AtlantaJJ reacted to kirbz in Psyching up for a December W30!
Guh, I'm already thinking about giving up on this! I'm struggling to find a balance between how much stress this program introduces to my life and the benefits it brings. Because really, the meal planning and prep is HARD! And more than just hard, it's stressful. I stress about how to meal prep in order to have compliant foods on hand to eat. And I feel like I make it about as easy as it can be by spending a fortune buying pre-made items like sauces and dressings. So I'm spending lots of money and stressing, in order to try and be healthier! But how do I become healthier if I'm stressing all the time about becoming healthier!?
In the past, when I did a successful Whole 43, I tended to wing my meals. I would decide what I wanted to eat for the next day on the way home from work, stop by the store to collect any items I didn't have, and then I'd prepare a meal that would be dinner and lunch the next day, and then a breakfast the next morning. That worked for me.
But I don't have access to a kitchen for a couple of days every work. And I'm not sure I can afford that style of eating. So I can't do my tried and true method of preparing meals. I tried the whole batch cooking concept this week and I absolutely HATE it. I resent the time it takes away from my precious weekend and my family (I don't get to spend every day with them as I travel for work). I hate not eating fresh foods all the time. I hate using a microwave for every meal (that can't be healthy, can it?). And I really hate eating the same darn thing over and over and over. So eating totally sucks. I don't enjoy it at all. But I can't figure out a way to do it differently.
Really, one of the reasons I'm doing this is because I want it to kick-start some lifelong dietery changes. But this just isn't sustainable. I can't do it for 30 days. How can I do it forever? And if I can't do it forever, why am I doing it at all? Maybe I should be trying some other way of eating.
I'm sorry for the tirade. I guess I'm hoping for a sympathetic ear and perhaps some experiences that could help me figure out how to make this less stressful and more sustainable.... I don't really want to give up. But I'm also not sure it's worth continuing like this.
I hope this isn't too much of a buzzkill for those of you who have yet even to start! I apologize!
AtlantaJJ reacted to kirbz in Psyching up for a December W30!
@Laura P. Welcome!
@LadyLisbette I don't know anything about Restaurant Depot but Costco has a surprisingly large amount of food that is Whole30 compliant! I was truly shocked at how many foods I found there with really clean ingredients. Here's some of the things I've purchased there in the past!
Kirkland Signature Smoked Pulled Pork (just boil the package for 12-15 minutes and it's ready to go) Aidells Chicken and Apple Smoked Chicken Sausage Parma Prosciutto di Parma Farmhouse Culture Classic Caraway Kraut True Story Organic Oven Roasted Turkey Breast Snack Packs (can you say post-workout meal anyone?) True Story Organic Chicken Breast (they're chunks of chicken breasts that are great pre- or post-workout, or I've even created a meal with them when in a rush) Organic Cauliflower Rice (just add some ghee, sautee it up, and you're good to go) Grillo's Pickles Dill Spears Kirkland Signature Organic No-Salt Seasoning Wholly Guacamole Organic Minis (mini guacamole cups that are perfect for a meal or on the go)
AtlantaJJ reacted to eldandning in Help! Akward topic...diarrhea
I´m no expert at this, but I can also have fast bowel sometimes, (especially in the morning and that´s the time that body "clean" itself) and maybe the diarrhea is a sign of the diet changing and completely normal but when you say the color I´ve read and learned that yellowish can be a sign of problem with breaking down fat. Maybe you didn't eat that much fat before? And I know for sure from a lot of people that fat can be used for getting the bowel going - if it´s too fast =diarrhea. (especially coconut-oil can be laxative)
So maybe take less fat and let your bowel get used to it! Just take very little coconut-oil to start with. Maybe you can find good-bacteria supplement, I have ones that slows down the bowel, and you can also find enzymes and HCL supplements that can help break down fat.
AtlantaJJ reacted to Tanya K in Help! Akward topic...diarrhea
I am paleo for the past 10 weeks. Although I must mention that I am only on day 2 of the whole 30, but pretty much no difference with the exception now I am not allowing treats say like coconut cream and strawberries. Anyway, for 6 weeks out the first 10 my bowel movements were a disgrace! It is only now that everything is normal! I didn't stop eating anything at all I just waited until it passed. Although if it had gone on any longer than 8 weeks I would have had to address it I think. But my feeling is don't worry! Drink loads of water perhaps there are s backlog of toxins there or something?
AtlantaJJ reacted to katelynb708 in Help! Akward topic...diarrhea
I am on Day 29 (!!!) of my first Whole30, and I have to say that I've never felt better in my life. I have so much energy, I sleep better, my muscles don't hurt, my mood is stable, all of that great stuff. The only complaint I have is this: I've had either diarrhea or generally messy stool for the last 15 days. More TMI to follow, sorry.
It is mushy, doesn't come out clean, smells very bad and is off-color (yellowish, sometimes greenish). At the start of this issue 15 days ago I had pseudodiarrhea 5 or 6 times a day; this lasted about a week. Bowel movements have slowed down to 2-3 times, but has never fully gotten back to normal. Has this happened to anyone else??
Before my Whole30 I suffered from stomach & abdominal discomfort, gas & nausea almost constantly. All of that stopped once my body got on board with the diet change, but the diarrhea is still around. I don't know why or what I might be doing wrong. I thought at first I was eating too much fruit (summertime fruit is too hard to resist!), so I've cut back on that significantly. I probably have two servings a day at this point. For breakfast I usually have either a banana with almond butter, or more often 4 eggs hard boiled or scrambled. Lunch I'll have a salad with chicken or fish, or leftover dinner. I try to get as much variety in my dinner as possible and try new veggie combos every night. For protein I mainly use fish, chicken, beef or turkey. Snacks consist of cashews, pistachios and raisins. I cook mostly with coconut or olive oil, and dress salads with balsamic.
Any thoughts on why this might be happening?
AtlantaJJ reacted to Iral in VEGAN DAY 1 NOOB - NEED HELP
hey Steph! I am a vegan doing the Whole 30. I was "cleansing" for the first week and had steamed veggies for dinner pretty much every night, but last night we did some spaghetti squash with marinara and that was delicious! I think this program is totally doable as a vegan. I google searched Vegan Whole30 recipes and found a bunch of good recipes so I'd recommend starting there. I also tend to eat at least 1 avocado throughout the day. I do some almond butter and green apples/celery also if I want a snack. You can also have dark chocolate with less than 10g of sugar. Best of luck!!