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  1. I sort of muddled along this week, because I have known that this weekend was going to be a big one! We did our charity run yesterday a had a family party, and for the first time in 11 months I actually went completely ‘off plan’ rather than having a few, careful, planned items. I don’t know if it was nice or not. I certainly don’t feel super healthy or energetic today! 

    I’m starting tomorrow doing a full round. My menu is planned out and I am even sitting this afternoon reading the book again! This is the start of my 12th month, it’s my birthday 19th July and I began this on 20th July last year so I really want to complete my year feeling super healthy and not tired, weary and exhausted. I won’t do a full w30 this time, more like a W27, but that’s ok as I have done before and also I know that I can reintroduce alcohol on my birthday but not change any food and still feel ok. 

    my aims for the month: meal template, including eating extra veg at every meal (I am not good at this) 

    cutting back on fruit, and cutting out all compliant/acceptable ‘treats’ so no raw bars or dried fruit or nuts or nut butter etc. 
    completely back to basics so no alcohol (of course) -really looking forward to this one 

    some proper self care: sleeping more, more yoga, more water, take some vitamin supplements, cleanse and tone my face every day, a social media detox (eg no Facebook and no phone before work or for the hour or so before bed)  and generally being kinder to myself than I have in recent months. 
    I’ve also set myself a little challenge to do 30 reps of a series of bodyweight exercises every day, so press-up, sit up, and squat, in addition to my running and other workouts. I have 2 races in July and I’d like to feel in good/better condition for those. 

  2. Really good day today. I am starting to feel the very early flutterings of the tiger blood returning, and that’s after just a few really good days. Today I ran at 6am and then had a full day at work, then did a fitness class at 7 pm. My food has been great, lots of protein at both lunch and dinner. 

  3. Just a little update from me: May has been a terrible month and start of June not much better. I am really struggling to find my mojo and despite my food being actually compliant, my habits and behaviour is NOT. Plus I am drinking alcohol at weekends (only wine, and usually 2 x a week). My period was 14 days late this month and as a result i just felt totally crappy. Next weekend  my husband and I are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary ( we have organised a charity event and are running 10km in our wedding outfits (yes my big meringue dress!) and a party for family. But then after that I am going to really knuckle down for a full w30 which will take me right up to the end of one full year doing this amazing lifestyle. I have learned so much about myself doing this. I really want to end it on a high. 

    so this week: I’m just getting myself back in the swing of it all. For me the biggest thing I’m struggling with is the meal template. My food is all compliant but I don’t think I eat the right balance of protein, fat and veg. I am also very reliant on fruit during my food freedom but during my strict month I am going to cut all fruit out as per the strict programme rules. One other thing I’m going to do which really worked for me in my first round is to cut out all social media and just really give my brain and emotions a rest. And try to do Daily yoga. So a very strict month of self care starting with food and all these other good things. 

    this week ahead: my meals are all planned until Friday and I will document on here for accountability. It’s hot here in the Uk so I plan to get up early to run in the mornings before work. I will prep my breakfast and lunch the night before which really helps me stay on track. And just focus on getting all those loose threads pulled together ready for full relaunch on June 20th! 


  4. I think you have a really strong strategy for your birthday and I’m sure you will be successful. 

    For me, one of the most interesting things about w30 and the one that gives me the most (pun) food for thought is the whole thing around other people and your food. Why does what someone else is eating affect the way we feel? Why does what I eat affect the way someone else feels? If you can break that apart in your head it can really give you strength both for your W30 and for your food freedom. Good luck! 

  5. @julieinCAhi! My hip pain was (I think) a type of bursitis (where the bursa gets inflamed). I had such a brilliant month in February, I was feeling so healthy and was running a lot and doing a lot of home workouts and I think I aggravated it. It was then really interesting to monitor how it flared up and was affected by certain foods. Dairy and grains in combo seemed to make it worse than either in their own. I also found if I ate too many eggs and/or nuts it was painful. Thankfully it seems to be back to normal now, but it’s taken 2-3 months 

  6. I’m not exactly sure which round I’m on now! I have had an awful month (May)- I’ve been generally on track but have had a few really bad days, and cannot remember the last time I felt the tiger blood. My hip/running injury is now healed, but after a week away on holiday (food was 100% compliant, but there was a lot of wine drunk!) and then developing a cold, I still don’t feel 100% yet. Just had my 2nd Covid jab today so I expect I will feel a bit rough after that too. I have decided to do a real back to basics month , just to get myself fighting fit for summer! July 20 marks 1 full year of whole30 for me so I’d like to get there feeling amazing and not like a wrung out rag like I do right now! 

  7. It’s just been a stressful exhausting few weeks. Not sure how Covid is affecting things still where you are, but in the Uk it has changed the way we are doing exams at the end of high schools- well my job is organising the exams in a high school, so you can imagine how difficult it has been! 
    I am currently on holiday and I am really enjoying some really clean eating  and time to work on some self care. It’s got very warm here so lovely sunny days on the beach, lovely salads, bbq and fruits. Yummy! 
    I ate a tiny bit of gluten based flour/batter last night on some fish and my stomach was really bloated and uncomfortable all night. It actually helps me that it does that to me, because it makes it very easy to avoid it. 
    I agree with you, I don’t count the 30s anymore. I do it when I can, and every now and then I have a day off/ I try a new food, or test a reaction- and go through my whole ‘is this worth it?’ thing, usually I decide that actually, it isn’t! This is for life now. 

  8. We do have turkey bacon here but I have never looked at it, I will try it. I have never found a compliant bacon and I tend to use Parma ham if I want a bacon-y twist! 

    I have had a diabolically bad week. I had a massive crash out yesterday, exhausted, stressed, hormonal- I went totally off the rails. And then today I finish work, go home, start packing to leave for holiday tomorrow- and then get a call from my daughter to say her friend had tested positive for Covid and she has to self isolate for ten days! So she can’t come on holiday with us!! Luckily she is 17 and very sensible but I am so sad because I wanted her to come with us! Because of my total crash yesterday, of course I doubly wanted to eat junk food today. 

  9. I don’t think our animal brains ever really forget that McDonald’s (or chocolate, or pizza, or cake...) gives us that emotional boost that no healthy food can give. That chemical rush we experience when we eat those things, our bodies remember that when we feel stressed or anxious. Sometimes we can overrule that, but I don’t think it ever goes away. 
     I had a stressful day today and then heard some sad news and I self medicated with some dates and nut bars which was as close to sweets/candy as is possible to get on w30. So I know where you are! 

    I hope you have a good day tomorrow 


  10. Hey you are starting again! Good for you. I think R2 will feel different to R1, you get the tiger blood quicker I found, and the detox isn’t as harsh. 
    I agree about planning your food, this week I have not planned well and I have just found I skipped a meal or just ate an apple. That’s ok for one day but after a few days it gets really boring and I start getting hungry. 

  11. My food is generally pretty good anyway, I have got into a good routine now and I genuinely don’t eat non compliant food except a very occasional attempt at reintro, but they aren’t working out well for me. Grains make me ache, dairy makes me just an absolute feeding demon and I will eat anything and everything. I’ve not tried cheese yet or any complete blow out like pizza or McDonald’s. I just want the tiger blood back! 
    although I suppose my baseline has changed and my feeling tired now is probably no where near where I was before? Who knows. Although there are other positives, such as I feel much calmer, less stressed, look younger and brighter, my hair and nails are really strong and grow fast. I think 10 months of super healthy nutrition has so many benefits, before we start we can’t imagine what that feels like. 

    its 10 months tomorrow since I started my first w30 and that’s something I’m very proud of, despite at the moment not feeling brilliant. Unfortunately I had another horrible bout of sickness yesterday, I think probably the previous time has affected my gut and made me super sensitive? So not eaten much today, just some fruit and a light salad with chicken and mayo. I feel very thin and fragile, I lost 7lb with my sickness last time and because this diet is so healthy I am just not regaining it quickly. Then another bout of sickness yesterday.... so I feel a bit scrawny and delicate!

    how are you getting on @Maria Fernanda


  12. Hey @Maria Fernandai had a really rubbish start to be honest. I had the most horrific food poisoning last week and it completely knocked me out for about 4 days, and I ate some toast which instantly made my bad hip flare up again. I was feeling really miserable. Then last week I’ve just struggled to regain my strength really, I’m running again but not doing very well and eating well but still not feeling as healthy as I want. 

    so my w28 has now become a w13 til I go on holiday but that’s ok. I never really reintroduced anything anyway so I’m just ticking along but trying to be more strict with things like fruit, nuts, nut butter and other ‘snacks’ things. 

    how are you? Last time I think you were going to start reintroductions? Did you manage this? 

  13. I did a slow roll (verrrrry slooooow) over about 8 months because I, like you, thought there were no food sensitivities and was mostly working on my relationship with food. However, by doing that I have found I absolutely have some effect from dairy and gluten/grain, I also am very sensitive to pimento (allspice) and I have also learned since incurring an injury to my hip that I am sensitive to too many eggs. Eg can eat mayo, or 1-2 eggs, but if I have 3 or 4 in a day then I get inflamed. So I would still suggest that you reintroduce things gradually and separately and monitor how they affect you. Of course, some of my sensitivities are actually compliant and it has taken me longer and needing to be completely w30 to identify those, particularly the eggs! 
    I do like the clean paleo eating though and have no desire really to return to my old ways; I can imagine if you really want those things coupled with not really feeling any benefits from cutting them out then it might feel different. 

  14. @Healthgrab I’ve had a really bad start actually as I’ve had terrible food poisoning on Wednesday (day 3) and then as a result, my food on weds and thurs was precisely nil and my food on Friday was potato and a tiny amount of mango. And a can of full sugar fruit fizzy drink (like Tango?) to get some sugar into myself. Today I have started again but my appetite is tiny and I am really not in the mood for any kind of raw veg or salad, so the meal template is fairly non existent. 

    it’s annoying because I really wanted that lovely boost of feeling better and now even more so I need that! 

  15. I started my 4th round on Monday but then on Wednesday was struck down with the most horrific food poisoning. So it’s been a shaky start. I was already pretty much w30 anyway as I had reintroduced so few foods, but on Thursday the only thing I could stomach really was a slice of toast with marmite- cue almost instant flare of inflammation in a long standing hip injury which still has not completely subsided. 

    I will resume my full W30 when I feel properly up to it but at least for now I know that’s a no-no, along with dairy (which I reintroduced after one of my previous rounds). What I have been able to eat has been compliant but it’s not exactly following the plan, not nearly enough veg or protein, and a lot of starchy potato and things like that. 

    I was so looking forward to a good few weeks and some tiger blood returning as I’ve been feeling very low recently, and I was hoping to get 28 days in before going away on holiday. 

  16. After having some dairy last week my hip flared right back up again and has taken a full 6 days to get back to pain free. So dairy is now, fully 200% on my not worth it list. I knew this anyway, I don’t know why I had it, but this has proven to me it’s not worth it. 

    starting an almost-30 today. A reset of sorts to get the tiger blood pumping and get myself back on top form before we go on holiday on May 29th. So not quite a full 30 days but I think I will still see benefits in that time 

  17. How is everyone. How is it May already??! May means holiday and the start of summer and yet here in the uk it is still pretty chilly and not feeling very summery at all. 

    I’m going to start a 14 days reset tomorrow, just another back to basics few weeks to try and get myself back feeling the tiger blood and feeling a bit brighter. I have had a horrible April and hopefully now my hip is on the mend. I may attempt a tentative run tomorrow but I’m not going to unless I really feel it’s 100%. It flared up again this week and when I tracked back I had eaten something dairy so now dairy has to be 100% out. 

    hope you’re all well. 

  18. I didn’t reintroduce anything except wine after my first 30 days and now after 10 months I can count pretty much on one hand the number of non compliant foods I’ve had in that time. I didn’t have any specific goals in terms of chronic illness or things like that, so I didn’t  see any real need to experiment with reintro and actually I wanted a springboard into a permanent, clean, paleo lifestyle. When things have come up , for example Easter eggs, I have just navigated those, and they’ve not always been easy. When I have done reintroductions I have quite quickly established that I don’t really want those things. 
    I agree with you on the cooking thing though and I have had to streamline my cooking/prep/menu to make It manageable as a long term plan. 
    good luck! 
    do you think you will eventually reintroduce anything or are you happy W30 for now? 

  19. Hi- can I ask you to look at this menu with your w30 and non-w30 heads on and help me decide if it’s ok. 
    guests: 2 adults, no food allergies or issues. Very polite people who will eat whatever I make and say it is marvellous regardless. Plus my husband (ditto- the guests are his parents!) plus me (the only w30 follower) 

    However I do want to impress them and for them to genuinely like the meal, plus I’d quite like to impress/surprise them as they think I live on kale and seeds and I’d like to impress them with my delicious menu! 

    so: I am going to do this Persian sumac chicken with tomato salad

    obviously omitting the molasses. 
    I’m also going to do a sweet potato , lime and cauliflower tray bake (I think in USA you’d call this a ‘sheet pan’ dish?) which involves dressing the veg with lime juice, oil , cumin, chilli and roasting it, then adding spinach. 

    I’ll do a cauliflower rice and a ‘real cous cous’ and some pitta breads for the non-30s 

    instead of hummus I’ll do a tahini and lemon blend with aioli to make a hummus like dressing. 

    What do you think? I should add here in the uk we are still limited to outdoor socialising, so this will be eaten on our laps in the garden, which does limit the options as it’s got to be easy to eat without a table. 



  20. @christine19 I think here in the UK our food standards are a bit higher overall and use of antibiotics and hormones is certainly less than in USA. There are quite a few additives that are banned here but allowed in the US. I’m not sure if wider European rules follow suit though; I know danish pork for example is quite inhumanly reared, not sure about hormones though.