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  1. sholmes

    Going off the pill?

    Hi there, I recently finished my 4th W30, while being on the pill. I definitely enjoy the predictability of the pill but I feel like it might be time to come off of it and see how I do. I’ve gone off them in the past but I experienced all sorts of symptoms so I went back on. Given my body is in a more healed state right now, I’m wondering if now would be a good time to try again...and I’m wondering if anyone else has done it and the experience they had. I understand everyone’s different and you can’t advise me as a doctor...I’m more looking to hear people’s experiences. Thanks in advance - I appreciate it.
  2. Hi there, I'm hoping someone might be able to shed some light on this for me. I'm on Day 24 of my 4th Whole30. One of the best NSVs I've had, in each of my previous Whole30s, has been around sleep/energy. Typically, once I'm through the first week, I start to wake up naturally, bounce out of bed feeling rested and the bags under my eyes all but disappear. This time has been quite different...and at first I chalked it up to the fact that we got a new puppy the day before I started so I was having interrupted sleep and added stress and all of that good stuff that happens when you add a baby into your household. The interrupted sleep lasted for about 10 days but now I'm back to sleeping about 8 hours each night (and have been for the last two weeks) but I wake up feeling tired and I have bags under my eyes. This is not normal for me (pre-W30 or during a W30) so I'm looking for some insight/advice. Here's a typical day of food for me: Breakfast - organic sausage, a palm size of sweet potato, salad, primal kitchen ranch dressing (sometimes an apple/peach w/ almond butter) Lunch - organic ground meat (pork or beef), coleslaw mix, cauli rice cooked with ghee, ranch and olives (about 6 - give or take) Dinner - organic chicken w/ cauli rice and olives or spaghetti squash w/ meat marinara sauce or organic chicken w/ potato or salad w/ ranch or ghee Generally, I'm not snacking in-between meals. I think I've only done that 3 times over this entire journey so I feel like I'm eating enough...I'm just struggling with my energy...and motivation if I think about it (but maybe that's in relation to it being Any help or thoughts would be great. Having great sleep and bouncing out of bed in the morning has always been one of my favorite things about the W30 so it's leaving me wanting more this time.
  3. Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone on here has gone through the same struggle I'm currently going through and can provide some advice/suggestions. My guess is, many have. I've done 3 full whole30s over the past 3 years. Each time, I felt amazing and, each time, I struggled really hard to find my food freedom. Since my last whole30, I've done a number of things to try to lose weight like counting macros, a juice cleanse, intuitive eating and just about any other eating plan that would help me get to where I wanted to go. Some worked - like i lost 15 pounds while counting macros - but I just haven't been able to make any of them a lifestyle. Over the holidays, I sat back and really tried to dial in to my "why". The reality is, I'm not a big person (by any standard) and so I wanted to figure out why I was trying to get back to a weight I was 6 years ago. I managed to come to terms with that and I'm no longer trying to lose weight...but what I also discovered is, the reason why most other eating plans haven't worked for me is because I haven't felt like I felt when I did the whole30. Now, knowing that doesn't make it easy to get back on the whole30 and I guess my question is, do I even need to. Over my last 3 whole30s, I've learned that dairy makes me bloated and gassy, when I have too much gluten I start to feel a little foggy and beans...they give me massive indigestion. Besides that, I'm pretty much ok with most foods. So my question is, do I have to complete another whole30 in order to get back to a place where I feel amazing again or can I create my own food freedom plan, that limits the stuff that impacts me, and find my "tiger blood" from there. I'm very much an all or nothing person so part of me is saying that I can't feel great without doing a full whole30...but I'm trying to challenge that mentality and see if others have had success getting back to tiger blood without having to do the entire 30 days. Any thoughts or advice would be really appreciated. Thanks in advance. Shannon
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    Have I erased all the good I did?

    I think you are right - it's like I feel like I'm always depriving myself from foods that I've enjoyed all my life (and have lots of great memories of). I keep trying to remind myself how good I felt while I was making more W30 choices...but even knowing that, it's still so hard to get back on track. I've done better this week but still a little all over the place. I find I'm better when I have really tasty compliant food ready for me so it's finding those foods, like you said, that fuel me and then I can make new memories. Mentally, I'm just struggling with the idea that I might as well have not done it, given where I am today. And I know I'm not ready to do another full out W30 again...and I don't even know if I need to. Maybe I just need to get back on track... Ugh, it was so much easier before I introduced anything back in. I was so in control.
  5. So...I finished my 3rd Whole 30 on January 30th and I was doing soooooo well. I was doing the slow-roll re-introduction and I was feeling great mind and body, in control of my choices, no real temptations...and then something went terribly wrong. In one way or another, I've been on a food bender since Sunday and I feel like I can't stop myself. It's been everything from lattes, to french fries, to hamburgers, to pasta...and I keep telling myself to stop and it's like I've lost control. If I'm being completely honest with myself, I'm not even loving the foods I'm eating. It's more like I feel like I've been deprived and now I'm making up for lost time. I'm so disappointed that I'm at this place and, even more disappointed in myself for spiraling like this. I'm trying not to beat myself up but I'm worried that I've undone all of the work I did during the Whole 30 in the last 5 days. I feel like I need some tough love and some compassion. I know I've read on here that people have had slips before but right now I feel like I'm on an island, eating big macs, all by myself and I just want to swim back to shore.
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    Do periods get back to normal?

    So I am now officially one cycle past my whole 30 and my eating has been more or less still the same (meaning, I haven't reintroduced anything back into my diet full-time). This time, my period came on time but it has been extremely light. I got it Monday evening and now (Wednesday) it is almost like it's on it's last day (which I'm not complaining about). Again, not sure if it is normal to have much lighter periods (whether you are on the pill or not) but that has been my experience. Also, next to no PMS symptoms - a little crampy but nothing major at all. Would love to hear from others as well if you are out there.
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    Do periods get back to normal?

    Hi there, Through my searches, I've seen that cycle changes - even on birth control pills - is normal on the whole 30 but my question is, does it ever get back to normal? And how long does it take? To give a little context, I just finished my 3rd whole 30 yesterday. During my whole 30, I experienced mid-cycle spotting (around when I would be ovulating, if I wasn't on the pill). I started cramping and spotting on Friday (so it's been 3 days now) and I'm not scheduled to get my period until Tuesday, I've had on and off mid-cycle spotting for years now (even tried going off the pill and it still happened) but my period usually comes like clock-work being on the pill. I'm wondering if my period will end up regulating if I continue to eat whole 30-ish going forward and approximately how many cycles it will take. Obviously one of the few unfortunate side effects of regulating your hormones. I would love to hear others' experiences - especially those on the pill that have gone through this and (hopefully) come out the other side.
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    Sorry, using my phone to post is not as easy as it appears. When I work out in the morning, I definitely eat something within the first hour I'm up but otherwise, it's probably closer to 2.5 hours before I'm eating...mostly because I commute in to work so my mornings are a bit of a rush. Does anyone have any great suggestions for something I could eat on a train (meaning portable and isn't too difficult or smelly)? Also, would you say it's more important to eat something (anything compliant) or more important what I actually eat?
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    Day 11 is almost over and for the most part, I'm feeling good. The brain fog has lifted, my clothes are fitting better (probably because of less bloat) and overall, I feel in control. One thing that's driving me nuts right now is my sleeping. I could be super tired, yawning and everything but as soon as I officially go to bed, I can't sleep. I toss and turn until I finally fall asleep and then I wake up very early and can't get back to sleep. I'm going to pick up some natural calm today which I hope helps. I've never had trouble sleeping so this is really getting me down. Can anyone think of what might be going on?
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    Day 1 down and Day 2 already on it's way! Everything's going pretty well but I have been noticing that I feel a little bit nauseous. It really started late yesterday afternoon/evening and it's continued into today. I'm wondering if it's because my body was so used to having heavy carbs and processed foods that it's looking for them now. I feel like I've been eating enough and have made sure to include starchy carbs and fat but I can't seem to shake this feeling. Wondering if anyone else is feeling like this? Or has some perspective to share?
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    Hi everyone, i'm in Canada and excited (and nervous) to start the whole 30 tomorrow. This will be my third whole 30 and I'm mostly looking forward to losing the brain fog and having better sleeps (and waking up refreshed and ready for the day). Both times before, I've had amazing results and have slowly allowed myself to slide back into old eating habits - which for me means junk food. I'm at my highest weight ever and feeling very sluggish and down. I want this to be the whole 30 that changes my mindset towards food forever. I'm really hoping I can finally shake my "fomo" on food and fully adopt (and love) healthy eating. Looking forward to all of the support during the whole 30 and even more so afterwards.
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    Bloating/gas on my 2nd Whole 30

    I did do cashews the first time, in the same way as I'm using them now which is why it's so weird. I'm not really doing anything different in terms of food. I can cut out the cashews as a pre-workout snack but I'm wondering what I can have instead. I have a very hard time eating eggs first thing in the morning so it would need it to be something else. As you can imagine, I just want to get underneath this. Being 19 days in, I really thought I would feel like I did last time and I feel distinctly different. Just want to do as much as I can to maximize my success so any help/advice is greatly appreciated.
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    Bloating/gas on my 2nd Whole 30

    I should also add that my eczema has been acting up for the last week or so - could all of this just be my body cleansing itself?
  14. Hi everyone, I'm currently on Day 18 of my second whole 30 and overall, things are going well - I feel more alert, more focused, less sleepy. and have less cravings.. The one thing that isn't going well is the amount of bloat and gas I've been feeling since Day 14. Up until that point, I was feeling slimmer and more comfortable in my clothes - now, I feel like I'm squeezing into them. During my first whole 30, from the moment I began eating on template, gas and bloat essentially disappeared which is why it's os weird this time. I really just want to feel better again so I'm hoping for some guidance on what the culprit could be. I've detailed three days of eating below to help. Please let me know what it could be so I can change it - I really don't want to feel bloated or be gassy anymore - especially because I felt so great on my last whole 30. Please help!!!!! Pre-workout: Cashews Post-workout: organic sausage and sweet potato Breakfast: scramble with eggs, sausage, potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, avocado and a banana Lunch: zucchini "pasta" with turkey compliant marinara sauce Dinner: Chicken breast and baked potato with ghee Pre-workout: Cashews Post-workout: organic sausage and sweet potato Breakfast: scramble with eggs, sausage, potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, avocado and a banana Lunch: homemade turkey burgers, lettuce, salsa, apple with almond butter Dinner: Chicken thighs, sautéed potatoes, green beans Pre-workout: Cashews Post-workout: organic sausage and sweet potato Breakfast: scramble with eggs, sausage, potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, spinach and a banana Lunch: tuna with homemade mayo and salsa over salad, apple with almond butter Dinner: Steak with broccoli and garlic sauce (made with homemade mayo, garlic, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper)
  15. Thank you so much to everyone that responded to this post. I think you are right - I need to just pick a date to restart and then get myself set up for success (mentally and making sure I have the right stuff around the house). I think it will help to write down the reasons why I want to do this again - to feel clear, alert, energized, in control - and that will help me stick to it. I've read many posts about it being harder the second time - does anyone have any tips on how to get excited about it again and stay focused?