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  1. littleyellowdiary

    Started today, 1/27/20

    @stonehouse Sounds great! I tried my first hot yoga at the weekend. They zipped us into a giant inflatable "pod" with heaters in... it was a trip. The Super Bowl starts at midnight here, so I'll be giving that one a miss!
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    Vegetarian New to Whole30

    @VeggieLovesFood I usually eat almost vegetarian/vegan (just out of habit/economy more than anything else) and it has been a real shift to eating so much meat and fish. I think my body likes it - my muscle mass is soaring! - but I miss my pulses and don't think I can eat like this long term.
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    Tomorrow is my first day!

    I sympathise on recognising hunger and fullness @Spunky. I have ASD and I am not great at reading my body's cues. Also got into lots of bad habits of eating to soothe myself when bored or alone or upset. It's all a learning curve and part of the reason I want to give myself another 30 days.
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    Started today, 1/27/20

    Hi @SchrodingersCat, how bizarre that diet could effect vertigo! Have you any idea why that would be? Thank goodness you found a cure for it. @stonehouse - what was your yoga challenge? I have only taken it up in the last few months but I am really enjoying it. I think it is doing me good both physically and emotionally.
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    day 11

    I am missing the weirdest stuff. You'd think it would be chocolate or bread, but I want lentils, and porridge.
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    Getting started

    Hi @Heather888 and welcome. Sounds like this is a good opportunity for you to focus on your own wellbeing for a change - no easy feat when you have kids! I hope the Whole30 works for you. Could the bumps be pilaris keratosis? I have very oily hormonal skin on my face (always have done despite being in my 30s now!) but I have noticed it has improved during Whole30 after an initial breakout.
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    Count down to Feb 1 start date!

    Good luck @cblarson. I think the best tip I can give is "be prepared" - it's so much easier to throw meals together and deal with the unexpected if you've done some work in advance! I heated up a pre-baked sweet potato to have with some defrosted pork chilli for lunch today. Thank you, me from the past!
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    Tomorrow is my first day!

    Good luck @Spunky. I just finished 30 days but have decided to extend to a Whole60 and really focus on trying not to snack and really listen to my hunger cues for these next 30 days. Looking forward to joining you on the journey!
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    Joy of Food

    @nikkitalks I'm with you - I am on day 29 and no tiger blood. I have been trying to manage my expectations so as not to feel too disappointed, but it's hard when you have made an effort for a month. I keep telling myself that even if I don't feel a load of benefits I certainly haven't done myself any harm by eating whole foods for all this time and cutting out rubbish. But it's a bit tough.
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    One week to go...

    @toriathequeen I made some homemade sauerkraut at the start of January and after leaving it a few weeks to ferment I have been eating it this week. It has really kick started my gut, so maybe try some fermented foods? The unchilled stuff you get in supermarkets has usually been pasteurized to make it safe at room temperature so it kills all the good bacteria, but if you can find a health food store that sells chilled kraut or kimchi, maybe that would help if you tried it for a couple of days? (You could make your own but you would have to wait for it to ferment and it sounds like you need it now! This is what I made.)
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    Day 29 - demotivated

    Hi guys. Somehow I am already on Day 29. January has gone so fast! I'm feeling a bit low, confused, and demotivated to be honest and just needed to vent a bit. A bit of background, I've had issues with restrictive eating in the past, but over the last year or so I have gone totally the other way and had a lot of trouble with binge (and sometimes purge) behaviours. I've been working on it with a therapist and I think a lot of it has been reaction to how long I denied myself a lot of foods like bread for example, but I wanted to try Whole30 to find some balance and be more aware of when I was truly hungry. I also have a chronic pain disorder and hoped that Whole30 would help me find some relief. Sadly, my pain hasn't improved at all, so I don't think I am sensitive to any foods - bit of a disappointment there. Immediately after I started I felt like I lost some bloat from the Christmas excess, but since then I've felt very confused about my body and the plan. My exercise regime for years has been 2 x short run and 3 x weight training a week, and I have also been doing one yoga class a week in the last six months. Before Whole30 I tended to cook veggie/vegan most of the time - I wasn't strict about it, it was just cheap and easy, and a habit really. I think my body has really responded to sudden introduction to so much meat protein because in just 4 weeks my biceps have suddenly got massive and my shirts are tight across my chest, even though I haven't changed my exercise regime. I guess that should be a positive thing but it has just made me feel really solid and bulky, and I don't feel that good about it at all. I did a body scan at the gym and some measurements before I started Whole30, and it could be that if I checked now I would have packed on some crazy muscle % and lost fat, but I just don't feel good. I still get very fatigued legs too, which I always did - I don't know if it's because I try to be active at the gym but then have a sedentary job, but I have days where my legs feel like concrete when I am trying to walk up the stairs at work or to the train station and Whole30 hasn't helped with that. I don't think I have slipped up on the Whole30 at all. My schedule has meant I haven't been able to follow the guidelines about eating pre/post workout really, so I have snacked quite a bit on nuts and the odd banana. But generally I have been diligent and have even tried to stay away from eating too much fruit (and no dried fruit) to break the habit of eating any sweet stuff. I know you are meant to focus on NSV, but I just feel a bit disappointed not to see more of them. I haven't felt bad on Whole30, but I haven't felt amazing either. My body seems to like the increase in meat in terms of putting on muscle, and some of my family mentioned I had a "good colour" or looked well. I haven't missed or craved sweet things and it has broken some bad habits like eating the occasional cake/sweets at work, drinking a couple of milky coffees at work, or wanting a couple squares chocolate or whatever after dinner. I don't miss booze either and I am wondering about laying off that for a while, Whole30 or not. I was wondering about extending to a Whole45 or a Whole60 to give it more time, especially as I am not finding it too tough to stick to. I know cutting out crap and processed food certainly won't do me any harm for a few more days. I don't really know where I am going with this - just feeling a bit meh and wanting to share, I suppose. Sorry for being miserable today!! I hope other people are feeling better than me!
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    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    @kirbz That sounds sensible Kirbz. I really miss lentils and chickpeas and other pulses. It hasn't been any of the obvious stuff like sugary treats I have been craving, but I would give anything for a dal curry or a bowl of porridge.
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    2nd Time Around Starting Dec 27th

    I'm thinking about extending to a Whole45 or a Whole60. Not decided yet!
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    Started Whole30 for the first time Jan 20!

    @Kwillertz Well done for recognising that you wanted a reset to start to feel better. Wishing you all the best for your W30!
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    Starting Jan. 20 with Anxiety/Depression

    Hi @Maria45, I have had issues with depression/anxiety in the past and lots of disordered eating. To be honest I think just making the commitment to a plan like this and dedicating some time to yourself and your health is already a huge step forward in improving your mood and mental health. Our lives are so busy and hectic nowadays that self care is always at the bottom of the list, so this is a good way to take care of yourself and your needs. I know my disordered eating is a symptom of emotional distress so it all ties together. I have found that cutting out sugar and junk food completely seems to have broken a nasty cycle of cravings and overeating so I reckon there's something in that. I've also been doing the 10 Minute Mind for a few months and really recommend a meditation programme like that, or Headspace. Again, it's just taking time out for yourself and saying "I deserve to take care of myself and do this thing". It's a step towards being kinder to yourself instead of going down a spiral of negative self-talk.