hollyhiggins

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  1. hollyhiggins

    Day 45 and Just Now Feeling Tiger Blood

    @Hols1, I think that's a really smart approach — give your body the fuel and nutrition it needs before you put more stress on it. It's important to take things at a steady, reasonable pace. If/when you are ready to tackle the antidepressants, I highly recommend the book "The Antidepressant Solution: A Step-by-Step Guide to Safely Overcoming Antidepressant Withdrawal, Dependence, and 'Addiction'" by Dr. Joseph Glenmullen. That's where I was first introduced to the theory of "Prozac bridging," which ultimately got me off of my meds. You can also find some info on the topic by simply Googling "Prozac bridge."
  2. hollyhiggins

    Day 45 and Just Now Feeling Tiger Blood

    I am on day 53 now and feeling much better. Tiger blood continues to be off and on — great some days, so-so others. Fortunately I'm feeling great today ... yay! Because I expected I had deeper symptoms, I decided to see a functional medicine doc. It turns out my hormones and adrenals are out of balance, so we're working to resolve those issues. Eating Whole30 does a world of difference, but in my case, I need a little extra help. I'm glad you found my story encouraging, @Nursetofly. Hang in there and keep going!
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    Day 45 and Just Now Feeling Tiger Blood

    I agree that it's critical to normalize the variety of experiences on Whole30. Earlier on in my journey, I was whining to my husband that "the majority of people experience mind-blowing results in just 30 days." Here's what he said: "Those are the people who are sharing their story on the Internet, and they're probably a minority. Other people who are having slower results are probably more hesitant to share, because they think they're doing something wrong."
  4. Just wanted to share my slow-and-steady-wins-the-race success story with everyone — especially those of you who are struggling or might be slow to see results. Today is Day 45 of my second Whole30. (I did my first one last summer.) It's been the FIRST day I've felt tiger blood. I don't plan to stop today or anytime soon. My body has been through a lot, and it needs the time to heal. Plus, I don't ever want to return to my old lifestyle. I've been slow to lose weight, and I've been slow to feel better. This has been disheartening, because so many Whole30 success stories are all, "Holy cow, I lost 18 pounds in 30 days and I feel like I want to climb a mountain!" I haven't felt any of that. While I feel so much more at peace with the food I'm putting into my body, I've been craving results — many of which are just now appearing. I lost six pounds in the first month, and given the amount of weight I need to lose (more than 60 pounds), that's not much at all. My energy has been really low. I haven't been "sleeping the sleep of the righteous." Despite following the plan to a T, I've wondered every day if I'm doing something wrong. But, in the past couple of days, things have started to pick up. And today, holy crap, I FEEL IT. I wish I would have been nicer and more patient with myself in the last month. I spent a lot of time feeling hopeless. Given my context, I think I just needed more time. I had a two-and-a-half-year bout with antidepressants, which completely wrecked my metabolism. Last year when I was on antidepressants, I did a Whole30 and lost zero weight. This year, I'm completely off of them, and my body is just now getting into the mode where it wants to burn fat. If you're on antidepressants and struggling to lose, it could be the antidepressants. It was for me. If you're interested in getting off them, work with your doctor to develop a very careful tapering plan. Coming off them was pure torture, but it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. Anyway, maybe I will be brave enough to share pictures in a couple of months, but for now, hang in there. For some of us, results are slower to come. That sucks, and it ain't fair, but it's OK.
  5. Hi All, One of the reasons I was excited about starting the Whole30 was (hopefully) getting rid of excessive mucus/congestion. It's worst when I first wake up in the morning. I'm a mouth breather when I sleep (because I usually can't breathe through my nose) and wake up with a dry throat and have to do a lot of hacking (maybe too much info, but the truth). I'm on Day 26, and though my sinus clarity has improved TREMENDOUSLY, I'm still experiencing what seems to be an excess of mucus and have to clear my throat quite a bit. However, maybe I don't know what the "normal" amount of mucus is supposed to be and I'm fine. Any insights? I've been really compliant with the dietary guidelines. Could I perhaps still be eating some foods that cause congestion? Thanks in advance! Holly
  6. Jumping in way late, but thought I'd introduce myself. I started on the 7th and will be hitting day 11 tomorrow. I signed up for the daily emails and have found them very encouraging and full of good information. I feel like things are starting to even out. Day 1 was great, Day 2 I developed a cold sore, and Day 3 I felt like I had been hit by a train. Things have picked up though, and I'm feeling great — lots of energy and I feel like I might be losing weight. I've become crazy about sparkling water. Tonight, I pureed ginger in the food processor, then strained out the juice and added a tablespoon to a glass of sparkling water. So good! (And so much better for you than soda.) My toughest challenge is, of course, the sugar demon. It's getting easier not to feel totally crestfallen when I can't have a piece of pie/ice cream/chocolate, etc. Keep fighting the good fight! Holly