WholeFoodAussie

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  1. WholeFoodAussie

    Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!

    Has anyone had any adverse reactions to making bone broth? I made up a batch using the leftover turkey and chicken carcasses from Christmas and it was DELICIOUS. It's now in the freezer in small batches so I can use it when I need it. Today I started making two pots - one using beef bones (a mix of different types of bones from the butcher) and another using pork bones (leftover ham bone from Christmas with a few new bones thrown in). I am making it at my parents house as they're in desperate need of healing bone broth, and are both REFUSING to even consider swapping out their high wheat/grain/sugar diet with a more natural diet like the W30. So I thought making them some bone broth could help a little bit. My mum started feeling sick almost immediately after the pots when on the stove, and ended up vomiting as she said the pork broth was making her feel so sick. Sadly I've had to throw it away as she couldn't cope with it in the house. So I wanted to know if the smell of bone broth has had such a strong effect on anyone else? I don't find the smell repulsive at all - I love it as I know how good it is for me.
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    Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!

    I had planned on starting on 1st Jan, but realised that I was being a little unrealistic as we were away and I didn't have much control over my meals; so today has been Day 1! I can't tell you how happy I was this morning when I woke up as I knew I was getting back into the program for my 2nd W30. After nearly 2 weeks of eating a few foods that aren't compliant (mainly a bit of alcohol and the occasional bit of sugar or processed food such as mayonnaise) I have felt horrible, grouchy, achey, bloated and generally crap. I was compliant 85% of the time so it's actually quite amazing how bad I felt when I only went off-plan every now and then. After 3 awesome compliant meals today I can already feel my body saying thank you. The aches and pains have reduced significantly already and I look forward to my stomach being less bloated. My PT sessions start tomorrow - I know it's going to hurt but I'm looking forward to getting my normal routine back again. Here's to another 30 days of great food and good health!
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    Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!

    leahcarn did you ever do a SIBO text or any other test to determine what exactly was going wrong with your gut? Whilst I had BIG improvements in my gut during my first W30, it wasn't 100% and has gone backwards very quickly since reintroducing a few things in the gap between the 1st and 2nd W30. How quickly did you notice changes to your gut when you followed a FODMAP plan? And do you think you could reintroduce those foods later or are they eliminated for good?
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    Completed 1st W30, pics of results, starting 2nd W30 on 5th Jan

    Good luck Caralan! If you are anything like I am, you will be happy to continue eating and living like this after the 30 days. After relaxing a little too much over the Christmas and NY period, I'm actually happy to be back on the Whole30 program as I feel SO MUCH BETTER when I eat like this.
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    Completed 1st W30, pics of results, starting 2nd W30 on 5th Jan

    Thanks Kemago216! Good luck with your Whole30. I am positive you will see results. I didn't realise how much my mid section had changed until I put the before and after photos together. I was really quite surprised! So I'm sure you will be happy with your results too. But remember, weight loss is only a side effect of our bodies working better. The real success is in removing inflammation, improving gut health, and aiding our bodies to be the best they can be.
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    Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!

    Hi bronnyd I subscribed for my first W30 (completed mid Dec) and I found it really beneficial, and I personally thought it was worth the money. In particular I liked being accountable as you click 'I did it' or 'I made some bad choices today... let's start over'. I live in Australia so it would come through at night, which was a perfect time as I was proud of my accomplishments for that day. It kept me on track, provided lots of useful information and resources, and I continued to learn. I would recommend it!
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    Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!

    Hi all! Count me in! I have just recently completed my first W30 and after relaxing the reins a little over the Christmas break (and realising how BAD some foods make me feel) I'm ready to jump straight into my 2nd W30. If I can do my first W30 during November and December when the party season is in full swing, then anybody can do it in January. I didn't participate in the forum the first time around, simply reading people's posts, so this time around I would like to be more of an active participant. I live in Australia so it's summer here, and a perfect time to eat healthily, exercise and feel great. I lost 4kgs on the scales (2kgs pure body fat lost and gained 0.5kg muscle) and felt SO MUCH BETTER from doing it that I now see this as my new way of life, rather than a temporary diet. I look forward to connecting with many of you.
  8. After battling with gut problems for many years, increasing food allergies and sensitivities along with ever increasing weight, I stumbled across the W30 website while doing some research on the Paleo way of eating. As I sat there suffering terrible heartburn and acid reflux, I was struck with the 'tough love' section on the website and how much it resonated with me; that this program is not hard in the scheme of things. After previously making excuses as to why I couldn't possibly give up alcohol, or how hard it would be to be compliant 100% of the time, I went to bed feeling energised by the tough love and commenced the very next morning. I have been gluten free for many years and mainly dairy free (except for the odd bit of butter and cheese), knowing that both bothered me, in varying degrees depending on how much I consumed. I had also almost completely cut out sugar, having noticed the terrible blood sugar crashes I would get after eating it. So my food intake wasn't too dissimilar from the program, but I wasn't 100% strict all of the time. I started to notice changes around Day 3. The heart burn and acid reflux had gone completely. I realised how constant it had been as it was so noticeably absent. My stomach has been so sensitive for such a long time, that I had also got used to severe bloating, cramping and wind after eating. I could eat what I considered a safe meal and still suffer, without rhyme or reason I felt. Around Day 3 this also vanished. Heading into my 2nd week, I started to notice the significant changes to my energy levels. I hadn't really believed the website or Whole30 Daily emails about the abounding energy levels, but lo and behold, it happened to me. It even got to the point where I had so much energy I was bouncing around late into the evening and had to work hard at getting myself into bed at a reasonable hour. Yet even after those late nights, I would awake feeling refreshed and bursting with more energy. Midway through the 2nd week, I also noticed my skin was looking better. It wasn't looking bad before, but now it had a glow to it. I also noticed that patches of skin which have traditionally been very dry and required lots of moisturiser, now needed none. My clothes started to feel less tight and by the end of the W30 people were commenting that I looked great. Another noticeable difference around this time was the stability in my hormones. I didn't feel like a crazy lady at that time of the month! Hoorah! There were moments when I found it challenging. After a hard day, I really wanted a nice glass of wine and it took a lot of willpower to avoid it. I commenced my W30 towards the end of November, so I went into a very social time which was challenging. I had several Christmas parties to attend, a hens night, an all day catered work event; and managed to stay compliant. I drank A LOT of sparkling water with lime or lemon to pretend I was having an alcoholic drink. I realised that if people thought I was drinking vodka and lime they didn't hassle me to drink. Eating out was sometimes challenging as I didn't have a lot of choice on the grain and dairy filled menus, but I was surprised at how accommodating some restaurants were. Instead of saying I was on a diet, I decided to tell a white lie and say I was highly allergic to the banned foods, so they took me seriously. It did give me the opportunity to have conversations with people I wouldn't normally have and (hopefully) open their eyes to a new way of eating. I also learned that I can achieve something as important as reclaiming my health. I doubted that I would be able to complete 30 days when I commenced, even telling myself that a few little cheats would be ok here and there. But I surprised myself and didn't slip up once. As each day passed, I felt such satisfaction that I had completed another day. I signed up for the Whole30 Daily emails, and I proudly clicked 'I did it' after reading each one. I also started Instagramming my meals, connecting with complete strangers who gave me such encouragement. I read many posts on the Forum, although didn't actively participate and I read It Starts With Food and found it so easy to understand and digest the information. I also sought out blogs, websites, Pinterest boards, Instagram pages and the W30/W9 Facebook page for recipe ideas, inspiration and motivation. So now to my results. I lost 4kgs on the scales but more importantly lost 2kg body fat and gained 0.5kg muscle. When I compared my before and after photos I was quite surprised by how noticeable the difference was around my middle. I remained strict for another 4 days, finally breaking for a long awaited Christmas party. An all day affair, the old me would have drunk throughout the day, snacked on all of the processed food available and not made sensible food choices. Instead, I slowly sipped on a couple of drinks (a wine and a few vodkas), drank a lot of water, and didn't go near the processed food. Even still, I had a terrible headache the following day, my blood sugar was all over the place and my stomach was very upset and angry. I couldn't believe how much of a negative impact just a slight splurge had on me. The following weekend I ate at a friend's house, and accidentally ate dairy. They had put cheese into a green salad, and I ate some without realising it was in there. For nearly 2 weeks I have suffered from terrible pains in my joints, particularly my ankles and knees, and my stomach has been very unsettled. Muscle pain has returned in my back with a vengeance and my chiro noted that my spine had stiffened up. All this from a tiny bit of cheese! I now know I need to avoid dairy completely. I ate my first bit of sugar on Christmas Day. The majority of the food was compliant with the program, but I made a Paleo pecan pie, using dates, honey and coconut cream instead of sugar and dairy. Even this was too much for my system and has left me with headaches, blood sugar crashes, stomach pain, bloating and an upset stomach. I'm actually glad I've had the opportunity to experience these side effects, as it has made me feel more determined than ever to return to the program. I am going to commence my 2nd Whole30 officially on 1st January (although will be 99% compliant until then) and look forward to continuing it into the new year. If you are reading these posts like I did when I was considering commencing the program, and are looking for inspiration or words of wisdom, all I can say is give it a go. It's only 30 days which is nothing in the scheme of your life, and you have nothing to lose. And if you're anything like me, you will find yourself feeling so much better that you wished you did it years ago.