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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. @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. 

  5. @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.)

  6. 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!

  7. 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.


  8. @Jihanna Thank you! Data has always been my favourite! :D

    @Mfaramchi let me know how you find the recipe. I am going to make it next week and have them with a salad for lunches.

    I had a look and we only have one Orange Theory location in London right now. I go to the gym for weights 3 x a week (just doing my own thing) and try to run twice a week on the treadmill. I've started doing an ashtanga yoga class once a week in the last few months too which I really enjoy. But I think that over the last year even a good amount of activity hasn't been able to outweigh my poor eating habits.  This is really making a difference. On Day 16 now!


  9. @Mfaramchi Hi Maggie!

    If you're craving chicken nuggets I really recommend this recipe. It's not a Whole30 one but I've made it in the past and everything but the sauce is compliant. I think I will make it next week and it is so delicious.

    Congratulations on an amazing result in December - 21lbs is crazy! I can only dream of losing that much, but I have noticed on Day 16 that already my arms feel bigger in the gym so I think I am laying on some muscle which is great. I used to eat almost vegetarian and I wonder if I wasn't getting enough protein. I am eating so much meat on Whole30 and I think my body likes it.

  10. Hi @amaloretta - so glad you had a good first day! I have also had a terrible year of poor eating habits with lots of overeating, binge/restrict and generally not looking after myself. This has felt like a real investment in my health and I am loving taking the time out to plan my meals and eat really well. I'm on Day 16 and feeling pretty good! 

    What's on your menu for the next few days?

  11. Good luck, @sowandreap! Let us know how you get on.

    @AmyG74 - I felt very down on Day 10 too. I think in the first few days I lost some bloat and I had lots of enthusiasm, then by Day 10 I just didn't feel like anything was changing. I was also really tired which may have had more to do with coming back to work after the holidays than the food I was eating.

    I'm on Day 16 now and feeling pretty good. I'm eating some really weird stuff (keema curry for breakfast yesterday, spicy chicken livers and sweet potato for breakfast today!) but I am enjoying trying new recipes and having lots of variety. I am trying to steer clear from as much sweet stuff as possible, even if it is compliant, to break the habit. All I've had really is the odd banana, peppermint and liquorice tea and sometimes melon with chaat spices. I've had issues with binge eating in the past and I can't believe how much more in control I feel - it makes me wonder if I had hit some sort of spiral of feeding the cravings because I'm really not finding it that hard to turn sweet things down at the moment. 

    I've had the odd craving but often for very odd things. I spent two days last week dying for some porridge!! But I am eating very well indeed and can't really complain.