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  1. Hi! This is my first time posting on the forum & I am on my second round of Whole 30 (day 19 as of Sept 27). I am posting because Ive been noticing for the past couple days that I have been fixating quite heavily on the things I am not allowed to eat and kind of feeling a sense of excitement abut eating them post whole 30. I know there is a context in which this is completely fine, but that is not the context we are talking about for example, anticipating sugar binges or copious amounts of popcorn. After my first round my relationship with food was altered completely and I had very little desire to return back to my old habits, however 2/3 of the way through round 2 I am concerned that I will be right back where I started when all is said and done. I know this is a bit of an odd question/post but I haven't been able to find any resources on the topic and I would really appreciate any advice or personal experience anyone has to share!
  2. So this morning if found out that best furry friend passed in her sleep. She lived a beautiful 22 years and has been my companion since grade school. I’m battling sugar/food addiction, depression, and type II diabetes. I’m on day 8 of my Whole30 and have been doing really well! My glucose levels have been amazing before and after meals. Even in moments of weakness I turn to a clementine instead of a cosmic brownie. But this just seems unfair. Food has been a comfort and companion for me as well. I don’t think there has been a rough patch in my life that hasn’t included lots of chocolate. How do I keep from going off the rails? I’ve done okay since this morning but I’m worried the cravings will come. Any advice would be appreciated.
  3. I am on day 25 of Whole30, but I have never felt the tiger blood or lightness I was expecting to feel. I think it is associated with the overconsumption of nuts and other snacky foods. I have always had the need to snack on something, especially in the weekend, when the kitchen is just a few steps away. My diet on Whole30 is similar to my previous diet as I was Paleo; the reason I attempted a Whole30 was to get rid of my urge to snack on something, but clearly, I have failed due to my lack of willpower. I feel guilty. Should I start over?
  4. Toni Bass

    Round 2 Immedietely

    Hello All, This is the first time I have posted in here. I just completed Day 24 of my first ever Whole 30 cycle. So here goes my fear, babble, confusion rant, lol. I will admit here I am 29 years old, 5'4" and my starting weight was 286.6, I was at the heaviest I have ever been in my life. I was bingeing on fast food sometimes 3x a day and always eating out. If i had to guess my daily caloric intake was 5000+. I'm a cardiac register nurse in a hospital, I know hypocrisy right. Well i finally reached my breaking point of being sore, tired, depressed, angry, moody, broke, nasty skin, no sleep, no focus, pain and just miserable. I'm too young to be feeling so immobile at work and after work, I plan to be in this career for 20 plus more years and the way i was headed I was going to be a patient soon. I've been single since I was divorced at 23 and I feel my weight is a huge factor and loneliness has set in hard. So my aunt mentioned this and how her and my uncle saw great results. I felt i needed something tough and strict, something to complete do a 180 with, I've tried other things in the past and I would sabotage myself the second the scale didn't show as much weight loss at the week before, then proceed to gain everything back, plus more. That's long story short....fast forward to today Day 24, I feel freakin amazing, my skin is so clear, i have no dandruff, I'm not nearly as sore after a 13 hours shift and I can see small physical changes. However I don't feel prepared for reintroduction. I'm obese and very unhealthy and still have major cravings and want to binge, i feel i need more tough strict love before i'm released into the "normal" world, lol. I was thinking about doing a round 2 immediately. What are the thoughts or feelings about this? Is there a reasoning that this may be frowned upon or detrimental to my overall health transformation. I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thank you. Toni
  5. emilyelowe

    TOM Cravings

    Hi Whole30 ladies. I wasn't sure where to post this because it's a lady thing but also a Life After Whole30/Food Freedom/Staying On Track thing. So here I am. The cravings for all things sweet are UNREAL leading up to and during my period, particularly for chocolate. I've found some higher quality ingredient cookies and chocolate that don't seem to mess me up too bad, but it's like I can't stop at one. And even when I manage to stop at one per sitting, I find myself having something every day for the entire week of my period. And THAT eventually messes me up. Plus, to me, it seems like eating well only 21 out of 28 days is not really quite the standard I am looking for, but my "worth it,"-o-meter doesn't seem to work right during this particular time of the month. Plus, these one cookies are found are ALWAYS worth it in the moment - they are so stinking good. Every. Single. Bite. Eyes closed, romantic and everything. But then a couple days in or after my period is over I look back and am like, "Wtf just happened?" Does anyone else have this struggle? Any suggestions? The tough love version is probably just, "Stop doing that," but I'm just wondering if I'm alone in this and if maybe I'm just not learning what I'm hoping to learn from my Whole30s at all. I've done 5 and they seem to have very little impact on my Sugar Dragon long-term, but according to FFF, I can't just keep going to the Whole30 every time I look at my week and go "Oops." I JUST WANT THE CYCLE TO END. To be clear: I'm looking for ways to KILL THE EVIL SUGAR DRAGON FROM HELL, not prop up my sweet tooth with healthy alternatives. Thanks.
  6. smashinash3900

    PMS strikes!

    Today is day 22 and things are going awesome. I've followed the plan perfectly and am loving the way I feel. But today pms hit me something terrible. And I found myself binging on raisins today at work. This past weekend I discovered plantain chips at Sprouts and have been bingeing on those as well. I don't want to undo all my hard wprk that I've put in over the past 22 days. Does anyone have any advice on how to curb my pms cravings? I'm hungry all the time too. What can I do?
  7. Am I bigger? Why am I breaking out? I'm afraid all the time... I started reading the Food Freedom book and it is encouraging but at the same time makes me feel like I've already screwed up. I don't know.. i'm feeling kinda anxious cause of my weekend get away (pizza, birthday cake.. beer) ... or the bucket of popcorn I ate on Tuesday... They opened a dunkin' donuts right down on the building I live... I've been waiting for the opening 'cause I knew they were gonna give free coffee and donuts (that was pre-whole30) and today was the day so I guessed a donut or some donut holes will be "worthy" since i've been waiting for that "free" treat. OK so I went there, asked for my free Americano and they gave me 10 Donut holes for free!! ... I haven't eaten any of them I really want to but you now.. fright... guilt... what if that donut hole is the start of a major falling of the wagon??? What if it all started the last weekend..and i'm alreadydown spiral...
  8. Hello all! I'm on Day 26 and since yesterday have been having crazy sugar cravings. I think part of it is because I know Day 30 is here soon and reintroduction starts. I can't wait to try oatmeal. Prior to being on Whole30, I ate fairly healthy - I love the taste of healthy food - but sweets are my struggle. I know i can be without sugar, re last 26 days but I am starting to look forward to some treats. Which is scary because I don't want to binge once reintroduction is over. Any tips on how not to slip back into old habits of late night chocolate with a side of TV?
  9. Aatifah21

    NEED...SUGAR!!!!

    Hello all, I'm new to the forum. I literally needed to make this post because I just started the Whole30 diet on Sunday, but AF is visiting and I NEED sugar omg. I used to eat a lot of carbs all of the time. I'm talking 2 cinnamon raisin bagels for breakfast EVERYDAY, some sort of sandwich for lunch or soup with soup crackers and multigrain bread. Also I used to be addicted to the ZonePerfect Fudge Graham bars and I'd eat 3 at a time (the pharmacy around where I live ALWAYS have them on sale for 3 for five dollars ) so my question is, how do I get my sugar fix? I know it's counter intuitive but I'm dying and AF isnt making it any better! Any fruit bars? Any sort of cacao infused fruit or nuts I can buy? If not then I'll have to just suffer. I'm not hungry and I know I'm not hungry but I can't stop thinking about these cravings! It's driving me insane! Please help. - Aatifah21
  10. Hi folks! I'm on day 4 (start date was 9/10/17) and have had some cravings this week. I just read something that indicates not to head for fruit if having a craving. I have done that this week, as well as had a Lara Bar (Apple). I'll do better tomorrow! Haven't noticed much change other than I am feeling fuller than usual eating less food, and not feeling gorged when I have eaten the whole plate. This weekend is a test of commitment. Boyfriends birthday on Friday and I'm taking him to dinner. He is easy so Mexican it is--fajitas for me and that means I can splurge on the steak and shrimp! We also have a friends kid birthday then next day...which is what I'm more concerned about. I plan to bring my food to his place so I can finish preparing what I will eat. But one thing I need to plan on is snack foods. Any suggestions? Then we have dinner with his parents which is also a concern as they likely won't have items I can eat. So again, packing my dinner :-) looking forward to beating the sugar cravings soon.
  11. if i’m craving something, to any varying degree, would it be wise to “give in”? i know i’m allowed to eat whatever i want because i’m an adult but when those cravings come and i just want to make some homemade cookies with my husband on a tuesday night, is this a recipe for disaster? or is this just an opportunity to practice food freedom and ask myself if making those cookies will be worth it and if it will do more harm than good (physically and mentally)? (grated, making homemade cookies is tough because you have a whole bath right in front of you). i guess after reading everything melissa has to say about it, “cravings” = sugar dragon, which means i should ignore it/starve it. so no homemade cookies when I’m craving it? i guess i feel like i'm doing something wrong if i'm "craving" something in particular and going out of my way to get my hands on it. hopefully that makes sense! thanks in advance!
  12. Hi guys, I´m doing my first Whole30 (day 7) and so far its been good in terms of energy, meal preparation and training hard, but i found myself craving for sugar o breads, specially during the afternoons. I am an emotional eater, so I used to calm myself down with food (specially sweet-healthy things, like bars or granola). Now, since I can't have them, i found my self eating a lot of almonds, cashews and Ghee (its weird and uncommon, but I am eating the ghee with a spoon). I feel that Im not in control when it comes to food, and I have a lot of expectations about losing weight, but sometimes I feel that its not gonna happened of I keep like this. Could you please give me some advices or tips to create a healthy relationship with food. Ps. Sorry for the grammar mistakes, Im not english native spacer. Maria
  13. Hey all, Here I sit on Day 22, and I'm still really experiencing cravings, especially for carbs, Coke, and Halloween Oreo's, specifically Halloween Oreo's. Something about the orange cream calls changes the taste and calls to me, even when I'm not staring at them in the grocery store. One of the big reasons I decided to do the Whole30, was to regain control of my eating. I started medical school in early August and quickly lost whatever semblance of eating control I had. I started ordering pizza and Jimmy John's almost every day and not only is that unsustainable for my health, but also for my wallet. I was craving sweets and chips and Coke and I had had enough. Unfortunately, I still am craving all those things. I'm fantasizing about the end of the Whole30 when I can drink again, and eat the cupcakes someone brought in to work, and eat chips and drink Coke (I occasionally need the caffeine to get through study sessions and I HATE coffee, not even cream and ample amounts of sugar can make it better) and eat the super limited edition Halloween Oreo's. Is this normal? I was really expecting this program to help me deal with my cravings, and I had heard that most people leave the program not even wanting to order pizza, etc. Will I ever rid myself of these cravings?
  14. Rtrottier

    Day 7 of my first Whole 30

    Hi all from Alberta, Canada. I started my Whole 30 journey last Monday and I've had an amazing week on this program. So far, I'm feeling less bloated, my sugar cravings are manageable . . . (some days are great, other days not so much like today while I'm marking grade 8 essays and I'm dying for sugar). I've also slept through the night for the past 3 nights in a row which is unusual for me. I'm also not really experiencing hunger in between meals anymore, which again, is very unusual for me because I'm always hungry. What are you all eating for breakfast. I've always eaten an egg, toast and a bowl of fruit for breakfast so I didn't think I'd get tired of eggs so soon but I have. This week I mostly ate leftover fried potatoes and fried eggs and fruit. Any other "breakfasty" ideas that are quick and easy? I have about 20 minutes to make and eat breakfast. Also, how are you combatting boredom eating? I'm marking right now and I just want to eat and eat while I'm marking. Is this just a will power thing that I'm going to have to deal with? Thanks all. Looking forward to another great week on the Whole 30!
  15. I had planned on doing my first whole 30 in January. I started out well and did 5 days straight but broke it after a bad day at work. I've since re-started a couple of times but then keep messing up by eating a sweet for an emotional reason. My fiancé is not doing the whole 30 so I've cleared out the pantry as much as I can. i felt amazing when I did stick the plan and lost a few lbs already but I can't seem to stick with it. I've struggled with binge eating for the past 10 years and as I try the whole 30 I've gotten better at identifying my triggers. (Loneliness [moved to a new place for my fiance], social anxiety, unfulfilled with career choice, as a way to procrastinate, etc) i have to bake for an event this week (I offered to when I thought my whole 30 would be ending on jan 31)which is making me so nervous. I really want to do it for 30 days but I feel ashamed that I've had to re start so many times because I feel like I can't handle the bad feelings when I'm annoyed with work or feeling upset about something. has anyone else had to re start so many times and then finally stuck with it? Any tips? I feel embarrassed and frustrated with myself. I know it's my choice when I mess up but at the same times feel so upset at time I don't know how else to handle the feelings without food.
  16. EricaEV

    Hormonal Cravings

    Hi there! I am in Week 2 / Day 11 and having more cravings than week one. Specifically for chocolate - which I don't typically eat. I just finished ovulating - so could these be connected? What foods can help better balance my hormones to curb cravings?
  17. Hello All, I am looking for some help and encouragement today. Today is the first day that I've actually thought about quitting the Whole30. While I have had some minor struggles so far (cue me crying in a bathroom on Christmas, but successfully turning down a piece of delicious dark chocolate cake), today has been the only day that I've actually considered attacking some sweet stuff. I have an admitted sugar addiction, which was my whole reason for starting the Whole30 in the first place. I know that my psychological relationship with food needs to be repaired, and as much as it sucked, crying over a piece of cake (which I know is so dumb) helped me see that. Because of that, I've cut out fruit and Larabars for my Whole30. I don't struggle with hitting the brakes when I eat nuts, so those have been making occasional appearances. I get my carbs primarily from sweet potato, which I always pair with a less starchy vegetable and protein for my meals. I know that I'm full, but these intense sweets cravings are making me feel as though I'm always hungry. Additionally, I woke up today feeling bloated and having a breakout. I know that these are temporary side effects, and I know that this is all normal. I was just wondering if anybody could give me any tips besides sticking it out, because I'm really really REALLY struggling with that right now. Below, I've listed a few days of my typical meals. Monday: (also had a 1.5 hour heavy lift and 30 minutes of Cardio) Breakfast: 2 poached eggs over sautéed spinach, garlic, and onions Lunch: Beef tenderloin, roasted carrots, arugula salad, roasted sweet potatoes drizzled in olive oil Dinner: 2 deviled eggs (made with compliant ingredients) and green beans sautéed in olive oil Tuesday: (1.5 hour heavy lift + 1 hour cardio) Breakfast: 3 chicken tenderloin, sweet potato drizzled in olive oil Lunch: 3 deviled eggs, green beans sautéed in olive oil, handful of pistachios Dinner: 2 chicken thighs, roasted carrots, and green beans sautéed in olive oil Today: (45 minute hypertrophy lift) Breakfast: 2 eggs scrammbled with mushrooms, peppers, and onions sautéed in olive oil Lunch: Prosciutto (compliant), avocado, cherry tomato, spinach, and arugula salad drizzled with compliant ranch Dinner: None yet hope you can help me! Thank you!!
  18. Hi, I am a 2 time breast cancer survivor. The most recent was diagnosed January of 2014. I had 12 months of intensive chemo which was finished in March 2015. I, also, had 30 days of intensive radiation among surgeries. I started my Whole 30 on April 10. I was addicted to Stevia and quit all Stevia one week before I started the Whole 30 as to not completely shock my system. I have done really really good. I have not cheated at all!! I no longer take in any forms of sugar except for fruit, dried mango and dates. I have fruit every day but the mango and dates are not daily. I feel my new crutch is sweet potatoes!! I eat a whole big sweet potato every day split between 3 meals. I do snack on fruit or veggies as going more than 4 hours without food is difficult for me. I usually have a snack 2 hours before dinner. I find that I am, also, eating more nuts. I eat about 2 tablespoons of almond butter a day. If I don't eat almond butter then I eat 2 handfuls of walnuts usually in tuna or in a chicken salad with my homemade mayo. I eat a ton of veggies; raw, steamed and baked. I drink over a gallon of water a day. I do hot power yoga 5 days a week. Some of the yoga is with weights. Yoga is my peace an serenity as it got me through all the chemo and radiation. Even when I was very sick during chemo I went to yoga even is just resting in savasana for half the class. I am sleeping at least 8 hours a day. Some days 10 hours. Today is day 27 and I still am feeling lethargic. I do feel better than day 1 but do not feel the way you describe in the daily messages as it seems I should have had much more energy by now. I don't plan on going off the whole 30 any time soon as I feel that continuing is probably best for me at this point. Is there anything I should be doing differently? Any suggestions would be very welcomed as I am doing everything within my power to feel like I use to pre-cancer treatment.
  19. Hi all, So today is day 5 of my whole30. So far, I've been positively radiating from the past couple of days... until I looked up a few things: 1. I ate brunch at a local restaurant on day one. I had asked for no dairy anywhere in my dish, but there was pesto sauce that contained parmesan in it that I consumed. I didn't know I consumed diary at the time, but I realized today when I went to the same restaurant, ordered the same item with the same request, and the waitress delivered it without pesto, telling me verbally that there was dairy in it, so she made the dish without. Ugh! 2. I got lunch on day 3 at a local salad place. I ordered a ton of vegetables with grilled chicken and brought compliant dressing from home. Thought nothing of it-- until I went to the restaurant website and saw that the chicken MAY have contained gluten. So, another (possible) mistake to my tab. I often eat out, so this is probably why I keep getting into these frustrating situations. But my problem is now that I'm losing motivation to continue. I live in a dormitory-style building, so I am not able to cook often. So, I rely on convenience to do my whole30 (I know, I'm just asking for tough love right now!) I felt great, skin clearing up, better energy, etc etc. until I found out the ugly truth about what I'd eaten. I just don't see how I can avoid all of these ingredients when they're literally everywhere! Does anyone have tips/their experience to share?
  20. ExAstrisScientia

    Day 7 - craving FAT

    Hi, all. As my topic title suggests, I'm on day 7, and I've been experiencing some pretty intense fat cravings for the past 24 hours or so thank god no sugar cravings, I just want All The Fats). Some potentially relevant information: I'm finally recovered from a REALLY bad upper respiratory infection that started on day 1 and is only just now going away (still a little junk in my lungs but otherwise I feel fine). Also, I'm a lady and finishing up a monthly cycle (or is it, starting? in any case my period is ending!). And finally, I'm a runner, and I'm training for a marathon this fall. I JUST got back on the horse this morning because the sickness derailed my training, as did 5 days of travel right before I fell sick. So until this morning, I had not run for about two weeks (except for a 5k on July 4th), but I did hike yesterday and have been back to my yoga routines this week. I'm just wondering what the deal is with the fat cravings and if I should indulge them? I feel like I already eat a pretty decent amount of it with all of my meals! Thanks!
  21. We're on day 15, and my son has been pretty good, with a meltdown here and there. He still craves all the things "he can't have on this diet", especially after being strong enough to turn down birthday treats 2-3 times in the last two weeks. I was hoping the cravings would have subsided more by now. I have noticed that his appetite is less, and mainly eats his protein, and less so of vegetables & fruits. I try to offer up fruit or nuts as an alternative to breads & sweets, thinking that if he's craving junk that maybe he's simply hungry, and it would be good to develop the better habit of reaching for whole foods rather than processed ones, but he generally turns them down and pouts that he can't give in to his cravings. Maybe he's just not hungry and is merely complaining? or is he not getting enough produce in his diet? I haven't necessarily seen a spike in his energy levels or a huge drop in his waistline, so I'm worried that I need to change my approach. I almost feel like he was more open to eating his produce before we started on the program. I did take the initiative to cut up some berries & kiwi and he seemed to eat that up, so maybe I have to stop asking him what he wants and just prepare it for him to eat regularly (and being o.k. to save it or eat it myself if he chooses not to eat it). The meltdowns have increased in the last few days, so I'm considering ending his challenge early, though I really would like to see it through to get accurate results. I'd love for his cravings to subside, and for him to properly introduce foods and observe how his body reacts. I don't know if, chemically, that can be done after only two weeks of the program. Also, being a bit of a misnomer, Whole 30 is more like 42 days of restrictions after taking into consideration reintroductions, which will be an incredibly long time for him. So, if anyone can answer these questions, I'd be very grateful: Is it typical for some kids to focus on protein during Whole30? Can their energy / mood be negatively affected if they are not getting sufficient veggies & fruit? or increase the urge for cravings? Thoughts about ending early for a child? maybe Whole 21? What types of modifications can be made to make the process easier to bear? adding legumes like hummus? can I make him a paleo sweet treat?
  22. I am proud to now be more than 1/3 the way through my Whole30 experience...and although this isn't hard, it truly is challenging! Today was the day I thought I was going to give up. Seriously. For whatever reason, I've been super cranky pretty much all day. I talked like a sailor and really just wanted to curl up in a hole so everything and everyone would just leave me alone. More than anything, I wanted a glass of wine! Then I went to the grocery store for mostly Whole30-compliant foods (my sons and husband aren't on the program; just myself). I bought bananas, apples, apricots, avocado oil, pork, tomatoes, cashews... Also on my list were milk, bread, and beer (obviously not for my consumption). I almost broke down. Literally. Right there in the grocery store! The last 10 days have been okay. Ups and downs, but for the most part doable. Today has been the hardest day EVER! I got home from the grocery store and my husband sensed the tension. Well, either he sensed it or flat-out knew by my every word just dripping with disdain. He lovingly took over unpacking the groceries and cooking dinner, being careful to follow the cheat sheets that I have posted on the refrigerator, and he shooed me into another room. I opened up my laptop and pulled up the Whole30 website. I was determined to find that I've screwed up somehow and that's why I feel the way that I do. Convinced I was off-track without knowing it, the first thing I looked up was the timeline of what to expect during the Whole30. Then I realized: Nope, it's expected that I feel THIS way and on THIS day. I was both relieved and disappointed. I was relieved that I'm on track, but I was disappointed that I didn't have an excuse to run to the corner store for a bottle of merlot. So here I sit now, seeking support and reassurance. I thought I was stronger than this. Now I'm just hoping I can last the remaining 19 days. To boot, we're going to my in-laws this weekend for two days. My MIL is the most difficult woman I've ever known in my life (my husband says this about his own mother, so don't think I'm one of "those" daughter-in-laws). She's negative, nit-picky, rude, and downright mean. My husband has informed her ahead of time that we (yes, he said "we" so hopefully she'll actually listen and respect my new eating habits, despite he's not doing the program but will for my sake this weekend) are doing a 30-day detox diet of sorts and are not eating sweets, dairy, or breads nor are we drinking any alcohol (they always have wines, ports, etc.). I have NO idea how I'm going to survive the weekend when visits to their condo are some of the most stressful that I ever have all year long... HELP!
  23. Hi Community! I'm on day 3 of my second whole30...and I'm feeling discouraged. I came home last night hungry, and sick of the idea of meat already (I think I ate too much pork at lunch trying to squash any cravings) and I went for the almond butter. First with a cut up apple, then with dried apricots dipped straight into the jar...and then I felt better. My body was happy, but I felt discouraged. This is not whole30 behavior, and I considered starting over, but thought I would reach out for support. Has anyone had similar experiences? Thanks for the help!
  24. This is my first Whole30. I've never been able to stick with a strict plan due to my mood becoming affected (irritable, mostly). It was helpful to read in the Whole30 book that cravings, on average, last between 3-5 minutes. I've been tracking this and so far it rings true for me. My biggest challenge in all of 2 days is finding the time to get food on the fly. I haven't found one prepared food without sugar, which is eye-opening. I gave up wine a week prior and sleep so much better. Anyway, looking forward to the challenge!
  25. So, it's day 19. Both my boyfriend and I are doing it together. The cooking every day is getting tiresome, but the biggest problem is I'm still absolutely craving sweets and especially bread. Even though we eat large meals, I still find myself starving an hour later. Sometimes at night (around 10pm) I'll be starving and can't sleep until I eat something. I usually get up and shove a bunch of eggs and bacon in my face at that point -- which is a fourth meal. My questions are: 1. When in the world will these cravings stop? Do they ever stop? 2. Even though I "eat until I'm full" I find myself still starving at night. Any suggestions? These things are making it more and more difficult to stick to the Whole30. I really don't want to quit but the cravings are getting worse, not better. I also don't feel any better or have any of that "rockstar" feeling the plan talks about. Or is it too early for that? Thank you!