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  1. I know this is an old topic, but figured I'd throw in my two cents... is an affordable online yoga video subscription. If you have never done yoga at all, an idea is to find studios that offer a free first class or discounted special, and take advantage of it, so you can have the incredible benefit of learning from a teacher. I can't stress enough how important it is to get some advice from a good teacher when you're dealing with any injury or health issue. In many communities, you can even find community classes, where you donate any amount if you can instead of paying a set fee, or even free classes. yoga groups exist, so that's a possible option. Or, even contact some local studios to see if they can find you an option. There have been years of my life where I couldn't afford to do yoga at a studio, yet I was able to take advantage of free classes every week. Good luck, and I hope it does benefit you!!
  2. I do this, and have for a long time. My husband eats like a 15 year old who decides to use his allowance to eat ice cream and party pizzas, only he does this on a daily basis. He can't live without cheese or bread. Just can't. But, he fully believes that paleo eating is healthy eating, more so than any version of SAD. This is definitely important as we have two kids. Is your partner this way? Does he believe paleo is a healthier way of eating? If not, you should ask him to get informed for the kid's sake (that's how I addressed it with my husband). I've had to have very serious conversations with my husband on the diet we feed our kids. I asked him to tell me the reason he wants our kids to eat ice cream, pizza, grilled cheese, etc... with him. Then I debunked his reasons. Eventually, he discovered it had to do with his own emotional attachment, not his concern that the kids will develop an eating disorder if they don't indulge in junk food (this was a long battle, btw, to convince him of this). I took it upon myself to feed my kids. I'm the one in charge of that. Yes, that seems completely unfair, but their health is that important to me that I will do it. I have to provide food for them even if I am planning to go out for the afternoon and leave the kids with him. Every. Single. Meal... unless I want them to eat junk. His agreement is to stick to what I make them. He still eats his crap in front of the kids. My three year old was VERY bad about crying for other people's food, but we broke this by NEVER letting her eat anything other than what was on her plate, no matter how much she cried. She eventually learned this and honestly, this is a very good thing for her to have learned. Now she doesn't bug others for their food, which is just polite. So, this was a great learning opportunity for her. We can have burgers, my husband can eat his with cheese and bread, and she can have hers like mine. My other is a baby, btw... As far as yourself, you have to decide what you want for you. Not what anyone else is doing. Do you want to eat a whole food diet? Then do this. No matter what your partner eats. It was a couple of years of back and forth for me before I finally just stuck to it. But, I have to tell you, the final straw was when I looked at my little girl after a McDonald's meal, her head slumped on the table in her food coma, when it struck me that it isn't about me anymore. I can't go back and forth. Back and forth for me used to also involve binges, and she was starting to come along for the ride. :-( Long way of saying, it can done. It is really just about how much you want it.
  3. The crazy things people say

    "Quitting whole food groups is extreme and unhealthy." - said to me while they were literally eating a Little Debbie snack cake. "Oh, I quit sugar by using xylitol and stevia instead. Plus, xylitol is really good for your teeth." Oh, and the person who said the first quote also once said to me that "they" know hunter-gatherers ate wheat. When I started trying to explaining that grains off a wheat plant from thousands of years ago and bread are very different things, they said that of course they didn't just eat the individual grains. They collected them to bake bread. Yes, our pre-agricultural ancestors were building foil ovens and baking bread in the Savannah. Probably with the fresh butter they churned.
  4. Starting on April 13, 2014 (1st time EVER!)

    Are you signed up for the daily emails? They are incredibly helpful. Another thing I liked to read before quitting sugar was this: That has reminded me on the really tough days that it is going to end and what I'm feeling is normal. Sometimes when you're in the thick of really bad cravings, headaches, food rage... it is helpful to remind yourself that what you're going through is to be expected and happens to many people. Also, it does end. Exciting. Going paleo completely changed my life! I hope the same for you!
  5. Hi - and help?

    This! Yo-yo dieting is hard on your body and it may need some time to recover. Eating this way is about much more than losing weight, although a lot of people do lose weight. This is about giving your body what it needs to be healthy. Sometimes your body is so focused on healing, that it is just going to hold on to the pounds for a while. I did a couple months of Whole30 once and didn't lose anything (in fact gained) the first month, but somewhere in the second month the weight started to come off at 2-3 lbs a week. But, I felt AMAZING and happy anyway. Also, other lifestyle factors can play a role. I will gain weight if I don't sleep well or am stressed out for long enough- no matter what I eat. I hope you don't give up on this lifestyle if at 30 days you still didn't get the results you were hoping for. Sometimes, we need to go longer (or at least stay very close to the Whole30 with only occasional off-plan food choices).
  6. My Children Will Only Eat PB & J

    This was my three year old over a month ago. Today (so far), she's eaten asparagus, salmon, kale, spinach, sweet potato, burger and of course, fruit. Yes, you read that right. She eats spinach now. I put her on a Whole30 with me, starting mid-January. I told my husband, as she was sitting over a McDonald's happy meal, literally laying her face in the bbq sauce, that enough was enough. I am fed up with eating paleo and watching my child get fed garbage like this. I told him that she and I were doing a Whole30 together, starting the next morning. He said fine, as long as I did all the cooking. He is the opposite of paleo. The first week, she didn't like me. She wept about McDonald's every day. She recited what she'd order over and over again. When we were in the car, she'd force herself to stay awake to beg for McD's when we drove by it. She refused to eat any meal but lunch (and at lunch, she would try to get away with not touching her vegetables). But, I made a couple of additional rules to the Whole30, and I announced them before every meal and every time she tried to get in the refrigerator. My rules were: 1) No eating between meals. Seriously, no snacking at all - not even fruit. Yes, there was a whole bunch of sobbing in front of the refrigerator the first week or more. And yes, there were a couple of early mornings because of this, but that stopped after a couple days. 2) Everything on the plate has to be tasted in order for her to have fruit (or sweet potato, etc... - she wants to just eat carb-y foods all the time). At first, this was a simple taste (one bite), but once she said she liked something or took more than one bite, I started telling her x-amount of bites (we're up to 10-15 on many foods now). and 3) She eats what I eat. I don't make special meals for anyone. Even my husband sometimes whines about this, but if you don't like it, cook for yourself. It was a HARD first week. My daughter is extremely headstrong, and fought me so much the first week.This little girl had day 5 rage from the beginning through probably day 8 or so. One day 7, we met with a playgroup who were all feeding their kids doughnuts. My daughter at egg muffins (Whole30 ingredients, not so much in spirit). Part of this Whole30 was also a lesson in her not taking other's food. She used to be awful at that. She doesn't do it at all anymore. Two nights ago, my husband took her to McDonald's for the first time since the start of the Whole30. He got her the same meal she wept over the first week of it, and guess what, she took one bite of a chicken nugget, and then asked for the apples. When she came home, she opened the refrigerator and asked for an orange, cauliflower soup, and a can of tuna. It is really hard work - at first - but if the adults in the kid's life can all be on board, it can be done. No snacking helps so much. Hunger makes us willing to try a lot of new foods. Also, kids do need to try foods many, many times to know if they like it or not. Between age 2-5 their tastes are literally forming. That's the age you want to work so hard to get them open to as many foods as possible. I don't ever fight my daughter, but I also am firm. If she won't try something, well, she can't have any of the blueberries she knows I planned on serving. That's the rule, and it applies to everyone at the table. We try food together, even dropping table manners to be silly when we eat (kale chips the way dinosaurs would eat them always mean everything gets eaten). 99% of the time, she'll drop the tears and just try it. I don't get mad or frustrated, it is what it is. Her choice. She will not starve herself to death and I do offer her at least one food I know she likes at each meal (usually the fruit). I also learned that when they go without snacking, kids actually can put down well-rounded meals. I feel like my child is nourished now, not just fed. I also don't paleo-ify kids foods anymore, usually. I make grown up meals and expect her to eat them. I don't really understand where "kid foods" even came from when adults are the ones in charge of feeding kids. That's probably some marketing ploy we all bought into in the 80's or something...? ;-) It's hard work, but like all things, it gets easier with enough reinforcement.
  7. This is my fourth Whole30. Typically, I eat paleo, but during my last pregnancy, I derailed quite a bit (I get horrible morning sickness that lasts for months on end, and I do anything to survive). At the end of my pregnancy, I cleaned up, did a Whole30 and stayed paleo, mostly. My son is now 8 months old and the hormonal ride out of pregnancy hasn't been pleasant. I decided to try to correct it the way I corrected it after my first - by eating super clean paleo (i.e. the Whole30) for several months. This time, all I had to cut out of my diet to do so was Diet Coke and occasional gluten free bread like products. I have a long history of migraines, but they went away after I started eating paleo. They didn't come back in my pregnancy when I derailed either. I've had a couple postpartum this time, but I was induced, so I think they were related to that as they were shortly after having my son. But, sense I started this Whole30 (and I am only a couple of days away from hitting the 30 day mark), I have had a headache almost every day. There has only been five days I have not had a headache. In the last week, I have had a migraine every day, and this is not at all related to my monthly cycle or anything else I can think of. I've not had an easy Whole30. I'm still waiting for the magic to stick, but I think there is a lot of improvement going on. Despite constant headaches, I've stuck 100% to plan and home cooked all my meals. I'm wondering if anyone has experienced an increase in headaches before they go away on the Whole30, or if anyone might have some kind of input at all on this. I plan to stay on the Whole30 for a while, but the headaches and now migraines are torture. I don't understand why they are coming back when eating paleo has been my cure for them!
  8. You might try doing the Autoimmune Protocol. Here is an excellent resource for that: although, I do know that It Starts With Food briefly covers the AIP. I'm actually following this for my January Whole30, as I have autoimmune issues as well. This article is really excellent on it because it not only addresses what foods you should avoid, but what foods you might want to emphasis. It can all fit well into the Whole30 framework, too.
  9. Those aren't really polite ways to tell them in the first place. When I used to encounter this from family, I would tell them that what I eat is my business just like what they eat is their business, end of discussion. My brother doesn't know how to respect people's limits, so that never was enough to hear it just once. So I'd have to repeat it, and then change the conversation topic. If someone really wants to understand what eating this way is all about, they can ask you privately later. (And one day my brother did just that and attempted the paleo diet - but unfortunately gave up on it too soon). Don't even start defending your food choices because really, they are just that - your food choices. There is nothing to defend. Just like if someone you know who eats like garbage shouldn't have to defend their food choices to you. Sometimes people just need to be reminded gently of this. Sometimes several times until they get the hint. Hey, and I've found the more you kill them with politeness, the more interested they truly become in what you're doing - and ultimately wouldn't it be great to see the people we care about all get on board with this program.
  10. Anxiety & post natal depression

    I agree with cutting caffeine out, if you take that. You may try meditation, yoga, or even just making sure you have blocked off personal time each week to help manage your anxiety. Sometimes it takes more than a diet change to help those kind of issues, and I think it is especially important that you make time for yourself when you have a little one.
  11. Had you just recently gotten the wheat/grains out of your diet? I'm not sure how far away from this style of eating you've been, so I may make no sense here. If you're just recently cutting out certain foods that have been harming you (like wheat and dairy), this may just be a period of healing you have to go through. It may take a few months or longer, but I bet if you stayed the course (as boring food choice wise or difficult as that is), you'll start healing faster and possibly be able to get a much greater variety of foods into your diet. I know someone who can't eat dairy, wheat, a variety of other grains, sugar, soy (but she avoids all legumes), eggs, most seed oils, nuts, nightshades, shellfish and (as crazy as this is) any part of beef (not even broth). She has just gotten very experimental with every last thing she does feel o.k. eating and that's how she gets by. She's actually had to eat that was for many years, but it is worth it to her to go to that lengths in order to feel healthy. I sure hope you start feeling dramatically better, however you have to eat, and that becomes worth all the food sacrifices to you. Because good health is just priceless.
  12. Yes, I believe removing nightshades isn't for everyone and is certainly not a requirement in the Whole30. If you think they might be an issue, or if the chapter in the book about special populations rings true for you, it would be worth doing. But for most it isn't necessary.
  13. Whole30 & pregnant!!

    Yep, me too. I'm 20 weeks as well and on day 18 of a Whole100. I have no plans of stopping after the 100 days, honestly. I feel amazing!
  14. I've read that in the concern of Omega 3/6 fat balances, conventional beef and grass finished beef are relatively the same. But pork, is a big difference. That's just what I read!
  15. Egg allergy and whole30

    I'm confused - wouldn't you have to remove eggs from your diet regardless of doing a Whole30 since you're allergic? I don't understand how that changes things. I eat leftover dinner a lot for breakfast. Also, I make homemade sausage patties out of pastured ground pork (per a spice recipe in Well Fed) with spinach and onion cooked in the grease. There are tons of paleo recipes out there that don't require eggs. Or, you can simply make a cut of meat and some veggies. You can eat that for breakfast just as well as any other meal.