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    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in Completed 1st W30, pics of results, starting 2nd W30 on 5th Jan   
    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.
     
     


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    WholeFoodAussie reacted to MR_Brian in My wife // Whole 30 // 12lbs // Decreased allergies   
    It all started at my wife's work.  She heard about this Whole 30 program and came home to tell me about it.  Me, being the man I am, wanted nothing to do with it (men know everything in case you guys didn't know...).  I didn't want to hear about, I didn't want to read about it, and for sure didn't want to try it.  
     
    I considered myself pretty healthy.  I went to the gym 4-5 times a week and ate according to the food pyramid - sometimes a little top heavy - so that my muscles would get the nutrients they needed.  Along with going to the gym to lift, I did cardio at least 3 times a week, sometimes more.  I viewed my routine as pretty solid, I didn't need any help.
     
    My wife on the on the other hand continued to research Whole 30.  She was looking at what she could eat, what other people were doing, before and pictures, recipes on Pinterest, etc.  It was driving me crazy, she kept on asking me to look at all of the other people who've done this and how much it's helped them.  I have really bad allergies (i'm only allergic to anything that breathes - trees, plants, flowers, dogs, cats, you get the picture) and she was telling me that some people were having really good luck with their allergies reducing or going away.  I knew this was plot to get me to try it, so I happily declined.
     
    My wife continued with her W30 and stopped eating all of the foods she used to cook for us.  There was no more brown rice with Jack Daniels shredded BBQ chicken, no more cereal in the mornings (or at night..), no more ice cream, etc.  It was horrible, for me.  My wife on the other hand, started looking amazing.  Don't get me wrong, my wife was already a very attractive woman, but this helped slim her down giving her the confidence to feel sexy about her body.  That new confidence was what made her even more attractive.
     
    At the end of her W30 we happened to travel to Arizona to go see one of my cousins.  She stayed true to her diet the whole trip.  While we were on vacation, I was the only one eating donuts and drinking energy drinks.  I thought for sure she would think "when in rome" so to speak, but she didn't.  Our very last night there we went out to a bar.  The waitress coaxed my cousin into purchasing three different desserts, so she could pick her schedule for next week (women... kidding!!).  I told my wife if she would eat just one bite of the creme brulee, I would do the "stupid" whole 30 thing.
     
    All I can say is I should have listened to my wife sooner.  I was in denial thinking I was feeding my body for it grow.  Whole 30 helped me re-love food.  I didn't have to eat Ketchup with my meals, I didn't have to drink my coke with my lunch, I didn't have to eat dessert after dinner.  I felt, for the first time in a long time, that I was in control of what I ate.
     
    I will agree with most other people on this forum.  The beginning of this program sucks.  It will push you, and you will be tempted.  When you reach the beginning of week 3 you start seeing the end of the tunnel.  By the time week 4 rolled around, i felt like it was in the bag.  Doing this program not only gave me power over food, but made me a more self-disciplined person in general, both at home and at work.
     
    If you're wondering about my allergies, they drastically improved.  I get allergy shots monthly to help "cure" me of my allergies.  The problem is they inject you with what you're allergic to, so my arms were red, inflamed, and sore.  When I was doing W30, my injection sites were the smallest they have been in the 2 1/2 years I had been taking the shots.  I am positive that what you eat affects your allergies.
     
    I would like to conclude this with a thank you to my wife.  If weren't for my wife to encourage (bug) me, I would still be fooling myself by eating the wrong things.  I appreciate you and everything you did for me to help me achieve this (cooking included)!
     
    Thank you!
     
    ~~~~~~~~~~
     
    Here's my before and After: 30 days // 12 lbs.

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    WholeFoodAussie reacted to Alphie in Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!   
    Today is Day 6 and I have reflected on how far I have come.  Before I did my first W30  September 2014 I had worked on my eating habits for a long time.  Talk about out of control.  I are everything from 3-5 candy bars a day, not including cupcakes, hot fudge sundaes and more ON A DAILY BASIS.  What's crazy is I never got fat.  I was pretty active but way out of control. Several years back I worked with a nutritionist for over a year every week.  I was honest about what I wasn't going to give up but made the choice about adding in more whole foods and changing a few things.  I came to the point where I made these massive changes that had such a great effect on my body and mood.  I was doing all the good things for myself but it took TWO YEARS of doing it before I FELT RIGHT ABOUT IT.
     
    I had such crappy habits that I was resistant to feeling good about the changes I made.  I still like my sweets but I don't have that same push to eat it (emotional eating anyone? So last year before I found out about Whole30 I had done a 10 day detox food plan.  Very similar to whole 30 and I got info from friends so second hand and incomplete.  However it did an amazing thing for my body.  So when my sister came home talking about all these people on her job doing Whole30 we checked it out and hopped on board.  If I  hadn't done that 10 day detox I would have hated doing W30.  Instead it was so easy for me I couldn't believe it.  I realized it was how I eat anyway but what had crept back in was snacking on too much sugar or sugar/sneaky foods.  I saw myself as though I was looking at a movie.  There were times in the day I'd reach for chips or candy and really didn't want it (there was none around) and finally took a look at why I was reaching for it.  W30 reminded me of who I was and how I had come to love the foods I eat and surprisingly they were all good foods.  I didn't do it to lose weight I didn't want to pressure myself I knew I would because of what I was eating.  
     
    This 2nd go around with W30 is showing me how far I really have come.  I enjoy seeing all of your posts, your triumphs and struggles and salute you all.  I didn't have any of that kind of consciousness.  I am happy where I am.  The only thing that was hard for me was day 2 and 3 where my body detoxed all the sugar and alcohol (don't drink much at all and haven't for years) I allowed myself to have since Halloween.  Because of W30 helping me change and tap into what I really like to eat; protein, veggies and fruit in small amounts I appreciate eating so much more.  This is the closest eating plan to how I love to eat I've ever found.  I am looking forward to seeing what else will change for me.
     
    My big AHA is after my first W30 my metabolism changed.  Even eating something sweet every day from Halloween up to New Years Eve and having alcohol every now and then I had only gained ONE POUND.   That never happened in my life even when I was active and an athlete.  Now getting ready to turn 65 and yes that is a recent picture of me everything is changing that "experts say can't".  So keep rockin' it out ladies.  We are doing great.  Big hugs, lots of love and continued support for you all and thank you for yours.
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    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in 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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    WholeFoodAussie reacted to leaC in Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!   
    Hey Chris, thanks for the feedback! Yep, I know all those things and will persevere in the right direction. Hey, who says I'm not an endurance athlete?! LOL, of course I'm not....will refrain from coconut water.
     
    I have to say also that I'm SO satiated that I'm not even all that hungry when it comes to meal times. I have to force myself to eat breakfast. I suppose that's a good thing as it's stopped my snacking habbit knowing that when I eat my 3 fulfilling meals I won't need to eat in-between!
     
    I'm very excited about how my mindset has changed in just a short space of time. I'm also very excited that I haven't had a glass of wine in 7 days (which prior to this would have been impossible)!
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    WholeFoodAussie reacted to leahcarn in Anyone planning to jump in on January 1st? Join me!!   
    On the fodmap plan, it took 38 days to get rid of all symptoms, but most were gone within 5. I don't have a lot of money for doctor's visits, so my plan it to test reintroduce all the foods, recording my reactions, then take the list to the doctor to ask which tests I need. I hope I can reintroduce some things eventually, but it might just be a case of deciding whether the symptoms are worth it or not. I know when overall fodmaps are low, I react better to small amounts if a fodmap food
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    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in 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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    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in 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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    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from LadyM in 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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    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in Completed 1st W30, pics of results, starting 2nd W30 on 5th Jan   
    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.
     
     


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    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in Completed 1st W30, pics of results, starting 2nd W30 on 5th Jan   
    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.
     
     


  13. Like
    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in Completed 1st W30, pics of results, starting 2nd W30 on 5th Jan   
    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.
     
     


  14. Like
    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in Completed 1st W30, pics of results, starting 2nd W30 on 5th Jan   
    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.
     
     


  15. Like
    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in Completed 1st W30, pics of results, starting 2nd W30 on 5th Jan   
    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.
     
     


  16. Like
    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in Completed 1st W30, pics of results, starting 2nd W30 on 5th Jan   
    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.
     
     


  17. Like
    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in Completed 1st W30, pics of results, starting 2nd W30 on 5th Jan   
    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.
     
     


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    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in 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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    WholeFoodAussie got a reaction from praxisproject in 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.