Incandescent

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  1. Incandescent

    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    Congratulations to everyone! I was sick for over 2 weeks during this whole 30, which was mega-disappointing. Even so, I had some very clear benefits. The biggest one for me is how steady my emotions are. Also, I feel happier. My boyfriend who isn't on the forum, but participated with me is feeling great too.
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    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    I've done Whole30 twice before, with great results, so this is the third round for me in 2 years. Unfortunately, I have found that after a while, the deliberate tasting of delicious foods just once in a while turns into "whenever I want". Don't get me wrong, I know it's not in my best interest to be eating pizza regularly (even if its gluten free). However, when faced with hunger 3 or more times a day, making the right choice each time has been enormously difficult. So, for me, adding one day on which I can eat any food, is appealing. Then, I can't make a choice to indulge 6 days out of the 7. It will be an experiment of course. I'm not sure how it will go. My hope is that, say I eat a sandwich on cheat day and some ice cream (I don't plan to eat all noncompliant foods, just a couple things), within a couple days of eating clean after that day, my body will be back to it's optimum self. I wouldn't advocate for anyone else trying my experiment, but I am sharing what I think MIGHT work for me.
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    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    My boyfriend and I are doing Whole 30 together and I agree about the structure being important. We are going to try a schedule where we eat whole 30 3 days a week, vegetarian 2 days a week (so adding tofu and beans back in), then have a cheat day. This is a schedule we are going to try to stick to. I know if we don't have structure I'll start snacking on rice crackers and such and start eating ice cream on the regular. Its such a slippery slope! We both feel great and enjoy eating this way. The one unknown is alcohol. He doesn't want to touch it anymore, but I miss wine with meals. I need to figure that one out...Maybe I will only have wine when out to dinner or on special occasions.
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    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    Sleeping great! I had to change my 4 year old's habit of coming into our bed in the wee hours of the morning, which has gone surprisingly well so far. We also got new fancy pillows over the weekend and they seem to have fixed my problem of waking up with a stiff lower back. (Next stop - new bed, but need to save up for that). Anyhow, the whole 30 set the tone for making these changes for me. I was finding that I could sleep through the night peacefully when my son wasn't here, so thank you diet changes! Also, I feel very steady emotionally, which is fantastic. I feel more logical. Problems are easier for me to solve (and don't seem as insurmountable). Honestly, its still a struggle to get all the right foods in me for busy days, and when I don't i get agitated. Sometimes I feel sorry for myself when I'm at school (Im a grad student) and I can't purchase a snack or meal that satisfies. But those moments are fleeting compared to the overall sense of wellbeing I am experiencing. How are you all feeling at the tail end of this journey?
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    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    Day 15! I'm proud to be half way through. I've had the flu, so I haven't been feeling fantastic. I can tell I've lost weight though. I just can't wait to be healthy again. I want the tigers blood!
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    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    Day 7!!! I finally got the good sleep last night and it was great. How's everyone feeling today?
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    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    Day 5! I woke up feeling a heaviness in my body. I definitely think I'm detoxifying. I've been thirsty all day, so drinking tons of water. I get really hungry in the afternoons, so it's been impossible for me not to snack (on veggies, hard boiled eggs, nuts, fruit). Aside from the above complaints, I've been doing great. I feel good cognitively and emotionally. Everything is in bloom, getting my allergies going, but the great thing about being dairy free is that I'm not very congested at all, its just big sneezes and nose itches.
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    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    I had crazy crazy dreams last night, then woke up with sore muscles. I think its the detoxification.
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    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    Forgot to mention that I did this once before and it was life changing. I am looking forward to the benefits I know I will feel!
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    FIRST TIMER - Starting 4/9/18

    I started today too! 4/9/18 I made beef carnitas style in the slow cooker overnight and roasted some potatoes to have for the week. I "try" to eat paleo in regular life, but today was a wake up call that I must be cheating every day, since I felt quite hungry in the afternoon. I am a grad student single mom, so I am out and about most of the day. Planning for lunches feels really overwhelming! I am most worried about SUGAR - my biggest weakness.
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    Shocked to find I have issues with oats & rice

    jmcbn Thanks for the info --- I hope I can heal my gut in 6 months, that would be great. I never dreamed I could have all these food sensitivities that I was oblivious to until my whole30. To answer your questions: I didn't have any food sensitivities during whole 30 and I was totally strict and on plan. Pre-whole30 I ate what I considered at the time to be healthy. which means, meat, fish, pasta, cheese, tofu, beans, salads, smoothies, yogurt, but I had a bad sweet tooth and indulged in sugar lots (as desserts, not soda). I've been taking probiotics for at least 6 months, the kind you refrigerate. Today I tested yogurt on its own and it was not pretty - I had a horrible digestive reaction. My next test, in 2 days will be soy. I feel confident that I will feel good if I just stick to whole30 eating for a while. I was hoping I could splurge on ice cream every once in a while, but I'm not sure that will be worth it to me after the reactions I've had to dairy. Guess I'll be trying coconut ice cream :). To be perfectly honest though, I think sugar is problematic for my allergies, so that will be on rare occasions. I didn't expect the reintroductions to last so long, but what i'm really learning is that, for the foreseeable future, I will be basically eating whole30, so I better get used to it!
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    Shocked to find I have issues with oats & rice

    jmcbn thanks for the response! - I was under the impression that leaky gut could take up to 18 months to heal? I wouldn't expect to be normal again in 30 days, would I? I went through some very intense stress for 3 years straight, which ravaged my system. In one day I ate the oatmeal for breakfast and had black rice noodles for dinner - which contain both black rice and white rice. I ate the noodles with sunflower seed butter. I developed hives immediately after the noodles that night. I read the ingredients and there wasn't anything "extra" in those noodles. Days later, I tried plain white rice (which was my only reintroduction that day) and had no reaction! So...it could be a black rice-specific problem, or maybe the buildup of having oatmeal and then throwing rice on top of that gave me the reaction. Hives are still healing from over a week ago BTW. They also flared up when I had soy sauce. On the upside - I had no noticeable reaction to gluten when I reintroduced it! I plan to eat mostly whole30 going forward to continue to heal my gut and also just because it agrees with me so much. I'll eat whole30 at home, then splurge on special occasions only. I'm continuing to lose weight during reintroductions.
  13. My reintroductions are going slower than expected and I'm finding out things I don't want to know :(. Of course I am very glad to be getting to the bottom of my health issues, but here's what I didn't want to find: 1. Dairy gives gives me an itchy throat and makes me phlegmy - I can't afford to be phlegmy because I get bad seasonal allergies and hate being all stuffy. 2. Oatmeal knocked me the f* out yesterday. I was so tired after eating it and it made me hungry a couple hours after breakfast, even though I'd added sausage and spinach to the meal. 3. Rice gives me HIVES. What?! And it made me stuffy. I have yet to try out corn, legumes or gluten. Does anyone else have the oat and rice problem? Also, could this be temporary, meaning maybe I have a leaky gut, which is causing these foods to send their allergens into my bloodstream now, but if I heal my gut, maybe I can enjoy them again? I appreciate any input. THANKS!
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    Starting Whole30 on July 18

    I started the day intending to try gluten-free grains. I had a bowl of quick cook steel cut oats (trader joe's ) with blueberries, ghee and almond milk. I ate a chicken apple sausage and a bunch of spinach on the side since it felt wrong not to have my protein and veggies in the morning. By 11am I was ravenous and loopy. I wasn't home so I couldn't have any food until 12:15 at lunch time. I ate a whole30 compliant lunch because I wanted to see how this oatmeal thing played out. After lunch I was so tired. I'm kinda confused because oatmeal is the last thing I expected to be allergic to or sensitive to. I'm really wondering whats up with this? Anyone else had a negative reaction to oatmeal? Can starchy foods create hunger a couple hours down the road? Thats what seems to happen to me, even if I add in protein and veggies.