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  • Birthday 10/20/1988

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  1. Ari.

    Starting October 1

    Thanks for responding! I always do assume I'm not eating enough starchy vegetables/fruit when I start to get ketosis breathe, but sometimes even adding in what I think is a sufficient amount doesn't do the trick so it's a real head scratcher for me. Like yesterday (among other things) I did half a sweet potato at breakfast, and a handful of delicata squash slices at lunch, my dinner did lack starchy veggies but I had a handful of raspberries and some apple with my salad. Do you know if that falls in line with what would be recommended?
  2. Ari.

    Starting October 1

    Made it to day 6! Still going strong but... Despite having thoroughly read "It Starts with Food" twice and having total confidence in my decision to start the program, I let my brother get into my head last night and spent the whole morning googling "Is Whole30 good for you?" and felt a mixture of surprised/not surprised when all of the articles that came up said, "NO IT'S THE WORST DIET EVER SAYS NUTRITIONISTS." I had to take a deep breathe and remember the fact that I am the only person who at the very least knows how different foods make me feel. I resolved to keep going and try not to listen to the skeptics. The way this all started is that my brother commented on me eating red meat every day, and said I shouldn't even be eating it once a week - and then threw in the "fact" that "meat in general is really bad for you and you should rarely eat it." Obviously having read It Starts with Food, I know this is not totally true, but there might be a little truth to it on some level for some people? Anyways, I'm not really seeking to be reassured of the health benefits of the program, but I am curious to know how other people manage to stay confident and strong in the face of skeptics or evidence that some facet of the Whole30 is actually detrimental to your health. I know even Melissa would say the Whole30 isn't the perfect thing for everyone. And, okay, maybe I do need a little reassurance that eating (high quality) red meat every week is really okay. Also would be curious to know how other people are switching up their protein sources (i.e. chicken twice a week, turkey 3 times a week, fish twice, etc.).
  3. Ari.

    Starting October 1

    Day 5 guys, we're almost through the first week!!! Congrats!!! Oddly, I've been feeling pretty good physically, but have been an emotional wreck! My friend who's an herbalist told me that it's probably because of the chemical changes I'm going through and the fact that my microbiome is changing and things (bacteria) are literally dying inside of me The other thing I find odd is that I really haven't had much of an appetite the last 5 days and have actually been forcing myself to eat enough at each meal. I read that this is normal... but yesterday my mom broke the news to me that I have the dreaded ketone breathe! As vain as this sounds, this is literally one of the biggest issues I have with doing the Whole30. Now I'm worried that I'm not eating enough even though I really don't have the appetite to eat more. I'm hoping that will start to shift. I'd be curious to know if anyone else tends to struggle with the monster ketone or "ketosis" breathe, and whether there are any suggestions to battle it.
  4. Ari.

    Starting October 1

    HI! I'm also starting October 1st. I did the Whole30 a few years ago and (aside from the adjustment periods!) it was the best I had ever felt in my life - emotionally, mentally and physically. I've been "mentally preparing" to do another Whole30 for a few months... okay it's just been plain procrastination. I had to reread "It Starts with Food" and just finished this morning. My biggest issue is sugar addiction. Amazingly I've managed to stay away from refined sugar since February, the final straw was when I realized how detrimental it really is to my somewhat fragile emotional health (I have generalized anxiety and a panic disorder). I'm hoping to live the rest of my life without refined sugar being a part of it. Fingers crossed. Most of my procrastination has been my tendency to overthink things and PERFECTIONISM. I've been waiting for the stars to align perfectly and feel like I know every single rule and how to handle every potential challenge before even starting. I'm telling myself that I just need to eat 3 complaint meals a day according to the template, and will do my best with all of the other rules/suggestions and nuances of the program (e.g. don't drink fluids while eating, eat 15 minutes after working out, eat organic meat but conventional avocados are okay etc.etc.). So much to think about!! It was hard enough convincing myself to start without having read every single available resource and book. Anyways here I am! My birthday is October 20th so I'd like to be more than halfway through the program as a birthday present to myself. And I'm prepared to tell people that not eating birthday cake IS my birthday present to myself. Also glad that I stumbled across the answer to the mysteriously vanished daily emails, I will miss those too!! GOOD LUCK to you guys! We got this!