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  1. ThisIsCharity

    Bloating like WHOA

    Day 4 down except HOLY MOTHER OF BATMAN THE BLOATING. I really want to see a difference in my body composition by the end of this. Its not my main goal, but who doesn't want to feel better, and looking down and seeing this visible distention is kinda freaking me out. Please please tell me its just my body getting used to the influx of veggies and protein and good fats. Not that its really going to look this way forever.
  2. Good Morning, I'm following up on Chris' suggestion to use the troubleshooting forum to figure out why I have had stomach pains & bad bloating in the morning/upon waking up the last couple days. I've listed the last couple of days worth of food to see if that helps figure out why this was happening. I should also note that I've was diagnosed with IBS two years ago, gluten intollerance, lactose intollerance and have suffered from stomach issues for years prior to removing those two things from my diet. I've removed gluten from my diet for over 6.5 years now and lactose for 2 years since testing positive for lactose intollerance. Stomach pains are nothing new for me but I was surprised by them during the whole 30 because I've been feeling particularly great without any issues until day 8. Approximated quantities of food...I usually drink about 12 oz of water a day minimum. My meals Day 8 - July 26, 2015 8am Woke up and my stomach is actually a little sore and distended. 9:10am 1.5 cup of Yam hash with red onion and garlic topped with two poached eggs, 3 thin slices of bacon, 1/2 small tomatoes a couple slices of avacados. 1cup Coffee with coconut milk and glass of water. 10am BM regular. 1:14pm 4oz tilapia with tomato sauce over a green salad, 4-5 olives, topped with tbsp olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Only water to drink. By early afternoon my stomach calmed down and felt normal again. 4pm blueberries and banana in almond milk with cinnamon. glass of water. 7pm 3oz spiced ground turkey with sides of yams, and acorn squash. Peppermint tea to drink. My meals Day 9 - July 27, 2015 7am Woke up similar stomach ache feeling this morning and bloated. 8:00am 1.5cup fried potatoes in olive oil with bacon and red onion toped with two fried eggs topped with ½ avocado and ½ tomato slices. Coffee with coconut milk and glass of water. 8:30am BM regular, 10am Americano with lactaid milk. 11am the stomach ache seemed to subside. 1:30am 2 cups green salad with tilapia and hard boiled egg. and glass of water. 6pm handful of almonds and water. 7pm tuna patties with green salad & small glass of Kumboucha. My meals Day 10 - July 28, 2015 6:30am and my stomach is actually really sore today. Stomach pains from who knows what. 7:20 two eggs, 3 slice bacon and sliced red onion topped with parsley. Coffee with coconut milk and glass of water. 8am BM regular. 9am coffee with unsweetened almond milk. 10am apple glass of water. Stomach pains dissipated by mid morning thank goodness. 12:00am lunch consisted of a chicken drumstick and roasted yams with red onion. It was super yummy. glass of water. 5pm handful of almonds before going to the gym for 6:30-7:30pm - 12 oz water throughout workout. 7:45pm after workout banana 8pm 2 fried eggs and large glass of water. July 29, 2015 Today I didn't wake up with the stomach pains but I still feel a little bloated. I'm hoping the stomach ache portion and pains are done for now. Please let me know if anything I'm eating or doing for meals could be an issue. In the meantime I'll keep moving forward. Thank you, Reagan
  3. aliceinwonderlnd

    Garlic intolerance?

    I'm on Day 28 and haven't had any intestinal problems since the first week. Today I made a salad that included, for the first time since beginning the Whole30, raw garlic. Within a few minutes, I was experiencing shooting pains in my stomach, which later turned into bloating and gas. Can this be a sign of garlic intolerance? Has anyone else experienced symptoms like these from garlic? I haven't eaten raw garlic in months but never thought it was problematic when I had it on occasion. Can I have developed a new sensitivity?
  4. HI All, I was recently diagnosed with Diverticulosis via colonoscopy. I decided to eliminate inflammatory foods from my diet and eat a cleaner diet. .. and her I am on day 6 of Whole30. I thought by stomach would feel less bloated after eating clean for 6 days. My normal diet before Whole30 included lots of processed foods, junk food, sugar, more sugar, chocolate ,,, in limitless quantities every day. I am now eating lots of protein and vegetables. The problem I have experienced is lots of gas and bloating since I started. This isn't really a new problem for me, but it has continued for 6 days now unresolved. Is it because my body is not used to processing such nutrients and not used to not processing sugar? Does anyone else have this problem? It's a little discouraging because I thought the clean eating would help flatten out my stomach? Does anyone have a great anti-bloating regimen (probably need one with probiotics of some sort) that works great?
  5. Ellen915

    puffy stomach

    Hi, Middle aged ladies--my midsection is not going away! Help! I'm on day 29 of my first whole 30. I have ibs and fibromyalgia, and I think I will continue on whole30 because I don't feel so great yet. I don't feel like I've lost much weight on whole30 but maybe I have it's just that my stomach still feels really poochy. At first I had lots of gas, like a blown up balloon, very uncomfortable. Then I cut out most of the coconut milk and sweet potatoes, started eating just one veggie with each meal (but more of it), and started taking digestive enzymes. That really helped. I had also had some dizziness so started drinking my water with lemon and salt in it. So the bloating and dizziness went away. But I'm constipated now, because I think I may need to add back in some sweet potato and have a little more salt. My question is this: if I keep going will I eventually lose weight in my abdomen? Do you think it's just all the bloat and constipation that makes me feel like I haven't lost weight? Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks so much!
  6. Another bowel question! Sorry guys! We are on day 29 and have done reasonably well throughout. I already had a "lazy bowel" before starting the whole 39, but it seems to have got worse. I haven't had a reasonable bowel movement for at least 5 days and am feeling discouraged and very uncomfortable, to the extent that last night I skipped dinner. I just couldnt face eating! a typical day's meals for us would be: breakfast - two eggs and a pepper stew lunch - fish, chicken or meat with sauteed , roast, or stewed veggies. Yesterday was a veggie curry (mild) Dinner - two slices of roast beef with olives and fresh tomatoes drizzled with olive oil, or left- overs. I try to stick as close as possible o the template. I drink at least four to six large cups of tea per day, including green tea after lunch and rooibos tea in the evening. I try to drink water as well, but with the weather being cold, it's difficult to do that. Any ideas?
  7. LindaTuck19

    ovulation hunger and cravings

    I had my period the week after I started the Whole30, and I am currently on day 25, so this is my first ovulation experience. It's really, really hard. My hunger is through the roof and I am literally shoveling any compliant food in my face. Waaay too many nuts, fruits, and "snacks" but meals can make me feel like I am going to throw up first thing in the AM, and then I wait too long and become even more ravenous. Anyone have this problem? My cycle was easy the first week, and ovulation tends to be more "PMS-y" than my actual week of my period.
  8. I need help diagnosing if I am doing everything right! I'm on Day 3 and have noticed my stomach is super bloated almost to the point where it feels like I have the flu (assuming it may have something to do with my intestinal tract). I've really been trying to eat everything in the meal plan but find it hard to get into the groove of enjoying so many vegetables and not grabbing a piece of bread or granola bar as well as finding approved fats that I can enjoy (besides avocados all the time). Am I having too much fruit? Does the bloating just happen but will go away as you continue to eat well? Does your body adjust to the hunger or should I be okay from the start if I add enough protein? This is what I've been eating the first two days: Meal 1: Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, tomatoes and salsa, 1/4 avocado Lunch: Salad, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, balsamic vinaigrette, 1/2 avocado, apple, strawberries (was super hungry after this and realized I needed to add more protein....well protein period.) Dinner: Chicken Breast, Broccoli with approved salsa, sweet potatoes Day 2: Meal 1: Scrambled eggs again, tomatoes, roasted sweet potatoes Meal 2: chicken salad, cucumbers, 1/2 avocado, grape tomatoes, green beans, strawberries Meal 3: beef, fried egg, tomatoes, salad, watermelon, almonds Another struggle is making sure I get everything packed together before I leave, seeing that I work full time with about an hour commute. Would appreciate any help I can get! Thank you!
  9. I am officially fed-up! Personal health history - Childhood bronchial problems, ALLERGIES atopic, hayfever, animal fur, feathers, asthma, eczema, sinus problems, articular hypermobility, painful joints, eating disorders, early twenties diagnosed with post viral fatigue syndrome, IBS, Lichen Sclerosis (possible autoimmune disorder), Gestational Diabetes, recent diagnosis of chronic pain syndrome (poss hypermobility syndrome). There's bound to be stuff I've missed off. Family history - brother ulcerative colitis, sister type 1 diabetes, sister hypermobility syndrome with dysplasia, (and two neices) fibromyalgia, drug addiction, mother lymphoma (non hodg), fibromyalgia, ibs, glucose sensitive, high cholesterol, collagen disorder amongst other stuff. Father type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure (resolved), alcoholism, high cholesterol. Nephew - joint dysplasia, Grandparents - cancer, obesity, heart disease (that I know of) Daughters - food allergies, peanut, dairy, eggs, pineapple, kiwi. Asthma. Aching joints and fatigue. So this is why I am desperate to solve these health problems. I really need to prevent this catalogue of ill health in my children. So - I feel ill, my guts hurt, I feel a bit nauseous, still have sore throat (since about day3 I think), headache, sinus pressure, unquenchable thirst, aches and pains and horrible fatigue. Massive bloating today! Ok so it's nothing new, but I am bored and irritated by it all. I just want to feel well. Today is the first day that I have some doubt about the whole process. I know, I know it's called Whole30 not Whole12 but still I thought I might see some progress by now. But hey the sun is shining and the kids will be at school/preschool soon. I have no work today - I desperately need to clean my house but I have about as much energy as a slug. I am stepping over a huge pile of clothes every time I go in my bedroom. I haven't put my toddler's clothes away for maybe a couple of weeks so that is piling high. I am barely keeping on top of the washing up. Actually, not keeping on top of it at all. I haven't managed to get to the end of it yet since I started this process. There's always another pile of oven dishes etc waiting to be cleaned from the constant cooking. My lounge... ha!! I have kept the door shut in shame (dumping ground). I sound like someone you are glad you don't know in person I am sure!!! My daughter just asked where we are going on holiday this year. I have told her there won't be one but she still asked anyway. Last year I had to cancel two holidays because I was too ill to travel. I do try hard to see my blessings every day but today I am struggling to feel positive. Sorry I am following Whole30 foods and also have cut out nightshades. I've been reading about foods that affect the gut more (certain fruits, veg, as well as dairy and grains - FODMAPs) and there is the AIP which I stopped reading when it said No Eggs!! gulp! I realise that it might just be that I need to be more patient!! 42 years of bad habits and ill health might need a bit longer! What say you?
  10. Mommyto5peeps

    Awful bloating still at day 21

    Hi. I need a bit of reassurance. I am feeling frustrated and a bit down. I am on day 21 of my second Whole 30 (which I did last spring) and have had consistent bloating this time that is not subsiding. Prior to this Whole 30, I was eating a lot of sugar (candy and sweets) and gluten (of which I have an intolerance) so I am wondering if my body is taking longer to respond? I started out extremely constipated and now go between that and quick trips to the rest room. I have tried to eat cooked veggies verses raw and nothing seems to help. I am also taking enzymes with each meal. My pants are very tight and after I eat I tend to feel uncomfortable. My energy is wonderful as are my sleeping habits. I have no cravings and do not over eat nuts or fruit. I also have not had a lot of coconut milk but do use coconut oil to cook everything. I think I remember reading that for some people a Whole 30 isn't long enough for the body to adjust, maybe this is the case for me this time? Thank you for your thoughts.
  11. Hi All, I am on Day 19 and I am having some GI issues. This seems to be a somewhat normal thing, but I was wondering if anyone is experiencing the exact ones I am, and at this late in the Whole 30. WARNING - this post is a bit graphic and gross, so I apologize in advance. I am mostly having issues with bloating and constipation. Originally, around day 5 or 6 on Whole 30 I was becoming regular - going every day, and it was quite lovely. Then, by day 12, I started having more constipation issues, and it slowed down to only going about once every 4-5 days. I might go a little bit some days in between, but then after 5 days of that, it's like my body just eliminates everything from the past 5 days! Is this normal? I am wondering if I am eating too large of meals at one time. I know they aren't too large for my weight/height because I measured myself on Day 14, just to see any progress, and I had lost an inch on my waist and 1/2 inch on each thigh! Before Whole 30, my body was used to eating 4-5 smaller meals per day, usually 3 main with 1-2 snacks. But now, for breakfast, as an example - on Whole 30- I am having 3 eggs, cooked in ghee or coconut oil, 1/3 to 1/2 sweet potato, some mushrooms or other veggies, and coffee with coconut milk in it - much larger than it ever has been in the past. But, since the Whole 30 says to try and eat large enough meals to ensure snacking isn't needed, I am kind of at a loss. If I eat a smaller meal, I am hungry by within 2-3 hours. But if I eat a larger meal that might fill me up for 4-5 hours, I can easily end up really bloated, and I am guessing it is also causing the constipation. Any advice here? Should I just wait to see if my body will adapt, or should I just go back to eating 4-5 smaller meals? I just really would like to remove this uncomfortable bloating feeling. It is so obnoxious. Thanks everyone!
  12. Hello all! Today is day 16 of the Whole60 that I'm doing. By now I was hoping to expect some kind of energy increase and, let's just say some things beginning to firm up. I don't feel any smaller. In fact, I feel like I'm still in MY PANTS ARE TIGHTER on the timeline, but that should have past 9 days ago. Is it possible to be that far behind on the timeline? I seem to be still struggling with lack of energy to do much, and I get terribly bloated after lunch and dinner. I haven't had anything that isn't Whole30 approved so I don't know why I'm not getting better. I'm not sleeping any better, it's still extremely difficult to wake up even after 9+ hours of sleep, and I just feel....sluggish and generally "meh". All day. I want to go back to the gym because it makes my body feel better, more loose and limber, but I just can't muster the energy. A typical day of food looks like; Breakfast - 2 eggs cooked usually over medium (because that's my favorite. I can eat that every day forever) 1-2 servings of either broccoli, green beans, or cauliflower (steamed) Occasionally I will eat a half serving of snow peas 1 handful of olives (sometimes a few cashews too, depending on how hungry I am) 1 mug of caffeine free Bengal Spice tea (it has no soy lecithin or added sweeteners) Lunch - 1 serving of chicken breast or salmon (usually grilled on the George Foreman) 2 servings of whichever veggie I didn't eat for breakfast, or asparagus (steamed) Every other day I eat a medium sweet potato 1 handful of olives again (I need to go get more olives and some other fat sources) Dinner - An almost identical copy of lunch. I sometimes switch which veggie it is, and I don't eat the sweet potato for dinner. (Yes, this is a boring meal plan. This is all I have until payday, when I can get more variety.) What can be changed to get me out of this funk I seem to be in?
  13. I'm on Day 22 and I've been dealing with bloat and stomach discomfort since about the 10 day mark. Last week I started supplementing with Digestive Enzymes (Trophic Supreme - vegetable based) (2 capsules per meal) and a Probiotic (Flora Udo's Choice Super Bifido Plus) one capsule per day. This helped a small amount, i.e. I could button my pants but they were still very tight. Also, my skin cleared up quite a bit. This morning I took the saliva test for yeast overgrowth and the result was positive. I also took the test for low stomach acid which had a positive result as well. I'm not surprised at all because, based upon the reading I've done, I am exhibiting most of the common symptoms. I need to know what to do next. On top of my list are the following: 1. Eliminate Fruit 2. Eliminate Coffee 2. Add a Betaine HCL supplement 3. Take a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar with a squeeze of lemon juice in a glass of water prior to each meal 4. Drink Ginger Tea Daily 5. Continue with my supplements of Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes Are there any other suggestions out there? Has anyone else gone through this? Any happy endings out there? This is so frustrating.
  14. Hey ya'all. I am on day 15 of the whole 30. A few days before starting, both my husband and I got this sort of like stomach virus or something where we had painful diarrhea. It lasted about a week (for him). I started Whole30 and thought the looseness and cramping were still residual from the stomach virus, but its been about 20 days. I wake up and have my coffee and within about 30 minutes, I have to go. It hasn't been solid since I started Whole30. Prior to, I was pretty regular and before the tummy virus, I was pretty solid. I don't have diarrhea, but its painful. Cramping etc. Appears some undigested food in stool and it smells wicked (sorry- just the facts man). It seems to happen in the morning and also right after meals, sometimes before I'm even done with the meal I start to cramp. I am also bloated. I am not weighing but my stomach seems distended and my pants are tighter. I am not sure if I am having more calories than usual since I am not counting per the instructions. My guess is I am not. I do notice when I am under extreme stress I get painful cramps and usually have to go. Before whole 30 I did a paleo diet and was pretty strict. So the main difference is now I have cut out the paleo treats like coconut flour bread, stevia sweetened drinks and excessive grazing between meals. My diet is pretty consistent: Breakfast is eggs, avocado and veggies (squash, onion and spinach) sautéed in ghee. Lunch is usually steak or porkchop with salad. Dinner is steak or burger or chicken, broccoli, sweet potato. I try not to snack, but when I do, I have a banana or some pecans or almonds. I drink some almond milk or almond water to calm cravings, which have all but gone away. I am on a very low dose of wellbutrin. I should also note a few other things. I am trying to recover from adrenal fatigue and my immune system is just shot. I take the pig adrenals but I suffer from frequent (as in once a month) illness (flu, colds, respiratory and sinus infections, sore throats, etc). Because of this, its been tough for me to get into a consistent exercise routine. While I don't know much about IBS, as I said before, typically I am solid and regular unless I am under stress. However, this 15 day stretch is extreme. I never have 15 days of straight toilet misery. I started drinking some psycillium husk thinking maybe that would firm things up. It has not. I used to track all my meals on my fitness pal but stopped since the book suggests not counting or tracking or weighing. So- any help or ideas is really appreciated. I am feeling discouraged. Thanks everyone.
  15. This post is on behalf of my husband. I'm doing Whole30 too, and loving it, everything going well for me. My husband is 35. He has suffered from food intolerances since middle school age or so, but has never done anything about it. He thought it was just "the way it is." He has some known triggers (onion - the worst, heavy cream - also the worst, some apples, sometimes garlic, and sometimes watermelon. Sometimes there are no apparent triggers. Desperate for some corrective action to take, I ask him what caused it, and he'll joke, "I think it was the food." His symptoms when exposed to these triggers are bloating episodes ranging from uncomfortable to extremely painful. He burps (huge, loud belches) and farts for an hour or three until he is able to have some diarrhea, at which point it usually clears. Sometimes it happens immediately after eating, but sometimes it waits for the middle of the night to strike. I had been encouraging him to do some kind of elimination diet for years, and he finally agreed to Whole30 with me (I am going for weight loss and energy), since he wouldn't be doing it alone. We began on July 9. The first couple days were the detox with headache, fatigue, and crankiness. But then he felt better. And he had a solid poop for the first time in his adult life. On Day 4, we had some watermelon. He had a horrible night, and so we made the determination that we should go low-FODMAP, since all of his triggers are FODMAPS. Though... not all FODMAPS are triggers - actually some of them (brussels sprouts, asparagus) are his favorites. By day 8 he had had apparent issues with sugar snap peas (FODMAP) and canteloupe (not a FODMAP). After these setbacks, I was convinced that he had leaky gut, so I started him on some supplements to promote healing: aloe vera juice, glutamine, marshmallow root, slippery elm, DGL, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. This was the evening of Day 8. On Day 9, he experienced what I believe to be a die-off - nauseous, sickly, very out of it. On Day 10, he reported low-grade heartburn all day. I had given him digestive enzymes with HCl, so I stopped those long enough to pick up some without HCl. The night of day 10 and day 11 were great! So I started him back on digestive enzymes (no HCl) on Day 11 evening - he had another horrible night. At that point, a fellow Whole9 poster suggested we try the SCD intro diet (chicken soup, carrot puree, grape juice gelatin), to keep things really gentle. I took him off ALL supplements. We started that diet on the evening on Day 12, and day 13 was a good one. He seemed to improve for the most part, but still with some fairly significant gas and bloating before bedtime and runny stools. Until Day 19 - I gave him a very small dose of digestive enzymes. I broke open the capsule and gave him about 1/3 of it. It wrecked him overnight. It was then that we realized the digestive enzymes were causing this distress, so we stopped them immediately. It's now day 24. He is still dealing with significant bloating and gas before bed, even though we stopped the enzymes. It didn't make a difference whether he was eating pureed food or whole food, so he went back on the Whole30. He took a probiotic last night, and that seemed to agree with him, so I think I'm going to have him continue that. So... I'm not sure what to do. 1 ) have you ever heard of someone to reacting to digestive enzymes like that? everything I've read says they are SO INCREDIBLE For people with leaky gut. It's very discouraging. 2 ) I'm thinking we might not go back to low-FODMAP... we just might avoid his known triggers. Restricting him seemed to make him worse, not better. 3 ) I've wondered if we should try the AIP, but he's never had issues with eggs or avocado. He does have issues sometimes with nuts. 4 ) If it really was the digestive enzymes (and the correlation in the beginning seemed pretty good), why is he still having issues when we stopped the enzymes 4+ days ago? And that was only a teeny tiny dose! So, long story short... help? suggestions?
  16. Madabout_riley

    Bloated, icky and mad!

    I just finished my whole 30 yesterday, not perfectly ( I had a few bites of a cookie and a handful of potato chips midway through I know I know terrible!) I have been battling bloating during my entire whole 30! I ate a lot of grains (whole) before my whole 30 but life without grains hasn't been much different on my gut! I look like I'm 4/5 months pregnant! My bowels have never been regular. I can go weeks without a movement. Since being on the whole 30 I've gone only a handful of times! And a few of those times I almost had to force it out! I've tried yogi detox teas and NOTHING comes out! I thought eating all these veggies would go me good and finally regulate my bowels but nothing. In fact, It's possible I might be worse. The other weird thing is, according to the tape measure, I've supposedly lost an inch off my waist! I measure in the morning when my tummy is relatively flat but what good is loosing that inch when I look like a freaking whale for the rest of the day?! Now unto what I've been eating, lots of spinach, kale, eggs, sweet potato and avocado, chicken, tuna, pork, turkey cutlets, ground beef, some fruits (cherries, apples, strawberries), onions, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, lots of carrots, asparagus, some Brussels sprouts, bell peppers and to tomatoes. My typical meals have roasted veggies (whatever I have on hand) and baked meat or fish. I don't know what else to do! I rotate my veggies and try new veggies each week. For example I never really had Brussels springs or asparagus, or cauliflower, before the whole 30. I didn't really eat sweet potato before either. I haven't yet checked my weight nor do I really want to but I hate the way my tummy looks! I've about taking enzymes but isn't that kind of hypocritical?! If I have to supplement (which is mentioned in the book as a no-no) then why did the whole 30? Am I alone on this one? I'd rather not supplement because I didn't believe in supplementing before so I'm not to start now. I eat a lot of sweet potato which I've read is good for making you poo, but I have no such luck. Could I be eating too much of it? I only have 4 a week. I should also mention, today is day 31 but I have no desire to re-introduce much at all. Maybe honey and the occasional threat (ice cream or cookie). I'm sticking with it but is there anything I can add to help with elimination?! I prefer a natural tea or fruit or vegetable. I'm considering doing a 3-5 day juice cleanse to debunk because I really feel gross! Any suggestions please help!
  17. Dear Whole30 peeps, My stomach has never recovered. I did my first Whole30 in Feb/March of this year. Around Day 20, I felt a bit stomach flu-ish, as did my husband. About 90% of the time since then, I have had abdominal bloating, occasionally with the sensation of rocks in my stomach, and it usually happens after lunch and dinner. Other things to know: I don't have a gallbladder and I avoid animal fats. Fat from pastured meat does not seem to bother me. I have type 2 diabetes and take starch/sugar intake pretty seriously, although I eat plenty to sustain my energy level. My sugars have been perfect. I have a latex allergy and I think I may be sensitive to coconut. I have no known autoimmune problems. I have seen GI, family practitioner, women's health, and psych in this time. Instructions from GI: Take magnesium (my dose has increased to a medically induced state of diarrhea that I am expected to maintain into the future). Cook all foods. No dairy. No carbonated beverages. Consider low FODMAPs. Provided Rx probiotics upon request. Tips from here in the forum: Magnesium. Enzymes. Probiotics. Cooked foods. Low FODMAPs. Ginger. In between Whole30s, I cooked only W30 foods and we ate occasional SAD meals at restaurants and with family (who live 10 hours away, which made it worth it). I have had one or two SAD meals that did not cause bloating while some did. The enzymes and probiotics never seemed to help. I took an entire bottle of NOW Superfoods and most of a bottle of 365, which are not W30 compliant. I took most of the bottle of the doctor's probiotics. I also drink kombucha on occasion, but am wondering if it bothers me as it is raw and bubbly and I did have some this week. I like it. I stopped the enzymes and probiotics around the beginning of my current W30 and didn't notice a difference. I added back a few raw foods about two weeks ago and started to eat any W30 foods that looked good to me (we ate 22 veggies off of the shopping list in our second week). About 10 days ago, I noticed zero bloating. Tummy looked flat, everything seemed thinner, pants fit better. I have been back on cooked foods this week, which is hard with 90 to 100 degree temps, but I do want to feel better. Earlier this week, the distended tummy returned with a vengeance. While it used to last an hour or two, it now lasts close to my next meal. Last night, I was still in discomfort when I went to bed. Lying on my back is often the only answer. I have returned to 100% cooked foods this week and low FODMAPs for the last two days. Learning to live Whole30 has sort of consumed me and I am constantly trying to prepare extra food, source local meat, or clean the kitchen. I really want this to become more natural. But, I never had these problems before. Sadly, I seem to have them no matter what I am eating now and other parts of me feel great eating this way. I am on day 19 of this Whole30. Last night I didn't want to eat at all because I want the bloating to go away. I am at a loss. Foods: Eggs, sweet potato, red pepper, zucchini, kale, ground beef, grapefruit Chicken zoodle soup with carrots and homemade bone broth, cantaloupe Pastured pork shoulder roast, puree of rutabaga, carrot, parsnip, and sweet potato, green beans (ate about ½ of a meal) When fat is not listed, every little bit was cooked in coconut oil or some was added. I also supplement meals with olives, or by adding a handful of nuts about once a week. If anyone has any ideas or has overcome this, I would love to hear from you.
  18. I'm day 4 (well technically day 7 but I had a few minor slip ups the first few days (too much nuts and dried fruit) so I decided to consider the first of the month my official first day) and I am having this AWFUL problem with constipation and bloating! I'm also feeling very tired and run down... I used to always have so much energy! I used to wake up at 6:30 on the dot every monrning but now I feel like I have to force myself out of bed. I do think that this is just a side effect of my poor digestion. I used to eat very well and my old diet was very similar to the Whole30 so I don't think it is the drastic change in diet causing my indigestion. The main difference was that I used to eat a LOT LESS MEAT! I used to eat meat maybe once a day or maybe even once every other day... So I'm wondering if that's causing it? I take Dr's Best digestive enzymes with every meal (Sometimes I double my dose I am so desperate!) and 100 B probiotics a day. I also drink Whole30 compliant kombucha for some extra probiotics. Sometimes I soak chia seeds and drink them because they've helped me be regular before. My plate is mostly veggies with a palm sized meat serving... Lots of broccoli, salads with romaine, spinach, and arugula, cucumber, onion, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, kale, etc... I feel like I'm following the meal plan really well. I ate some pork that gave me horrible diarrhea up until a couple days ago as well... But I was dealing with the bloating before then! (honestly it was the first time in my life i thought diarrhea was relieving!) Not to get into TMI but I did just now have the best bowel movement I've had this week so maybe this problem is resolved but one good BM a week is SO UNLIKE ME. I used to get a good BM twice a day! :-( Help appreciated! Also happy 4th of July guys!
  19. strawberry.shortcake

    sulfites intolerance?

    hey! I was wondering: I'm in Day 19 and doing really good and loving it. For weeks before starting I had annoying tummy issues with bloating, stomach ache and stuff after almost anything I ate. I am much better on the diet. The first week was perfect, the second slightly worse, but I'm assuming it's all the cleaning process. My question is: I started adding small amounts of balsamic vinegar with natural sulfites to salads and I think it caused the return of my problems, bloating especially. Is it possible that this means a sulfite intolerance? Is that a common symptom? Or is it contingent maybe? I don't seem to have other symptoms, except itchy rash but I think it started once I started using tide so my plan is to get rid of that and see if it helps with rash. But is this enough evidence to assume sulfite intolerance? And another thing: I found a sort of honey balsamic vinegar which is supposed to be a sulfite-free substitute. Is it whole 30 compliant? I know honey itself isn't but maybe? Thanks! o.
  20. Mama K

    Day 16: Where's the Magic?

    Greetings fellow Whole30'ers: I'm frustrated that on Day 16 of my Whole30, I'm still sleeping poorly, have developed uncomfortable digestive issues, and have very low energy. I'm hoping for some feedback to remind me why I'm doing this & the benefits of sticking with it. The nutshell: Diagnosed w/Type 2 diabetes last November (2012) & have been eating a Paleo diet (95/5) since then. The difference between my Whole30 & usual Paleo diet is eliminating red wine, 85% chocolate, greek yogurt, hard cheeses, honey, stevia, pancetta, lunch meat & bacon. I go to a CrossFit gym & workout 5-6 days/week. I started w/3 days/week in January '12 & increased the frequency based on the owner's recommendation (3 days on, 1 day off & so forth) My blood sugar has been easily controlled since adopting Paleo & Crossfit. I lost a significant amount of weight at first, but plateaued in May. In June, I was diagnosed w/an underactive thyroid & now am taking a Nature Throid. My weight had been decreasing again once I started that, but has screeched to a halt since starting the Whole 30. I'm 49 years old & in the throws of peri-menopausal mayhem On Whole 30, I have had a host of digestive issues (bloating, constipation, diarrhea, pain), skin problems (break outs, oily), extreme fatigue & disrupted sleep. I figured that since I'd cleaned my eating habits up & exercise regime up months ago, that participating in this program wouldn't throw my body for as much of a loop - especially after 2 weeks into the program. Generally, I favor salads, but had read about not eating many raw veggies, so I've heeded that advice & cook most of my veggies. I eat plenty of fat (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, fatty grass fed meat), protein, veggies, a good amount of carbs (sweet potatoes & fruit) & water. Because of the type 2 diabetes, eating 3 meals a day hasn't been feasible for me, so I've been doing 3 with a mid afternoon 'snack' of blueberries (1 cup), coconut cream, cacao nibs (unsweetened), & macadamia nuts. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Thanks! Karin