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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Starting Whole30 on July 18

    I know its fixable by just going back on whole30 for a couple days, but I'm disappointed in myself for drinking 3 drinks last night - making me super groggy this morning, and dehydrated. I don't want to reintroduce anything today cuz I won't know whether it was the booze or the new food affecting me. Now I'm dragging this process out more.
  6. Starting Whole30 on July 18

    How's it going with reintroductions guys? I started with wine, which made me tired and nonproductive. Thats ok sometimes, but not as often as I had been indulging before whole30. I tried dairy today since I missed it most. I've had itching in the back of my throat and have had to clear my throat most of the day, I guess its a bit phlegmy. Its nothing major, but it is annoying. I guess I have a "sensitivity"? This is new territory for me. Anyone else have experience with this? I'll see how I feel the next 2 days. I wasn't very gung ho about eating dairy today, I felt kind of like I didn't want to mess with a good thing, since the whole30 diet has agreed with me so well. However, I am planning to do the fast track reintroductions because I really want to do this right and figure out how things affect me. I'm spending just as much time thinking about and preparing food as I was last week. Lots of work!
  7. Starting Whole30 on July 18

    How's it going with reintroductions guys? I started with wine, which made me tired and nonproductive. Thats ok sometimes, but not as often as I had been indulging before whole30. I tried dairy today since I missed it most. I've had itching in the back of my throat and have had to clear my throat most of the day, I guess its a bit phlegmy. Its nothing major, but it is annoying. I guess I have a "sensitivity"? This is new territory for me. Anyone else have experience with this? I'll see how I feel the next 2 days. I wasn't very gung ho about eating dairy today, I felt kind of like I didn't want to mess with a good thing, since the whole30 diet has agreed with me so well. However, I am planning to do the fast track reintroductions because I really want to do this right and figure out how things affect me. I'm spending just as much time thinking about and preparing food as I was last week. Lots of work!
  8. Starting Whole30 on July 18

    I bought a scale today on my way home from my morning root canal - that went ok, except I got shaky and lightheaded from the anesthesia, which has NEVER happened to me - so I believe it is related to my diet changes somehow. Drumroll please.... I lost 11 lbs! I'm thrilled about it, but need to lose 9 more to be at my pre-baby weight. I would be just as enthusiastic about whole30 if I had lost zero pounds, since the NSVs for me were huge - more energy, stabler moods, and no allergies. Feeling proud of all of us!
  9. Starting Whole30 on July 18

    Feels like my birthday today :). I made banana and egg pancakes - compliant ingredients, but not ok during the 30 days of whole30. Looking forward to a bit of white wine later on.
  10. 55 and feelin' Alive!

    Thanks for sharing and congratulations! I'm finishing today too and it feels a bit like Christmas. :).
  11. Starting Whole30 on July 18

    I am amazed that tomorrow is Day 30! I wrote a long self reflection about the whole experience that I linked above. I am looking forward to making a paleo treat for day 31. I think it will involve almond flour. And a glass of wine, or two, or three. I definitely want to keep eating whole 30 style, with added things I find agree with me after reintroductions. Lets keep posting here during reintroductions. I am very curious about what we will find and how it will pan out. Of course, I'm worried that it won't be cut and dry enough for me, but I've heard that once your body is "reset" by the 30 days, you are sensitive enough to understand how different kinds of foods affect you. I love having the support of this forum and the daily emails. The strict rules have made it easy to make food choices. I worry that I'll lose my way a bit, but then again, I have developed confidence in myself while shopping and such. However, I haven't eaten out all month. I'm gonna have to figure that one out.
  12. Day 29 and Feelin' Fine

    I completed the self reflection exercise suggested in the whole 30 daily email today. I felt like sharing in hopes of encouraging and inspiring others, Here it is: This is what my life used to be like. I started the Whole30 as part of a longterm healing process from a traumatic birth and 3.5 month NICU stay for my first child and the end of my dysfunctional relationship with his father. Things I did to help myself leading up to the whole30 - yoga, meditation, herbs, acupuncture, psychotherapy, exercise, allergy shots, self-help books and CDs, Zoloft. Not to mention embarking on a new career path, which has involved college classes and volunteer hours. I also work from home. The problems I sought to tackle by changing my diet included: extremely low energy, depression, and horrific allergies. Juggling life as a working single mom and student felt impossible with my health. This is how I found the Whole30. Around the same time, my acupuncturist and therapist both suggested my diet might be contributing to my low energy, depression and allergies. I have always been a healthy eater, but my relationship with carbs and sugar was unhealthy. My acupuncturist explained that the gut creates some neurotransmitters and it finally clicked for me - that my depression and energy problems could be directly linked to my diet. This was totally new information to me. She also explained that in traditional Chinese medicine, they don’t consider depression an illness, but consider it a symptom of other problems. I had alarmingly low chi (life energy in traditional Chinese medicine). My therapist handed me the one page whole30 meal plan as a template for me to work with when I told her I felt confused about what was healthy to eat. I immediately said, “There are no grains on here.” She told me I could add them in limited quantities if I wanted. I went home and Googled whole30. That night I knew I had to try it. I had a family reunion and a wedding to get through before I could begin, so I calendared it and announced the start date to my immediate family. During my whole30 experience: I was so scared before I started. I feared intense cravings that almost hurt. I pictured HUNGER. I feared headaches and low moods and misery. My first week was actually a breeze. I immediately had more energy and my moods were more stable. The cravings were not very intense at all. I barely missed alcohol, even though I had a drink or two every night before whole30. I lost weight with out hunger. I ate big yummy meals and didn’t feel tired afterwards. On one or two days I suffered short-lived headaches. On day 11 I was hella tired. Other than that, I was living the dream. I had drank the Kool-Aid. I got my period 2 weeks early, which really surprised me since I am on birth control. I was so tired for 3-4 days. This was right around the time I was supposed to feel Tigers Blood. My tigers blood was stolen from me! That was a bummer. On the flip side, I have felt happy in a way that I have not felt in ages. I’m on Zoloft, which I know is helping, but I can’t wait to wean off of it when the doctor thinks its advisable. I have a lot of faith that I will be able to stabilize my moods much more with my new healthy diet and I don’t plan to be on Zoloft long term. Eight years ago I lived in Peru for a summer, working at an archaeological site museum. While there, I developed allergies that have stuck with me ever since. I sneezed loudly, had copious mucous, and felt so incredibly itchy. Allergies would come and go all year long. I’ve taken medications, gotten steroid allergy shots and regular old allergy shots. I do the neti pot, take herbs and make Chinese teas, have allergen free bedding, an air purifier, and started getting acupuncture specifically to target my allergies. The allergies have not bothered me one bit since I’ve been on the Whole30. I won’t know until I do reintroduction, but I am guessing I was more mucousy from dairy and the tissues all over my body were inflamed and my immunity was on overdrive from foods I was eating. I want to scream from the rooftops that everyone with seasonal allergies should try this! While calming the allergy beast was big, by far the hugest milestone for me has been my increased stamina and patience with my toddler. Before the whole30 I was running on empty. Now, I can play actively with my beautiful boy. He is a fireball, so that means a lot. It means more than I am able to express in words. I felt so much guilt for having so little energy for him despite knowing he is the most important thing in my life. I have been struggling since he was born to keep up with him! The past two days I’ve played in the waves of the ocean by our home, which he absolutely loves. I was literally unable to do this with him before because I would get exhausted immediately. Keeping him safe with his high energy runs and jumps into the crashing waves was simply too much for me to handle. The past two days I felt tired after our wave jumping, but in a good way. I was proud of myself. Now that I've finished my whole 30. I look forward to being a proud paleo! I’m excited for reintroductions because they will tell me what I need to know to make good food choices. If I find out I have no negative reaction to certain foods I love, I will happily eat those too. However, if it turns out I have bad reactions to all the things I eliminated in whole30, then I will be able to live with it. I know I can make delicious food. I’ve learned that grains aren't a NECESSITY, which I truly always thought they were. I believed I would feel hungry and unsatisfied if my plate didn’t include a grain. I will eat meat for breakfast or an egg with spinach. I never thought that would be a regular thing for me, but 30 days of steaming spinach and cooking an egg or some Applegate chicken and apple sausage, or paleo bacon, has shown me that this is a feasible thing for me. And I enjoy it!
  13. Starting Whole30 on July 18

    Yep! Still on it! Its been foggy and cool here - making me crave comfort food something major. However, when I want bread or cookies I reach for fruit or tea or nuts and just ride it out. Tea helps too. Another major craving I had yesterday was wine. I passed the GRE in the morning, got the score I need to apply to grad school and wanted desperately to celebrate yesterday evening with a glass of wine or two. But I held back. Had cherry flavored seltzer instead. I was starting to feel tigers blood coming on, then aunt flo arrived 2 weeks early --- it was shocking and also made me pretty tired. I learned on the ladies part of this forum that thats a common side affect for women on Whole 30. Yikes. Overall this has been a fantastic experience. I have had more energy, my moods have been more stable, I've lost weight, and I feel more confident. Keep up the good work everyone!!!
  14. Starting Whole30 on July 18

    I just wanted to share a special weekend treat I've been making for my son and I - plantains pan fried in ghee, served with eggs and whatever else you want. The plantains satisfy the desire for something pancakey on a weekend morning.
  15. Starting Whole30 on July 18

    LightenupFrancis - I have had more energy pretty much from day one of the whole30. It hasn't been easy per se, but its been a heck of a lot easier than I expected it to be, mostly because I: - haven't experienced seasonal allergies or even forest fire smoke allergies (live near big sur) at all! - clothes are looser - a SIGNIFICANT amount of more energy - I am sleeping 1-2 hours per night less than I used to (used to sleep 9 hours) The dr. weighed me today - oops! wasn't foreseeing being MADE to stand on a scale during my whole 30. I guess could have looked away but of course I didn't. I'm very curious to see how dairy, wheat, etc affect me after 30 days is up. I didn't expect to have so much more energy with this diet. I made the thai coconut soup tonight and it is supremely delicious! Highly recommended.