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    Make your own "sub" sandwich

    Hi. My meal yesterday tasted so good and it was so easy. I wanted to share the recipe. My son just graduated and my family had sub sandwiches on two separate occasions. So - I decided to make my own sub. 1. get large leaf lettuce - thick to hold all "sandwich" components 2. slice a grilled chicken breast and place it atop one of the large lettuce leaves (I used cold chicken.) 3. add Tessemae's mayonnaise (very tasty and Whole30 approved) atop the chicken breast slices 4. cover mayo with nice red tomato slices 5. put red onions over the tomato 6. top the "sandwich" with the other large leaf 7. cut in half and eat like a sandwich It was really delicious, I could eat "subs" with my family, and it took less than 10 minutes. Delicious!
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    Day 51 - Advice Needed

    Jihanna, Thank you for your detailed and thoughtful response. I will be taking your wise advice!! Maria
  3. Hi Mazzystarslight. I understand the situation with mental illness, the associated medicines, and the weight gain. I have the same problems. However, I just want to say this: Please, please, please see a doctor if you are feeling the mental illness creeping back into your life. You cannot sacrifice your mental health for your physical health. I know that you can have both! That's why I'm doing this program. I do want to lose weight due to the anti-depressants, BUT I'm not willing to go off medicines that I need for my mental health. I hope that you stay well physically and mentally. Maria
  4. Hi. I decided to do at least 2 rounds in a row, so I am now on Day 51. I read in one of Melissa's books that no one should go past a Whole90 because then you are not experiencing Food Freedom. I'm wondering if anyone else is on a second round and how it is going. Also, I don't see how I can go off the program because I am extremely overweight and will always have this problem due to anti-depressants. The medicine has made me gain weight and I am fighting to lose every pound that I can by being as healthy as possible. I don't want to stop this program! Thoughts??
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    Yeast Infection

    Hello. I am on Day51. (Yes, I decided to do 2 cycles in a row.) All of a sudden, I have a terrible yeast infection. In the past, my yeast has been closely associated with eating too much sugar and white bread. Is this my body dealing with die-offs or is it too late in the program to be seeing this? Any advice, PLEASE share. Maria
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    Depression and Weight

    Dacia, Thank you so much for your pep talk. You are right 100%. I will take your advice to garden, walk, and spend more time outdoors. I live in a suburb of Chicago and the weather is just now getting better. I wish you well in your health journey --- both physical and mental! Maria
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    Issues on Round Two of Whole30

    Hi again. Sweet potatoes are very good. As far as your breakfast goes, you can actually eat as many eggs as you can fit in your hand. Most people have been saying that it's okay to have 4 eggs. Maybe the extra protein would help with energy issues. Again, I am new at this, but I think that you could use more fat with your dinner. I don't believe that the cooking oil that you use is enough fat, but I could be wrong. I would try to add a small amount of fat. I recommend looking at the Fod-Maps list. It lists what foods can commonly cause stomach issues. You may find that a food you are eating more on the Whole30 is on the list and you could try going without it for a week. I might be wrong, but I think that brussels sprouts and broccoli may be on the list. Check it out. Bell peppers and white potatoes are "nightshades," which I know are not allowed on certain diets due to inflammatory issues. I would do 3 things to start: Add more protein to breakfast, check the Fod-Maps list to see if you are eating anything more now than before the Whole30, and look up "nightshades" and why some people have issues with them. My friend is following the Fod-Maps list and all of her stomach issues have disappeared, but you are eliminating more foods and that could be difficult. Oh - one more thing - how about adding a probiotic? There are mixed reviews on probiotics now, but it can't hurt to try. I found a coconut "yogurt" called CocoYo. It only has coconut, coconut water, and probiotics (plus organic raspberry juice for the raspberry flavored CocoYo). The plain flavor has added sugar, but the raspberry and the "pure" flavors do not have any added sugars. This product was hard for me to find. Whole Foods in my area just started carrying it and Fruitful Yield carries it now. Fruitful Yield will probably order it for you if they don't have it. I hope that you have one close to you. The "yogurts" are expensive and they come in glass jars. I love them and I think that the probiotics help me. Hope the end of cycle #2 goes better! Maria
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    Issues on Round Two of Whole30

    Hi. I am in the same boat as you with the 2 Whole30s in a row. I'm on Day 5 of Whole30 #2. I think that we see fewer benefits and life changes if we were eating well before the Whole30. Some of the people on the Whole30 were eating absolute junk prior to this, so it makes sense that their gains would be greater than what you are seeing. I am a newbie, and I hope that one of the Moderators or someone with more background will respond to you, but I will share a few thoughts. I don't know much about the bloating, gas, and loose stools. However, when I was having bloating, someone in the forum asked my about whether I was eating raw or cooked veggies. Raw veggies (since you're probably eating a ton more than before the Whole 30) could add to the bloating and stomach issues. Not to add too much, but you could look at the Fod-Maps foods that can cause stomach upset. You might be eating something over and over again that could be causing problems like broccoli. Here are a couple of thoughts on the exhaustion: 1. You could try adding some sweet potatoes or white potatoes into your diet. I totally recommend Cascadian Farms' root vegetable hashbrowns. It is a very easy side dish and it only has Yukon potatoes, sweet potatoes, and carrots. 2. Make sure that, no matter what, you are following the food template. Are you making sure that you have a healthy fat and protein with every single meal? As tedious as it is (and I'm so sick of needing a protein with every meal!), you can become tired if you do not have the fuel for your body from healthy fats. Are you having enough healthy fats? Maybe you could send out an example of your daily intake of foods and those who respond to you can have a look. Hope you feel better! Maria
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    Day 28 - Depressed and Fat

    SelWhole30, I just noticed your note. Thank you for all of your suggestions! Thank you for the empathy with depression/anxiety and sleep apnea. A sleep study may be in the future for me! Also, thank you for the kind words. Yes, it does feel great to accomplish something like the Whole30. I'm continuing on to a Whole45 or a Whole60. Maria
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    Day 28 - Depressed and Fat

    Hi SugarcubeOD. I did weigh myself on Day 31 and lost 6 pounds. I realize how easily 6 pounds can be gained back. I've decided to continue with the program and do a Whole45 or a Whole60. (Most likely thinking about a Whole60.) No, I have not been stressing about losing weight. However, I do have depression and anxiety (getting much better for several different reasons), so there is stress in my life but not about weight loss. I did not under-eat by any means. I followed the template 100%. I am a total "rule follower" so I did not take a bite of anything off program, I did not weigh myself until Day 31, and I ate what the program recommends. Here is a sample of a possible day: Breakfast - Coffee with cashew and walnut milk, 3 eggs with mixed vegetables, half of an avocado Lunch - Asian chicken salad (in Whole30 cookbook) with chicken for protein, sesame seed oil and almonds for fat, and tons of vegetables Dinner - Cascadian Farms' root vegetable hashbrowns, sausage patties, Cocoyo coconut yogurt for healthy fat If anything, I might be a bit heavy on fats for breakfast. I became addicted to Artisana cashew nut butter, although it only had one ingredient: raw cashews. I did give this up because I'm trying not to have any unhealthy relationships with food. Sometimes I will eat frozen fruits because I like how they taste when they are frozen. I will continue to eat this way and I really like what you wrote: "Choosing health will make you healthy." It's so true! My issue is that I am very overweight and that does affect my health. (Can I blame my anti-depressants for all of the weight gain?) I did stop wheezing with the Whole30, but I have other issues that are serious like the obstructive sleep apnea that I mentioned in my last post. So - Yes, I will follow the Whole30 template, but I must also find a way to lose weight... maybe exercise is the key. Thanks so much for reading my post and for responding. If you have any other ideas, please let me know. I would love to hear from you. Thank you! Maria
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    Eating enough?

    Hi. I am new to this. Today is my Day 30, but it's my first round and - no doubt - I made some mistakes. I'm going to give you advice and hopefully someone, like a moderator, will jump in with additional advice. First, it's awesome that you and your husband are doing this together! So many people have struggles because their significant other does not support what they are doing. Second, unless you are doing a workout and need a pre/post workout snack, the end goal is to get yourself to eating 3 full meals (with no need to snack because you feel great between meals). At the beginning, you may need to snack and that's okay. Third, when you do need a snack, fruit only is not a good option. If you need to snack, go with a protein or a healthy fat... or possibly even a small amount of both. Fourth, fruits are meant to be occasional, so you don't really want to have fruit every day especially if you are dealing with sugar issues. The last thing that you want to do is to trade in a piece of apple pie for a sweet apple. ***** Fifth, your meals are WAY TOO LOW ON FATS. The first breakfast should contain more than a "splash" of a fat. I don't see any fat with your first dinner. For your "later in the week meals," I don't see a healthy fat for your breakfast or your dinner. IT IS MY OPINION THAT YOU WILL BE STARVED IF YOU EAT THIS WAY. I think that you need to carefully select a healthy fat for every single meal. If you don't like avocadoes, try nut butters or nut milks, perhaps. So - fewer fruits, more fats, and A TON OF VEGETABLES WITH EVERY SINGLE MEAL. I often have 3 veggies in a single meal. I hope that I was helpful and I wish you the very best! Maria
  12. I am very new to this (on Day 29), but I have read all of the Whole30 books and all of your meals look good to me. I hope that one of the moderators will respond to you with more knowledge than I have. One thing that I did notice is that you were basically eating Paleo prior to this, so the differences you would see might not be as great as someone who was having carbs and dairy all the time. I am having the same issue with bloating.
  13. Hi. I am new to this, but just looking only at your breakfast, you are lacking a healthy fat.
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    Day 28 - Depressed and Fat

    Hi. It's me again. You'll never believe this, but I was confused on dates (my son did not have school for the holiday and it threw me off); today is actually DAY 29 for me!!
  15. Hello. It's my Day 28. I went into this after doing Paleo for a few months. I did this for 2 reasons. First, I have severe depression and anxiety. I thought that eating right would help me a lot. Second, I gained a ton of weight on an anti-depressant and really needed to lose it. I know that the Whole30 is not supposed to be a diet, but here's the thing: I did not have one Thanksgiving piece of pumpkin pie, I did not eat one single Christmas cookie, I did not toast the new year, and I did not eat a single chocolate given to me on Valentine's Day. I don't understand how all of that would not lead to weight loss?! I am incredibly nervous that I will learn, in 2 days, that I have not lost any weight. I need to lose weight for my health and problems that are starting to occur due to weight gain such as obstructive sleep apnea. If I find that I did not lose weight, but I want to continue with this type of eating, does anyone have suggestions for a Whole30 + weight loss?