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  1. Ok, so tomorrow is day 30, and for the past week or so, I have had some digestive issues while following whole30. I cannot figure out what is causing this because I am eating mainly the same exact foods I was eating during the first couple weeks (when I felt great). Any ideas on what could be the cause? I'm nervous to reintroduce anything before I figure out what is causing my current issues. Thanks for any input!
  2. Hello. I would like to share my experience with Whole30 and see if anyone is feeling the same as me. I have been compliant, however I have had a smoothie (with added fats) sometimes because I've been too sick to eat. I mostly had them in the first 2 weeks then stopped. Then I had one about 2 days ago as I was ill and could barely eat. I started whole30 as I have very severe fatigue and issues with dizziness and motion sickness. I had no digestive issues other than little episodes of gas like anyone, and I tended towards being a little constipated at times. Since day 4 of whole30, my digestion has been a mess and it gets worse and worse. The last few days have been 24 hour diarrhoea and stabbing abdominal pain like trapped gas. The diarrhea doesn't relieve it. Sometimes I go 5x a day. Also as far as my symptoms I started whole30 for, they are even worse. I am so exhausted I cry every single day and feel like my life will never regain any normality. I can barely go for a walk and work is torture. I was overweigjt but fairly fit before whole30 and could walk and jog. But I did have long term fatigue but I didn't feel like I was dying like this. I have been tested for lots of things and my iron dropped a bit and my thyroid stimulating hormone is a bit low indicating my thyroid is over functioning, but my thyroid hormone levels are fine and negative autoantibodies. I am seeing my GP, a naturopath, acupuncture, psychologist. Before this I had never even paid for a massage, but I feel I am having an extreme health crisis. I'm contemplating quitting my job and not getting out of bed anymore. I have no idea what is happening to me. The digestive issues have been the cherry on top and I fear they won't stop when I stop whole30. I've never had digestive problems like this. As I said, my meals have not been always perfect template (smoothies, sometimes skipping meals) as I'm so ill and doing what I can to survive at this point. I also do rotating roster shift work which makes my whole life hard and is part of my fatigue issues. But I try to follow recommendations otherwise and am eating plenty of veg, appropriate protein and plenty of fat from avocado, olive oil, home made mayo. I have stopped eating ghee, nut butter 2 days ago, as I never ate nuts before, very rarely. I've stopped having eggs apart from the bit of raw egg in my mayo. I was having a lot before, but I ate a lot of eggs in my regular duet too. I still eat 3 serves of fruit instead of the recommended 2, because my tummy wants fruit and plain foods, not fatty rich foods. Example of my common meals lately would be minced chicken breast and zucchini burger patty with roast potato/pumpkin, a salad and home made mayo. Or mackerel fish with pan fried potato hash brown patties (grated white or sweet potato) and a salad with mayo and a bit of hot sauce. Or beef chow mein style - cooked with cabbage, carrot, curry powder, garlic etc on top of sweet potato noodles. Always compliant ingredients and seasonings. I make all my own food. I never had an issue with hot sauces, curry powder or anything lije that before and mainly eat modified versions of what I ate before. Only other thing that's increased on the diet for me is root vegetables like potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, squash and extra use of garlic/onion powder for flavour. Whole30 has been such a bad experience, I feel like I'm having a physical breakdown. Has anyone else felt this and did you find the cause?
  3. My spouse and I are beginning the Whole30 on January 17th, so we're in the process of planning what our kitchen is going to look like and how our staple foods will change. One of the main issues we've always had is that she has some specific dietary needs. She deals with IBS regularly, and too many raw vegetables and fruit can be really unpleasant for her. She also had her gallbladder out about a year ago, although she has been able to reintroduce fattier meals at this point with very few issues, occasionally taking an ox bile supplement if she's worried. We're already prepared to cook vegetables to ease her digestion, and there should be no problem with the meat quantity as she's never had issues with that except for when her gallbladder started being an issue (again, that's no longer a problem). However! She has always relied on a heavy serving of carbs to help her feel full and keep her stomach from getting uncomfortable with extra veggies. Normally these carbs come in the form of rice, pasta, or breads. Well obviously that's not going to work! The next obvious choice? Potatoes. Potatoes look like they will be the easiest thing to add to our diet regularly for quick lunches and a compliant carb for dinners. And they are cheap, which is important as well if we are looking at getting better quality meats. But I wasn't sure if there was an issue with having too many potatoes, especially since many of the recipes have much less in the way of starchy carbs and focus more on the veggies and meats. If we eat, say, two potatoes a day (mixture of regular and sweet), would we still see the same benefits at the end of our Whole30? Or would we be adding too much carby sugar to our diets? Do you have any other suggestions?
  4. Hello Everyone! I finished my first whole 30 on April 24 of this year and I've been battling digestive issues ever since. After my whole 30 ended I began reintroduction of grains and dairy in small amounts. Two weeks passed and I felt completely fine. Then suddenly I began getting extremely ill immediately after eating. At first I had severe pain in my upper middle abdomen, nausea, acid reflux, and vomiting for about three weeks. At one point I even went to urgent care because the pain was so severe I was afraid I had been poisoned or something. Now I'm experiencing bloating, cramps in the lover abdomen, and diarrhea. It doesn't matter what I eat. Everything is making me sick. I've been reading on here that other people have had similar experiences. I'm hoping that someone who has had this can tell me how long it took for your digestive system to get back on track? Any comments or suggestions are much appreciated. Thanks so much!
  5. madknitter17

    Start Date January 30th

    Hey Everyone, I am starting in a week, January 30th. Reading the book and getting my self familiar with all the other resources. I am poorer and a little bit afraid to start the diet due to lack of a reliable income. However, I have a lot of health issues including digestive and my doctor believes that the Whole 30 could really help. That being said I am going on the diet for a whole 90 days. My boyfriend is joining me for the first two weeks to help get me started. After that I am going to be needing all the online support I can get. I am really excited to start having my health improve and I am thrilled to make some new friends along the way. I have the Whole 30 book, but I am going to need as many recipes as I can get. Especially more economical recipes. Best of Luck Everyone, Taylor
  6. Changes in digestion and BMs have been one of the BEST NSVs I've had doing Whole 30. I have an autoimmune disease and have dealt with chronic constipation my whole life. But since doing W30, I've been going every day and many days twice a day! This has NEVER happened in my entire existence. But then, I started to feel a little backed up in the evening on day 26. I shrugged, figured it would sort itself out in the morning on day 27 like usual. Except, no dice. No BM all day. And SAME YESTERDAY (This was typical of me, before - 2-3 days between BM). Yesterday (day 28) I drank some compliant kombucha and took a probiotic. I walked 4.5 miles. I drank a lot of fluids. But no BM. It's early in my day, so it might work itself out today, but I haven't had that feeling of needing to go just yet. Wtf? Thinking over my meals, I have been lighter than usual yesterday on veggies (still appropriate levels of protein/fat), but day 27 was packed full of veg. I'll post out my meals if you guys want, but anyone else suffered a change in digestive status late in the game?
  7. My husband and I are on day 21, and we love everything about the Whole30. (I miss wine) I have had diarrhea since day one. My husband has not. (He ate a really crappy breakfast and lunch before Whole30, I did not) I have had loose stools two to three times a day since the beginning, usually soon after eating. I actually feel my stomach rumbling soon after eating most meals. Before Whole30, I was "regular" with no issues, once a day. This isn't really causing any problems because we have literally had every meal at home, but I am wondering when this will go away? It this my gut still cleaning itself out from something I was eating? I was doing most of my cooking with cooking spray. Could I be consuming too much oil in my cooking? Any explanation would be much appreciated! Thank You!
  8. I'm on day 43 of what I'm hoping will be a Whole90. I had carb flu pretty bad my first week and trouble adjusting to the portion sizes. Other than that, I did not have any major problems my first 30 days. Right after I hit the 30 day mark I started having digestive issues (swinging between constipation and diarrhea) and my period started 6 days early even though I'm on the pill. My period is still going (day 14 now). It was very light for the first 10 days and has now become heavy. Is it just taking my body longer to adjust/heal? I will say my eating habits prior to Whole30 were terrible. I've been following the template and there were no major changes between my first month and the second. Anyone experienced similar problems? Any advice?
  9. Hi guys! I just purchased the Kindle edition of 'It Starts With Food' and am really enjoying it. The reason I bought it and am now going to start the Whole 30 program tomorrow is because for the last 18+ years I've struggled with IBS symptoms of the diarrhea, cramping, and bloating type. It comes and goes in severity and frequency but it's always there. I'm fortunate that it's never gotten to the point that I've been bed ridden but the symptoms certainly interfere with my health (obviously), my energy levels, and my ability to work. Case in point, I recently stopped working as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor because I was so drained (I was working too much overall but the IBS definitely played a role.) What I'm looking for is some stories of Whole 30 program success from those with similar IBS situations, particularly the diarrhea-type IBS... What worked for you what didn't? Any advice about additional measures, dietary changes that you found helpful in controlling/lessening your symptoms? (Ex. cutting out FODMAPS, coffee, etc.) Did the Whole 9/Whole 30 protocol take care of all symptoms, lessen them, or make them worse? Here's a little more background on me... I'm at a healthy weight (and don't want that to change), ~30 years old, and my husband and I are planning on starting to start trying to conceive in January. I do have a regular cycle but I do worry about how my digestive issues will affect my actual chances of conceiving and the health of a growing fetus. I take medication for hypothyroidism, Vitamin D, Vit C, fish oil, and a multi. I had a full blood work up two weeks ago and all levels are normal. I do have a history of anxiety and depression due to my family history as well as the deaths of two immediate family members. Was on medication for a year but now control with meditation/yoga, exercise, and talk therapy. Coming of the medication (Cymbalta) wrecked havoc on my IBS so I'll do whatever I need to to stay off of it! I was working out entirely too much because of my job (read 2-4 hours of exercise 5 days per week) and am so glad not to be doing that anymore (since 3 weeks ago). I took a week off from anything except walking and stretching and now try to get in some activity 5 to 6 days per week but keep it around 45 min and moderate in intensity with the exception of a long hike each weekend. I don't plan teaching again anytime soon so I am on the job hunt and hope I can get back to feeling healthy and energetic before starting a new position. ETA: My face has also been breaking out a lot lately and that rarely happens. Could be from the change from working out a ton to now being active a reasonable amount. I will interested to see how the Whole 30 protocol affects this. My diet is overall quite good and not that far removed from the Whole 30 program... *Lots of fresh veggies at lunch and dinner *Moderate amount of fruit, usually at breakfast *Almost always have a small afternoon snack in addition to my three meals (typically a non-dairy KIND bar sometimes with fruit) *Cut out Gluten containing foods, and the remaining small amount of dairy products I still ate a month ago *Usually have eggs, fish or occasionally beef once a day *Drink 1 cup of coffee in the morning and 1 in the afternoon *Drink lots of water. I often drink home brewed, unsweetenend herbal tea and homemade lemonade made with fresh lemon juice and lemon stevia from NuNaturals. *Generally drink a cup of coconut water after workout/run etc. A typical day of eating now looks like this... Breakfast ~7am: 2 Egg and 1 banana pancake topped with nut butter, figs or strawberries, and cinnamon (also have 1/2 to 1 cup of coffee with almond milk) Lunch ~12pm: big greens and veggie salad topped with salsa and avocado, 1 slice homemade gluten free bread, and 1 portion canned salmon Afternoon Snack ~3pm: non-dair kind bar with or without fruit or homemade oat/nut/flax seed granola with almond milk (also usually have 1 cup of coffee with almond milk) Dinner: Usually very similar to lunch but sometimes make homemade sweet potato soup or homemade gluten free, dairy free veggie pizza. Evening Snack/Dessert: homemade oat/nut/flax seed granola with almond milk and berries (Lots of water and herbal iced tea in the morning, when active, and throughout the day.) The main changes that I need/want to implement to be on the Whole 30 is... *Cut out the non-gluten grain products I'm eating daily, particularly oats *Cut out any soy and legume products (usually have them ~once per day *Make my own almond milk to replace store bought (used to do that but stopped because of cost and the fact that it spoils easily) and replace any other processed foods *Eat more meat *Cut out my evening snack/dessert (generally homemade oat/flax/nut granola with almond milk) *I generally eat sunflower butter instead of peanut butter but need to cut the PB out completely *Eat more meat/fish *Stop consuming stevia. Sorry this is such a long explanation - any help, advice you have is much appreciated. Thanks so much!
  10. So I've been aboard this Whole30 train for a little over a month now. Officially, I'm on day 10, but I've been mostly clean in my eating for about a month. I'm really happy with how things are going--better sleep, much less bloating, body composition changing, generally more energy, etc. Buuuut, I still have a few lingering issues that I'm now trying to resolve as well, and for some I'm having trouble determining whether they're food-related or not. Number one: While I sleep through the night almost every night now, I still have the hardest time getting out of bed. My alarm goes off, and it takes me 10-20 minutes to get up and semi-awake. This one might not be food-related, but it was something I was hoping the Whole30 would help me with, though maybe it will require a little more willpower... Number two: Over the last month or so, I have been really happy with my ability to stay awake in what would usually be my 2:00 PM slump, especially since it's at the same time as one of my classes that I really need to be able to pay attention in! And for the most part, it went away. But over the last few weeks, it seems to have returned (ugh). Number three: While my digestive health has improved IMMENSELY, I'm still having some...issues (okay, I'm just going to come out and say it: I'm having poop problems, alright?). Mainly not going every day. Or if I do, not a lot. This is sort of the complete opposite from my first (failed) Whole30, and I've been waiting...and waiting...aand the only time it seemed to get better was the few days AFTER I off-roaded on Indian food. Um, WHAT? So yeah, I'll go ahead and post usual meals and what not. Typical "good" day: M1: 3 eggs sunny-side-up cooked in a bit of ghee OR local, grass-fed sausage, and collard greens (frozen, cooked Nom Nom Paleo style; about 3/4-1.5 cups?) M2: Some big hunk of protein (if it's from the cafeteria, usually chicken; if they don't have compliant meat, then usually a can of tuna mixed with a packet of compliant guac and spices), 1-2 cups of some sort of veggies (usually the lower end is green veggies: collard greens, green beans, or broccoli, and the other is for when I get 1 cup carrots and 1 cup something green.), 1-2 thumbs of homemade mayo, and 4 strawberries. M3: 3 eggs or another big hunk of cafeteria protein or more tuna, veggies to the same degree as lunch, and 1-2 thumbs of homemade mayo/1 packet of guacamole. Average liquid intake: I've been pretty bad about it; usually I average about 4-6 cups. Extraneous: Usually two cups of tea (organic chamomile and sleepytime). Sometimes I drink a cup of bone broth during the day or at night. These days usually make up about 5 out of 7 days of the week. I can post more specific meals if it would be helpful. My journal is here, if anyone REALLY wants to go in depth: Approximate meal times: M1 usually from 8-8:40 AM. M2 usually anywhere from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. M3 around 5:00-6:30 PM. Sleep: Usually 8 hours, but never less than 6. Stress: Most days I'm about a 7 out of 10, but I usually have a day once a week that's at +9000000 out of 10. I've had about five nut binge days in the past ~40 days. I already know nuts don't agree with me and they're also food-with-no-brakes, so after I finish off my last closed handful of macadamia nuts, I won't be buying any more nuts for the remainder of my Whole30. I'll have "starchy vegetables" at least once a week (usually carrots 1-3 times per week, sweet potato and red/white potato once every other week or so). And vegetables are probably my BIGGEST concern about my Whole30, because the whole green/not green, starchy/not starchy thing confuses the heck out of me. First off, should I even be eating starchy vegetables that aren't carrots? Like the potatoes and squash, for instance? I don't exactly exercise regularly, so I've been trying to stay away from them, but I don't know if I should be eating more or none at all...and second, what vegetables actually count towards my serving of veggies? If I decide to have some spaghetti squash or cauli-rice instead of zucchini noodles, should I supplement it with some green? If I have carrots at dinner, should I also be having something green? I've never quite managed to grasp the nuances of vegetables during Whole30... I think that's it, hopefully I didn't bombard everyone with too much useless info.
  11. Hello! I've just started the Whole 30. I'm noticing strong cravings for nuts, but also a bit of digestive distress when I eat them. I also know that digestive distress is a common side effect at the beginning of the program. The obvious answer is to just not eat them, but the cravings are very intense. I read in It Starts With Food that the physical shape of nuts can be problematic for those with digestive imbalances. I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience with nuts + digestive distress, and also would appreciate any suggestions. I add a healthy amount of fat into each meal and am wondering if the craving stems from not enough protein. I worry about adding in eggs because of what I read in the auto-immune protocol section of ISWF. Thank you in advance. Update: I didn't specifically mention that I am a newly diagnosed celiac and have a very sensitive, often cranky gut.
  12. Alright, so I've been on the whole30 for 28 days now, and up until Monday (Day 24) I was having no issues. I felt fabulous. I was sleeping great with no tiredness or crashes during the day, and I was having no problems with my digestion, no gassiness or feeling bloated, regular BM's. Everything was going great. On Monday, though, I began to feel like I needed a nap, and I had some issues using the bathroom that night. I wasn't completely stopped up, it was just more difficult than it had been. This has continued to happen this entire week. I'm trying to figure out if this means I need to keep going after my 30 days. I've been completely compliant during the entire whole30. For every meal I've been making sure to have a protein source (I only eat poultry, so it's been turkey, chicken, or eggs), a healthy fat source (avocado or olive oil mostly, but at times nuts or coconut milk), and lots of veggies (I normally have at least 2-3 types of veggies at every meal). I haven't been eating a ton of fruit, at most 1-2 servings a day, but some days I don't have any. I drink plenty of water, at least 80 oz a day but normally more (my water intake hasn't changed since before the whole30). I normally stay full between meals, so I've probably only eaten a snack a handful of times since starting. I also have only had one craving the entire time I've been on this, I had a migraine one day and really wanted some chocolate. Also, I was a vegetarian for five years (until last year), and since then I haven't been a huge meat eater. I honestly don't like it very much and have been thinking of going back to a veg when this is over. So, do you think I should still plan with the reintroduction after day 30, or should I attempt to wait a little longer?