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  1. 7 points
    Melissa Hartwig

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  2. 6 points
    Hello!! My name is Laura and I will be starting my first Whole30 on Monday July 8th. My ultimate goal is to finish and my other goal is to take the first steps towards truly changing my relationship with food. Food has been my drug for almost my entire life. I know that in order to be successful I will have to learn how to be uncomfortable and so I am gearing up to deal with all the suck that is going to come with it. I am looking forward to and dreading this experience all at the same time. I appreciate any suggestions or advice anyone might have. Thank you!
  3. 6 points
    Lorna from Canada

    I'm STARVING!!!

    I have 50 years of dieting experience behind me. I've lived throught the Great Snackwells Fat Free Cookie rush of 1991. My whole adulthood nutrition belief system was indoctrinated with "FAT is BAD". It's been really hard to cook with fat and plate fat since I started W30 but, I wanted a whole hearted effort so I did it. Ghee, olive oil, coconut milk, avocados, olives, crispy salmon skin, nuts... eating them. I haven't been hungry since week 2 of my first W30. Eat the fat.
  4. 6 points
    EmilyK

    HELP I’m poor!

    I'm not sure where you live, but if you're feeding only yourself it shouldn't be all that difficult to make $65 last for two weeks. Frozen meat and veggies are absolutely fine--just as nutritious as fresh and often a lot cheaper. If this was me trying to eat Whole30 compliant for two weeks on $65, this is what I would do--I live in a large midwestern city with a pretty low COL and I pulled all information from Kroger's and Fresh Thyme's (a natural-type grocery, kind of like Sprouts but not as pricey as Whole Foods) weekly ads: Kroger: Split Chicken Pieces (I would get thighs here because that's my preference): $.99/per pound x 4 pounds = $3.96 Ground Beef (80/20, sold in a 3lb roll): $6.57 3 dozen eggs: 18 ct/$1.29 x 2 = $2.36 25.5 ounce bottle of olive oil: $5.79 **Note on this--I picked the big bottle to use for making a batch of mayo and also to use as cooking fat, but they have a smaller bottle ($2.69 for 8 ounces) if you were feeling up to making your own ghee for cooking fat--you can get a pound of butter for $2.99 and turn that into a BUNCH of ghee which would be cheaper ounce per ounce if you're willing to put in the time** Simple Truth Organic Coconut Milk: $1.89 Frozen broccoli: 12 oz bag/$1.00 x 2 = $2.00 Frozen Brussels sprouts: 12 oz bag/$1.19 x 2 = $2.38 Frozen spinach: 12 oz bag/$1.39 Frozen 3 pepper and onion blend: 12 oz bag/$1.39 Frozen cauliflower rice: 12 oz bag/$2.19 Frozen Stir Fry Veggie Starter: 12 oz bag/$1.39 Total: $31.31 if you get the bigger olive oil, $31.20 if you decide to make your own ghee for cooking fat (basically the same cost at the outset but a pound of butter will net a lot more ghee than the olive oil) Fresh Thyme (all fresh produce here): Avocado: $1.49 Green Onions: $.50 Radishes: $.69/bunch Tomatillos: $.99/pound Sweet Potatoes: $.99/pound x 3 pounds = $2.97 Russet Potatoes: 8 pound bag/$1.99 Lemon: $.50 Lime: $.50 Baby carrots: $1.29/1 lb bag Total here is $10.82 Grand total for both places: $42.23 So, what I would do with these things: Toss the broccoli, carrots, and radishes in some of your cooking fat, garlic powder, and salt and roast at 425* for 20-25 minutes (until they're all crispy and delicious) Roast your Brussles sprouts in the same manor--you can even do them at the same time! I would recommend using half of each amount of the veggies each week just so they don't go bad before you can use them. The carrots and radishes should last just fine in your crisper for a week. Poke holes in 2-3 of your sweet potatoes and let them bake for awhile--baked sweet potato is an easy way to get some starchy veggies in with any of your meals, I usually have them alongside my breakfast but I always keep some in the fridge for when I'm feeling uninspired Dice up some of your regular potatoes and toss them in a cast iron skillet with some of your cooking fat and some of the pepper and onion mix--cover the pan so the potatoes will cook through and get nice and crispy on the bottom and you have an easy potato hash to pull on for the week. Take some of your frozen spinach and some more of the pepper and onion mix and cook until it's thawed, drain off some of the liquid, season with salt and pepper as desired, and then pour in 12-15 of your eggs scrambled up with a little bit of water. Put the whole skillet in the oven at 425* for 15-18 minutes until just browned around the edges and set in the middle--there's a week's worth of breakfast frittata. Do this again the next week--I have a veggie frittata with some baked sweet potato and topped with some sort of sauce or dressing for breakfast every day and it is amazing. Take half of your ground beef and just cook it in a pan with some neutral seasoning. Let it cool and freeze in individual bags so you can pull out and mix with cauliflower rice or stir fry veggies for some quick meals--I love taco seasoned meat with cauliflower rice and some salsa verde (I'm getting there!) and put it inside a mostly-hollowed out sweet potato skin for a pseudo-burrito. Take the other half and make yourself some burger patties--freeze individually to pull out as quick "emergency" proteins. They'll go nicely with either kinds of your roasted veggies you made above. Take your olive oil, and egg, and some of the lemon juice and make a batch of homemade mayo. I like Everyday Maven's immersion blender recipe. That should last you close to the two weeks and will be amazing delicious plated fat to top your burgers. Take your avocado, half the can of coconut milk, and the juice from the lime along with some salt and mix that together (with your immersion blender if you have it) for an easy avocado sauce to top your breakfasts or anything kind of mexican-inspired. Take your tomatillos and chop roughly and then blend with salt and pepper--easy salsa verde. Take half of it and keep it for your sweet potato burritos, and put the other half in a slow cooker or dutch oven with some of your chicken thighs. Some more of your chicken thighs--get your cast iron skillet rocket hot, put in some cooking fat, and put the thighs skin side down for a few minutes to get them deliciously crisp. Salt the meat, flip the thighs over and reduce the heat to cook through. This list and meal prep directions should easily keep you well fed within your budget for the next two weeks. It's not always the most exciting food but it will be tasty, filling, and healthy. Let me know if you have any other questions or want any other tips. Sorry this was so long! I'm pretty enthusiastic about meal planning and cooking and I love a challenge like a budget.
  5. 6 points
    Sarah_1982

    Starting March 1

    I've been doing research and planning for about 2 weeks now. I plan on starting March 1st and doing this with my cousin. I have been diagnosed with multiple chronic illnesses. All of them stemming from digestive issues. I'm hoping this will help with the chronic pain. If anyone else is starting March 1 I'd love to keep in touch!
  6. 5 points
    DAY 4 RECAP: My daughter saw that I was struggling with cravings, so she put down her chips and gave me a pep talk. "You got this Mom! You know the first 7-10 days of any diet change is always the hardest. You're already at day 4! It's going to get easier soon."
  7. 5 points
    A little about me.....I did a Whole30 a few years ago and never felt better. Then I talked and ate my way back into old habits. Now, I'm overweight, sad and feel crap-tacular. I need to do this so I can feel better, physically and mentally. I'm 5'1(ish) and I weigh in the ballpark of 170 pounds. I gain weight in my mid-section and I hide it well, most times, with my clothes. If anyone is interested in being my July buddy, that would be great!
  8. 5 points
    Day 4 NSV- I had a sweet potato as part of my lunch today and the sweet and delicious flavors that I tasted in it- I think my tastebuds are becoming more sensitive to the sweetness and flavor in unprocessed and natural foods. Yum!
  9. 5 points
    Ok you guys, tonight was tough. I have a new foster dog and I came home from work to a whole bunch of things chewed up (including a new pair of expensive shoes) and pee and poop on my bed...yep, on my bed. Needless to say all I wanted to do was order takeout and pour a drink. BUT, I did neither. I stayed strong and make steak, sautéed squash and pan-roasted potatoes instead. It was REALLY hard to resist going to food for comfort when I was stressed and tired and frustrated but I did it! Now to figure out how I can help my foster not be so anxious and not ruin my stuff, lol.
  10. 5 points
    Pandora Black

    Pandora’s Whole 30 log

    Doctors appointment today, and it went great! My blood pressure went from high to normal it was 120/70! I have lost 15 lbs as well (I knew it had to be significant because my pants are too big now). I know you’re not supposed to weigh yourself but they always weigh you at this doctor. Also I’m off Prilosec, I’m no longer nauseous...ever. Even my back pain is better. The Whole 30 works, y’all.
  11. 5 points
    Suzanne-SATx

    Starting April 1

    Thanks, @ShannonM816 - based on the answers in your link, I'm staying the course with #4, and not starting over because 1) it was not a conscious choice and I did ask the right questions - twice - , and 2) when I found out there was added sugar (I was about 1/3 of the way through my portion) I didn't choose to eat anymore and fixed a compliant dinner for myself. Starting over felt unjust, like a punishment for something I didn't do, and that made me angry. I don't want my journey to be a punishment for being over-indulgent in the bounty we are surrounded by daily. There are enough issues for me to work through that I'll probably extend this program anyway, but "starting over" for this? Just no. I will not surrender my progress so easily. This decision needs to stay in a positive stance for it to work for me. I can wait to measure results on the scale and tape measure. I can work on refocusing my attention to how my clothes fit, my sleep quality, my energy/pain levels and even my happiness quotient. I can not look at this additional week as a punishment, and expect a positive influence on my lifestyle moving forward. It's an attitude thing. My choice, my victory.
  12. 5 points
    I have eaten a bowl of All-Bran with Greek yogurt and frozen (thawed) berries for breakfast for years and years and years. What a change now to my current breakfast of choice: 1/2 of a compliant sausage fried with half an onion, a, couple of cups of chopped kale, a chopped tomato and mushrooms (if I have them) topped with 2 or 3 (depending on my mood ) over easy eggs and sriracha. It fills me up and I have no need for snacks or fruit until 1 or 2 PM when I eat lunch. Now, I realize that I am VERY lucky in that I am absolutely immune to food boredom. I can eat the same thing 100 days in a row without a problem but, still, the W30 approach is such an interesting shift in mindset from "breakfast foods" to meal template thinking. I hope you will take Shannon's advice and branch out into the meal template for all your meals @annekrol!
  13. 5 points
    carla_c1985

    Starting March 1

    Waves to everyone! Can I please join your little group? I am starting tomorrow and ill prepared at the moment. Plan to get organized over the weekend so I just need to get through tomorrow! I have been having some weird things happening and I suspect it’s food related (aging stucks!) and I feel this is the best way to figure out what is causing it! I am scared but I can do it!
  14. 5 points
    Beautifublis

    Starting March 1

    Hello everyone! My name is Brittany, I’ve done some research and I believe this program is going to be a success! One of my friends tried it and her results were amazing. I’ll be starting March 1 as well. I am looking to correct issues with my skin and just improve my overall health and self discipline. I look forward to sharing this journey with all of you. Good Luck!
  15. 5 points
    Danamilligan

    Starting March 1

    Hi everyone! Id love to join you all for a March Whole30. I did one back in April of 2018 and I had great results. But I too stress eat, and my stomach issues have come back and my skin is a little blotchy. Ive definitely fallen off the band wagon with eating and exercising since after Christmas so I’m definitely for another Whole30. I look forward to doing it with you guys!
  16. 5 points
    aaronmc93

    Starting March 1

    Hi Sarah! I am also planning on starting March 1st. What a great goal you have-i would love to support one another. My main goal is to get RID of my acne and drop some excess weight. At 25, I’m embarrassed to still have acne, and I know it is related to my diet. Best of luck! :) We can do this!
  17. 5 points
    I'm finally pregnant!!! Before going into this I had completely given up trying. While only actively trying to conceive for about 8 months, I had really become discouraged. I wanted a change in my life as far as weight and food management goes, so I gave this a try. I ended my Whole30 on Tuesday February 5th. I dropped 15lbs, felt better, had more energy, was healthier, and two days later also got a positive pregnancy test!!! They said the Whole30 would change my life and it did in the best way imaginable. I 100% believe that what this whole eating did for me was make my body a better place for a baby to grow. Thank you Whole30!!!!
  18. 5 points
    ladyshanny

    PSA: Don't Get Lost!

    Public Service Announcement: The group threads in this section of the forum can be extremely fast moving and as such, the volunteer moderators have a hard time keeping up with reading the hundreds of posts that go whizzing by. That said, if you are struggling or something doesn't seem right or you need some specific help, please create a new post in the Troubleshooting Your Whole30 portion of the forum. Make the title of your post as specific as possible to assist in getting a response sooner. For example, titling your post "Can't Break the 3pm Slump!" rather than just "Someone Please Help!" makes it quicker for the moderators to understand and assist you. The moderators try to get to everything and we appreciate your patience but members following this outline is one of the ways that you can help us to help you!
  19. 4 points
    C.B.

    Round 3.2 - Learning As I Go

    Day 12 I totally feel what you said, Emma, about being conflicted in wanting to get to the end but also not quite being ready for it. I was struggling yesterday to think of measurable, specific goals in the realm of achieving food freedom. I was looking to the end result, rather than to the process, which is where all of the insights and moments of growth lie (I had my 2nd session with my therapist today and she helped me drill down to this). So in that vein, I will look to set some specific goals about the process of achieving food freedom, because although the whole30 will come to an end, food freedom is simply a part of life! There are no ons or offs, it's just time passing, so it's about cultivating habits and mindset around food, and gradually building up overtime. I also got to thinking today about how I am now doing the Whole30 for a third time and expecting different results - again approaching it from a results-driven mindset rather than a process. I haven't been paying attention to any NSVs, or to a particular thing I am wanting to achieve, so of course I'm feeling bored and apathetic towards the process - if I'm not watching/looking for any successes or changes I will NEVER find them! I'm even learning some of this as I'm writing it out here...thank you to the Whole30 forum I'm not too sure what those goals are yet, but I will share as soon as I have one.
  20. 4 points
    LadyWolf0926

    LadyWolf's Whole 30 Log

    Day 11 of restart (Day 22), and I'm starting to feel more confident with my Whole 30 journey. Food choices are becoming easier and are requiring much less effort to make. Sleep is just terrific. I can't remember the last time I had this many nights of 7+ hours without interruption (or very minimal) in a row. My body is starting to crave the sleep, and by 10:30, I'm ready for bed. I'm waking up more refreshed and energized for the day. Because I'm not dragging my rear end around in the morning, I'm knocking out chores before I head in to the office, and that gives me more time and flexibility to do other things in the evening. These NSV's are good stuff! It's nice seeing tangible results not tied to a scale! I was tested today though. Big time. One of my carrier reps, who I adore, came by my office with a shopping bag of Tiff's Treats and milk. Now, if you're not familiar, Tiff's Treats is a company in the Atlanta area that bakes and delivers homemade cookies. (I had them once about a year ago. They were amazing.) So, in he walks with this stupid bag of cookies and milk. Did I mention it was a 'shopping bag' sized bag? Savage. Simply savage. I just looked at him and said, "really dude? You know I'm on Whole 30!" And he says (no joke), "you've been working so hard at it. You deserve to treat yourself"! GAH!!! I couldn't believe he said that! What a toad!! So, I kicked him out of my office and had the office manager show him to the break room on the other side of the building. He came back by my office laughing and said, "you did good! I'm proud of you for sticking to it"! I threw a stress ball at him and tried to peg him with it, but he caught it. Lol The funny thing was I realized after he'd gone down the hall that I didn't like the smell of the cookies. They smelled sickening sweet, and I lost any interest in trying one. The smell was overwhelming. I'm going to chalk the experience up to progress and a good NSV. He's still a jerk, tho Breakfast - scallion omelette filled with sauteed chicken and veggies, coffee blended with Nut Pods Lunch - green leaf lettuce salad with onions, tomatoes, baked chicken breast topped with Primal Kitchen Lemon Turmeric dressing. Peach diced and tossed with coconut cream and organic toasted coconut flakes. Dinner - za'atar grilled chicken breast topped with grilled peppers and onions, yellow squash sauteed with green onion, chinese five spice roasted sweet potatoes Thank you everyone for the encouraging words and support! Y'all are awesome!!
  21. 4 points
    Kris22 I have been running into so many people who are telling me there experience with whole30, which is really cool in itself. They are all saying that the first hump is hard but short lived. We should both be proud that we have been compliant. Side note is that most of them did not do reintroduction and then fell off. So I am planning this to be at least a 40 day challenge. Even though that means I have to stay compliant through my vows renewal ceremony August 11th. Also, I have been using the tip in the book to determine if it’s hunger or a craving and it’s really helping me. Am I hungry enough to eat baked fish and broccoli? You got this!
  22. 4 points
    Pandora Black

    Pandora’s Whole 30 log

    Lunch was zoodles topped with marinara and ground beef. I absolutely am obsessed with this crockpot recipe my roommate found years ago. It’s totally compliant and so yummy.
  23. 4 points
    asb811

    Starting April 1

    Tx for the welcome, @Elizabeth33. Splurged at Whole Foods today for things like coconut aminos and almond flour and Rx bars (upcoming travel). Threw a LOT of food away in my pantry (I think I have a chip/cracker problem). Just finished hard boiling 8 eggs! So feeling ready :) This is my first attempt so I'm mostly hoping I don't inadvertently break some rules! Good luck April 1sters!
  24. 4 points
    Dannelle

    Starting March 1

    HI Everyone I am Dannelle, I would love to join this group and share in the journey with you all! In my experience, this doesn't work without a support system! I completed the whole 30 challenge back in February 2017 AND IT FELT AMAZING!!!! (emphasis on amazing, because seriously you will not believe how good you feel the last week of your journey!) Not to say it didn't come with challenges and late night cravings because it definitely did. I was fortunate to have a good group of Whole 30 supporters who got me through it! I hope we can all be that to each other this time around! Since 2017 I have fallen back into terrible habits, Comfort eating, stress eating, failing to prepare and grabbing the easiest and likely the unhealthiest snack around. I know, it makes NO sense to talk about how Amazing the whole 30 made me feel and then to revert back to bad habits that made me feel frumpy and sluggish. It's like going to the gym or exercising in general. I know I am going to feel better afterward, I know the results are worth it, but I just don't want to LOL but hey, at least I'm being honest with myself. This is going to be my 2nd "SUCCESFUL" whole 30 journey. I have made many attempts to start back up, but for reasons that I cannot logically understand I have not been able to bring myself back to it. Today is Day 3! It was a rash and impulsive start and pretty poor timing on my end if I am being honest ( Which I always am... a little too much :) I too suffer from chronic illness which forced me out of work early 2017. That has come with its own set of challenges and sacrifices. We have had to be inventive with our finances which we have succeeded in doing, but at the moment finances are tight and eating healthy is not cheap. HOWEVER No more excuses for this girl!!! Me leaving work and being chronically ill with Lyme's Disease and Fibromyalgia is also what lead me to Whole 30 in the first place. When Medications were barely medicating and physical therapy didn't bring enough relief my doctor suggested going Gluten Free. I started doing some research and found Whole 30, which seemed extreme to my doctor at first, but when he saw results he got on board! By cutting out all irritants out my diet, my pain was significantly better! By slowly introducing things back into my diet I learned that dairy, wheat and gluten are all big No No's for me! Unfortunately just because I learned it, doesn't mean I stuck with it …. I look forward to taking this journey with everyone and making healthy choices STICK! Dannelle
  25. 4 points
    AmyBrian

    Starting Monday, February 25th, 2019

    Hi there, My husband and I will be starting our first whole30 tomorrow Feb 25th as well. I'm kinda nervous about it all but I know we can get thru this. I suffer from major digestive issues and I'm always sluggish and tired. I'm hoping with the whole30 it definitely will help me out. Last year in January 2018 our church began our year with a Daniel fast for 21 days. I felt so good and no digestive issues. I thought to myself recently I didnt want to not eat meat for the rest of my life when I came upon the whole30 I found it very similar to the Daniel fast and I bought the book and recipe book and have been reading and decided my body is completely ready to start this whole30. I'm not doing it so much to diet but I really just want to feel better. Let's get thru this together. Best of luck to you.