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  1. MamaDrew

    Celiac Blood Test Question

    Yeah it's not much. I don't really even eat bread though so I get the gluten from other things. It's amazing everthing that has gluten!
  2. Robin, I felt good during my first Whole30. I did experience bloating and discomfort for the first few weeks but I read that was normal. I took probiotics and started drinking a ton of kombucha and that seemed to help. I just learned that I have to continue eating gluten until I have my endoscopy in 3 weeks so I will have to put my 2nd Whole30 on hold for a bit unfortunately. I think I will try it normal and just see how it goes and then possibly switch to the autoimmune protocol if I'm still experiencing symptoms. That would be SO tough for me!! I didn't realize what all nightshades included and except for potatoes it's all stuff I eat quite often.
  3. MamaDrew

    Celiac Blood Test Question

    Thank you everyone!! Annabel I agree with you, it's more my own peace of mind that I want to do the endoscopy and get accurate results. I've been having so many stomach issues that I really just want to know what the heck is going on. So I will continue eating the gluten for 3 more weeks then resume my Whole30. I will still stay away from everything else (dairy, soy, legumes, etc.). I agree it's horribler that I have to continue eating this just to get an accurate results. My husband is upset that they want me to continue poisoning myself.
  4. MamaDrew

    Start May 1st -

    Hi michelej - It's something my box is doing, here are the details. Basically, this is what each day might look like: 1. Squat to a max. 2. Drop about 20 to 30% off the bar and squat up to a heavy three ("heavy three" means the heaviest weight you can do without missing) - go up by no more than 5 to 10 lb. at a time. 3. Drop about 20 to 30% off of that and do two sets of five with the best form you can muster, trying to come up as fast out of the hole as you possibly can. An example of how this might work for someone: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday do it for back squats. Tuesday/Thursday do it for front squats. On weekends and mornings front squat (or back squat) to a max, then if you feel like it, do some back-off sets. The back-off sets aren't done very hard as we were getting in plenty of volume (volume = sets x reps) in the weekly sessions as well as the regular workout. Here is the article that inspired this:
  5. MamaDrew

    Nutrition Education Programs

    Do you know of a specific on-line certification that is credible?
  6. MamaDrew

    Celiac Blood Test Question

    I just had a positive blood test for Celiac and now I have a biopsy scheduled May 21st. If I stop eating gluten now will the biopsy come back negative? Should I continue eatting it until then?
  7. What is the autoimmune protocol? I am on Day 1 of my second Whole30 but I just found out I have Celiac. Is that something I should look into?
  8. I'm so glad I found this thread! @xacerb8 - I also take Citalopram and I was wondering how was it when you stop taking it cold turkey? I also accidently went off of it due to running out and being out of town. So I decided to stay off it, however on the 8th or 9th day of not taking it I had a massive break down. Super anxious and very depressed, I was in tears for a day. I had to start taking it again and several people warned me not to go off it again cold turkey. I would still like to try to go off it again after my Whole30, but I'm a bit nervous. @CaseyD - I have suffered from depression/anxiety for years, along with migraines and anemia. I was just diagnosed with Celiac 2 days ago! I never really knew anything about that disease, I had just finally gotten so tired of all my stomach issues I finally went to a gastrointerologist. He figured it was just irritable bowel but ran the celiac blood panel just in case and sure enough. So I will be going 100% gluten-free and I'm REALLY hoping it will help all of my symptoms and I'll finally be able to get off and stay off of my medication.
  9. I'd be curious to what your thoughts are on "Real Food for Mom and Baby". I just found this link so I went and searched Amazon. There were very mixed reviews for that book so I ended up going with "Beautiful Babies: Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, Breast-Feeding, and Baby's First Foods". I'll let you know how it is. I am not yet pregnant but I am trying and I have a few obstacles in the way so for now I am most interested in the fertility section, but it sounds like it will be a great all around book!
  10. Hi, I am on day 1 of my 2nd Whole30. I had an email buddy from this forum during my first and it really helped. Feel free to email me anytime! Food prep is hard for me this time because I'm in the middle of a home addition and my entire kitchen (except for the oven and fridge) was torn out yesterday!!! I have NO sink or counter. This is going to be tough. But I recommend searching on-line, there are lot's of Whole30 recipes out there. I also have a bunch of cookbooks I love. WellFed and Everyday Paleo are probably my favorite. Good Luck!
  11. MamaDrew

    Nutrition Education Programs

    Does anyone have any experience with Integrative Nutrition? It's a school out of New York but they offer an on-line Health & Wellness Coaching certification program.
  12. MamaDrew

    Start May 1st -

    Hi, I have started today too! This is my second Whole30, I did my first one in January and it was good. I had been doing pretty good staying on track but lately the sugar demons have invaded my life and I have been eating SO MUCH candy!!! And I've just not been feeling well. So I decide to start the Whole30 again and get my mind back in the right place. I also found out yesterday that I have Celiac Disease so I have to be gluten-free forever. This will be a good kick-off to that and hopefully get me feeling good again!! I also noticed on my first Whole30 that my workouts were a lot better, I got so much stronger in a short amount of time it was crazy. So I also started a 21 day squat challenge today, and I'm looking forward to gaining some strength!! Good luck everyone!!
  13. I also have the depressed, anxiety and alcohol gene! Before my Whole30 I was polishing off a bottle of wine pretty much every night and I would feel fine in the morning. I have not had any since finsihing my Whole30, I'm a little hesitant. One because I don't want to fall back into my bottle a night routine and 2, I don't know how it will affect me. I did have one vodka seltzer on Superbowl Sunday but I made it very light with lot's of seltzer. And I took 2 hours to drink it. HA!!! That NEVER would have happened pre-Whole30! So I felt fine since it was so minimal, not sure I want to test it more than that......
  14. MamaDrew

    Husband claims no benefit

    I hear you on this, my husband and I just finished our first Whole30 and he swears nothing changed for him. He does admit he is less bloated than he used to be but he can't wait to go buy cookies and have pizza. I want to keep eatting Paleo and since I cool dinner he will too at least for that meal, lol. It will be hard having the sweets in the house though because we haven't for 30 days and it's been great. He is supportive and has agreed to stay gluten free (but I'm sure his cookies have gluten in them!). He is overall very supportive so I'm sure it will work itself out, I just wish he had a better outlook. The Whole30 was my idea, he only did it to be supportive so I guess I can't fault him for not being 100% on board.
  15. MamaDrew

    Post Whole 30 Weigh in and Thoughts

    That is awesome!! I just did my measurements today after finishing my first whole 30 and it was not as drastic as I had hoped I lost 1 pound, lol, really 1 stinkin pound! I was hoping for at least 5! My measurements stayed the same except for my stomach (huge bonus) and my chest/armpit area (the bra fat area). Both of those were down. My body fat percentage went from 27something% to 24something% so that is great! I'm going to keep it up, eating Paleo, I may not be quite as strict as the Whole30, but I do love how much better I feel. I'm also nervous about reintroducing wine. I could also finsh a bottle by myself and feel just fine. Which I did regularly! My husband and I are going to dinner tonight for the first time since starting our Whole30, we plan to stay on plan as much as possible, we've already found out they have a gluten free menu. But I'm sure we'll have a drink, and I really don't want to fall back into my nightly wine habit! I have also had a great deal more mental clarity the last 30 days!