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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    Guys, my Whole30 bit the dust tonight. My husband got a new job today and we chose to go out for dinner and drinks and celebrate - no regrets at all since we’ve had our fair share of mourning lately. Lots of positives to take from my 3.5 days but it ain’t a round 3 for me!!!
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    aw @Pipi sorry to hear you are feeling the hangover too! I felt truly awful all day yesterday! Thankfully the headache has passed but my body still feels tired and sore. I am struggling a bit with lack of appetite, nothing seems all that appetising, it's not that I'm craving non-compliant foods, I just don't feel I want to eat much at all? I am also feeling a bit of meat-fatigue... I am very much a meat eater and can't imagine being vegetarian but meat or eggs with every meal feels just too much!!! I think I might need to start trying to have fish more often? Anyone else feel worn out on meat and eggs already?! @LadyLisbette, thankfully cramps subsided very quickly but headache and body-soreness persisted. My body has been through an awful lot lately so it's not surprising really. Glad to report I have seen a huge reduction in inflammation already and I am excited to see how it continues and how my body continues to heal! how is everyone else doing?
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    Good morning all! Lovely to log on and catch up with how you are all doing! Sorry to hear about the hunger @Pipi and @megbeveridge! I'm suffering from the Day 2-3 "hangover" but aware that might also be period related, but in any case, I feel pretty rubbish! Yesterday's meals went well and I am just making breakfast now for day 3. I'm definitely looking forward to the part where it starts to feel worth it!
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    @LadyLisbette sounds like you are off to a great start! I'm just starting day 2 with a lovely omelette - ghee, bacon, garlic, mushroom, tomato and spinach with 3 eggs. Delicious! I use the perfect sausage recipe from the whole30 book - keep it simple and find them utterly delicious! I think I'm going to find today a challenge - I have started my period, only my second since ectopic surgery, so after a 7 week cycle it's bloomin' painful! I'm focussing on fuelling and nourishing my body well - it's been through a lot and needs a bit of TLC! The sun is shining here so I would like to get out for a walk but I have a workman coming to fix our washing machine, so not sure if that will happen!
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    Aw @megbeveridge, I am so glad you liked Scotland, did you tour about or were you in one particular area when you were here? I've never been to Maryland, I've only visited New York, Boston/Cape Cod (where I worked at a summer camp in 2005) and Florida. That's interesting to hear that even when they are physically accessible they are perhaps not financially accessible. I think often it can feel like there are so many options to hand in the states but we have none here. But I am off to a good start, I've had three lovely compliant meals today and there's a batch of sausage patties made and in the fridge for through the week. My husband is doing it with me this time (his first round) and he has got off to a good start too. The Whole30 mayo was always his job to make and we love it - we had continued to make it even when I wasn't doing whole30 because we think it tastes so much better than shop bought, but we got lazy! Today's meals were: Breakfast - 2 eggs scrambled in some olive oil, raw spinach, tomato, 1/2 avocado, 2 strawberries Lunch - 2 pork sausage patties, raw spinach, tomato, cucumber, spring onion, an apple and a tablespoon of cashew butter Dinner - Chicken Cacciatore (from the Whole30 book) and potatoes roasted in ghee I've also had a few cups of black coffee, lots of water and a nakd bar. How are you all finding day one?
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    Hello everyone! So glad there seems to be a few of us starting at the same time. I have definitely found on previous rounds that a community of folk doing it at the same time is such an encouragement and help! I got back yesterday from a week-long residential at work (I'm a youth worker) where I've had pretty much no control over what I was eating. I can't wait to get started now because I feel so awful from having eaten loads of bread, pasta, processed foods and sugar for a week! I can;t wait to focus on healing and fuelling my body well. I am on annual leave for the next two weeks so plenty of time to focus and do meal prep, so no excuses! How is everyone feeling about starting?
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    VThank you both @megbeveridge and @Elizabeth33! I feel so worried that I won’t manage to stick to it - I think the failed attempts at round 3 last year have got to my brain!!! Whereabouts are you both? I’m in Scotland and I’ve found it can be hard to get compliant stuff here which means everything has to be made from scratch!!! When I did my first rounds we had a whole foods in Glasgow but it closed! do you have good access to whole30 approved and compliant foods?
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    Starting April 7th for "spring cleaning!"

    Hello!! I am planning to start a round roughly at the same time as you! I am away with work until the 6th and won’t be in control of my meals at all - it may well be the 8th that I start to give me time to recover from travel and get organised! This will be my third round - I completed my first in June 2017 and it was life-changing! I did a second in Sept/Oct 2017 and sadly got sick with Glandular Fever (Mono) part way through so although I stuck it out I never felt the benefits that time. I tried a third round a couple of times at the beginning of 2018 but with recovery and also starting a new job it just didn’t happen. I’m wanting to do this round because my body is really inflamed: I have PCOS but I also had surgery for an ectopic in December so there’s lots of inflammation from that and I have also just been eating my feelings while we grieve our loss. I’m hoping for a positive experience, reduced inflammation and to regain a bit of control and self esteem. I’m going into this round with my mind set on self-care. My husband is currently saying he will do it with me this time too!!!
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    Starting January 15th!

    I started my 3rd round yesterday. My first was literally life-changing and the second was blighted by glandular fever - I believe it's called mono in other parts of the world (which I didn't know until after I had finished - was relieved to know why I had been feeling so rubbish and why I hadn't felt the energy that whole30 brought in round one). I was fairly certain this afternoon that I was going to give up today because we've had heavy snow which Glasgow is just not equipped for and it took me 4 hours to get home when it normally takes 20-30 minutes!! Had to abandon my car, got a bus some more of the way and then had to walk the last mile into our village. So, the cold frittata that I was meant to have for dinner while I was meant to be out working tonight (groups and meetings were cancelled) didn't seem all that appetising when I finally got home. Glad to say I managed to throw together compliant plate of hot food and stay on track! How are you all getting on?
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    PCOS??

    @whywhy that's amazing that metformin worked so well for you! In recent years my norm was bleeding more rather than less but with metformin my cycles became MUCH longer. My ovulation has been patchy, we got pregnant 2 years ago with no help but sadly lost the baby and haven't gotten pregnant again since. I've been off the metformin for 2 weeks and my period came today - whole30 day 26 and cycle day 39... 9 days sooner than previous cycle. We've been referred to fertility so will no doubt have blood work coming to see if I'm ovulating but willing to give diet and exercise the chance on its own. Although looking at supplementing with myo-inositol as I've heard great things about it. Great that fertility aside Whole30 goes a long way to lessening symptoms!
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    PCOS??

    Thanks so much for sharing your story! It is so encouraging to hear of other's success! I am on Day 25 now and it has been so overwhelmingly positive. I have dropped a dress size and even some of these clothes feel a bit big now, I have lost all the puffiness on my face and the massive bloating around my middle. I wake before my alarm now too, which is so unusual for me, I used to struggle so much with waking up! My doctor actually took me off of metformin as I had seen way more progress in 7 days of whole30 than I had in 5 months of metformin and I haven't felt any negative effects of coming off it. I guess it will take time to see what happens cycle-wise but I am hopeful in a way I haven't been for a long time! We've recently been referred to fertility (I'm in the UK so it is NHS and waiting lists tend to be long) but I really do hope that things will work out without that. But I agree, Whole30 has changed my life and honestly I think I will stick with it most of the time once my 30 days are up. There are certainly a lot of old habits broken and new habits forming. I don't want to put the weight back on and I don't want to go back to feeling awful so things I used to crave don't have the same appeal as before but like you say, we'll see what happens!
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    PCOS??

    Sorry for doubling up! I was looking in the Ladies Only thread as I assumed that would be where I would find something - still getting used to how the forums work! Thanks for consolidating my posts! And hello to all the other ladies on this thread. Keen to hear how you are all getting on whether you are in the midst of a whole30 or completed a while ago!
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    PCOS??

    Hi ladies, I am starting on June 1st, my first Whole 30 and hopeful it will help heal some of my symptoms. In particular I am hopeful that lifestyle change will restore ovulation for me. I am currently on 1000mg of metformin a day - i couldn't tolerate 1500mg - and I don't think I am seeing much success on it, although I don't spot in between or have prolonged bleeds anymore I seem to have a longer cycle length than ever before. Honestly would rather just not be on it at all! Due to be seeing the doctor this week so will see what he thinks, but would love to get things under control naturally! Is anyone else on this thread currently or soon to start their Whole 30?
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    PCOS??

    Hi ladies, I'm keen to connect with others who have PCOS. This is my first attempt at Whole30 (starting 1st June) and I am hoping it will help with bringing my symptoms under control. The doctor has me on metformin at the moment but I can't say it's been as positive or successful as I had hoped - I am no longer spotting in between or having prolonged bleeds but my cycles are getting longer! Really keen to restore ovulation and get healthy enough to carry a pregnancy to full term (we lost a wee baby back in Aug 2015). Any W30 wisdom for PCOS would be greatly appreciated as would hearing any success stories from others! Look forward to connecting with you!