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  1. Michelle12

    Weight Gain

    Thank you SugarCube. Funny to be so memorable LOL! And thank you for your continued help! I should explain a little more clearly. I actually am not really struggling with hunger between meals, more that when I am eating I want to eat a LOT! For example, I do eat probably two giant bowls, or three regular bowls of chili when I'm feeling that hungry. It is pretty much all meat and tons of veggies so I estimated that it was likely a bit more than a palm size serving I was eating. When I'm running and hungry I might snack on some olives or some cashews or something if I don't have time for a meal yet, but usually when I'm hungry I eat a meal, and then I want to eat until I am full. And if I do I don't feel hungry until the next meal. I could try cutting down my meal size and adding some snacks, if that might help? Would that be preferable? And quick question about the hot chocolate. I assumed it was fine since it was not sweetened in any way. I started making it as a sort of copy of the keto coffee that some have mentioned, but I didn't do it as a meal replacement. At first I added chili powder and similar spices to make it a spicy/savory hot chocolate. Then, for ease, I found that it tasted great to me just with plain unsweetened cocoa and coconut oil and unsweetened Whole30 compliant cashew milk. It hasn't been a means of making me crave sweets at all! In fact, just last week as I was struggling to resist my FAVORITE chocolate cake that one of my children requested that I make for his birthday, the hot chocolate was a life saver. It isn't sweet, but made the after taste is chocolate and made it possible for me to have that darn cake in the my kitchen for two days (walking past it continually) without taking a single bite -- although I admit I came close once or twice LOL. So I'm wanting to understand if there are specific reasons I should avoid it if possible. I get the SWYPO principle, but I personally haven't seen a downside and this is one way that I have found to make continuing Whole30 eating indefinitely much more enjoyable/possible. Totally not wanting to argue -- just wanting to really understand. Thanks again for all your help!
  2. Michelle12

    Weight Gain

    I have been doing strict Whole30 for around 70 days (after my first 30 I tried other foods for 2 days, but have been perfectly strict other than that.) The first 30 days were rough, and I struggled through not feeling great most of the time, but by the end I had fallen in love with the food and wanted to continue. However, I barely lost any weight. I am 5'9" and fluctuate right around 170 lb. I probably lost around 5 lbs or so. I am 42 and am currently nursing my 11th baby. In an effort to trim up and lose weight I started exercising with my second round -- fast walking and some weight training (lunges, squats, push-ups, sit-ups.) I have exercised 5 or 6 days every week for 5 weeks now. I also decided to cut down on carbs a bit to see if that would help (my overweight friend has been having great success with keto, so I am incorporating a bit of both.) Well, for a while I started losing weight quickly, but only a few pounds and then I would gain it back. The same thing happened again, but this time I gained a bit more and am now back up to 170. I have trimmed up a bit, which is nice, but my clothes are not getting any looser on me and I have definitely not lost a size. I'm enjoying eating this way and have so far not cheated (even when it's been hard) but it is hard to justify the exceptional amount of time it takes when I'm not seeing the results I had really hoped for. I cannot understand how when I am not eating sugar and exercising, I am not losing weight. I have not increased my weight training so the increased weight is not simply muscle -- and if it were my size would at least be changing. I follow the template and the only thing I really struggle with is eating within an hour of waking. I first exercise and then the kids are all up when I get back and it's off to the races and I usually don't eat myself (other than a quick post-workout snack) until they are all fed and ready. I also notice that sometimes I am SO HUNGRY! I feel like I eat more than the template at some meals and am still not fully satisfied -- which is perhaps why I then gain weight? I just don't know why this happens and what I should do about it... Typical meals: Pre workout, small handful of macadamias Post workout, small slice of turkey breast and a few bites of plain sweet potato Meal 1, Super veggie frittata with a full avocado -- usually TONS of vegetables and between 4 and 5 eggs Meal 2, Green Tuna Salad -- Albacore mixed with mayo and avocado and spices mixed in a large veggie salad with oil and vinegar and tons of greens. Meal 3, Paleo Chile -- large bowl, with a cup of with my own whole30 unsweetened hot chocolate (cocoa powder mixed with coconut oil stirred into a cup of cashew milk) 2nd example: Pre workout, 1 fried egg Post workout, turkey breast and plain sweet potato Meal 1, Whole30 approved sausage with tons of kim chi and a cup of hot chocolate (it serves as an occasional fat source -- I'm not a coffee drinker) Meal 2, Taco Salad -- tons of greens and veggies with oil and vinegar, taco meat, and guacamole Meal 3, Coconut Lime Chicken served over Cauliflower Rice (cooked in oil) with grilled asparagus/mushrooms/tomatoes and a large scoop of coconut flakes. As I said, I often eat a full second portion. I have no idea why I sometimes feel so insatiable! I am eating only good foods, but perhaps I am eating too much? But why? Why am I sometimes SO HUNGRY? And why can I not seem to lose weight without it coming right back? Thank you for your help! Edited to add: I forgot to mention one other big problem. For the last two weeks or so I have been struggling with pretty major swelling and pain in my knees! And also my hips. I am certain it is from power walking and the squats and lunges, but I really, really want to be able to exercise! I cannot figure out how I am having so much trouble when there should really be no inflammatory foods in my diet! I am worried that if it keeps getting worse (despite my use of magnesium, turmeric, and various essential oils) I will need to stop exercising -- which I desperately don't want to do! So I'd love any insight into why this is happening and what I can do about it! Thank you!
  3. Michelle12

    (Over)sensitivity after whole 30?

    Melissa Hartwig, could you chime in here? I'm feeling pretty desperate for help. I've listened to your audio books and I see the purpose of the program, but I feel like I've just made my life SO MUCH HARDER! What can I do to be able to eat the foods I used to eat -- at least in moderation?
  4. Michelle12

    (Over)sensitivity after whole 30?

    So I'm honestly struggling here. I chose to do whole30 mainly because I'm having trouble losing baby weight now that I'm over 40. (I'm the one with 11 kids who posted a few days ago.) Whole30 has not been amazing for me. I have less than I week left and so far I've not felt one ounce of tiger blood, and I haven't lost any weight at all. I am very careful to follow the meal template and be as conscientious as possible. Last night I incorporated some approved cocoa powder and cashews (ingredients I hadn't used yet this month) into a recipe (no sugar or anything else) and within 20 minutes I had a kick butt migraine that was completely debilitating and is still going strong (plus nausea etc.)12 hours later. I am miserable and unable to take care of my children or everything else that I need to do. I didn't have any real health issues I was trying to clear up and I honestly haven't noticed any significant difference in my health other than fewer sugar cravings. So now I am terrified to try to start reintroducing any other foods next week. I can't face more of these kinds of reactions. I feel like this is the opposite of food freedom. I feel like I am in a food prison and terrified of making a wrong step or ever again trying the foods I used to love and do fine with (I have been longing for my homemade hot chocolate with biscotti that my kids and I all love -- but NO WAY I dare try that!) This was NOT what I wanted! I feel like I was fine before, just a little overweight, but now I am still a little overweight but with seriously food sensitivities to worry about. As I said, I haven't seen any noticeable improvement to my health overall, so this feels like a huge loss to me. I still have mild insomnia and my knees/hips still hurt if I kneel too long on the ground. I feel like my major take away has been creating much much more serious food sensitivities (giving myself a nasty migraine (not usual for me) just from cocoa!) where before I didn't have any noticeable problems. I'm thinking the protective mucosal lining was my friend. Maybe I was on the verge of some health crisis that just wasn't showing up yet -- I don't know. But I'm sort of wishing that I hadn't done this so strictly. I felt like I could handle it for a month, but this kind of cooking and meal prep is just not permanently sustainable for me. I've had to let other things go and pile up until I was done -- how will I ever get caught back up on the laundry and housework if I have to keep cooking like this and if I don't get a MAJOR boost in energy to help compensate? I feel like this would be a great way to eat if I were having serious health struggles that required my entire focus, but since I was just doing it to try to reboot and lose a little weight (which didn't happen) I am feeling serious regret... I am in so much pain and so sick, and so so depressed. Please help... So what should I do now?
  5. Michelle12

    Almost done & still struggling

    Thank you Eb68! I'm glad to hear you're doing better. It's so interesting how different all of our bodies are! I (barely) decided to stick it out today and I'm trying to see if I can make adjustments to improve my results. I really want this to work for me! I desperately want some of that tiger blood!!
  6. Michelle12

    Day 21 Ready to Quit

    Oh, and I'm actually really glad to know that eating some additional snacks or mini meals is okay even if I'm not exercising. I've had times where I'm barely hungry at all, but other times when I'm just ravenous and felt like a pig eating even more than my huge meals. I'm glad to know to chalk it up to nursing all day.
  7. Michelle12

    Day 21 Ready to Quit

    Thank you so much for the replies! I'll keep at it and try some adjustments (although giving up onions will be a killer! -- roasted onions and peppers is one of my staples that I LOVE) I did already experiment with cutting out almond butter and didn't see much improvement, but maybe I should try again. I don't eat much of it at all but I only cut it out for about two days and maybe it takes longer. I can also cut out salad and raw veggies for a while (although I never had problems with salad or veggies before -- so I don't know if that is really the problem. Would my digestion change so much that I could no longer handle lots of salad greens and veggies like broccoli when I've always eaten a lot of them? I don't see how that would make sense or be an improvement.) I'll start tracking my water. I have a HUGE cup that I just refill all day and it would be pretty easy to measure how much it holds. I do use plenty of pink salt (I have low blood pressure and have been told that i need consume a lot of salt.) The MAIN thing I'm eating a LOT more of than I used to (other than veggies) is meat. It feels to me like that's the source of a lot of the problems, but I could totally be wrong. I ran out of kombucha a few weeks ago and haven't bought or finished brewing more so that might be part of the increased problems? Maybe that was helping? And alas, yes it is MUCH harder to lose weight after each baby and as I get older. That's a BIG part of the reason I wanted to try whole30. I do LOVE the feeling of feeding my body good food and knowing I (and my baby) are being nourished, but I hate feeling fat and bloated and I am really really wanting results in weight loss as well Are there any tips you could give me to possibly help with that? And if anyone has had any success getting a family with a bunch of kids and teens on board at all with this kind of eating I would LOVE to hear your ideas. I'm dying preparing two completely different meals three times each day... But getting my kids to eat meat and veggies for breakfast (or for any meal with some of them grrrr.) or being able to afford this kind of food for my entire family seems to be a no go.
  8. Michelle12

    Almost done & still struggling

    Primarily physical. Still getting occasional headaches, but severe gas, bloating, and upset stomach. Pretty much the opposite of tiger blood -- exhausted most of the time and less energy not more. And my pants are honesty tighter than when I started which is just painfully depressing.
  9. Michelle12

    Almost done & still struggling

    Eb68 I'm wondering how you're doing now? Did you continue or did you throw in the towel? I'm at 21 days right now and also really not doing well with this. I've tried to be very accurate with the templates as well, but I am not experiencing good results at this point, and I don't seem to be getting much help here in general. I would love to hear an update from you to help me decide if I should keep going or if I should just stop and see if that will end the misery. I'm thankful for what I've gained so far (better insight how to incorporate veggies into every meal, and the ability to cut way back on sugar) but this requires an awful lot of time and energy that I just can't continue to give to it if I'm really not seeing positive results. Sigh. So disappointing...
  10. I didn't get a response in the thread I commented in so I'll start a new one. I'm discouraged and frustrated. I'm on day 21 and the bloating and gas are awful. My clothes were fitting looser for a while, but now they are actually tighter. No tiger blood of any kind -- just exhaustion. I need more sleep not less. I feel horrible in the mornings and exhausted all day and I'm struggling to keep up with anything. The amount of time and energy I'm spending on food is just not doable for such disappointing results. I'm 42, have 11 children (10 still at home including a nursing baby.) I stopped really working out or playing sports after baby #7, and we homeschool so it's just gotten busier from there. I drink a lot of water all day, but don't keep track of exactly how much. I get as much sleep as I can but I've not gotten a full night's sleep in decades with this brood I have always been able to do well with limited sleep -- until whole30 it seems. I'm sure I could be told to get more sleep, but that's not always an option. I need a diet that will sustain me in my life rather than requiring me to make unreasonable changes so I can sustain it, if that makes sense. I always ate relatively healthy before (whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies) but I rarely ate meat and I did eat too much sugar and baked goods (I make AWESOME chocolate chip cookies and bread, sigh) so I've been glad to reboot and get rid of the sugar. The painful and horrible smelling gas and bloating combined with the utter lack of energy are making me miserable. I would be willing to stick through that if there were other gains, but the complete lack of weight loss (and what feels like a bit of weight gain, UGH!) is beyond depressing and making me lose hope that this is the right diet for me... A few typical meals Meal 1: Fritata with TONS of veggies (peppers, onions, mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, etc) served with an avocado and sometimes some compliant sausage. Meal 2: Giant cobb or taco salad. Tons of spring mix with various veggies and mango or other fruit slices. with balsamic and olive oil. Meal 3: Roast beef with onions, carrots, rutabega mashed potatoes prepared with plenty of oil and spices (whole30 compliant) and a few drinks of coconut almond milk. Meal 1: Super veggie Fritata with leftover shrimp or salmon and a baked sweet potato slathered in cinnamon coconut oil. Meal 2: Twice fried plantains (deep fried in coconut oil) with pico de gallo, leftover steak, celery sticks with a bit of almond butter and a few raisins and coconut Meal 3: Grilled Salmon salad. Tons of veggies and spring mix with Salmon and oil/vinegar. I've also used celery with a bit of almond butter and coconut and maybe a hard boiled egg as a small snack when necessary. And I've drunk some coconut almond milk when I felt I needed it (nursing mom.) Any help would be appreciated. I'm 5'10" and weigh probably around 175-180 -- size 14 -- and not losing baby weight like I used to. I'd like to lose at least 20 pounds, preferably 30 and two or three pants sizes. I would gladly settle for 10 pounds or so and one pants size on this go round.
  11. Michelle12

    Day 20 and bummed

    Forgot to add -- I'm 5'10" and weigh probably around 175-180 -- size 14 -- and not losing baby weight like I used to. I'd like to lose at least 20 pounds, preferably 30 and two or three pants sizes. I would gladly settle for 10 pounds or so and one pants size on this go round.
  12. Michelle12

    Day 20 and bummed

    Glad I found this post. I so relate. I'm discouraged and a bit frustrated. I'm on day 21 and the bloating and gas are awful. My clothes were fitting looser for a while, but now they are tighter. No tiger blood of any kind -- just exhaustion. I need more sleep not less. I feel horrible in the mornings and exhausted all day and I'm struggling to keep up with anything. The amount of time and energy I'm spending on food is just not doable for such disappointing results. I'm 42, have 11 children (10 still at home including a nursing baby.) I stopped really working out or playing sports after baby #7, and we homeschool so it's just gotten busier from there. I drink a lot of water all day, but don't keep track of exactly how much. I get as much sleep as I can but I've not gotten a full night's sleep in decades with this brood I have always been able to do well with limited sleep -- until whole30 it seems. I'm sure I could be told to get more sleep, but that's not always an option. I need a diet that will sustain me in my life rather than requiring me to make unreasonable changes so I can sustain it, if that makes sense. I always ate relatively healthy before (whole grains, lots of fruits and veggies) but I rarely ate meat and I did eat too much sugar, so I've been glad to reboot and get rid of the sugar. The painful and horrible smelling gas and bloating are the biggest problem, and the utter lack of energy and lack of weight loss are making me lose hope that this is the right diet for me... A few typical meals Meal 1: Fritata with TONS of veggies (peppers, onions, mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, etc) served with a whole avocado and some compliant sausage. Meal 2: Giant cobb or taco salad. Tons of spring mix with various veggies and mango or other fruit slices. with balsamic and olive oil. Meal 3: Roast beef with onions, carrots, rutabega mashed potatoes prepared with plenty of oil and spices (whole30 compliant) and a few drinks of coconut almond milk. Meal 1: Super veggie Fritata with leftover shrimp or salmon and a baked sweet potato slathered in cinnamon coconut oil. Meal 2: Twice fried plantains (deep fried in coconut oil) with pico de gallo, leftover steak, celery sticks with a bit of almond butter and a few raisins and coconut Meal 3: Grilled Salmon salad. Tons of veggies and spring mix with Salmon and oil/vinegar. I've also used celery with a bit of almond butter and coconut and maybe a hard boiled egg as a small snack when necessary. And I've drunk some coconut almond milk when I felt I needed it (nursing mom.) Any help would be appreciated.
  13. Michelle12

    Compliant pumpkin breakfast bake

    Thank you for the replies! So I will forego the "sweeter" breakfast alternatives. (Glad I asked.) SugarcubeOD, what I'm hearing is that the best way to reset or adjust my hormones is to eat template breakfasts? And then my morning repulsion from veggie/protein filled breakfasts will go away? I would love to know that at some point my desire for my "healthy" smoothies or my homemade bowl of oatmeal will recede and I'll want the savory stuff. (I'm on day 10) Thanks again!
  14. So, I'm doing great and eating tons of veggies, but I'm really struggling with breakfast. Meat and veggies is just too heavy to face in the mornings, and eggs every day is a no go. I would LOVE to do some breakfast bakes that incorporate the eggs and veggies into a sort of casserole, but I don't want to get into SWYPO territory. Help me know how to define that. If I whip up three or four eggs with some coconut milk, a mashed banana, and a cup or so of canned pumpkin with cinnamon and bake it for breakfast that would be SO MUCH easier to face. But would I just be recreating pumpkin pie or some other crutch? Is that a problem? What would be the downside? Thanks!
  15. Michelle12

    Should I trust my body?

    Thank you EllieHH! I'm doing quite a bit better today (day 3) Still just feeling from the protein gut. But definitely feeling less fatigued than yesterday and the headache is not as bad. I'm not hungry at all! But I'm still eating because I'll run out of energy big time if I don't. I'm really enjoying it over all. LOVE all the veggies! And I'm not feeling cravings much at all -- which is a HUGE blessing!