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  1. Hi Friends! I am starting my very first Whole30 on September 14th. AH. That makes it official. Anyways, I had hoped to get my mom to participate, but shes worried she can't do it (and is doubting my ability to do it as well). My husband can't participate fully because of his work/school constraints and provided food, so this leaves me to do this alone. I would love to have some support and maybe even an accountability partner who could email/text throughout the duration? Be prepared for questions, venting, and encouragement (for me and from me!). Who else is starting Sept 14th? I'd love to hear from you! Meg Dean - www.itsmegdean.com
  2. orca0406

    Starting September 20!

    Hi, my name is Amy, and I'm a carbaholic. (hi, Amy) I heard about Whole30 through SparkPeople and decided to look into for myself. I first bought The Whole30 to read while on vacation (because THAT made sense) and recently picked up It Starts With Food. So much of the information scares me, but so much of it also turned on the light bulb in my brain. I have chronic high stress, am almost 100 pounds overweight, have borderline high blood pressure and cholesterol, and have a family history of hypothyroidism. I do not want to live like this, and I do not want to have my own carry on full of medicines when I am older! So here I am, getting ready to start my first Whole30 on Sunday. My husband will be doing this with me, although I don't know how long my sweet-loving Southern boy will last. Personally, I know I need to tame my Sugar Dragon and break up with my carb addiction. I need to reset my metabolism and get back in balance. I need to plan, and I need to post to be accountable. I am looking forward to this! GO TEAM ME!
  3. I'm doing this for the first time, starting tomorrow. I've done all my shopping and cooked at giant batch of chili for starters. Very excited!
  4. Although I know we will all be following the same guidelines, I'm concerned that my age will limit my success in the program so was hoping that there are others of my, ahummmm, somewhat advanced age that would like to partner up to offer encouragement. Looking forward to improving my health and dropping some pounds!
  5. Hey there! I have dabbled with Paleo in the past and have found it really effective. I'm a dancer and when I was in full time training, I adopted a paleo based diet and found it very beneficial. I am getting ready to go on tour in December and really need to get my strength, fitness and body back in order. As well as regular training, I need to get serious about my food again and this seems like the best way to go about it all! I'm excited and looking forward to feeling healthy and happy about my body. i will be starting on the 3rd of August as I can't go without coffee this week, extremely late working hours at the minute, 4 am hello! Any other athletes or dancers starting around this time, so we can help and encourage eachother?? Cheers!! Dee
  6. I am a bit overwhelmed with what we can't eat during the whole30. Is the whole30 mainly to test what negative effects certain foods have on our bodies? My main concern is my sugar cravings that I want to get rid of. Is this one concern enough to try out the whole30? I definitely want to lose weight as well and have been having trouble the past years! Thank you!!
  7. Hello! The time has come to go Whole30. My nutrition has slowly deteriorated over the past months, and I need a kick up the backside to get back on track. Nervous but excited about this new venture!
  8. Hi Everyone! I'm gearing up to start my whole 30 in just a few days! I've always been up and down in regards to my relationship with food, and even though I have been very fit at times as a runner, I have never really had a healthy relationship with food. I went "paleo" last year, and started loosing weight until I started making SWYPO foods and then everything fell apart. I am really looking forward to getting started! While losing some weight would be nice, I am more excited about the intentional eating. Any who.... here goes!
  9. sarah.robinson

    Countdown to Whole30 --- [2.15]

    Hallo! I'm Sarah, a first time Whole30 participant and determined 27-year-old individual. In January of 2013 I was diagnosed with PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome), after visiting the doctor with every pregnancy symptom imaginable yet I kept pulling negative pregnancy tests. I knew then that my life needed to change if I wanted to have a future that included children but I lacked the resources, courage, and knowledge to make the right choices. Instead, I continued to let myself spiral downward and stray far, far away from the path. Today, I'm 60+ pounds heavier than I was in 2013 and suffering under the dictatorship of my symptoms on a daily basis. I spent some time looking for PCOS-friendly diets and workouts when I stumbled across Nom Nom Paleo and subsequently Whole30. As soon as I read the information and checked out some of the guidelines, I knew within my heart that this was for me. I knew there were a few things I needed to get under control first; my smoking habit, my lack of commitment to my medicine(s), and for my husband to jump on. He's a diabetic, and bless his soul, he needs this as much as I do. My biggest adversary, in my opinion, is going to be overcoming stress eating, boredom eating, and the peer pressure of my husband to 'just grab a bite to eat'. I've been fortunate in working for a company that owns a facility that houses a weight room, Nautilus-equipped exercise room, indoor pool, racquetball courts, and offers free Zumba/Boot Camp/Training classes to its employess free-of-charge; yet shamefully, I've only been a handful of times since I got hired in June of 2014. Yes, I realize that I am very lucky to be afforded this opportunity and I regret not having utilized this 'perk' sooner. That being said, I am very much looking forward to this lifestyle change. I realize it will be hard and there will be days that I want to quit and give up and lay in bed sobbing my eyes out because it hurts..but nevertheless I am determined to do this. I can't wait to start! [T-Minus 31 Days!] o.o <3
  10. Hi all, I am planning on starting my first Whole30 on January 1st. I have been researching paleo/clean eating/whole30 for a few years now and incorporating some of the concepts into my diet but I decided it was time to put my money where my mouth is. As an incentive to myself to stick with this, I am setting aside a $50 gift card to Barnes and Noble as a reward to myself for when I finish. It is going to be tough for me because I am an absolute sugar addict. Living in NYC also adds some unique challenges. Aside from everything being expensive as all hell, I can only take home from the grocery store what I can carry. I am hoping to take this on as a challenge to really plan out my weekly meals so I can take advantage of my resources. Not ordering lunch at work will also be tough as nothing really beats the convenience of Seamless, lol. I already have a pretty active workout schedule in place but it isn't helping me shed the pounds. Hopefully this is going to do it for me. 80% of your progress is diet, right? Best of luck to all of you who are taking on this challenge with me. I look forward to seeing you around the boards. Best, Abby
  11. Hello everyone! I'm Rose and I'm working on my first Whole30. It's really just to see if maybe I've been eating the wrong foods, how eating this way will affect my body, health, stress things like that. I'm not looking to lose weight that would actually be problematic but just to get healthy. So for this I am trying my best, gonna give it a go and see how it works out. I started during dinner but tomorrow will be my first whole day. I've got breakfast and lunch done even snacks ready to go. This is only because I'll be at work and snack that are healthy are better as I work out how much food I need to eat. Sorry I sorta don't know what to say but this is my first start. Dinner was lite because I had a heavy not so healthy lunch at work but better to start now than later. Hopefully it goes well! Rose
  12. RoseMay

    Candida

    Hi everyone last week I started my first whole 30, but my sugar/grain cravings were out of control! I buckled after 5 days.. I have seen a practitioner who informed me of Candida Overgrowth. she said I need to do a candida cleanse to get this under control ASAP before it turns into something very nasty!! I thought that it would be a great way to try the Whole 30 again, and incorporate the anti-candida principles in order to clear out my digestive system. Yay! So.. I have anti fungals to take to tackle the overgrowth (3x day) plus my probiotics which I already take. I will follow the same principles of the Whole 30 EXCEPT I will also cut out: fruit (all, even berries and apples, just for 30 days), sweet potato (I will keep in carrots, pumpkin) and nuts/coconut shreds because they are irritating on the gut. Wow. Big undertaking. But imagine how great I am going to feel!! :) I will reassess after the 30 days, and go from there. Does anyone have any candida battling experience/tips/hints that can help me tame this bad boy ASAP so my life can be amazing and my stomach flat and pain free again?!?!?
  13. Hi Everyone. Today, I was 6 days into my first Whole 30. I am a very healthy eater, but lately became too reliant on 'healthy treats' (bliss balls, banana bread with honey/almond meal/egg/banana etc.) and decided to do a Whole 30. I included some low-sugar fruits (apples, berries) to satisfy any cravings, but mainly stuck to loads and loads of veg, chicken, turkey, oily fish, eggs, avocado (I don't eat red meat) Today, I just hit a wall. And I went crazy - and the weirdest part is -- On things I don't normally even eat?? Feta cheese?? Brown rice? Muesli?? Dried fruits?? Nuts (which I have always had trouble controlling, so I tend to avoid these on a daily basis) I don't eat these foods!! I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!! I feel like such a failure. I am now on the floor of my living room, my stomach is so distended that my back is ACHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't even move Can someone offer advice? Help?
  14. Libberation

    June Newbies

    Hey anyone else doing their first ever Whole30 in June? Or any seasoned Whole30-ers with advice for newbies? I started my first ever Whole30 on Monday June 2nd and I am really excited to be here. I'm new to anything even vaguely paleo (come from a background of lots of raw foods, juice cleanses etc), so I am having lots of feelings (physical and emotional) about all of this. But I'm into it. Would love to connect with other people doing a Whole30 in the month of June. xoxo
  15. Well, I've read the book i've been wrapping my brain around this new way of eating. I'm a pasta eater,grain eater, and just plan junk food eater as well. I feel awful, I am over weight, bloated most of the time, and tired also. Doing the usual diet routine, has not worked for me! EVER… So I am thinking I need to really see , and I know it will be true. Is it the food I am consuming? Even when I cut back and watch the calorie intake in the past . I would still feel the same and look the same. I would give up. So here I am. totally committed to this process. Eating clean and no cheats. Putting good healthy food in my body! No excuses. Taking care of me. Paying attention to how I feel.
  16. Hello My name is Layla =) This is my very first time doing the whole30!!! I am super excited about the process. I know this is the stepping stone to get the health and confidence I want. On this wonderful day 6 I have to say the sugar cravings are consuming my mind!!! I know were not supposed to substitute foods but fruit hasn't been lasting long around me. I know how bad my sweet tooth is and I refuse to fail at this. I understand the science behind why this is so hard. I just need reassurance this craving will pass. I cant believe I cant chew gum this isn't horribly hard to resist compared to other things. I am anxiously waiting for the acne I do have to go away. I don't know if mother nature being present is part of the reason it isn't gone. If anyone could help me put these things into a better perspective and reassure me that these are normal things I as well as my sanity would greatly appreciate it.
  17. linzeey28

    My Journey Begins Jan. 20th

    Hi, I will be beginning my Whole30 on Monday, January 20th. I hope this thread can serve as a journal to document my progress, thoughts, feelings, difficulty and ultimately my success! I've been eating 80/20 primal for about a year now, and recently fell off the wagon totally. During the holidays I allowed myself to go down the slippery slope where cheating becomes the norm, and then before you know it your 80/20 is the wrong way around! I've since come to the conclusion, after much denial that I am a sugar addict. I have all the symptoms; bad skin, tired all the time, bloated, irritable, food driven, cravings, unable to concentrate, foggy headed etc. Basically I feel like crap! I hope to use Whole30 to get back on track, re-set my body and feel good again! I know that posting to this forum is going to be a huge part of keeping myself accountable. Any feedback, encouragement, or advice is welcomed! Thanks! L
  18. Hello! This is my first Whole30 and I just started this morning, January 3rd. I thought this would be easier! I have already gone without dairy and gluten for the past year, and have been reducing grains over the past few months. But, I really over indulged over the holidays, my weight has started sneaking up, and my skin has been breaking out lately, so I thought it was time to reset my baseline and reintroduce some healthy habits. My prediction is that sugar will be the hardest thing to cut out. I am a SUGAR FIEND! Anyway, I am looking for some support and motivation as most of the people I have shared my plan with think I'm nuts. I really believe in clean eating though, and knowing myself I know I will need some community support to complete this successfully. Also, some recipe ideas and tips! Thank you in advance for any supportive thoughts or encouraging words!
  19. jmhannibal

    I can do this! Day 2

    Today is Day 2. I'm committed. I know that I can do this. Several years ago, I changed my diet to an Atkins diet and lost all the weight I carried. I felt great! Fast forward 10 years, 3 children, job changes, busy family, and all the weight is back. This will be a lifestyle change for me. I know how to do it. I am motivated. I. WILL. NOT. QUIT. That said, drinking plain tea sucks. I like my tea in the morning in the winter. It's ok though, I will learn to adapt. I also need to find some ways to change up my eggs in the morning and salad at lunch. I like both foods, but will get bored. I hope to be proactive and have some recipies in place before that happens. This will be a challenge, because while my husband supports me, and at home he will "follow" the plan, he will continue to eat his regular fast food and snacks while at work. He's not ready, which I understand. I've been wanting to do this all year, but just didn't have the right mindset. I read the book over Christmas break, and found my motivation. He'll get there eventually too. The biggest challenge are my picky eaters at home. I know, I know, it's my own fault that they are picky. I'm thinking about seeing a nutritionist for one kiddo who eats about 10 things total. He may have some sensory/texture issues and we need to work through this for his health too! My plan is to start with me, and then through the foods I prepare, teach them how to eat too. Some of the kids will follow easier than others. We'll get there. I'm going to keep telling myself that I can do this. Little by little, each day I'll do this and keep moving forward. I will choose to believe that I will succeed!
  20. I am on day 3 and have to go out to dinner for a work meeting. The restaurant is very accomadating to V, DF and GF but I'm still a little nervous/worried about what to eat. Here's the menu: http://www.stfrancisaz.com/wp-content/uploads/DinnerMenu.pdf I'm thinking about ordering the "Roasted Chicken" which includes :boniato sweet potato puree, peppers, onions,green olives, roasted garlic sauce Advice? Thanks!