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  1. I have almost the exact profile you do--long time pelvic pain in the form of vulvodynia and hypersensitivity to candida, then eventually I.C. I also have bad allergies and have more pain during grass season. I took meds for ADD about 20 years ago but stopped when the stimulants made me too shaky. I didn't seem to need them as much at that time but I just turned 60 and have been feeling like I might need them again. I have flares that I know would get me a diagnosis of fibro but I have not gone to talk to a doctor about this. Its frustrating to have a really great highly active day followed by one where I can hardly stand up. I, too, have a very stressful day job involving helping distressed children. So...all of that together and we got problems!! I am about 80% pain free and when I do have some pain it is mostly an irritation not a medical emergency (like it has been in the past). I worked with a naturopath who specialized in gyn/uro pain issues. We did extensive elimination diets and used various supplements and traditional meds. I follow three food lists--low histamine, IC low acid, and a fairly low oxalate diet. Luckily, the food lists are remarkably overlapping. I eat virtually no processed foods, no wheat. However, dairy is my go-to food. It is one food that has never bothered me as far as all the pelvic pain issues, plus calcium binds with the oxalates and helps with that issue. I can't eat any nuts. I had to give up bananas after they caused almost immediate blisters in my mouth. Same with any virgin coconut products--they give me paper cuts on my vulva. So much fun! I've been 95% Whole Foods compliant except for dairy which I am not willing to part with long term. As far as supplements and meds I'm off almost everything except estrace cream. The worst one I was on was very low dose of amitriptyline as I gained weight like crazy. Even being off it for 1.5 years I still can't lose any weight--my body just adjusts to lower calories. I have to watch everything I put in my mouth these days. Take care, Ann C.
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    20 days in, still not sleeping

    I have the exact same profile. (Also an educator!!) I'm post menopausal so my sleep is iffy anyway, but every single time I cut back on carbs or calories within two or three days I start waking up at 2am and staying awake for hours. I got quite sick last Feb when I continued with the healthy sensible diet I was following (around 120 carbs/1500 calories) because of the severe insomnia I experienced. After ten weeks I was in way worse shape physically than when I started because I couldn't get any sleep. 5 hours of sleep + lower calories +working 10 hour days at full speed = exhaustion and physical breakdown. It was stupid but I was determined to keep the good start to the diet going. (This wasn't an official Whole 30 since the point was to lose weight, which I didn't by the way). After seeing a naturopath to help with sleep and energy and not getting anywhere, I went to my regular doctor and got sleep medication. What an incredibly difference in my life to get a full 7 hours night after night. I felt like a completely new person. Now that summer is here I am off all the meds as I don't have to work 10 hour days. However, I started on another Whole 30 type eating plan and wouldn't you know I woke up at 2 am and stayed awake to 4:30! Very frustrating. I've read that when your adrenal system is already stressed out that sleep can get very disrupted easily. For me it is clearly about the number of calories and the number of carbs. Here's an interesting read from someone else with the same issues: Ann C.
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    Help. Desperation. Accountability.

    This is an amazing thread and I thank all who jumped in to help because it is helps all of us. For those of us with a complicated and troubled relationship with feeding ourselves it is never "over." It is an ongoing process that takes courage and focus. Some days (weeks, months, years!!) we feel hopeless and some days (weeks, months, years!!) we feel like warrior women! Those of us at the top of the mountain need to hold out a hand to those of us at the bottom facing the long climb, once again. But all of us who continue to reach towards a better life, no matter where we are on that mountain, are showing such great strength. AnnC (who is also struggling)
  4. "Natural flavorings" is on the no-list for those very sensitive to glutamates so I don't think it is taking it too far. My husband started getting severe migraines to sulfites, nitrates and glutamates 25 years ago and we've learned the hard way that you can't trust any additives or prepared foods no matter how they label them. I have Interstitial Cystitis (painful bladder syndrome) and I can't tolerate any citric acid. I think if you are looking for clues to strange health issues it is very important during the Whole 30 process to avoid pretty much anything that isn't just fresh natural food. If you aren't suffering from weird symptoms and such then maybe you don't have to be as OCD about it all. Good luck!
  5. I've got a long history of yeast infections which resulted in all the tissues in that area becoming hypersensitive including my bladder (Interstitial Cystitis). At this point I know within a few hours if I've over done something I'm sensitive too. Since following Whole 30 I've been the most pain and itch free I've been in years. However, in the beginning I added coconut milk because I gave up dairy (one of my staples.) After about four days of drinking it in my coffee twice a day I had a major flair up. Once I cut out coconut milk it took about five days for everything to settle down again. If coconut milk hasn't been part of your diet previously or you are using a lot more than usual you might start there. Remember that it takes up to five or six days for the irritated tissues to heal and recover so don't assume too soon that something is not the trigger.
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    Changing meal times

    That makes sense, having an extra hard boiled egg and some cucumber and a bit of olive oil in the late afternoon so as to have a later dinner is doable and shouldn't make a huge difference on outcomes, I wouldn't think.
  7. I know one of the major rules of Whole 30 is to eat within an hour of rising. I'm struggling with this because of evening hunger. If I get up at 5, eat at six, then eat five hours later at 11, then stretch the time to dinner to five (six hours), then by 10 when I go to bed I'm pretty hungry again. It would work much better for me to wait to eat until about 8, then at 1 and then 6 or 7. How do other early risers make this work without a snack either in the afternoon to stretch out to dinner time or a snack before bed? Or maybe I should go seven hours between breakfast at 6am, lunch at 1pm, then dinner six hours later at 7? Seems a long time between meals but maybe this is a normal eating pattern and I am just so used to eating meals and snacks I am not used to it. Thanks, AnnC
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    still hungry

    I'm experiencing the same thing. Hunger especially at night and after eating a significant amount of food. My stomach hurts from it, especially by the time I go to bed and then I have trouble sleeping. Last night I ate at least a palm or two of ground beef, a large portion of cabbage and onion stir fry with a few tablespoons of homemade pesto (no cheese) for the fat. I ate around six and it was very filling but by ten I was starving and had trouble getting to sleep because of it. I know there are not rules against eating more than three times a day but I would like to keep it to three because I think it will enhance the chances of me losing some weight which is my priority right now. Historically eating carbs before I go to bed helps my sleep a lot. Like eboyle86 I've also lost a significant amount of weight in the past (75 pounds), although in the last 1.5 years I've regained 12 pounds of it. I have seen this pattern many times from others who have lost a lot of weight, always feeling hungry. It seems we might just be left with a lifetime side effect of messed up hunger/satiety hormones. Or maybe we are still doing something wrong--eat more, eat less, eat this, eat that…I keep trying to figure it out but nothing miraculous yet, just a lot of work and focus.
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    W30 and "morbid obesity"

    I've just read this entire strand beginning to end, and I find myself emotional, the intense struggles that so many of us have had just trying to feed our bodies-- the hopelessness, decades of futile efforts that have left us fatter than when we started, knowing we are getting sicker and sicker--whether we are over eating or under eating, the impact on our bodies have been the same. I am realizing, in all my lifetime of trying to control my weight and be healthy, the following idea has never really come together for me: Eat as much healthy food as satisfies me but only three times a day--and leave everything else alone. I've certainly tried eating all I want of anything I want at any time of day or night--result: fatter and fatter, sicker and sicker, exhausted. I've tried severely restricting food to those foods that are "diet" foods (ie. lettuce and diet soda)--result: thinner but sicker and sicker, less and less muscle tone, exhausted and then regain plus another five. I've never once, that I can remember, been free of the scale or free of the obsessional worry of where my weight is at any minute of the day or night. What I know for sure is that the more I obsess over how much I eat and how much I lose or gain the sicker I get and the less weight my body will want to give up. The mind controls the hormones and the cortisol. All the self imposed stress is killing me. I've been hanging out here for about six weeks now. I've been leery of jumping into another "food plan" with rules and various restrictions. I've been leery of eating so much meat and fat. I been leery of trying another best-selling "Diet Breakthrough!" However, when you step back from it, it is just kind of old fashioned common sense. Three meals a day--protein, veggies, fat and carbs. Maybe I can just relax and quit fussing about it all and go live my life without all this struggle around feeding myself. Maybe I can just eat this sensible diet with lots of sensible choices and not worry about what I am not eating. Maybe I can allow a little bit of hunger before the next meal and not freak out. Maybe I can allow a little bit of being full after a meal and not freak out. Maybe I can just stop freaking out altogether and give myself the gift of time and relaxation around food. Yea, lets give it a shot. Why not try something completely new and radical!--the eat and not freak out approach!
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    I"ve had almost the exact same experience as AuntJane, but for me, it wasn't "Intermittent Fasting" it was just decades of not bothering to pack a lunch or thinking that it was smart to keep all the calories available for the evening when I knew I was going to be eating all evening anyway. My health issues are much like hers, more and more severe allergy symptoms over the years, very painful vulvodynia and interstitial cystitis sparked by food triggers. And it never kept my weight down anyway, I probably ate twice the calories in the evenings than I ever would have if I had been well fueled during the day. Add to that, a very high carb diet based on the "low fat" myth that we were all sold, and I think it is lucky I am as healthy as I am. Blah, so many serious mistakes over the years!
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    How do you heal the mind??

    I get overwhelmed as well when I am trying to guilt and brow beat myself back onto an eating plan, but one thing that has helped me get started is to make a deal with myself that I will eat as much as I want of all allowed foods. I forget about the palm sized this and the thumb sized that and the only three times a day…and just eat the foods that are allowed until I don't want to eat anymore. That way I don't start out feeling deprived and hungry when I am going through withdrawal symptoms. It only takes a couple days of this before I return to my right mind and I realize all the trauma of having to give up sugar was really…nothing. Once the sugar/grains are out of your system for a bit you can then decide you are ready to watch the portions and the meal timing and do it right. This technique has helped me many times over the years no matter what kind of plan I was starting. Be well, you are not alone, for sure.
  12. Elizabeth, I also have histamine issues and several very frustrating health issues that are related to that. If you do have issues with histamine then this diet can be hard because of the amount of meat and proteins. Histamine builds up in proteins very quickly. For a strict histamine diet they recommend getting meat that is only three days from slaughter. LOL, I've found that to be about impossible without buying your own cow! Anyway, what I do is stay away from bone broths or any soup that is simmered for a long time. Stay away from leftover proteins, as soon as you finish cooking a protein put it in serving sizes and put it right into the freezer, even if you are going to eat it tomorrow. Fresh fish is a big issue unless you can get it right from the boat. I bought a whole salmon last week (for a LOT of money) and after I ate a small serving my lips were tingling and my stomach was not good and I felt bad for the next day. The idea is to keep the overall level down, especially during allergy season when your body is already reacting to pollen, etc. Interestingly, I was all excited about canned coconut milk but had to stop after about five days as I had a very painful reaction to it. Maybe there is more histamine in canned coconut milk that we think.. That was a hard one to give up!
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    Older women following Whole30

    I get this, I haven't started my Whole 30 yet, I'm in a learning phase, and my daughter gets married this weekend so I am not starting before then. But once I get organized and have read the book I'll jump in and do it right. I was logging just to get a sense of how this plan plays out. I love the data, but I am not trying to fit my food into any sort of requirements. I'm excited about putting away the scale and the logging activity and just eat three meals a day. Right now, I'm astounded at the amount of inflammation and such that could be draining away so quickly. Its encouraging to me that this plan could really help me when so many others have left me worse off than when I began.
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    Whole 30 and itchy skins

    Histamine intolerance is very common for those of us with gut issues. Sometimes it isn't one food or another but the length of time a food has been stored after cooking and how much higher histamine foods you've eaten in the last while. I freeze all meat in individual servings as soon as I cook it.
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    Older women following Whole30

    Well, I lost another half pound. Really. I'm shocked, that is 5 pounds in 7 days. I"m eating a LOT of food, 150 gms of carbs yesterday, including potatoes and a banana. I am not undereating, 2000 calories. Not exercising other than a walk yesterday. Feel great. Wow, I am fast becoming a true believer. I have been so messed up with trying to figure out what to eat and how much to eat of what kinds of foods. I've got Interstitial cystitis along with pelvic pain issues and I've had almost no symptoms. Like I said, I'm shocked. Amys, you wrote this above and it really touched me, Last, we ask you to consider that women have been sold a lie. Particularly as we continue on through life and count the years in a series of decades rather than as a series of seasons, we women need sturdy, strong bodies with a healthy layer of (hang on I'm gonna say it) fat. I'm not suggesting that we aim to be larger than our bodies want us to be; I am instead saying that there is no one on the planet who looks like women are told we need to look (even the models who show us those looks are photoshopped) I agree so much. I am most happy being a sturdy size 16, not happy outgrowing my size 18s, feeling sluggish and low energy, which is where this last year of dieting has left me. (sorry for going on so much here, but like I said, I'm in shock.)