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  1. ____Emily____

    Whole January

    Hope everyone had a great weekend! I was super busy - I've been doing training to volunteer as a community tax preparer (plus I had a couple of book clubs). On Saturday I left my house at 8am and didn't get back until 9pm. I really wanted to give up to be honest, especially at my evening book club, which was held at a cool food hall. But I ate a couple hard boiled eggs before I went, and just ordered a tea to have while everyone else had drinks and dinner. Also, halfway through as of today!
    3 points
  2. KalinaM

    Whole January

    The past few days have been going alright for me. The PROBLEM I am finding with batch cooking is by the week's end (yesterday and today) I am VERY sick of the options I made for myself! I started freezing some individual portions of meals to pull out in a week or two when I have a break from them! I'm never one to like eating something more than twice, maybe 3 times if I'm pushing it. I just don't like leftovers. But, I am the only one in my family doing whole30 this time around, so all the meals are mine and it's a lot to get through. But, at least it will save me prep time in future weeks wi
    3 points
  3. Artemis22

    Whole January

    Hi Everyone! I am on day one also. I have done the Whole 30 before but botched my reintroduction. Looking forward to completing the whole thing this time.
    3 points
  4. Hi all. I’m returning again, I think for my …. 6th? Whole30. It’s been a long summer. I’ve flirted between calorie counting, attempting rounds of keto and fast800 and other diets just to keep my head above water so to speak, weight wise. However, you cannot beat that buoyant, energetic, zesty feeling of a good round of whole30. I work in school so September is as good as January really for a new year/new start mentality! I cut out alcohol on 14th august after we returned from holiday so I am already 2+ weeks in with that, and started my September w30 yesterday, as my sons birthday is 29t
    3 points
  5. Back on track today. Tomorrow's breakfast and lunch are prepped and tomorrow's dinner will be Whole Foods. I have been a bit more relaxed though. Did not really have much of a dinner since lunch was late and larger. Grazed off of my kid's plates. Did their roasted broccoli touch rice and ketchup? Probably. No visible contamination, but something I would not do during my 30 days. This was not eating after I was already full and I feel better about less food waste. Dog got the extra chicken nugget and some rice (haha), but I cleaned up the veggies.
    3 points
  6. Hey everyone - less than 34 hours to the end! No shame in admitting my first intro is going to be a glass of very good wine. After that, haven't really been missing bread or dairy. I'm a little afraid to add grain, especially wheat since I think it just saps the energy out of me. I notice my energy levels are pretty even throughout the day, and ready to go to sleep at an appropriate time at night. I don't want to mess with that! Enjoy the last few hours, this phase of W30 will be over before you know it!
    3 points
  7. Niya

    Whole January

    Same here. Just kicked in the last few days. Technically I'm not on Whole 30 anymore, I introduced butter after the 30 days (I started early). But I have no cravings anymore. Especially sugar just feels like too much. Huge for me since I was eating some kind of chocolate or something daily before this. Also, I tried half and half the other day in my coffee. No bueno. But I have decided to stay whole 30 for awhile. Reintroduce very slowly over the next month. Otherwise, I know I will drift back into old habits and I want this to settle in as my new lifestyle. I like the way I feel.
    2 points
  8. KalinaM

    Whole January

    I find it so overwhelming with meal prepping and batch cooking that I also never get more into the movement portion! Oh well- good idea though about being more intentional with walks when the weather gets a bit warmer! I'm finally feeling like I am doing a whole30! I am still contemplating extending to 45 days since it just kicked in the last day or two. Between the detox, a virus and a nasty menstrual cycle, my body is finally "over the hump" and I would like it to last more than just 10 days or so! So--- as much as I'm "over this" I'm also seriously considering two more weeks to
    2 points
  9. ____Emily____

    Whole January

    I'm getting to the point where I'm both ready to be done and also thinking I could do this forever. It's feeling easy, but also I am bored with food in general. Went to a book club at a wine bar and got peppermint tea. I really miss wine, lol. Someone else in the group is doing Whole30 as well so it was fun to talk about. Also spent this morning at a coffee shop, which I do every Sunday morning; today the coffee shop smelled so strongly of cinnamon rolls. I've never gotten a cinnamon roll from that coffee shop before (and I've been going every Sunday for over 5 years now), but they s
    2 points
  10. Sheila B

    Whole January

    For what it's worth, I did FODMAP elimination a year and a half ago and it's somewhat complicated - there are some foods you can't eat at all, some you can only eat in small amounts, it matters what combination of foods you eat.... I wouldn't recommend trying to do it in conjunction with Whole30. Just my two cents. But hopefully you'll start feeling better in the next couple of days and won't need to do it at all!
    2 points
  11. CGinDC

    Whole January

    Hate to admit it, but weight loss (or at least, kicking off healthier habits that can lead to weight loss) was a secondary goal for me too. I think I've probably dropped the extra holiday pounds but would like to lose some of the extra weight I've been carrying ever since I had my kids. I like that the standard response from the W30 people on that is that if you have weight to lose, you will likely lose some. And that rapid weight loss is never sustainable. It's hard to remind myself of that but it is true.
    2 points
  12. KalinaM

    Whole January

    OOOOO--- how'd they turn out?? We did pizza/wing night as well. And my daughter kept stealing my potato wedges and my husband kept stealing my kale chips I made! So my meal was good, too! And the wings go so well in that primal kitchen buffalo sauce. These are all tried and true go to websites for me too! I also found recently what will become a tried and true website in https://whatgreatgrandmaate.com/ Lots of whole30 options there as well. I've had a virus since Tuesday night. I'm feeling much much better, but still have a cough and congestion. Thursday was absol
    2 points
  13. Niya

    Whole January

    Adam, this is great.. that you see this. I use food to numb, distract and stimulate my need for excitement and motion in my life. I've always been this way. Stimulation junkie. I believe now that it's an escape from lurking depression. Now in my first whole 30 having removed the sugar and dairy etc. depression has hit. Knowing this helps me a lot. I see it as a process of connecting with other things in life that are overall more satisfying when food isn't the go to. Thank you for your post.
    2 points
  14. AdamzW30

    Whole January

    Hello everyone! We've made it over a week now! Things are smoothing out. Not as many headaches, but sleep has been off. Energy getting better. It looks like everyone is making it through alright. I'm glad to be doing this, because it's true, life triggers us often to reach for junk food to curb our emotions. I am a junk-food binger. I've had a big problem with it since I quit drinking alcohol and smoking cigs ~7 years ago. I stay in shape since I'm active, but it's affecting my health and energy daily now. That's the main thing I'm trying to get control of, and for good. Went to a
    2 points
  15. Artemis22

    Whole January

    Good Morning Everyone, Things are going ok. I am really trying to work on my relationship with food this time. My father has some really serious health issues and caretaking is stressful. Part of doing the Whole 30 is to break the cycle of eating something with sugar when I am stressed about him. I was picking up his medicine yesterday at the grocery store pharmacy and there was a problem. My first thought was a dessert. I think it is the " I don't want to feel this how do I make it stop" thing. So i bought some Larabars. They are compliant and I thought I would sneak around the rules th
    2 points
  16. ____Emily____

    Whole January

    This is what I like to hear! Good luck to everyone on Day 1 tomorrow! I'm about to go hard boil a bunch of eggs in my new Instapot (Christmas gift). Hardboiled eggs are my go-to breakfast. I've lately been skipping breakfast, but I know I need to start my day off well to get through the day. I always really struggle with the sugar withdrawal during week 1 and I'm aiming to not rely on fruits to feed the dragon this time.
    2 points
  17. Terez R

    Whole January

    Hi. New to this and starting Jan 3. Taking this weekend to read my Whole30 book and get my kitchen in order. I also have the Day by Day book hoping it helps keep me on track. Good luck everyone! I’ll be checking back here for sure during next 30 days!
    2 points
  18. Maybe try peppermint or ginger tea in the morning to help with nausea (it can be hot or cold, whichever he prefers). He does need to eat. Between the not eating in the morning and the focus on weight loss, I would guess he may not be eating enough, which is going to contribute to him feeling tired and run down. Potatoes are fine. Is it possible to eat too many? Sure. But if what gets him to clean up his diet and eat less chips and ice cream is potatoes, it seems like a good trade off, and a stepping stone to more veggies later, when he's ready. Whole30 can still work for him, but h
    2 points
  19. The only "pasta" that is allowed on either the original or the plant-based Whole30 would be vegetables cut into pasta-like shapes. So, butternut squash cut into "noodles" using a spiralizer or mandolin. I'm not sure exactly what recipe you're talking about but if it involved pasta made from a mix of vegetables and some type of flour to form noodles, it is not compatible with Whole30. Plant-based Whole30 contains protein sources that are not allowed on the original Whole30, like soy and other legumes, because people who choose not to eat any animal-based items would not have enough protei
    2 points
  20. I had a pretty darned good day! I have moved on to "Whole 30-ish". Today I went to my favorite brunch spot in a nearby town, sat outside in the cold Because Covid, and had Eggs Benedict -- but instead of bread or English muffin, I had them put it over spinach. So yummy! Went on a nice walk, maybe 2-3 miles, with a friend on the river nearby.
    2 points
  21. Thank you so much, @Aliem999! Also, I hope you feel better soon! I really appreciate it. Good to know about the raw veggies. I'm trying to increase my portions overall, but it's just hard to have enough time and energy to cook so much food. Still, I'm planning to do a Whole40, since my joint aches and pains haven't gone away (they've kind of gotten worse), to see if I just need a bit longer. Big congrats to everyone who has finished the program!!! Cheers to all of you!!! Anyone have any Tiger Blood (catching up on posts now)??
    2 points
  22. It might be. It might be that you've gone much lower in carbs than you're used to, and some people feel anxious or depressed when they do that. Be sure you're eating enough in general, but definitely try for at least one serving each day of starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, potatoes, root vegetables like beets, carrots, parsnips, or rutabaga, or winter squashes like butternut, acorn, or kabocha squash. Sometimes people also find that they've been using food as a coping mechanism, eating to avoid dealing with issues, and during Whole30 they can’t do that anymore. If you feel like
    2 points
  23. Congrats on the blood pressure and weight loss!! That’s awesome!!
    2 points
  24. Tiff, applause for trying some nonalc ideas. Another idea is to try shrubs - a few weeks ago I purchased a key lime balsamic vinegar (kind of like a shrub) and the gal at the store (it's a specialty olive oil/vinegar shop) and she mentioned it was delightful in a sparkling water - tasted a bit like seven-up! And it did, w/o the sugar! I've dived right back into true drinking - but in moderation. Tonight we made margaritas but I used Swerve. The husband and I are in a groove not needing breads, dairy....but we are going to have vegetarian enchiladas (with grain free home made tortil
    2 points
  25. @MizRik sounds good, waiting on the reintro! @MaddMac sounds like a good Day 31! @Aliem999i hope you get to feeling better. flu or Covid or unknown? I tried another nonalcoholic drink tonight, with some sugar. Either the sugar or the natural flavors are causing a weird sensation in my mouth and tongue. I sometimes have citrus/orange allergies, so I suspect that is the culprit. I was kind of hoping that had gone away. Oh well! Otherwise still on-plan. Felt the urge to go get a bagel and cream cheese. Didn't.
    2 points
  26. KalinaM

    Whole January

    I'm starting my 4th whole 30 on Jan 2!! Previously done 3 times-- felt great and each time my food relationship improved for longer stretches. "Cured" my infertility (I now have 2 beautiful children) and found my gluten intolerance with my previous 3. This time-- I'm looking to see what might be adding to anxiety and also better improve my relationship with food as I've started falling off the wagon more and more with "junk" ingredients. Who's with me?!?
    1 point
  27. CGinDC

    Whole January

    Yes, it becomes a bit overwhelming. I'm doing legumes first because I don't eat them that much anyway, so I don't think they're the problem. With non-gluten grains, I'll probably do rice first and then corn separately - those are the two that I eat the most frequently. Then dairy, then gluten will be last.
    1 point
  28. Sheila B

    Whole January

    Yeah, that makes sense. Over time makes it hard enough to identify, but then when you think about all the possible combinations of things...
    1 point
  29. Niya

    Whole January

    Thank you. Yes. As long as I take that opportunity, I'm feeling good. I hear that days 10-11 are the hardest. I have found that I lagged for sure. But renewing inspiration today with a yummy avocado - asparagus salad and chicken dish. The recipes are so inspiring. Thank you for your comment. Rock on!
    1 point
  30. ____Emily____

    Whole January

    Congrats! That is a such an achievement. I have a Lara Bar in my pantry from last time I did Whole30. It's my emergency snack, so I usually only have like 1-2 the whole month. By mid-month it'll taste so sweet to you, almost too sweet Yep! Although I need to expand my herbal tea collection - most of the teas I like are black teas. I think I'm going to pick up some peppermint tea this weekend though
    1 point
  31. ____Emily____

    Whole January

    According to the Whole30 timeline, this is totally normal around this time (they have it at days 6-7, but I personally think it's happening all the first week and we're not noticing until later thanks to the the sugar hangover), but I'm sure staying up late isn't helping. Sorry to hear about your family problems I've been having problems falling asleep at night and I'm wondering if I need to be more cautious about which teas I'm drinking in the evenings. I haven't really been thinking about it, but I think the caffeine from the black teas are possibly keeping me up.
    1 point
  32. ____Emily____

    Whole January

    Hope everyone had a good Day 3! I've set a goal for today of not snacking today and have so far succeeded. Sipping on some tea now to try to curb my urge to snack this evening. I'm not hungry, but I'm used to having some snacks in front of the TV, which is a habit I'd like to break
    1 point
  33. ____Emily____

    Hello!

    Hi Chloe, There are a group of us who also started on Jan 2nd over on the thread called Whole January. Come join us! I can only imagine how difficult it is to be in contact with noncompliant ingredients - both my husband and I are doing Whole30 so we've made sure to put away noncompliant ingredients. Good luck with the rest of your Whole30, regardless of whether tomorrow is Day 1 or Day 3!
    1 point
  34. KalinaM

    Whole January

    So I the last two days I batch cooked six meals. Don't have a specific meal plan to follow as I did my last whole 30s, but at least this way I can choose from six meals and fill in gaps as needed. I'm not sure I had enough fat for dinner to keep me full through to breakfast... I had compliant meatballs, sauce and zoodles. When I realized I didn't have a fat, I grabbed some olives, but not sure I had enough. I guess time will tell! If I'm hungry before bed, I'll give myself grace to have a small snack to keep me through the night and try better tomorrow. @CGinDC I haven't done a rou
    1 point
  35. KalinaM

    Whole January

    Hi, Adam! Good luck to you starting tomorrow. Let us know how it goes.
    1 point
  36. milakiss

    Good Food

    I also try to think through my menu during the day. In order to take care of yourself and your body, you need to constantly monitor your diet.
    1 point
  37. Some people do cut out potatoes and other nightshades (eg tomato, pepper, aubergine) but that feels too restrictive for me, and i love tomatoes breakfasts- I like a chia pots too. I make kind with chia, coconut canned milk, frozen fruit, raisins. I make 2 or 3 days worth in advance in boxes in the fridge. I also make ratatouille, portion into boxes, then in the morning make a little dip in the mixture and crack an egg in, then microwave the whole thing until the sauce is hot and the egg is cooked.
    1 point
  38. ShannonM816

    Dijon

    The goal is to keep the rules as easy to follow as possible, and exceptions to the rules make it more difficult. If it was allowed in mustard, someone would come along with another exception -- "well, then why can't I cook with wine, how is that different?" "What about wine spritzers, it's diluted with club soda?" And then instead of a really clear, no wine, rule, a line would have to be drawn somewhere, and people would keep questioning why *that* was an OK amount, but just a little more wasn't. The Whole30 is 30 days, plus reintroductions. For that period of time we ask you to follow t
    1 point
  39. Sorry you're not feeling well. It's hard to tell from how you've listed out your food - how do your meals stack up to the meal template (linked in my signature below). Are you eating a 1-2 palm sized portions of protein, filling your plate with vegetables and adding plated fat (looks like you have olives but how many is 60g?). Second, we don't encourage weighing out your food like this - we want you to be a bit more intuitive with your eating, which is why the meal template is so good. Fill up your plate with real food and then eat it. What I suspect is that you're vastly undereati
    1 point
  40. No worries there. I will be starting on 1st July. So I will be just behind you. Ordered the book yesterday, so just waiting for that to arrive. I have been off alcohol for 8 weeks today. Have radically cut down on dairy and gluten intake in anticipation of coming off entirely My naturopath has put me on a dairy and gluten free meal plan for gut health, and Whole30 looks to be the best program I can follow to achieve that goal
    1 point
  41. SugarcubeOD

    Approved Items

    YEP!
    1 point
  42. My understanding is that for a vegetarian/vegan diet, FODMAP's can be a challenge - there's some great resources on high and low fodmap foods if you search google like fodmapeveryday.com that give quantities of things like beans that you can still eat while staying low fodmap. Of course, please apply the rules of the PBWhole30 to anything you find, for instance, most low fodmap lists will list corn or grains which is off limits for both Whole30 programs.
    1 point
  43. The exchange isn't 1:1 in some recipes because coconut flour is more absorbent than almond flour, so it can definitely affect the amount of liquid you'd need to use. In other recipes, for instance if you're just breading a piece of chicken or fish before cooking it, it may not make much difference. If there's a particular thing you want to make, I'd suggest looking for a version of the recipe that uses almond flour rather than coconut flour. Try googling the recipe plus the words almond flour, so for instance, chicken tenders almond flour. Enough people can't do coconut or don't like coconut t
    1 point
  44. Just to close the loop on this - HQ got back to me and unfortunately the product erroneously has the W30 approved logo on it. The ingredients are accurate and this item does in fact contain sugar so it would not be compatible for the Whole30. This is being fixed but but unfortunately there is mislabeled product out in the wild.
    1 point
  45. SugarcubeOD

    Tamari?

    Hello; Providing that all ingredients are compatible (no sugar, grains etc), tamari is fine for the Plant Based Whole30.
    1 point
  46. QuantumGhost

    Banza rice?

    Based on what I have read and heard last night, you are good to go if you “rice” or “noodle” a whole vegetable or chickpea
    1 point
  47. QuantumGhost

    Intro

    I’ll be second. Hi! I have been plant forward for a few years. plant forward means I am primarily plant based but will sporadically have something with egg or cheese… tacos are my weakness . My husband is WFPB which enabled him to get off of his heart meds and stay off for three years now. This is my first time trying Whole30. Never bothered before because it went against a lot of the lifestyle we carry. I have started to realize that my dietary needs are different than my husband’s. I have very healthy cardiovascular, so cholesterol, BP, heart health isn’t a risk. Instead, it is the wei
    1 point
  48. SugarcubeOD

    Banza rice?

    I will double check this with HQ but I'm suspecting they'll say no - cauliflower rice is just finely riced cauliflower... this is a concoction using various ingredients to replicate rice... I'll get back to you asap Double checked with HQ - the only way pasta or rice is allowed is if it's a one ingredient item... like zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, sweet potato 'bun' etc... the baked goods rule still applied to the PB Whole30.
    1 point
  49. Did you start a Whole 30 Queen? I did my first Whole 30 in 2017 and it changed my life in so many positive ways. Went from pre-diabetic to completely normal blood sugar, got off of blood pressure meds and my BP is lower now; lost 40 lbs; lifelong mild eczema gone; inflamed arthritic ankle improved that I can now run again; etc etc etc I've maintained these gains for almost 5 years now..,
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