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  1. 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 "sand
  2. 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 m
  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??
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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 t
  8. 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 th
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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 be
  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. 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!!
  14. 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 wou