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  1. Reaction to alcohol

    Thank you everyone for your feedback and thoughts! I had come across sulfites as a potential culprit in my initial research, but not yeast. Upon further research, that too sounds possible. And Tom, thanks for the tough love - all things I have thought to myself already, but it's always good to see it in writing from someone whose opinion you respect! I particularly loved this part: That being said, doing is harder than believing and I am struggling. I had to travel for work a day after I wrote the opening post and the stress of travel plus the pain I was in (eyes were itchy and burning) plus feeling terrible about how I looked meant I did not eat Whole30 compliant. It wasn't out of control, and I did not touch a drop of alcohol, but it wasn't clean. And a week after the hives/swelling started, they had not gone down - in spite of taking anti-histamines every day and not drinking at all. I finally went to a doctor once I was back home who ordered me to eat only bland foods for a few days and gave me a steroid cream. Between the two, it was finally gone within 48 hours. Such relief! Now that I am back to normal, I am definitely doing some soul-searching. I have an appointment with an allergist in January (the earliest they could get me in), and until then I'll be doing some experimenting, as well as trying to figure out how to break past my emotional issues with food. You would think if I KNOW something is going to make me very sick, I would not consume it, yet it is not that simple just yet! I have faith I'll get there though!
  2. My Nephew's diet

    My nephew eats pop tarts for breakfast and fast food for nearly every dinner! So echoing where others have said it could be much worse. I sent an email to my family telling them about my experience eating this way, but never said a word to suggest they should do try it too. Again, like others have said, best to just lead my example!
  3. Reaction to alcohol

    I am about two and a half weeks out of my Whole30, and it's been quite challenging! As I see most of us going through reintroductions are experiencing. My diary, gluten grains and non-gluten grains reintros all went okay. I didn't get terribly sick or have any major reactions, but they were noticeable - bloated, sneezy, runny nose, etc. And I have gone back to my restless sleeping patterns. After those reintros were done, I haven't been eating as clean as I had imagined I would. But that's a whole other topic! This is about what happened when I brought back in alcohol. I had my first sip a week ago. I also ate non-Whole30 that day (pizza). When I woke up the next morning, my right eyelid was slightly swollen and itchy. It wasn't terrible- I was still able to go out in public. I drank again that night (and again, ate foods that weren't compliant, so not a controlled experiment). When I woke up the following morning, my eye was ten times worse- nearly swollen shut and covered in little red hives. I took an anti-histamine and a few hours later it had settled down but was still red and itchy the rest of the day. Because I had already brought back in dairy and grains and hadn't reacted that way, I was fairly certain it was the alcohol. But now I'm positive because I drank again last night and the same thing happened! Same eye, same little hives, same itchiness, same puffiness/swelling. I can't find anything in the forum about people reacting this way. I read online that this is usually an indication of a food allergy rather than an intolerance, but why would I have developed an allergy all the sudden?! I have gone two months before without drinking (but not eating clean otherwise) and nothing like this happened when I brought it back in then. Unfortunately I had both beer and wine both nights so I am unsure which was the culprit (if there was only one). How worried should I be? Do I need to see a doctor? I mean, I think it's pretty obvious what's causing it. But it does scare me I have just seemingly developed this allergy at 31!
  4. Gluten free pizza

    That's so interesting!!! I was sure my gluten-free grains day was going to go fine, but I totally had a breakout/rash on my face the next day! Terrible!
  5. I think a lot of it is your mindset - you can't give sugar up until you're well and truly ready to. And I mean abosultely NO disrespect in saying that... I've known for years my eating habits were causing a lot of my health problems but it took me literally YEARS until I decided to do something about it. It is so, so incredibly hard to break these habits. But I know that at some point your willpower will grow so strong that you will be able to do it! My tipping point was some negative news from my doctor. I hope that yours isn't the same, but at some point there will be a tipping point and you will have the resolve to get through the whole 30 days!
  6. Changing a lifetime of bad habits one day at a time!

    Thanks bear!! Great insight... and I'm glad I wasn't the only who felt that way!
  7. Anyone found compliant sunbutter in Australia?

    This is the one I have: http://www.organicroad.com.au/organic/nut-butters/p/104 I got it at an organic food store in Sydney, but looks like you can buy online. The only ingredient is sunflower seeds!
  8. I finished the Whole30 on Tuesday, and just wanted to share my success story! Just to set the scene, here is some background on myself – healthy eating was not a part of my childhood. My mother was a single mom and did not cook so I lived off tv dinners, boxed macaroni and cheese, bologna sandwiches, and hot dogs along with one to two dinners at restaurants a week, where I would usually have chicken fingers dipped in massive amounts of ranch . I never ate fruit. Ever. Amazingly, I never got over maybe 155lbs, but I am 5'4†but I have a very small frame so 155 was enough for me to considered quite chubby. From the time I was 15, I got regular headaches – almost daily. This persisted for years. I finally cleaned up my diet around age 25 – I ate out less, ate fewer processed foods, and learned to cook. This was after trying chiropractic care and massage for the headaches (which both helped to some extent), and many visits to a GP and a neurologist where I was told nothing was wrong. Eating healthier helped enormously. I also started walking more, and eventually my headaches eased. It took a few years, but finally I got to the point where my headaches were few and far between. Now, at 31, 95% of my headaches are self-inflicted (read: hangovers!), with the balance typically occurring when I haven't been drinking enough water and a few glasses later, I'm fine. Seeing how drastically my health could improve from changing my diet helped me believe that food truly has an effect on our health - a massive effect. And although my headaches are so much better, I still have a whole mess of other health issues to deal with. The non-exhaustive list includes shoulder pain, knee pain, epic periods (greater than 10 days, typically 14), excessive cramps, eye twitches on occasion, lack of energy to get through the day, chronic coughing (I don't smoke), and allergies. I stumbled across the Whole30 when my doctor suggested I may have PCOS. And I'm so glad I did! I bought the book and devoured it – my “healthy†diet was exactly like the example diet in the book, the bad one! My muesli in the morning wasn't healthy?! My quinoa, my black beans!?! WTF? So I decided to commit to the 30 days and see how things went. It was not a perfect Whole30, but the fact that I survived as well as I did is something I am incredibly proud of. I did eat out six times – three breakfasts and three dinners. I did not ask what the food was cooked in, instead I ordered the most seemingly compliant food I could find. And I know many people would not consider it a true Whole30 then, as I am sure something was cooked in butter or vegetable oil. But I ordered SALMON and ASAPARGUS as my meal!!! I by-passed a burger and fries for the healthiest option on the menu. This is something I have never, ever ever done in my entire life. Another time, I got grilled chicken breast and a side of sweet potatoes. I would NEVER order a grilled option when going out to dinner. So, yes, it wasn't perfect- but it was a massive improvement for me and I am proud of myself. All in all, I lost 6lbs and 1.4% of body fat (granted, this was on a body fat scale which is imperfect I know, but I will presume if it is wrong, it is at least consistently wrong and this is still a loss!). The weight loss was enough to make my clothes that were getting too tight fit perfectly again. I would have liked a bigger body fat % loss as mine is quite high (I only weigh 128lbs now but my body fat is 28.1%) so I would really like to see that come down more, but this gives me a great goal for the future. I did get six headaches during the Whole30, in the middle, which is more than I've had in the last year probably (excepting hangover headaches), so that was a bit disappointing. I am not sure what caused them but they subsided in the last half so I will re-visit that in the future if I need to. Other than that, I have only seen positive changes. I sleep incredibly deeply for one. My partner regularly comes to bed about 2-3 hours after me, and I used to always wake up when he did. This was terrible for our relationship as I would get upset, and then be tired and crabby the next day. Through almost the entire Whole30, I did not wake up at all when he came to bed! This might be favourite side effect of the Whole30. I still struggle a bit to get out of bed in the morning, but my energy is more constant – no more afternoon slumps and I can make it through all my nightly tasks (going to the gym, cooking dinner, cleaning up etc) without being too tired to finish. I am sneezing far less (and stopped my allergy medicine on Day 1), and am not stuffed up in the evenings which I had been previously. I no longer need snacks during the day. I stopped my Coke Zero habit. My diary reintroduction was largely disappointing – nothing was worth it, and although I didn't feel sick, I did feel bloated. However, I am due to start my period any day so it's hard to tell what was causing it. I also was sneezing more, to the point where someone asked if I was okay. My grain introduction was also disappointing – nothing was worth it and my tummy was mad at me all day, AND I was stuffed up at night for the first time in 33 days. So what now? I will do another Whole30 in January, after the holidays. I will commit to avoiding social events that surround food during that time so that I can go the whole way through without eating out. There were some transitions that were so easy for me that I will keep those in the meantime. For example, switching to black coffee was somehow a piece of cake for me. I had a latte for my dairy reintroduction but it wasn't worth it. And you know how I said I almost never ate fruit before? I had one piece of fruit every day through the Whole30 – where most people on here seem to have to cut down their fruit intake, I wanted to be able to have one piece a day regularly as I know fruit has its place in a healthy diet, as long as you don't over-do it! I had an apple with breakfast (WITH, not for breakfast!) every day and I don't think I'll stop that habit now. I will incorporate protein into my breakfast as a matter of course to help sustain me until lunchtime. The Whole9 facebook page had a quote recently about how food should nourish, not nurture. So many people liked this but when I read it, something didn't sit right with me and I thought about this statement for days afterwards. Finally I realised why – I don't think it's all or nothing. I think there should be a nourish/nurture ratio. When I was a kid, that ratio was probably 1:9. Pre Whole30, it was probably 7:3 but with some misguidance on what that 7 should contain. I think I'd like to aim for 9:1. I want to be able to eat sweet potato casserole in all its buttery , sugary glory on Thanksgiving and remember all my wonderful Thanksgivings past. And on Christmas morning, I want to make the breakfast sausage casserole full of cheese and bread that my aunt made every Christmas growing up. And when someone gets engaged, or married, or has a baby, or gets a promotion, I want a glass of champagne to celebrate. And if I eat to nourish the rest of the time, then I'll be happy with that. But I still have a ways to go, so onward!
  9. Organizing all these recipes

    Printing the ones you use often is such a great tip - I've never thought of that! Pinterest does get out of control. I looooove it though!!! I aim to try 1-2 new recipes a week but keep the rest our tried and true faves. My bf only has the patience to tolerate my experimenting a few nights anyways
  10. Starter from Sydney

    I'm in Sydney (Lower North Shore) and just finished my first Whole30 on Tuesday. Best of luck - you will love it in the end I'm sure!
  11. Whole30 Day 3 - ALL I WANT IS A SWEET DRINK!

    Sparkling water has been an absolute God-send to me on this Whole30 (I'm on day 24)- I would be lost without it. I used to have 2-3 cups of coffee a day with almond milk and a can of coke zero. I now have one cup of black coffee in the morning, and a sparkling water in place of my Coke Zero at lunch. That gets me through the work day. I go out and buy the water every day at lunch, which is what I used to do to procure my Coke Zero - keeping up the act helped make it easier for me. May not be the right way to break a habit but if it kept me from that evil can, I was happy. My other bad habit was a snack as soon as I walked in the door after work. Now, instead I have another sparkling water but with a splash of juice (a small splash of 100% juice with no added sugar of any form). This has been another lifesaver! It does get easier, but I'm not gonna lie to you - if you're on day 3, it will get harder first! I spent most of days 7-15 dreaming about sugary drinks and food.
  12. What can I do with ground meat?

    Not sure if you done this yet, but I made it last night and it was delcious! I found the cauliflower mash a bit too sweet from the coconut milk so I added some salt on the whole thing when it was done. Next time I would probably omit the coconut milk. Definitely reccomend the recipe though!
  13. Coconut sugar in coconut aminos

    iherb, whom I love for many things, has unfortunately been out of stock since I started Whole30. And the only source that ships internationally on Amazon (that I could find) for Coconut Secret was $46 in shipping! Ah, well... Yes, agree I think should them know. I think it's a fair mistake. And yes, slw600, I am learning you MUST read labels! Shocking what they put in things!
  14. Coconut sugar in coconut aminos

    I could return it, but I probably won't - it's from a store in the Sydney suburbs and they couriered it to me. It does have the nutrition info, and it isn't pretty - 72g of sugar per 100mL (3.6g sugar per serve). The bottle says "Coconut Amino SAUCE" - but that is NOT what the website says in the product name or description. And there are no ingredients listed on the website. Because I hadn't read any issues with any particular kind of coconut aminos, I assumed they were all the same. I might email them though and let them know they're website is a bit misleading. Now that I look closely, you can see "Sauce" in the picture, but just barely and even if I had noticed, I wouldn't have questioned it. Am I wrong in letting them know most people would assume this was a sugar-free product?
  15. Coconut sugar in coconut aminos

    After searching high and low, I FINALLY found coconut aminos in Sydney... when they arrived, I see they have coconut sugar as the third ingredient. I searched the forum for this, and can find plenty about coconut aminos and plenty about coconut sugar, but nothing about the latter in the former. Is this okay?! Or no? To add insult to injury, I paid $18 for it...