I heard about Whole30 through my cousin, who sells essential oils and shared the basic rules and some recipes with me as part of a detox program. While the detox didn't work out for me, I was intrigued and did my own research, reading the 30-Day Guide and finishing my first Whole30/reintroduction March 5 and second one May 23; I didn't do well coming off my last one so I started another reset a few days ago, too. This forum has been really helpful to me so I thought I'd share some of my success!
First, my cholesterol skyrocketed down after my first round and I'll be doing my lab work again soon to see if I won't need meds anymore (I'm prescribed a super low dose I don't actually take, but my doctor thinks it won't be needed if I continue my healthy habits, which we will assess at my upcoming appointment). The weight loss has definitely helped my self-esteem as well. I attached a photo that shows what I looked like pre-psychiatric meds, post-meds (probably close to my heaviest ever), right before my first Whole30 (I had already lost some weight through other means over the course of a few years), and the last one is from the end of my second round. I lost 22 pounds my first round and 12 my second.
Most importantly, Whole30 has helped me combat my mental health struggles. For so long, I struggled with different diagnosis (Bipolar I/II, Borderline, anxiety, depression, etc.), a few involuntary hospitalizations, toxic relationships, and horrible nights I thought I'd never get through. I definitely still experience these things but I finally feel more in control, better equipped to deal with everything, greater clarity of mind, and can gracefully recover from bad episodes... and Whole30 has a LOT to do with all of that. I am incredibly grateful to Melissa, Dallas, and the entire Whole30 team for sharing this incredible gift with me.
Just a quick change of protocol related to your Whole30 logs.
First, please note these logs are only available to members of the forum who are currently logged in. General browsers of the internet and those searching for Whole30 information on Google will NOT be able to view your log unless they register and validate their registration for the forum. This is for your privacy, so you don't have to worry about non-members browsing through your personal information. This has been our policy since the forums were created several years ago--we just wanted to highlight this for you.
Two, these logs will no longer be moderated by the Whole30 team. They are your personal "diaries," and as such deserve the respect to remain your own form of expression, within our general guidelines. (Verbal abuse, profanity, or any sort of disrespectful conduct is never tolerated on the boards, regardless of where it is posted.) We will only comment when asked, or if we feel that significantly unhealthy or dangerous behaviors are taking place.
Three, if you choose to post non-Whole30 meals as part of your log, or go off-plan on purpose, we gently encourage you to make this clear in your log. This will help avoid confusion on the part of those new to the program. This isn't mandatory, but we are asking you to help us keep the boards clear and easy to use for all, especially those new to the Whole30.
Finally, for all browsing these logs, know that you have no guarantee that every meal or food posted here is, in fact, Whole30 compliant. Read these logs like you read your labels, and when in doubt, ask/search/read to determine whether something posted in a personal log does, in fact, fit the Whole30 program.
Thank you for doing your part to keep this forum supportive, respectful, and in line with the spirit, intention, and guidelines of our Whole30 program.