast foods and then moving directly to whole foods, your sodium intake is going to decrease dramatically.....only you actually need sodium to live. Salt your food. And watch salted nuts anyway as they are usually coated in non-compliant oils. They're bad news. You sound like you're so disappointed and I would encourage you to quickly change about your thinking. I'll help. "I did 39 days of fully compliant Whole30 eating. I helped my body heal. I had xyz (you fill in) non-scale victories. I lost 14 pounds. I followed through with something hard and I did it! And I learned that alcohol upsets my stomach and that I'm really not ready to moderate myself around chocolates." See? None of that is disappointing or shameful. It's all just lessons and experiences. There's no shame in what happened with the chocolate. Just higher awareness now.
  29. 9 points
    ladyshanny

    January 2nd start date

    Sorry, @PhysicsHippie - 100% of the time, a moderator or member will point out if someone is including something (behaviour or food) that is not actually Whole30 relevant. It doesn't make us/them a "bad egg". Eating corn = not the Whole30. Eating chips = not the Whole30. Weighing = not the Whole30. Drinking wine = not the Whole30. And that's fine. Honestly, it is. No one says anyone has to do the Whole30 and maybe wherever you are now is better than where you were and that truly is great! But if you are going to come into the official Whole30 house and discuss/describe the ways in which you aren't willing to participate, you'll be called out on it. There is no guilt, shame or morality around these decisions. There's just "is Whole30" and "isn't Whole30". Everything is personal choice. But we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't point out inconsistencies for both the member posting and anyone new coming along. It's not personal and I'm truly sorry if you felt/feel that it was, @CarleenVC.
  30. 9 points
    So, I had an epiphany today... Day two of my #JanuaryWhole30 reset on my journey to change my relationship with food, and was just thinking about food and it's affect on bodies. Junk food, sweets, etc. are like being in a relationship with an abuser. You eat and, ahhh the bliss, things go good for a while, then you wake up one day and Wham! Your life has been taken over by this monster. Abusing you, putting you in the hospital, controlling your life, affecting how you feel about yourself and telling you it's all your fault. If only you were better, nicer, stronger, loved more etc.. Nutrient dense food doesn't always look so special, might seem boring and blah, but it loves you, feeds you to the core, nourishes you, gives you energy, happiness on a daily basis, like a real friend. The blissful moments in a bad relationship seem so wonderful because of the starkness of the dark side. Yet they really are no better than the continued day in and out of the healthy relationship there's no dark side to contrast the moments of bliss. I want that constant daily nourishing stable healthy relationship, not the monster in the house...
  31. 9 points
    Sarah_MT

    Enough excuses! Starting 11/21!!

    Hey All! Hope you're all navigating the holiday events well. We had our company Christmas Party last night. It was at a super-nice restaurant here in Dallas. Drinks were flowing, there was incredible food and an entire room (yes, a ROOM) full of deserts. But, being day 25 I had all the tools to navigate this party and stay on track. I sipped on club soda with lime and enjoyed the conversation. I made a french exit around 8:30 when most had settled down to eat and headed home. It was a late dinner (after 10 by the time I got home and cooked it up) but because my energy levels are SO much more stable I didn't get hangry or zoom into the closest fast food drivethrough. I knew it would be a challenge to take on Whole30 during the holiday season, and I sometimes can't believe I'm doing it and have made it to Day 26, but the accomplishment is all that more sweet knowing the tempation we resisted! Be REALLY proud of yourselves everyone. We're doing this!! Contrats @mhemm for resisting the treats and on the jeans, that's awesome! Way to go @CCLaymon! That long of a trip is REALLY daunting but it sounds like you're doing great! Enjoy the time with your husband and I home you make it through that crazy day tomorrow! @MizRik I know what you mean about the cravings. I've gotten some of those too. Almost like my teeth itch and I want to eat something but I don't know just what. I'm getting the Whole30 Daily emails though and they warned about your brain making a last-ditch effort to get you to eat those bad foods that have been lighting it up for so long. I can't find the email/article right now but I definitely recognized that. Maybe that's what you're going through too? So, here's another progress pic. This one is tough to show but it reflects how far I've come. The first is at a charity function about a week before I started Whole30. I was at the highest weight I've ever been. The second was last night getting ready for my Christmas Party. I like picture #2 and I want to keep that gal around.
  32. 9 points
    @MizRik - I want you to know that it can be done. And that it is WORTH IT. My daughter stuck with the Whole30 through the entire month and we're still doing it (she had a "planned cheat" of a birthday party and Halloween and then got right back on track. She lost 8 lbs in 30 days and she says she wants to eat this way forever. Before and afters are below. I need to write a success post for her, because I think it would be very helpful for others.
  33. 8 points
    Brensuma

    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).
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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?
  38. 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.
  39. 8 points
    bjvdsteen

    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.
  40. 8 points
    So I don't know if I have ever talked on here about my serious candy/sugar thing that was going on for like, I don't know, most of my life I guess. I am at my night job and it is quiet and I spent a lot of time reading through the forums on reintroduction of sugar and started to think about my candy situation and am hoping it's okay with you all if I share here because I just need to get this out!! I LOVE candy. It's like a thing with me. My friends and I used to (like years ago, early/mid 20s) base a lot of our jokes around my obsession with SPKs (sour patch kids...). I struggled to go to CVS and not walk down the candy aisle and buy something. If we were on vacation, i would go straight to the inevitable candy store and buy myself some bulk candy because "I'm on vacation." And really, I did this just days before starting the Whole 30 when my boyfriend and I went to Mohegan Sun in CT for a few nights. I have always hated this sugar dragon so to say because it really felt like an addiction. It has made me feel embarrassed and fear stores that don't have self checkout!!!! I would buy candy for kids at school or my staff over the summer as a total JOKE-- it was all so I would have candy for myself. I have done some seriously obscene things when it comes to packs of starbursts that I'd rather not mention!!! Ugh. Every year at Lent I would give up candy and chocolate and feel amazing, but on Easter I was always down to grab that Easter basket and not look back, as if it was some sort of reward. Why why why why why!? Anyway, I am writing this because I seriously was a candy addict before the Whole 30 and I literally feel like I have been changed!!! I cannot say that I will never chomp down on another sour straw in my life, but I DO NOT WANT TO EVER EVER EVER AGAIN. What was I doing to myself!? Like not only was I consuming something so completely disgusting for me, I was totally feeding this addiction. I know we are on day 18 with 12 days + a lifetime to go, but seriously, thank you Whole 30 because I do not ever want to go back there. And now that I have gotten that out there... I wish you all a wonderful day 19 and beyond! Thanks for reading if you got this far!
  41. 8 points
    Good Morning - So my husband and I are starting the re-intro tonight. I will make a Whole30 compliant taco salad but will now add some cheese. He lost 13, I lost 8. We are both unsure about inches but our clothes are fitting nicely and some a bit looser. We both feel fantastic, not sluggish like we used to be, especially at 3:00! We want to keep it going but start to introduce slowly, I am nervous about how I will feel. I have been following along on the forum but not posting very much. I will try and update how I feel after each intro. We made it February 1st-ers woo hoo!!!
  42. 8 points
    SarahSchroeder

    Starting March 1st

    I would love to!
  43. 8 points
    Hi all, and day 20 here. I just want to chime in that this 30 days is hard for lots of reasons, and one of those reasons is that it has an effect on all parts of our lives. For instance, my husband is not doing the plan, and things are a little tense between us. We're used to commiserating about our days over a few beers. Of course, it's possible to still commiserate over Kombucha, but I get the distinct feeling that my new nutritional state isn't exactly giving him the warm fuzzies! I try to remember that this is my interest and my idea, and it's not fair or realistic to need an infinite amount of support from him or anyone else who is not along for the ride. So, I just want to say "hang in there" because these times are tough, but that's THE sign that something positive is happening - you're breaking through to a new version of yourself, and while that's not always a super comfortable transition, it is to be honored and trusted. So, cry (like me) over your scrambled eggs, but then give yourself a pat on the back for trying to conscientiously become a better version of yourself. A better version of yourself FOR yourself and for the ones you love. We all know in our heart of hearts that are bodies are thanking us for this focused and clean living, even if we haven't received a handwritten note from our waistlines. I am telling myself this as a booster because I'm struggling, too. I just wanted to reach out and give a internet-hug to all of us getting "emotional"; meaning, we're tuning in to our bodies and our realities and we're taking an honest look at habits, impulses, and the places where we go auto pilot. Our bodies appreciate the time we are spending on them! I know I feel it - at least here and there and more and more with every past hurdle that I leap. Let us keep fighting this good (and sometimes fun) fight
  44. 8 points
    It has been raining hard here in CA the last few weeks, towns are flooded and the roads are covered in mudslides. Finally today the sun came out just as I was finishing making my lunch, so I went and soaked up some sunshine with my salad and felt happy. Hope you all had a happy moment today too!
  45. 8 points
    So happy to hear so many of you having a good day! I was really crashing yesterday afternoon, but I've had good energy all day today and feel very focused! Today, Saturday, was my first challenging food setting. I was supposed to get together with some friends and go out to lunch (choosing carefully or amending the menu was something I was preparing for). Plans changed and my friend decided that we were going to do lunch at her house instead and she was going to order a bunch of tacos for everyone. Sigh. What to do? I hadn't told any of these friends yet about the Whole30 and didn't want my first mention of it to be negative so I told her I was going to bring a side dish. Then I had to do some quick thinking, what can I make fast that goes with Mexican food, will work as a side for them and a main for me? I decided to make a Shrimp and Mango Ceviche and stuffed it in little sweet peppers and everyone loved them! I was so glad to have something tasty and festive to eat that I didn't even mind being surrounded by tacos and beers. No slips and I am so proud of myself for making the best of today, and once we got talking about Whole30 one of my friends sounded interested in trying it. I guess I didn't make it look like much of a sacrifice today!!
  46. 8 points
    CaseyLee

    January 2nd start date

    That is so incredibly helpful! I do not have any intention of giving in now. But this helps me prepare for the future. I know I have not slayed the sugar dragon yet and will need to be mindful. The next month is quite stressful so it makes sense that my brain might be craving the sugar. On a different note...here is my Day30 pic: of my almost 64 yo self:
  47. 8 points
    alikoala65

    Starting Jan. 16th!

    Okay day 4 was rough. I yelled at a coworker and maybe said a few swear words or 2. Apologized for yelling and explained it was my diet coke and sugar addiction getting the best of me. I went to bed early last night because I was exhausted. Day 5 still pretty grumpy, my goal is to not kill anyone today. Can't promise I won't swear at them.
  48. 8 points
    There is never the "perfect time." There will always be a holiday, a birthday, a girls night out. I'm done coming up with excuses and putting this off so I'm starting on Monday November 21st. I am a food addict. I am a stress eater. I am an emotional eater. I'm a happy eater. I'm a social eater. Basically I eat ALL the time and I do NOT make healthy choices. After those not so healthy choices I beat myself up and feel like a failure. I do not have a healthy relationship with food. I am bloated and uncomfortable nine days out of ten and I'm always tired. It's time to put on my big girl panties and just get this done!! I tried this once before however it was half assed. Despite that, I still felt better AND lost weight. I can only imagine how I will feel when I get it done right! I highly doubt anyone will start the same day with the holidays coming, but if anyone is as crazy as me, I would love the company!
  49. 8 points
    phantommeb

    January 2nd start date

    First of all, I am feeling way better today!! Slept great and woke up with no nausea...thank god!! I have a great recipe to share with you: Bone broth breakfast soup! It's easy - just take 1 to 2 cups of bone broth and heat up on the stove to boiling. Whisk 2 eggs in a bowl. Then, with a spoon swirl the broth and slowly stream in the eggs. This is the same process that egg drop soup is made. Make sure to salt and pepper to taste, and hot sauce is good too! Optional: Add bacon, veggies or meats of choice. Obviously this can be catered if you eat more, just add more broth and eggs!
  50. 8 points
    higs

    Enough excuses! Starting 11/21!!

    Hi gang! You all are coming up on midway through your Whole30 and here I am, a latecomer to your party - but this particular group is calling to me for a couple reasons: first, CCLaymon is in it and we go WAY BACK to the Dirty 30 group of summer 2014!!! She is fabulous and I want to go to whatever party she is at. :-). Second, it sounds like several of you are ready to tackle a W30 that takes you through the holidays and perhaps beyond 30 days, and that's what I'm taking on. Do you mind if I tag along, even though you're a couple weeks ahead of me? Background on me: I have done several W30's and shorter resets a bunch of times, most successfully in 2014 with a particularly active and close-knit forum group. There are quite a few W30 eating habits I've adapted along the way that have become fully ingrained new habits, and I'm thrilled about that! That said, 2016 was a tough year for me and I felt like a lot of my hard work over the last years has gradually unraveled. Whole30 and other healthy habits got me to the point where I was an athlete again, running half marathons after years of zero exercise, thinking about training for even longer distances... but this year I had a series of injuries that kept me from running, that made me depressed, that made me eat more, that made me gain weight, that made me more depressed, that made me lose interest in self care, and so on. 2016 can suck it. But I want to run headlong into 2017 with some good positive momentum and get back to the really energized, motivated, positive place that I was. So - mind if I join you? I make a mean bone broth!