Hello to all of the Whole30'ers out there. I started my journey on January 1, 2019. My husband was supportive and started with me, although he was reluctant to do so. Today is day 29 and we both have seen tremendous changes in our health, personal outlook and appearance. I think one of the biggest accomplishments I have seen in my husband is that he will now read a food label other than the price tag! He has come to understand the importance of knowing what is in his food. He has lost weight, he has more energy and he tells me when he uses the stairs at work he no longer gets winded.
For me however, this journey has been life altering. I have lived my life on a diet since around the age of 8-10 years old. I have reduced intake, counted calories, fat, exercised to exhaustion and been an anorexic/bulimic. I have taken over-the-counter diet pills as well as doctor prescribed diet medication (amphetamines). I have weighed as little as 113 pounds (I am 5 ft 7 in) and I continued to perceive myself as obese and unattractive. We don't even need to discuss self-esteem because there was none.
With all of the damage I've done to my body over the years from food restriction and excessive exercise I have several auto-immune diseases as well as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. I have been on medication for both form of arthritis since the age of 32 (currently 57). I have been on blood pressure medication since I was 26.
Then along comes the Whole30. I read and researched for two months before I started my 30-day program. I wanted to make sure this was not some other "fad". After reading the book twice, looking at the forum comments I was ready to commit to the 30 days. I am now a self proclaimed Whole30 Guru. Even though I am still on my arthritis medication I am in more control than I have been since the age of 32! I'm even wondering if I can reduce the medication or come off of them. On the day I started my W30 my blood pressure was 149/96. I took my BP on day 27 and my BP was 117/74. That is an objective indicator of my success. I have not felt so well since I was in my late teens/early 20's. For the first time in my life have has self-esteem, confidence, and can look at my body and not feel discuss and disappointment. I assume I have lost weight, although I do not know as I have not been on a scale; I threw my scale away. However, my abdomen is totally flat. I do Pilates and Gyro exercise and my abdominal muscles can now be seen.
I wish I would have take a before picture so I could see the actual difference but I did not due to how much I loathed my body.
So really want to send a thank you to everyone out there who designed and wrote this program. I thank the people who produce and supply the compliant meats. Thank you to the organic farmers. Thank you to everyone to posts on the form, I have read a lot of you comment/concerns.
I will embark on my phase 2, reintroduction on on Thursday January 31. I plan to take it very slow, there are many foods I do not want to reintroduce at all. I'll be back to let you know how things are going.
Hi all. Day 29 and I can’t wait to introduce my first food group - Gin (with soda and a slice of lime!). Prior to W30 I added a splash of Roses lime juice, which is pure fructose, but o know I’ll have no problem Eliminating. Just rally looking forward to a cocktail - but not 2-e each night.
My problem still! Is HEADACHES!!. After lunch almost daily, and now after dinner. I’ve added salt, drank more water, made sure to balance meals. After 3 days of intro I plan to add a little bread to see if this helps. If anything I’ve gotten even more compliant. My husband is very supportive and amazed, but glad I’ll be off the wagon soon.
Anything you reintroduce, you have it one day, then go back to whole30 for at least two days, and then reintroduce the next item. Even if you have no noticeable reaction to a particular item, you continue to leave it out for the rest of the reintroduction period.
Here's more about what to do once you've finished whole30: https://whole30.com/finished/
@Fotoladyvb I'm almost done too and am thinking the same thing - a glass of wine is the only thing I want to re-introduce at this point. I'm planning to slow roll it at first - introduce my wine next Friday night - back to W30 for a couple of days to evaluate impact. Hopefully it'll be okay - then I will be W30 with occasional wine for at least 10 days as I am travelling (Toronto to Adelaide, Australia - epic 30 hours of travel) and I don't want jet lag to impact my re-entry. I'll look at the re-introduction with new information after I've been in Australia for 10 days. I figure I will have my re-introduction done by my return to Canada in April.
I don't care if I ever eat the rest of the things again but @SchrodingersCat is right - they will happen along and I will need to evaluate them at some point. I do know that sugar first foods are forever off the list - I already know my Sugar Dragon (she needs a name... maybe Janice after my worst ever boss ) is just waiting for me. Janice likes her sugar very, very much.
On my first Whole 30. Today is day 6. I’m 65 , healthy female and active. After feeling pretty crummy since starting I woke up yesterday ready to take on the world! Had a great busy active day. But I woke up from a deep sleep last night and literally walked into a wall on my way back to bed from the bathroom. Didn’t sleep much after that. My headache is back Nd I’m very cranky. I have houseguests arriving today and pretty anxious about that I think. Thought maybe I was on the other side of the struggles. It maybe not. Ughhhhh. I’m trying to observe the desires to eat bread, sugar, etc and to step on the scale for affirmation. Thanks in advance for advice and support all!