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azcoolmom posted a topic in Whole30 ReintroductionDay 31! It's been on our minds, if not for the whole 30 days...definitely for the last week. Over the last 30 days we found comfort in knowing what foods were "allowed". Many of us felt huge change in our lives. We liked how we felt. I lost over 9 lb, was able to stop 4 different medications, I've been able to workout longer & harder than I have in many years. I completed my Whole30 like a champ! So now I can eat "anything", or can I? I decided I liked the guidance, so started with the sample fast track reintroduction -found here on the website http://whole30.com/step-two-finished/ I started with peanut butter on a paleo wrap. I love peanut butter. Been eating it for years! Within an hour, I was horribly congested, sore throat, and miserable. Won't even go into the digestive issues... so peanut butter quickly went to the "it's not worth it" pile. I'm anxious to hear about other's adventures with foods being reintroduced. What are your "not worth it" foods? Were they things you enjoyed previously? Are you replacing them with something more compliant? I'd love to hear stories of everyone's bike ride!
Guest posted a topic in Troubleshooting your Whole30Hi all! I just wanted to throw this question out there as I feel I've seen some mixed messages on the forum. Just for background, I'm a 5'6" female, 23, about 62kg (30 days ago!), desk job (that can be very stressful but also go thorugh periods of being quite boring!), I finished my first Whole30 on Tuesday - had two days off where I mostly stayed compliant except for some smoked salmon that contained sugar and two meals out where I ate chips with my dinner both nights (or 'french fries' in the US) and have started to start my second Whole30 today. Mostly because I really wasn't ready to stop, in hindsight I should have just turned it into Whole30/60 but I think the end of my Whole30 kinda snuck up on me (where did those 30 days ago right?!?) and I hadn't really put enough through into day 31 and beyond. Also, I don't think I ever want to leave the Whole30 lifestyle so another strict 30 days will really help me to enforce good habits and help me as I prepare to 'ride my own bike' for ever. Also I think my family need a bit more exposure to me being strict on this so they realise its not a fad and actually just going to be the way I eat from now on. (I have to add here they have been great and super supported). And finally, I'm not ready to say goodbye to all the benefits I have seen in the past 30 days namely: great skin (this has been a huuuuge one for me as I have suffered from acne on my face, chest and back since I was 11), feeling better in myself, feeling slimmer and yet never going hungry, my face is so much less puffy when I wake up, I have less mood swings and mouth ulcers (bye bye sugar!), I sleep better, my nails and hair are strong and growing like crazy, I feel part of the Whole30 community, I have a handle on my cravings and mindless eating, I think so much more about what I am putting into my body and I have found a whole new love for cooking and experimenting with new foods! However much as I have loved the experience I do still suffer with energy - my energy spikes aren't determined by my snacking anymore but I do have days when I just feel like I'm walking through treacle. Plus I still have some constipation and gas issues that were part of my original IBS problems , which was another reasons I went on the Whole30, and I think I need a bit more time figuring out triggers and getting them under control. So yes sorry that background ended up being much longer than I thought! I just want to get all my thinking on the right track so this second Whole30 is really beneficial. I think recommending sweet potato is a typical response when someone is tired, and because I LOVE it and it goes with everything I'm quite happy to have 1 a day (sometime more, sometimes less) but I saw a couple of posts saying that you will never sort out your energy, and get your body to truly rely on fat for energy, unless you cut out all high GI foods, including sweet potato. What does everybody think? or have found personally? Should I keep the sweet potato in or out? (p.s. I have also cut out fruit during my Whole30 to help with my sugar dragon and obsession with dessert! so have only had 1 banana and some blueberries the last 30 days) Thanks everyone in advance for their input - lots of Whole30 love to you all!!! Sophia xx
It's Day 31. Six months ago I saw a friend's post on Facebook chronicling her mid-month determination and enthusiasm for the plan. It intrigued me, so I wandered onto whole30.com, read testimonies, and felt inspiration and a bit of hope. Then I considered facing eggs every morning and somehow summoning the energy at the end of the day to make some kind of meal that required a stove, a cutting board and an iPad-free dinner. I promptly dismissed it. Not completely though. The idea waved at me in a friendly manner from the corner of my mind. I discussed it with my health-conscious 13-year-old daughter. I pondered what it would be like to have fresh food in my fridge. I pictured being proud of myself. But I couldn't escape the voice that said YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE of such a thing and YOU WILL SURELY FAIL. I couldn't face starting and not finishing, trying and giving up. I struggled with body image and self esteem. An injured knee had taken me from my love of running, and wildly discouraged about that, I hadn't exercised in almost a year. I gained 15 pounds. Fake food was so easy. Excuses for eating badly were easy to come by. I was exhausted all the time, stressed at the smallest thing, and I continued to the let the tape run. YOU HATE TO COOK. YOU DESPISE FOOD SHOPPING. YOU DO NOT HAVE THE STRENGTH, TALENT OR DETERMINATION FOR THIS. DON'T EVEN TRY. Then around New Year's I visited a monastery and spent a few days away from the fray, journaling and meditating, and somehow my own voice gently found its way to the surface. â€œPut your fear of failure aside for now,â€ it said quietly. â€œYou are stronger than you think you are.â€ Two days later, with It Starts With Food under my belt, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods purchases all over my counter, and off-plan food moved up to the highest shelf in my pantry, I declared Monday, January 5 - DAY ONE. Day One was amazing. Day Two was encouraging. Day Three I woke up shaky, faint, nauseous and scared. I opened my Whole30 Daily email and read, â€œIt's day three, and you might not be feeling quite so bright and shiny today.â€ (God bless Melissa and Dallas.) I ate breakfast, felt better, and kept going. During my nasty internal voice period, I had forgotten that I am great at following rules. And I suddenly had a bevy of thorough, insightful and evidence-based rules right in front of me. Follow the food template. Read the labels. Keep a food log. Think about what 4:00 pm M&Ms desperation was really all about. Wake up realizing that I could live without the 7:00 pm glass of wine. Go to the forum, re-read It Starts With Food, and take it One Day at a Time. And learn how exactly strong I was. Over the past month I have become a cook. I cannot over-emphasize this miracle. Food preparation used to mean bowls of cereal, fiber bars, ordered Chinese and the occasional boiled pot of pasta. My pizza place would answer my calls with, â€œHello Wendy! Still at 148 New York Ave? Large plain pie, right? And would you like to use your credit card on file?â€ But I had never experienced real food. I didn't know that peppers came in yellow, orange and red, and how beautiful they were chopped up next to purple onions, taupe mushrooms and green zucchini. I did not expect to rearrange my spending to include pastured meat, organic eggs and a wealth of new kitchen tools. And my food, the food that I cook all by myself, is not only beautiful; it is simply a delight to eat. It still does not cease to amaze me that every single bite of every one of my 21 meals a week is delicious. Breath-intaking, eye-closing, fork-suspending delicious. I can honestly say, looking back, that somehow this has not been hard. But it also has not been easy. My face is still breaking out, my hair is not shiny, and I almost started to cry the night the waiter brought me a beautiful compliant steak salad with goat cheese mistakenly sprinkled all over the top. (This last was not a reflection of my inability to send the dish back, but the culmination of feeling so â€œotherâ€ at a table of friends with wine, comfort food, and I-think-I-would-die-for-that-flour-less-chocolate-cake in front of them all evening.) I worry about my choices over the next weeks, months, and years. I feel safe with the re-introduction rules for the next ten days, but how will I navigate my own lifestyle beyond that? Will I continue to choose well, examine my relationship with food, make myself proud? I do not know. But here is what I do know. My life has changed in profound and completely unexpected ways. I have lost 11 pounds. I am undoubtedly capable of sautÃ©ing chicken instead of settling for fake food. My body feels great, my energy has increased, and my meals carry me effortlessly from one to the next. I'm in love with Well Fed (and a little bit with Melissa Joulwan). I believe that future unhealthy choices will not equal failure. And I have a voice now. It says I AM STRONGER THAN I THOUGHT I WAS. I am so grateful. And if I can do it, truly, anyone can.