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  1. Hi there! 1st time poster and experienced W30'r here! My younger sister has crippling endometriosis, and has agreed to do the W30 with me in January (with her doctor's blessing, of course). Any tips for her? Based on my understanding, the condition isn't an autoimmune disorder, but it might respond well to an AIP. Should she do a strict AIP protocol? Or, should she make smaller modifications, like limiting fatty meats or avoiding eggs? Most of what I've read suggests that she increase her fruit and vegetable intake a lot. How should she reconcile that advice with W30's fruit intake recommendations? Any advice is much appreciated.
  2. As of Day 32, I have lost no weight. Yes, zero pounds lost. I am doing the Autoimmune Protocol version. I've felt bloated and gigantic the whole month. I have had non-scale victories like clearer skin, better sleep, better mood, mostly better immune system. To be fair, I have been nursing a shoulder and back injury so I haven't been working out for the past 30 days. Another non-scale victory is that the pain has lessened with the injury because inflammation has subsided. I'm unsure whether to stick with Whole 30 and adjust my portions downward: consume less fat, less protein at each meal, or whether to ditch this altogether and just focus on a low-carb, low-fat, sugar-free diet. Here is a sample day's meal that I pulled out of my journal: Breakfast Chicken broth with carrots and celery Palm sized roasted mackerel fillet (saba shioyaki) with grated daikon and lemon Fist-sized sweet potato mashed with 1 tbsp of coconut oil A small scoop of kimchi Lunch Braised kale and carrots Handful of olives Stir fried cauliflower Kalua pork Dinner Chicken thigh and drumstick cooked in lemongrass, turmeric and coconut milk Broccoli with bagna cauda Stir fried cabbage and carrots 1/2 avocado Small scoop of kimchi Last week I eliminated the sweet potato. I also started reducing FODMAPs such as broccoli and cauliflower, and replacing with bok choy, spinach, chard. Any advice from the wisdom of the Whole30 Forum? Thank you in advance for taking a look at my post and sharing your thoughts.
  3. Hello W30 friends. I am currently on R1D20 (Yay! 2/3 complete!) I feel more energized (Finally, thanks to some support from the Mods and other members and their insights). I feel as though I look more refreshed and I sleep very well. My concerns however... I am a diagnosed Celiac and suffer from psoriasis as well. Not as bad as some people I've seen (thankfully!) but enough to be self concious of it. The last couple weeks I've been noticing some major gas and bloating and I feel like this might be due to the increased fats/veggies. Didn't worry too much about it. Then I noticed my psoriasis seems to be coming back after having faded the first 2 weeks. I have done some reading and the AIP suggests cutting out the nightshades, coffee, eggs, and a few other possible trigger foods. My question is, would it make sense to transition to the AIP protocol and extend the W30 to a W50 (the existing 20 days plus a new 30). I have read that it might be better to finish it as is, try to reintroduce, then reassess. But I also wonder that due to my medical history, would it make more sense? A couple meals: M1: Frittata with eggs, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms. compliant bacon, veggies (usually tomatoes and peppers) and sometimes a fruit. M2: Chocolate chili (tomatoes, onions, elk meat and beef), guacamole, more veg - cukes and peppers usually. M3: Salmon coleslaw with mayo and dill and steamed broccoli. M1: 2 Fried eggs over a baked potato with some ghee, left over chili, tomato and peppers, maybe an apple and a tbsp almond butter. M2: Salmon coleslaw with mayo and dill. mini cuke, snap peas, carrots. M3: Steak, onions, mushrooms, mashed cauliflower M1: 2 Fried Eggs, 2 compliant sausages, roasted veg (zucchini, peppers, sweet potatos, onions) M2: Roasted veg with compliant chorizo chopped into it 1/2 avocado diced into it. M3: Zoodles with a pesto-esque sauce (garlic. olive oil, basil,cilantro) with a dozen shrimp. Any thoughts or support would be fabulous!
  4. Hi all, I did Whole30 a few years ago to lose weight (I know, wrong reason), and am back now that I have a fresh new diagnosis of psoriasis. I've seen some success stories online, but would love to hear from you if this has helped you manage your symptoms, especially without injectables. Have you had luck with the standard Whole30? Did you have to go AIP? Have you found any other natural treatment methods? Thanks!
  5. Hello (again), I was an active member of the Whole30 forum until a year ago. I'm back. I have been dabbling with vegetarian (nearly vegan) over the past 6-12 months after reading The China Study. I cut out dairy a few years ago because it caused hot flashes (I'm 50). I'm am a hard core chocoholic. About 2 months ago I started having pain and stiffness that I could not really explain. At first I thought it was due to my scoliosis and extreme use of the treadmill. But, it is more. After talking to my mother, who had polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) in her 50s, I decided I needed to get checked out. So, tomorrow I'm off to see my primary to ask for ESR and CRP blood tests to measure inflammation. I know my CR-P was very low only 3 years ago when I had my thyroid checked, so any elevation will be somewhat recent. I will probably be referred to a rheumatologist. So, I'm back. I've started AIP, but am struggling with the reintroduction of animal proteins. Can I really not eat eggs? This is going to be really difficult, but the alternative is long term prednisone if I indeed have PMR or Giant Cell Arteritis. I might have to take the Pred if I have the latter, since losing eyesight is a possibility. I assume many here became involved after a diagnosis of some type of arthritis, so I hope to get some feedback. Were you able to occasionally eat things like chocolate or grains/legumes without setbacks? PMR does go into remission, or is cured, after a few years for many. My mom, now 78, has been disease free for 15 years and takes no medication. Also, who here believes stress triggers arthritis? Probably a stupid question. I've already developed atypical migraines due to life stressors (marriage and raising a child with Autism). I'll be reading and posting a lot I expect. Thanks for listening. ~Pam
  6. jldickison

    Need FAT ideas

    I completed my whole 30 about three weeks ago. However I am not finished. I discovered I have some digestive issues so I started to change over to low fodmap foods. I am also looking into aip so I will be very limited on veggies and fats. No nuts or avocados or butter of any kind. I would love suggestions for good fats. Recipes or just easy portions. And I'd gladly take any veggie suggestions as well. Thank you!
  7. I am currently doing the regular Whole 30...I was inspired to do this because of some neurological symptoms I began experiencing in the winter. I figured if anything, a great diet as a foundation could only help me, which led me to some very clean eating, which then led me to the Whole 30. I am still in the middle of my regular Whole 30. And actually may be taking it to a whole 60 (or 62) to be exact because of 2 blurps along the way... (handful of nuts at a wedding that I realized could have been cooked in a no no oil, and lox that had added sugar...still not sure on that one warranting a restart based on the article floating around on restarts saying added sugar doesn't "restart" your system necessarily.) The AIP looks SO intense and limiting to me. The whole 30 is already very limiting, and I am dropping weight pretty fast on it (I am not overweight to begin with, and don't want to get overly thin.) I guess I am wondering... is it possible to do the regular whole 30, and then the reintroduction period, figure out any triggers, leave those out of my diet, and then take out only the additional AIP components (Eggs, nuts, nightshades) for the recommended 90 days or is the AIP only recommended while limiting all food groups? Also, must nightshades be taken out, or only if your AI issue is gastro related? Thank you! Stefanie
  8. Evening all - Looking for advice, support, guidance (and I could actually use a hug) I am on day 12 of my first Whole 30. It is going much better than expected, energy level good, sleep good, very minimal cravings, enjoying inflammation from my AS is here with a vengeance Aside from my AS, I started whole30 to help with my migraines, hives, and infertility. I have never been able to get any of my Doctor's to admit that any or all of my conditions could be remotely food related (shocking), but it is the only thing that makes sense. Migraines? "We don't know what is causing it". Infertility? "Everything looks fine". Hives? "must be stress". No real concrete answers, so I have taken matters into my own hands. As you can imagine, my intake of eggs, tomatoes, peppers and ghee has increased significantly since starting he program. For the last few days, my inflammation (I get it in my chest) has been off the chart. Now, I don't know for sure that it is tied to these foods, but I have this nagging feeling that it is. Looking at the AIP shopping list nearly has me in tears. I know I am being dramatic, but it took me so long to talk myself into a whole 30, and the thought of being even more restrictive is hard to wrap my head around. I know, I know, it could be much worse and I should just suck it up.. Anyway, poking around the forums it seems that I should finish up my whole 30 without any AIP mods. Then, maybe start AIP and see if it helps? Or, am I overreacting? I did order "The Paleo Approach" so I can learn more of the science behind AIP.
  9. I'm on day 13 of my first Autoimmune Whole 30. I started because I have crohn's disease and have been really ill / 50% bedridden for the past year. I've been 100% compliant food-wise, been doing some gentle yoga and walking when I feel up to it. I was tired before I started, but would have patches of energy, especially in the morning. But the past couple of days I feel tired to my bones, like my body is too heavy to hold up. I haven't been sleeping that well (because my tummy gets me up several times a night) and I might have eaten a bit less because I feel too tired to eat. Just getting out of bed feels like the hugest effort. Is this normal? Is this what the "tired" stage in the whole 30 timeline is supposed to feel like? Has anyone else had this? I've felt like this on days when my illness has been really bad, so I'd like to be reassured! I'm not having any other recurrences of crohn's symptoms, just this lethargy. Help please!
  10. Hi everyone, I started AIP due to IBS and two Autoimmune diseases on Monday (August, 11). I didn't know anything about Paleo beforehand and just dived in after reading about the basics of AIP (what to avoid, what to eat etc.). I'm already skinny and I don't want to lose weight. In the beginning I didn't worry about this and just ate as much as possible of what is allowed. But on day 3 I got into ketosis and since then I've been monitoring my carbohydrate and calorie intake to make sure this doesn't happen again. I've been able to get enough carbohydrates through more fruits and sweet potatoes with every meal (are sweet potatoes with every meal ok when doing AIP?), but I still don't get enough calories. Most days I only have around 1500kcal. I already eat meat or fish with every meal, eat 3 meals a day, eat at least 2-3 types of different vegetables with the meal, I try to add more oil to my food, I try to have avocado everyday, I eat fruits as dessert after every meal and I often eat even though I don't have any more appetite. How does everybody else manage to get enough calories on AIP? Do you have any advice? The problem is, I would still be okay if I lost up to 11 pounds, but that would really be the max I could afford to lose. And I also don't feel good with having too little calories, I can't concentrate as good as usual and my vision feels less clear than usually. Other than that I feel good though, my IBS is really calming down, so I really want to go on to tackle IBS and my autoimmune diseases completely. I hope you guys can help me PS: I haven't even started doing any sports yet and aren't working right now. So once I'll be starting those things I'd even need to up my calorie intake to around 2000 kcal or more :/
  11. Is anyone doing, or would anyone like to do, a Whole30 AIP style? I am about to complete the Whole30 and want to go AIP and have enjoyed the support of the Whole30 forums. Anyone? Thanks so much! Deb For those who don't know, Autoimmune Protocol The Autoimmune Protocol is a diet that helps heal the immune system and gut mucosa. It is applicable to any inflammatory disease. We have a problem in this country with how we eat, treat disease and heal disease. AIP addresses inflammation in the gut that causes Autoimmune Disease. AIP is much like W30 except it also excludes nuts, seeds, seed spices, nightshade vegetables and spices, and eggs.
  12. Crock potting some "fauxmato" sauce for Whole30! This is my second time making the sauce, and the first time I made it, is was phenomenal. (Not saying that I don't miss tomatoes I was desperate for a tomato - like sauce since being diagnosed with a nightshade allergy 2 years ago. I reluctantly gave into beets, and I was skeptical. This sauce rocks so much, even my kids can't tell it's not tomato sauce! I added ground turkey to my sauce last time, but omitting it this time around. I can't wait to eat some with my Zoodles .
  13. I'm on day 7 - would love to swap food plans, recipes etc
  14. I am just starting Whole 30 today after about a month eating paleo. I've started feeling better eating paleo, and feel like W30 will continue to improve. My question: Has anyone done W30 and then tried to add in the AIP after the first 30 days with success? Or should I just jump in now with AIP and add back nuts, eggs, nightshades during the reintroduction? I have Hashimotos and non-diagnosed digestive issues / food intolerances. One sister has lupus and the other had type 1 diabetes. Mom has rheumatoid you can see, our family tree is heavily steeped in autoimmune conditions. I'm just curious if anyone with autoimmune conditions tried the approach of W30 for the first 30 days and THEN adding the AIP protocol if no major improvement. Does it make more sense to just jump into AIP, too now? Thanks
  15. Carlaccini

    Trying to be encouraging

    Hi There I'm a year and a half + from my first Whole 30 back in Aug/Sept 2012. I've seen and felt how good the whole 30 feels, and how my body reacts to it. I have encouraged countless friends/family members to give it a try. (Some have gone all out and followed and some are still thinking about it - their choice) but one that is really hitting home for me right now is my Mom. She just turned 70 last October, and within the last couple of years I have seen her go down hill a lot. Right now she is suffering a terrible RA flare that has been lasting weeks/months. She has read that RA symtoms are generally things that start in your gut. (As I have been telling this her for months now) And that she should consider an elimination diet. That same book that she is reading is also saying that she should be avoiding read meat and eating grains! (Book is 20+ years old I might add) I have pointed out that she is going by old information and things have changed. But she is stubbronly holding onto this idea. Because her flare is so bad she is starting to heed a bit on what I am saying. She is drinking bone broth and she is considering adding gelatin to her food. I consider this a win. However she is still eating a pretty grain and fruit heavy diet. Her way has always been trying to find a "quick fix" through vitamins and supplements (she takes at least 10 +different ones). She is avoiding night shades and eggs too - she knows these cause her inflamation to be worse. I have encouraged her to read my copy of ISWF - so far she's not terribly interested. I have recently bought her "The Paleo Approach" in hopes because of the AIP nature of it, it will grab her attention. We shall see. Right now I am trying to encourage her to give "paleo" a try. But I'm not sure how to do this. She seems mildly interested. (She is no longer just humouring me, because she is asking for advice) But she is clearly a "baby steps" type of person. So I'm not sure if I should introduce "paleoized" food such as muffins. Because she is such a cereal person I suggested she give soup a try for breakfast - that one was not openly recieved. So if anyone has any suggestions on how to be encouraging without overwhelming - please let me know. She has me really worried this week because she is calling me on the phone upset and depressed because she is in such pain.
  16. I'm having trouble divining which fish oils (not cod liver oil) are thought to be "clean". I cannot find a cost-effective one that has no suspicious ingredients and also specifically states, "no soy". Soybean oil is quite prevalent as a filler. I cannot afford the brand recommended by the site. Does anyone know for sure whether Nordic Naturals or Carlson's are "clean"? At the very least, I want something free of corn, soy, and gluten, as those are the major ingredients I suspect I may be sensitive to. Also dairy and eggs, but I dont think those are usually an issue with fish oil. I'm kinda tired of going through the ingredients and allergen info (if any) on label after label. I wondered if someone else had already researched this and had some leads.
  17. Hello everyone! I am going to begin my Whole30 journey tomorrow. I should follow the Autoimmune Protocol, but I am going to ease into it (AIP next go-around). I have Premature Ovarian Failure, Hashimoto's Disease, and Psoriasis. I have recently gone through two episodes of Pericarditis and have been recently diagnosed with Lymphocytic Colitis. The reason for my post is because I am hopeful that the LC is a misdiagnosis, and would like your thoughts. Also, i need advice for my journey around fruits and veggies. For three years I have eaten no corn, soy, dairy, gluten or preservatives. I also ate few grains (cooked rice was about it). I lost about 80 pounds and felt pretty good. However, my weight loss was stagnant and I knew I could feel better. So, I decided to go VEGAN! I was never much of a veggie eater before, so I thought it would be tough. I ate ONLY beans, nuts, seeds, veggies and fruits for 1 month. I felt fantastic! I lost 15 pounds and felt like I could maintain it forever. In week 5 I got VERY sick. Diarrhea 7x a day. My doctor told me I needed to eat rice and chicken to get better. I did get better, but anytime I ate something healthy (a carrot, an apple) I would get sick again. So, I began eating mainly meats and starches (rice bread, rice cereals, flax seed brownies, etc). I have gained 35 pounds since May! It seems as if I cannot "bind" without some sort of starch. When they diagnosed me with Lymphocytic Colitis, they said that white blood cells were coating my intestines and colon. What I am wondering is...could it be that I caused some damage when I overloaded my system with fiber, and my body is trying to heal? Also, since I am sensitive to fruits and veggies, I was hoping to find suggestions for my W30 journey to ensure I get enough good nutrients and fiber. Any help, support or encouragement you could offer would mean the world to me. Annie
  18. Kellie L

    First Timer-January 6th

    Hi All, Excited to be starting the Whole 30 AIP January 6th. I am a 34 year old RN from Wisconsin and have been struggling with a host a vague complaints for the last several years. I was officially labeled "probable MS" this summer after showing multiple brain lesions on my MRI which fueled in depth research, reading, stressing and mass information overload. I've read Wheat Belly, Minding my Mitochondria and the MS Diet for Women which all share a general theme (diet matters, eliminate wheat and processed foods) but vary in the specifics. As a result, I have made significant dietary changes since September 2013 but am having a hard time choosing a specific program to follow (which makes establishing boundries impossible) and lack the knowledge/patience/understanding to formulate my own at this time. The Whole 30 is appealing because of the support and clear outline provided as well as the short time frame to start. I need to meet a goal to fuel my success and think this is just what I need:)
  19. Hello. So this is my third round of whole 30. Been pretty much paleo since March of this year. I've only messesd up no more than 4 days since then. As of today, I'm on day 17 since I started over. I've been doing paleo along with the autoimmune protocol. As of yesterday, I've also started the low fodmap diet because I really believe certain foods such as apples and cabbage give me problems. Apples burn my stomach and cabbage gives me bloating and diarrhea. I've researched acne online and a gentleman named Chris Kresser stated that what he usually has his clients do to try and help their acne is not only paleo, but following a low fodmaps diet as well as eliminating eggs and nuts. He did a podcast about it and was pretty thorough in it. You can read it here: I'm wondering if any of you have tried this as a last resort and have had success with it? I'm determined to find the cure for my acne! If it takes eating paleo/aip AND low fodmaps to do it, then so be it!
  20. Guest

    Lamb chops

    We got lamb chops for the first time. They were buried in the freezer at the farm! Yay! I've never eaten them or prepared them. I'm guessing we'll grill them. I'm currently on AIP, but can probably modify something that only has one or two nightshades in it. How do you like to prepare your lamb chops?
  21. What is? Everything is! I've been gluten-free in theory almost two years, paleo 16 months, and attempting to follow Whole9 principles for just over a year. In that time, I've managed 2 successful W30s. I've come to accept I have to live basically on the AIP version of paleo but I struggle so much with breakfast. I don't like to eat in the morning to begin with but I know I have to if I want to have a good day. I have some good recipes for breakfast patties, I enjoy sweet potato hash, I will have a rare coconut milk smoothie but it's work. (Why can't I use my return key? Anyone?) I sit down to do a meal plan for the week and before I know it, four hours has flown by, I'm lost in the Interwebz and in tears because it's just too hard to do all of this thinking and planning and organizing. I'm still fat, lethargic, and thoroughly disgusted with my inability to follow a few rules that are in my own best interests. Oh, and I've turned two good friends on to the W30 and W9 life and they've done insanely well. Lol! Looking for some words of wisdom from people who have been where I am. (Please, no platitudes or boot strap comments. If those worked, would I be here asking for help?)
  22. Just the ones listed on page 175 of ISWF? I'm confused about what constitutes a "seed". I don't want to have to avoid strawberries or a large portion of cooking spices, etc. Just thought I would ask in one more place, and see if anyone knows.
  23. lulucandoit!

    Is black pepper a seed?

    Just starting AIP today and was wondering if black pepper is a seed? Wikapedia says it is a drupe? I tend not to use it much, except when I am flavoring roasts. But if it is not part of the AIP, I would like to avoid it. Thanks!
  24. So the title was meant to say wow, but woe also sums it up nicely. I'm on day 32 of AIP, day 52 of whole30, and I decided to try eggs as I've been missing them. For breakfast, I scrambled three eggs in coconut oil. Added herbs & salt. Didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. And then... within an hour I was feeling super nauseous. Within two hours, my wrists were aching like crazy. Within three hours, my entire body was sore, my knee got stiff, I get extremely lethargic and depressed. I then had to dash to the bathroom. I never want to eat an egg again. But I do have one question... this reaction is so extreme! My plan is to allow things to settle, then continue on my reintro plan, and try egg yolk much later down the track. But I'm curious if anyone else has experienced such an extreme reaction? I would never have picked eggs as being such an issue for me.
  25. I ran across Whole30 and the autoimmune protocol three days ago, and I've spent a lot of time at Whole9 and The Paleo Mom soaking up everything I can. I started reading It Starts with Food as well. I am 100% convinced this is what I need, and I plan on starting November 13 as I'm currently traveling. I've been living nightshade free since July 2011. The recommendation came from a dietitian who was finally able to pinpoint my sensitivity after about 10 years of symptoms. I've been suffering since high school, and I felt like “modern medicine†failed me. The decision to live nightshade-free was a tough one...for about 2 weeks. I was feeling less lethargic, achy, hot tempered, drowsy. After a month I felt better than I could remember in my adult life, in fact, my personality changed is a very pleasant way. When I accidentally got into something with spices, it set me back about a week. I don't believe I'll ever be able to reintroduce nightshades, and I've come to terms with this. The good news is, I was able to stop all prescription medication: including asthma treatment and antidepressants. (I did this under the care of my doctor, and it took 3 months to ween.) Still, I can't help but feel the isolation of this choice. Living in Texas, it's difficult to avoid the BBQ, Mexican food, etc. In fact, I experience extreme anxiety when faced with a new restaurant or traveling out of town. I've often sat at restaurants with my glass of water while friends and family enjoy their meals - waiting until I can pick up something to eat later. While I feel so much better avoiding nightshades, I do believe there is more healing to be done. I was trying to decide whether to start Whole30 without nightshades and then do Whole30 with the strict AIP the following month or tackle both at once. I am already enduring the isolation of living nightshade free, and I'm fearful of further isolation and frustration. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice on how I should proceed?