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    Selcazare reacted to CaseyD in Need to get back on the Whole30, looking for inspiration and help   
    Focus on little improvements - not a huge overhaul. Can you eat a Whole30 style breakfast everyday - or at least x-amount of days a week? Do that and then when it feels like a habit, maybe focus on lunch or changing some other smaller thing. Don't convince  yourself that it has to be 100% or nothing at all. I fell into that trap for years - wasted years. Change small things and keep consistent with those small changes, and they will add up to a big change. Perhaps you will find your food freedom gradually this way, instead of yo-yo-ing through hard shifts and total train wrecks. 

    p.s. I hate the idea of trying to be inspired by people on the internet. You don't get the full story and most importantly - none of these people are you. Inspire yourself by finding your big whys in your own life. :-) 
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    Selcazare reacted to -Kara in Whole30 for picky eaters?   
    I think, as adults, we assign a lot of value to being picky eaters. It gives us a sense of control. It helps limit our choices. And in some ways - it keeps us from experiencing change. I have been picky at times of great stress and less picky when I am relaxed. I think also, expressing fear that something won't work before it even has a chance to start - is a type of are sort of setting yourself  up to fail. I am afraid i won't be able to afford to do whole 30. That whole foods cost too much. That I won't have the time to cook. All this mental noise keeping me stuck in the disease of eating bad stuff, letting sugar and carbs rule my life. Sugar and carbs are tough to kick. Its an addiction for sure. 
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    Selcazare reacted to racheleats in It didn't work for me   
    I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but why did you choose to do a Whole30 in the first place? What attracted you to the program? You said it was to lose weight and address some other issues, but it just sounds like you aren't super excited about the program or following the rules...of course that is fine, you're an adult no one is forcing you to do this, just maybe it's not right for you.
    I totally understand getting frustrated at the rules, but they're the rules of the program - if you don't like them, don't do the program! It's not a cure-all for everything for every single person - it's very clear that the purpose is to eliminate certain things for just 30 days and then re-introduce them. You're not meant to eat this way (following the whole30 rules) forever, the point is to eventually figure out the perfect diet for you. Maybe you think sulphites don't affect you, but for example what if you eliminated them and found that your mid afternoon headaches were gone. Then, you re-introduced the sun dried tomatoes with added sulphites and the headaches returned? You might decide to keep eating them, but maybe it wouldn't be worth it to you and you'd find another brand without the added sulphites (or make them yourself!).
    Also, there are TONS of recipes and meal ideas out there, so saying there is nothing to eat just isn't the case. I found a lot of new foods/ingredients that I hadn't considered before, you just have to be willing to try new things. Again, if you simply don't want to that it's completely fine for you and your context, but making such a general statement that there is nothing to eat isn't true.
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    Selcazare reacted to L.nel in Friends of Bill W.?   
    I'm grateful to meet friends of Bill here! This topic is quite dated but I pray all of you identifying are still clean and sober, happy joyous and free. I got sober coming in from OA, so food has been the tiger I don't get to lock up and pocket the key like alcohol and drugs. I GET to take him out for three meals a day :-D:-D:-D. By the grace of God I've been blessed with continuous sobriety over 3 decades, but abstinence from food issues (sugar, wheat, refined, artificial, carbs, exercise, yada-yada-yada) has been toughest. 13 years at first, and 11 years off sugar most recently. If I was ever tempted to believe I could use or drink again, the ten years in the middle eating sugar and a host of other "less than food" foods never let me forget what my issues are. All that to say, "thanks!" Thanks for being here Hartwigs, and other recovering friends, thanks for transparency, thanks for still working at this and pursuing a greater good for those of us coming up behind you on the Whole30. It's the ultimate service to people who need food restored as a precious gift and tool to carry us through a healthy life. Glad to bee on board, in the middle of day 11 with my super cool supportive hub! I'm totally grateful:-) (don't let my crabby old body tell you otherwise!:-D:-D:-D)
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    Selcazare reacted to SugarcubeOD in depression and whole30.   
    I didn't need a pharmaceutical company to 'convince' me that I needed to be on SSRI's.  I've been W30 for 2 years now... My diet and exercise is great.  When I started having thoughts of how to 'get off this ride' because it was so miserable and dark and lonely (and I don't mean lonely because I'm single... I mean the horrific loneliness that comes with the darkness of depression... a boyfriend isn't going to fix that for me), that's when I sought help and that help included counselling, time off work and... wait for it... pills.  Exactly how much MORE exercise should I have done and how much cleaner than Whole30 should I have managed my diet in order to pull myself up by my boot straps?  I'm seriously asking... 
    I'm extremely offended by the implication that the 'only' thing 'wrong' with me is that something is missing in my life and I'm not trying hard enough.  EXTREMELY OFFENDED.  To the point of tears.  At work. 
    I think if you want to talk about mental health and mental illness, you should be darn sure you're being as compassionate as possible, because you have no idea who's reading your thoughts and generalizations can do a LOT of damage.
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    Selcazare reacted to Nira81 in Binge eating recovery and binge foods   
    Seeing this after a haphazard day of eating yesterday where I planned NOTHING and didn't really enjoy the grab-and-go meals nor the compliant dinner out.... and regressed back towards snacking.  Disappointed in myself with 10 days left to work on this.
    The cycle is so much better than before with my my eat/don't eat cycle.  I know the compliant foods won't hurt me or trigger much follow up eating.  I'm not going off the rails either, just being emotionally driven to eat rather than planning and executing meal times. The urge not to eat sometimes, especially breakfast, is very strong.  Sets me up badly, as happened yesterday.  
    Started "Brain Over Binge" and skimming over the BED memoir as I found it triggering.  (But it reminded me how far I've come in 15 years of this).  I think her main point might end up being, "there is nothing wrong with you. You can choose to just stop." 
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    Selcazare reacted to laura_juggles in Easily digested foods?   
    Blended soups made with bone broth may be hugely helpful to you. It's drinkable, but the bone broth has some protein and there will be veggies. Adding something like coconut milk will bring creaminess and added fat. You can also stir in beaten eggs while a serving of the soup is heating, kind of like egg drop soup from the Chinese restaurant, and those generally don't require a lot of chewing, if any. 
    Good on you for trying to figure out how to continue your Whole30 through these complicated migraines. 
    I really love Mel Joulwan's zucchini soup and cauliflower soup:
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    Selcazare reacted to Bet in Hypothyroidism, anyone?   
    If you have hypo from hashis (which is an auto immune disease) you should take the meds. Your thyroid is fighting a losing battle. By they time your TSH is that high, you already have damage to the thyroid. I probably had hashi's for a long time, I was always told my TSH was 'high normal'. Of course I have found that I need to be at about 1 to feel good. I have been on 100 mg of Synthroid for years now. I was finally diagnosed by my gyno when she did a full hormone panel and the antibodies were found. And AI diet can help a lot. And if you have one AI condition, you can get others, so an AI diet makes sense.
    As others have said, synthroid for a thyroid patient is like insulin for a diabetic. It's something your body can't make and you need it. A TSH of 4 is high, the new range is .01-3.
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    Selcazare reacted to Munkers in Hypothyroidism, anyone?   
    Hypothyroidism is a little different than other conditions like, say, high cholesterol. Taking medication for blood pressure, etc. is taking medication which is actually trying to change how your body works. Thyroid medication is more like a supplement in that you're taking something that your body can't or won't produce by itself. It is possible to improve your thyroid function through diet and lifestyle changes, but if your thyroid is shot then all of the Whole30-ing in the world won't be enough because your thyroid is no longer able to do its job.
    Did the doctor also test your TPO antibodies to check for Hashimoto's?
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    Selcazare reacted to praxisproject in Autoimmune- So what CAN I eat?   
    If you're interesting in spices for AIP, you will want to read this
    As a note, Sichaun pepper is also a fruit like black pepper but is unrelated, so reactions may be different (reintroduce separately). It naturally creates a slight numbness in the mouth and is used in a number of cuisines across Asia.
    Avoid spice blends or anything with the generic "spices" as an ingredient, it could be everything on the irritant list.
    Some general info about nightshades and AIP
    There's a number of AIP recipes here, but not all of them are Whole30 compliant
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    Selcazare reacted to praxisproject in W30 and "morbid obesity"   
    Last year I went from being incredibly sick, to feeling quite good AND losing weight (I have a huge amount of weight to lose, it's going to take quite a while).
    You don't need to measure calories to lose weight*, but you do need to be healthy. Don't just measure your progress in how your clothes fit, or a scale, measure your health, your muscle definition, your skin, your eyes, the whole everything.
    I'm also morbidly obese, some of my learnings over the last 12 months:
    Skipping breakfast messes with my appetite and my metabolism and not in a good way. It's a must, every day. I have massive inflammation, I didn't realise how bad it was until a bunch of it went away when I got rid of wheat & other grains. I did have improvement eliminating nightshades, but when re-introducing them, I kept the volumes low and 99% of the benefits too I was just having too many nightshades before. I may try the autoimmune protocol at some point, but not yet. I needed more fat and less protein (I was on high protein as I had been consistently burning up my muscle mass which was making me very sick). Volume of food and calories - I think I eat more food now (probably more calories too) than I have ever eaten in my life. I've been on some kind of restricted eating since I was 13. Counting calories doesn't work for me, if it did, I wouldn't be morbidly obese. I eat more and exercising less (I was a "chronic cardio" person) and I'm losing more weight, my doctor is surprised   Get treatment for any health issues you have, be persistent. I have chronic sinusitis, I've had surgery, the works. I have had more sinus improvement on Whole30 than in 7 years of professional treatment. Now I can breathe a lot better, it sure makes working out a lot easier I still have off days, but they're manageable. I'm pretty sure I have cortisol problems, which I'm waiting on tests for. I ditched cardio and switched to lifting heavy things and had a HUGE improvement (this may be the cortisol) in my health and weightloss. I also moved my workout to the evening and not the morning (cortisol levels are lower then). Keeping control of the sugar dragon and my blood sugar is critical to my health, anything that results in a sugar spike isn't a "treat" it's just mean to my body. For me, I have to watch the amount of starchy carbs I have, but I can still eat sweet potato and pumpkin regularly (I just have them in smaller amounts).  I've added magnesium, vitamin D3, CoQ10 and vitamin C supplements. The magnesium and Vitamin D3 make a huge difference. I'm now experimenting with natural food sources of Vitamin K too. Sleep is still my biggest issue, I need to get more of it, every day, consistently. I'm an ex-insomniac and I've worked rotating shift work for over 10 years and it's taken it's toll. I'm now in a 99% day job, but it sometimes has long hours and I have trouble staying awake too late. * the next time someone tells me the human body is a closed system, I will ask them when they last ate their own poop lol
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    Selcazare reacted to ladyshanny in Day 19 and anxious about not losing weight :(   
    I'm going to echo what MissMary said. Whole30 will probably not get you to an extremely low, lean weight. To be 5'8" and get to 135#, is, in my opinion going to require eating & exercising in a manner that does not support your natural body processes. The human body (and the female one especially) does not naturally want you to reduce body fat to a very low percentage. Since we are eating naturally and in tune with our natural signals, your body will get there (wherever "there" is for it) in its own time.
    PS. "There" for your body may not be the "there" that your brain wants.
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    Selcazare reacted to CaseyD in Waking up at 4am every night?   
    There is a list of things you can do to help improve your sleep outside of dietary changes (though I believe you have to change your diet to create optimal conditions). I was having problems falling asleep and problems with waking up too early (like 4 a.m.) and not being able to fall back asleep - or at least not for hours.
    I completely blacked out the windows in my bedroom, moved my husband out of the bed (we discovered we were truly messing each other's sleep up and are MUCH happier sleepers now in separate beds), and in the morning, I go outside immediately for just a couple minutes and delay breakfast for an hour or so, this is to help set my body's clock. This has been a multi-month project to fix my insomnia and I found eating perfectly clean was not enough - I've had to adopt all these behaviors to be able to sleep through the night. Now, I sleep from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. and it is rare I wake up.
    Some people do well breaking their sleep up. As in, go to bed allowing for 9 hours or more, then actually getting out of bed at that 3 or 4 a.m. wake up and doing very relaxing things (read by candle light, meditate, light yoga or walking) until they feel tired again. That's usually only about an hour or less. Then go back to bed and finish your sleep. I've done this in the past and it worked very well to keep me from getting too stressed out about sleeping, but since having a kid I find this doesn't work for me anymore. I get stressed out anyway.
    Just some thoughts that might prove useful.
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    Selcazare reacted to kirkor in Day 12 and I think I'll just go back to normal at the end   
    Check my post history -- I'm one of the biggest cheerleaders on here. However, when you come on with a laundry list of all the stuff you miss after only 12 days, it sounds like you want your hand held.
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    Selcazare reacted to PamH in Day 1...overwhelmed and sad   
    Each time I start (and fail) a Whole30 I gain a little more knowledge and a little more success.  If you don't finish this one, perhaps come back and try again or just try to incorporate what you *can* do into your diet (maybe just keeping out dairy) for several months and get that settled and then come back for another Whole30 to try to eliminate the rest?  
    Rome was not built in a day.  
    I encourage you to eat more.  Everyone always says that to me so I will now pass it on!
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    Selcazare reacted to Tina R in Day 1...overwhelmed and sad   
    Here is my 2 cents . . .
    I think your experience is very similar to most people on the whole30. We are all overwhelmed at the beginning, we all get angry and frustrated (kill all things), we all get bored of cooking and thinking about food and don't feel hungry and barely eat. I just want to say welcome to the whole30! It is not easy! I don't think you should feel like a failure because your whole30 doesn't look like someone else's. I think you learned a lot during this challenge.
    Just a note about my whole30. I did not have any amazing results on my three whole30s. The only thing that improved was my acid reflux. I did not lose any weight, no improved sleep, no tiger blood, my skin did not improve. So from the outside I look like a failure, but for me I learned a lot about myself. I am still working to find the right food plan for me.
    I hope you can be gentile with yourself and realize how amazing you are! It takes a lot of courage to do a whole30 and to have support during it is awesome! I wish you all the best!
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    Selcazare reacted to Renee Lee in losing weight FAST and in ketosis... worried   
    Hey everybody, can we simmer a little? The OP is concerned about the _safety_ of being in ketosis, which nobody's really addressed here. OP, I'm sorry nobody's come in to mitigate your concerns. I just saw this post!
    Being in ketosis is not a problem, it's just not something that we're shooting for long term. Our bodies SHOULD be able to switch in and out of ketosis whenever we need to. It's a function of being metabolically flexible. Folks on the Standard American Diet are SO hopped up on carbs, that there's no reason for the body to step away from glycolysis (breaking down sugars for energy). This is one of the reasons why SAD-ers get mood swings and ravenous every couple of hours, because they run out of sugar to burn quickly and easily. They have lost the ability to tap into their fat stores for energy. This metabolic flexibility is also why paleo folks (and IFers) can go for hours without eating, because they have capacity to tap into other fuel sources. THIS IS GOOD.
    Side note, there are a bunch of cells in your body that preferentially run on ketones, btw! Your heart is one of them!
    Anyway, as for the excreting ketone things, right now you're body's just tapping into the fat stores and breaking it down into ketones, which is good. Eventually you won't be excreting them because your body will remember how to _use_ them. Most people on Atkins, or those that use the ketostix, get panicked because they stop turning purple or whatever, because your body is USING THEM, so then they drop their carbs even further, to keep that pretty purple reaffirmation of doing things "right"
    Just keep eating and following the meal template. You're fine! Carrots are great, cabbage is great, have some bananas, etc. Don't stress about it too much
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    Selcazare reacted to EileenM in sad and frustrated   
    This comment is not directly Whole30 related, but I hope it will speak to you and others.
    My daughter has always struggled with her weight, and when she met her husband, she was at her heaviest (5'3" and probably about 250 lbs) She had a beautiful wedding and she looked like herself in her gorgeous dress with her radiant, shining face. Her husband was in love with her just as she was, it was obvious. After several years, she decided to wanted to work on losing weight and she did...lost 100 lbs in about a year. Of course she looked beautiful and she felt great, but this is what she told me...the motivation to lose weight came when she realized she did not have to look a certain way to be loved and valued. The unconditional love she received from her husband helped her to value and love herself enough to make the changes she needed to make, not because she was trying to be loved, but because she already was.
    Now, I'm not saying that a woman needs a man to love her to feel good about herself. The point I am trying to make is that we all have someone who loves us...parent, friend, child, dog (haha) God...and that we are loved the way we are. And realizing that we are valuable because of what is on the inside will move us toward making the desired changes on the outside.
    So you will GLOW on your wedding day whatever you weigh, and when your husband sees you walking down that aisle, he will see the woman he loves. That's YOU. Not a number on a scale.
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    Selcazare reacted to senews in High Cholesterol!!!   
    Great news!!! I saw a great endocrinologist who prescribed Armour natural dessicated thyroid. After being on it for 2 months, my numbers are as follows:
    total: 185
    HDL: 76
    LDL: 93
    triglycerides: 82
    I'm so relieved and glad I figured out the real problem and didn't just blindly go on a statin. Thanks for all your support, guys! And get your thyroid checked!
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    Selcazare reacted to AmyS in 31 Days, No weight loss, Possible to overeat?   
    So to sum up:
    You have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. You had a baby in the last year. You work at a stressful job. Your job has determined that certain markers which they call measures of health, matter and will get you a ticket to discounted health insurance or weight loss classes. As part of that, during your fourth month post-partum (when your body is still regathering itself and when your Hashi's may need some special attention), they decided that you were on the cusp between getting a health insurance discount and getting recommended for weight loss training.
    This, my darling, is not your problem. This is a problem of our society, our way of thinking about health, and your company's deciding that it's important to use inaccurate measures of health rather than to create a decent work environment. Beyond that, this is a problem of our society deciding that all women need to be white, young, tall, blonde, life-threateningly skinny, and let's not forget brainless.
    You do not have a problem here. Eat up, and fight the power. Really.
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    Selcazare reacted to Maggiedoll in Day 21. Exhausted and miserable.   
    That was the compromise I made with myself.  I keep going, I stay compliant and all my meals fit the template, but I stop torturing myself over whether I'm doing enough about an issue that was peripheral to my decision to do the Whole30 in the first place.  Still seems reasonable to me.  A banana with almond butter is not going to make my sinuses swell shut. 
    It's not so much my speed that I think should be better, as the fact that I can't sustain even the slowest run.  But trying to do it continuously would make it feel like torture, so I keep just doing intervals.  It is strangely relaxing.  (And if you had told me last year that I would ever find it relaxing to run, I'd have thought you were completely insane.)  But I can't call myself an athlete. 
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    Selcazare reacted to Maggiedoll in Day 21. Exhausted and miserable.   
    Okay, increasing the starchy veggies.  (I'm still not completely sure that I was getting that little, though.  I was limiting them, but I was eating some sweet potato or plantain with most meals, and I wasn't limiting less-dense starches like beets, rutabaga, and winter squash.)

    Got a magnesium supplement while I was out shopping yesterday.  It's just the basic Nature Made one, which was all I could find, but I don't see anything specifically forbidden in the ingredients. 
    But I'm also not worrying about sugar dragons anymore.  The fact that I was eating too much sugar and drinking too much and felt like I needed to change my habits were considerations in starting the Whole30, but it was the seasonal allergy thing that was really the deciding factor.  (And really, it's pretty crazy to actually feel worse than when I was eating a lot of things that I knew were unhealthy.  Even if this weren't working at all, I should still feel better just from cutting out the junk.)  I'll keep doing template meals and stay compliant, but I just can't keep worrying about the grey area stuff, especially since it seems like people who are eating the iffy stuff that I've avoided are doing so much better than I am. 
    I am feeling better today.  I don't think it's Tiger Blood better, but I'm not feeling so totally awful. 
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    Selcazare reacted to Maggiedoll in Day 21. Exhausted and miserable.   
    Besides a bit in the beginning, or when I'm seeing and/or smelling things I can't have, cravings in general haven't been that bad.  But I have been having some trouble feeling unsatisfied after a meal.  Normally I'll get cranky and tired if I put off eating for too long, but then when I eat, I feel better.  Through a lot of my Whole30, I'm finding that I feel like that, but eating doesn't help.  I hoped my blood sugar would become more stable so that I wouldn't get cranky before meals, but not by making me feel that way all of the time!  I don't think there's a reasonable way to consider the cravings I was having yesterday to be sugar dragon related.  I wanted something else, because the things I've been eating haven't been working, despite being exactly what I'm supposed to be eating. 
    I've avoided things that are supposed to feed the sugar dragon.  It hasn't worked.  There's absolutely, positively, no way I could continue worrying about sugar dragon drama.  I think what's left to do, besides outright quitting, is to stop worrying about whether something will feed the sugar dragon, and just stick to compliance.  I still have doubts that anything good will come out of it, but at least that way I'm not quitting.  Most people seem to consider that a successful Whole30 anyway, even as they say not to do it. 
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    Selcazare reacted to Midlyfechrysalis in Whole 30 Food is Gross!   
    I think, maybe, your palate has been trained to seek and enjoy artificial textures, tastes, and sensations.
    Whole 30 food is, indeed, simply food. But if you've had a lifestyle of foods (I believe) are literally designed to create the need for more, and to change the taste buds, you may need to be patient was your body resets back to a more intuitive/organic food need.
    Back when I was a crunchy earth mama, I remember reading about how dairy can change (and limit) the taste buds in certain people. And how the processed and fast food industry relies on the changed taste buds.
    It's not that "Whole 30 food it gross." It's not even "Whole 30" food like Weight Watchers food or Atkins Nutritionals food. Whole 30 food is simply food.
    It includes fresh foods, healthfully prepared. The fact that you *don't* like a variety of it demonstrates a need for a reset.
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    Selcazare reacted to amieK in Whole 30 Food is Gross!   
    When I saw the title of this post I was like "Whole30 food is gross??? How can that be?? Isn't Whole30 food, just, um . . . food?!!!"
    I guess I understand better now having read the previous posts.
    Whole30 doesn't tell you that you have to eat certain vegetables, or else. If you really hate broccoli or any other vegetable, you don't have to eat it. Or if something allowable makes you feel bad, you don't have to eat it. For example, I like sweet potatoes/yams (allowable) but I don't eat them anymore because they feel like a lump of lead in my tummy and make me feel bloated. But I discovered that I can tolerate squash, so when I feel the need for something a little more carb-y, I'll cut up a butternut squash into cubes, toss with olive oil and salt & pepper, spread the cubes on a cookie sheet and roast .
    However, I don't think you can do Whole30 with "just certain meats and fruits". You're going to have to expand your horizons a bit when it comes to vegetables in order to do this program in a healthy fashion. Except for the spinach that you had for breakfast one morning, you aren't eating enough green things. And now you say even spinach is making you feel sick. 
    And you're going to have to do some cooking to succeed with Whole30 (or else find someone to cook compliant meals for you.) Cooking doesn't have to be complicated involving "recipes with 20 ingredients that take 2 hours to make." You've been given many fine examples in the posts above. Just because your homemade mayo didn't turn out the first time you made it, doesn't mean you won't succeed the next time. But maybe mayo is not the place you should start. How about making a simple green salad with home-made olive oil vinaigrette? Do you have a good knife and cutting board? If not, invest in them.
    ​Another good investment is an oven-proof meat thermometer. It makes roasting a chicken super-easy. Otherwise you can calculate cooking times online based on the weight of the bird.
    Roast chicken accompanied by a big salad loaded with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, avocado, matchstick carrots, olives & tossed with vinaigrette - that's a typical meal at our house. Personally, I find cooking this way a lot less time-consuming. But it does take some planning. You have to be willing to buy fresh ingredients and you have to think ahead and take frozen meat, fish, or chicken out of the freezer in time to thaw for when you'll need it.
    You can't expect to just pull a box or package out of the cupboard or freezer and end up with a nutritious Whole30 meal. It's just not going to happen. 
    ​Maybe you're not at a place in your life where you're ready for this kind of change. Maybe you're busy with work and/or school and you just don't have the time to plunge in and go whole-hawg Whole30. And that's ok. But if you want to start investing in your health, you really ought to start taking some baby steps towards eating better. And you're just going to have to re-educate your taste buds to enjoy a wider variety of vegetables. Maybe on your days off, you could make a point of spending some time in the kitchen trying a few new simple recipes such as the ones that were shared in the posts above.