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  1. Next official Whole30?

    Yes, what Ladyshanny said. But personally I do like doing one during the site-wide official one because I feel like there is a ton of interest, which means a lot of information flowing forth from the site. Yes, you can find a lot of this information at any time, but it does take more digging and a bit more effort, in my opinion. How timing affects a successful Whole30 is something I'm sure the Hartwigs could write an entire book on.
  2. Next official Whole30?

    This is not really an announcement but was hoping it would generate one Does anyone know when the next official Whole30 is going to be? I know we don't need an official one, but I like doing one when the larger community is doing one as well.
  3. MissMary, I agree with you. That's not what I said or implied, so hopefully that's not what others are interpreting. The psoriasis gene/condition was already there, but it was only turned on (ie symptoms occurred) after over-consuming eggs. I'm glad I have the information I need to tackle this. Just wanted to save others like me from making the same mistake.
  4. Day 31 and Results

    Amazing results, and many scale- and non-scale victories! Great job!!
  5. What I'm about to say may be controversial and generate some negative comments, but I feel I have to say something. As a recovering vegetarian, I was reluctant to eat so much animal protein while on a Whole30. More than one moderator told me not to pick and choose between proteins on the standard and vegetarian shopping lists. I was even told that if I'm willing to eat eggs and no other meat, then I should eat eggs as my only protein for the Whole30 (and I saw this advice given to many other people in the forums as well). I didn't know it at the time, but that advice was not only bad, but disastrous. Here's a little backstory. I have completed a couple of Whole30s, with eggs, some fish and chicken as my protein sources. I have never in my life had any issues related to eating eggs, until recently. I began to suffer some digestive issues, and also broke out in a total-body rash. I went to my doctor, who saw some skin issues on my knees and ankles, and piecing it together with my anecdotal evidence of digestive distress, informed me I have psoriasis. After doing much research on this condition, and the associated leaky gut, I am convinced that over-consuming eggs is one of the main culprits. It's not completely understood how or why people get autoimmune conditions, but many believe that a genetic predisposition needs to be turned on by some environmental trigger, like stress or allergens. I believe that over-consuming eggs made me allergic to them, and the continued over-consumption of them "turned on" my psoriasis. Unfortunately, there is no cure for autoimmune disease. The body cannot unlearn attacking itself. The symptoms can be treated, but I will always have to be extra careful with what I eat. Sometimes I wish I had never done a Whole30, other times I just wish I had done the vegetarian version. Don't get me wrong, I'm so grateful for everything the Whole30 has taught me, and I will continue to eat following those guidelines. But I hope that other reluctant omnivores out there will hold off on doing a Whole30 until you know whether or not you are comfortable with eating meat. Because relying on eggs as your protein source is not a good idea, and in my case was detrimental to my health. Or go ahead and pick and choose between shopping lists, just don't call it a Whole30. They don't like when you mess with their program
  6. In case anyone is interested, I plan to do a standard Whole30 and then a subsequent AIP Whole30. That will give me time to really learn the AIP and try some recipes (especially breakfast) so that I can stay 100% compliant. Hopefully by then I will be well on the way to healing. Thanks again for your input!
  7. Thanks for your feedback, everyone. Thanks especially to LadyM for some perspective on how this process has evolved for you. You are all right- I need to focus on what I CAN have and challenge myself to find new ways to eat the same foods. Honestly, I was ok with taking out everything except the eggs. That one really threw me, mostly because of my hesitation to eat other meat besides chicken and seafood. I'm still not completely ok with eating meat, but I'm working on it every day. Also, my psoriasis is so minor that some exfoliation and lotion treat the symptoms just fine. So there's that part of my mind asking if I really need to eliminate those inflammatory foods. But of course I know the answer to that already. Sigh. Ok- I promise I will try to look at this with a new lens. I think I just need the surprise of the diagnosis to wear off and then move forward with an action plan to tackle it.
  8. By the way, on another thread involving AIP, one of the moderators mentioned that it's recommended to complete a standard Whole30 before introducing the AIP version. Is this true? I did my last Whole30 in August of 2014, so should my current Whole30 be standard or AIP?
  9. Skin Issues

    We sound like we have a lot in common. I've done a couple Whole30's (and a few Whole7s etc in there too) and just yesterday my doctor told me I have psoriasis. It's pretty mild- just looks like ashy knees and ankles. But it's only surfaced since I started doing Whole30s. It is frustrating for sure that our healthy eating seems to be making us sicker. But I don't think that's what's going on. I think we are making our bodies more in tune with what we're putting into them, and instead of these reactions lurking deep down inside, they are showing up where we can see them. You're going to have to troubleshoot your diet to see what the culprit is. My doc told me to eliminate nightshades (tomato, eggplant, peppers) for awhile, and coffee too, and see how it goes. Upon further study, I learned I should also eliminate eggs (yikes!) and nuts/seeds, at least until my body has healed. Do some searching into the autoimmune protocol (AIP), and yes, ask your doctor what's going on. Please don't give up on the Whole30. Trust me when I say I feel your pain. But whatever is going on can only be helped by putting good food into your body. You're just going to have to tinker a little bit to fine-tune your Whole30. Good luck!
  10. One thing I love about the Whole30 is the ability to mix and match proteins, veggies and good fats as long as they fit the meal template. I have had so many options whenever I've done a Whole30! I recently (like yesterday) learned I have psoriasis, and my doctor recommended eliminating nightshades and coffee. Upon further research of the autoimmune protocol (AIP), suddenly the freedom of Whole30 meal planning is out the window. No nightshades, no nuts, no eggs, possibly no coffee (gasp!), not too much chicken, maybe limit coconut. Are you freaking kidding me?! I seriously want to just give up the whole thing sometimes and deal with the consequences. I'm responsible for feeding a family of 4 (including a toddler and baby) and a dog, and do all the meal planning, shopping and cooking. This is beyond stressful that my options are even more limited now. And to add to all that, I was a vegetarian for 18 years, and only started eating meat when I discovered the Whole30 a year or so ago. So I'm not someone who can just eat some beef for breakfast. Eggs were such a good compromise for me, and I relied on them heavily as my animal protein. So removing that from the equation is just short of heartbreaking. Any advice from anyone who has gone through this? I have looked up meal options that don't involve eggs. I guess I'm looking for more emotional support at this point. My psoriasis is not bad at all, just looks like ashy knees and ankles. But I know that's just what I'm seeing. The internal damage could be worse. So I know I need to do this for my health. But can I ever eat eggs again? Will I ever be able to just sit down to a meal that didn't require such thought and careful planning? It may sound like I feel sorry for myself, but I want to be clear that I don't. I know it could be much, MUCH worse, and that having any good food to choose from is such a blessing that many people don't have. I just wanted to hear from others who have faced a hurdle like this and can say that it gets better. Thanks in advance!
  11. Protein/Fat Food Options

    Amy, thanks for your post. I recently learned I have mild psoriasis, and my autoimmune condition is showing up in other unpleasant ways during my Whole30, including an allergic reaction after a group exercise class resulting in total body rash. I've never been one to get sick easily or get injured, so this is new territory for me. I long-suspected gluten issues, so I've done my best to eliminate that long ago. But learning that I have to let go of eggs (my main breakfast protein!) has been a difficult pill for me to swallow. I'm not a big meat eater, but I've made sure to include animal protein at every meal. I'm still trying to work through the best approach to my whole30 since I now can't have eggs, and will post a separate question about it so I can get some good feedback. But I wanted to thank you for putting yourself out there so that others of us with autoimmune issues could benefit.
  12. Quick and easy breakfast for toddler

    I second this. I actually just hand-mix mine, but they are toddler approved. We cook ours in coconut oil, sometimes with blueberries mixed in. My 2 year old loves them!
  13. In the past, I've fallen into the fruit-nut pre- and post-workout snack camp as well. But it never satisfied and sometimes increased my hunger. Now that I'm doing the protein-fat pre-workout and protein-starchy veg post workout, I'm recovering better and have eliminated snacking at other times of the day. Sometimes I am motivated to workout just so I can have my extra fuel. Ha ha. And sometimes I don't even eat a pre-workout snack, since my workout is about 2 hours after breakfast and I usually feel fueled enough to forgo it. Same with post-workout. If lunch is on the horizon (within an hour or 2) then I skip the post-workout snack. Snacking and grazing has been my nemesis, and eliminating those habits has been a major goal of this Whole30 I'm currently doing.
  14. Fruit Juice/Puree Popsicles

    Meal planning is definitely a big challenge for a lot of people, self included. Once I know what I'm going to make, I LOVE cooking, but the planning part can be tedious. And grocery shopping … arg. That's probably because it's a juggling act figuring out how to shop with my toddler and baby, but I digress ... What I WANTED to say is that being a gardner, you already have an intimate relationship with the food you're eating, which is something many of us don't have. You understand what it took to produce that food and probably have a pretty good understanding of how that food benefits you. I think if you focus on that relationship with your food, you will think differently about the Whole30. There's no trick to the meal template- it's just a healthy way to eat that satisfies most people without feeding the Sugar Dragon (darn him- it's definitely a him). Eating fruit is pretty much optional, so don't feel like you have to eat it with every meal. But if you are going to eat it, try to incorporate it and use it more like a condiment. Ladyshanny has some excellent suggestions to do just that, and I'm definitely going to try some of them myself!
  15. Your Whole30 Island

    By the way, doesn't a Whole30 Island sound totally awesome?