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  1. Starting 14/11/17

    Hellooooo! I'm a massive sugar addict and fussy eater trying to make some changes. First time properly attempting a whole 30 although I've toyed with the idea for a long time - I'm useless at sticking to diets and health kicks so I've told as many people as possible to try and help my resolve and am hanging out here for support. I've had a rough time with my health this year after needing treatment for breast cancer - I'm only 34 so that was a bit of a wake up call that I need to start taking my health more seriously. I've spent the evening meal prepping things that I can put straight in the slow cooker or soup maker to fit around my busy schedule so I should have very little to do until the weekend. Kinda excited to get going but kinda scared of how these first few days are going to work out! Lola x
  2. Whole 30 Newbie

    Hello! Starting my first Whole 30 today. I'm a student a full-time worker and have had horrible eating habits this semester. It's definitely shown in my weight and my already struggling skin. I'm excited to see what is going to come of this. However, I'm nervous because while my family and boyfriend are supportive, they're not doing it with me. Also, the holidays are coming up, but I'm confident that if I make it to Thanksgiving, I can treat it just like any other day. On top of all my fears, my dogs got out of the yard on my DAY ONE! Hopefully this is just going to test my resilience because I was SO close to throwing in the towel just because of the dogs. Encouraging words and any advice with not reverting back to your old ways in times of stress would be so appreciated right now!
  3. GOALS: I started the program with the intent to improve my inflammation levels while putting weight loss in the secondary column. I’m happy to report that I have not been disappointed! LIFE BEFORE WHOLE 30: - Seasonal allergies were literally out of control resulting in constant sinus pressure and pain. - My right eustachian tube was diagnosed as "disfunctional" resulting in negative pressure, muffled hearing and inability to clear my ear after traveling by air. - I was working around previously diagnosed food sensitivities (dairy, eggs, cane sugar and almonds), but not as strictly as before. - All in all, my days were spent: Struggling to get out of bed. Starting my day with a protein smoothie and big plans. Literally forcing myself to accomplish said plans. Lying on the couch in defeat. Attempting to eat “clean” but failing more than succeeding. Regaining the weight that I had lost in the last 2 years doing the “21 Day Fix” program. LIFE AFTER WHOLE 30: Inflammation: Very pleased with the results in this category! Day 1: I notice a big change in my sinus inflammation. I was able to blow out 4x more than normal...like the gates opened in my head! Day 7: I notice that my right ear could hear more clearly as my eustachian tube was opening up! Day 10: My rings are sliding off and on more easily and I’m seeing my cheekbones again! Day 12: My husband says I’m not snoring anymore! Mood/Energy: I had a few cranky days, usually on the weekend when I couldn’t have wine with a meal like salmon, steak, etc. Day 2 - 8: Seemingly boundless energy! Maybe it’s because I had been eating better previously than I thought! I was so giddy with excitement about my new eating plan, my husband accused me of being drunk when he called on Day 6 on his way back home from a trip! Far from it! Day 8 and on: I find I have great energy during the work week, but when Friday hits, I drop off. The weekends are the toughest! Day 28+: Energy and motivation are steadily returning now since I’m sleeping better. Food Relationship: I had minimal cravings, but didn't deviate from the approved food list. Day 1 - 3: Had some rough patches with working around my already-known egg sensitivity. Learned to make breakfast into Meal #1. Day 4 - 8: Got into the groove of cooking on plan when my husband was on a SCUBA trip for a week. Upon his return, he remarked that "he never saw this for me" (meaning me cooking nearly every meal I ate!) I replied: "If this is what it takes to feel good, I'll do it!" Day 14+: Got a little "burned out" on my basic cooking, so I tried to add in as much food variety as possible. Ordered in special condiments I couldn't find locally. Searched for compliant foods constantly. Roasted chickens twice a week and make bone broth to drink in the mornings. Sleep: Still a work in progress, but getting better and better! I generally go to bed earlier than before and wake up at 5:30 am. Day 1-28: I would have trouble drifting off to sleep without the help of Melatonin, Magnesium, etc. Day 28: I stopped drinking coffee after 1:00 pm, and my sleep has improved immensely! Weight: I “cheated” and stepped on the scale. (It did do a “head game” on me...no more weighing until Day 31!) Day 9: Was down 2.7 pounds. Not as much as I would have guess with the inches lost! Day 31: Lost a total of 7 pounds! Would like to lose maybe 5-7 more! Body Size: My trendy clothes have become my favorites again! Everything is fitting like it’s supposed to! Day 7: Have lost 1” in my waist and abdomen, and 1/2” in hips already! Day 9: Have lost 6.5” overall (1.5” in my abdomen now) and my back fat is disappearing! Day 31: Down 12” overall (3” from my abdomen and 2” from my waist) FUTURE PLANS: I’m planning to stay closely in line with the Whole30 program, with occasional wine! As a matter of fact, tonight my husband and I will be celebrating my 58th birthday (a week late) with a compliant restaurant meal and some white vino! I had an outpatient surgical procedure the day before my birthday, and didn’t feel up to making it a full celebration at that time. Now, I think it’s time to celebrate my "rebirthday", with the help of the Whole30 plan!
  4. Hello Hello! April 3 2017!

    Hi there! I'm 31 and starting my first Whole30. A few friends have done it and seen benefits, so I'm jumping on the bandwagon! I'm a single guy living with two roommates, and want to start learning how to eat better. I've bought the cookbook as well as the WHole30 book, and i'm digesting it over the month of march to better understand the thing! if anyone has any advice, specifically on [free] apps and services that will help organize my meal plan/shopping list, etc, that'd be great! Looking forward to April!
  5. This Seems Easy

    I am on day 4. I've had some headaches and I was fogged up and sleepy yesterday. I'm eating 3 meals a day. Rare snacking. And when I do it's a few pieces of fruit. Like some sliced pineapple or some grapes. I haven't had any nuts or nut butters. I am eating completely opposite of where I was before. I used to snack twice a day at work. Then binge eat whatever after work. 3 large meals. Lots of carbs. My last day "before whole 30" I had mcdonalds for lunch and then top ramen and toast for dinner. Should I be... worried that I'm doing something incorrectly? I have a eggs, homemade sausage, spinach, sweet potato (in a casserole) for breakfast lunch has been chicken and veggies dinner has been chicken and veggies or pork chops and apples. Or one night I had a burger patty with mustard a few red potatoes slices and brocolli. I've checked every ingredient on everything I've used for hidden "no no's". Am I just lucky? Am I missing something? Am I just too happy too soon?
  6. I am 22 year old woman who just graduated from college. I tried the whole 30 about a year ago and only got 3 days in and caved. This time I really need to complete this. My health is the worst it has ever been, and I feel sick after ever meal. Also, I am trying to go into law enforcement and need to pass multiple fitness tests. I am also trying to have a better relationship with food and health. If you have any advice or want to help keep me accountable, it would be greatly appreciated!
  7. Started August 15th

    I started Whole30 on Monday August 15th. I thought I prepared very well but find that I am still running to the store a lot and guessing on what I should eat for every meal. My purpose for this was to get some self control over my eating habits. I started doing Zumba 3 times a week and Pilates 2 times a week about 3 months ago, and gained a couple of pounds. I thought my diet was a big issue. (Ice Cream seemed to be an every night "treat"). I quit smoking almost 3 years ago, and rewarded myself with food. I decided I didn't want to be on blood pressure meds so I started exercising, (and I was out growing my clothes). When I went back to the doctor, hoping to be taken off my meds, he doubled them. So, exercise alone didn't work so I am trying to "fix" my diet. I have never really had a lot of self control so this is a new experience for me. The first couple of days haven't been as horrible as I expected. Time will tell!
  8. Starting July 11!

    Hi everyone - My name is Kara, and my husband and I are about to embark on our first Whole 30 starting this Monday, July 11. I get really bad chronic migraines and have been on medicine that has led to significant weight gain over the past 3 years (I've gained about 100 pounds). Granted, this is also after two kids and I don't always make the healthiest eating choices either, but my doctors are telling me the medicine is a significant contributor to my weight gain. I desperately need to do something to turn my weight - and health - around...I'm not pre-diabetic, but I'm also not far from it based on my blood sugar numbers. One of my doctors has been trying to get me to do the Whole 30 for months, so I finally read both books and am going to do it. I know it won't be easy, especially with two young children who love to eat goldfish, pasta, and yogurt, but I'm committed to giving this a go. I'm a little nervous about finding the time to prepare meals as I typically don't bring my lunch to work, but I think it will just take some time to figure out how to make it work. I'm also nervous about what happens at the end...the last thing I want is to slide back into bad habits, but I figure I'll worry about that later, closer to the end of my Whole 30. Let me know if you'd like to join me with starting a Whole 30 on Monday. And thanks in advance to this forum for any help/support you can give a newbie like me! Kara
  9. Starting June 13th!

    Hi, Everyone! My name is Sara & I'm starting Whole 30 on MONDAY! I'm 26 & a logistics coordinator in Nebraska, where I live with my husband and our two cats. After seeing a friend of mine complete whole 30 & feel so much better, I know it's time for me to commit to these 30 days. My digestive problems seem to rule my life, and it's time to (hopefully) figure out the cause. I started bullet journaling and I'm using my bullet journal for meal planning. I also just ordered an Instant Pot which will make some of my meal prep a lot easier! Super excited to get started!
  10. Started First Whole30 May 17

    Hi All, My name is Sam. My user name actually comes from a different diet website where after high school I lost over 100 pounds and kept it off for over 3 years before medical issues caused slow weight gain. I'm trying whole 30 due to fatigue and malaise that have been a constant barrier for me over the last 6 months. I'm hoping to rule out food-related issues and will be doing a very gradual re-introduction after 30 days. My goals for the program are to improve my fatigue and general health, identify any potential food allergies/intolerances, and stop relying on processed foods that are so unhealthy. Long term I'd like to start getting into fitness again, without being too tired to complete some of my favorite workout routines. My real "start" date was supposed to be May 16, but day 1 I broke compliance. I travel every other week for work, and decided to start whole30 with my husband that Monday without any prep. I was flying out that day and had milk in my coffee at the airport and then when I got into the hotel late, ordered non-compliant room service. So, my official start ended up being on Tuesday. The rest of my week while traveling was brutal and I did the best I could without having prepped before I left. My hotel has a fridge, but no microwave and even if there was a store near by my schedule doesn't give time for shopping. Unfortunately I'm in a downtown urban area when traveling with more 7-11s than actual grocery stores. However, I stuck to the program while there the rest of the week! Expect to see me a lot in the travel section because, like I said, I travel every other week and I rarely have choice (I don't get to book my own hotel or flights, for example, so I am stuck where the travel counselors put me and on the timelines they set, often landing at 8 pm or later and starting work the next day at 7 or 8 am leaving little time for shopping and prep once I get there). This week is a "home" week and I am so excited to be enjoying whole food recipes with my wonderful husband who is joining me on this adventure. I look forward to sharing ideas and experiences with everyone here!
  11. Hey Everyone I haven't been active on a forum in a long time, but I am so happy and grateful you are here since I know I need community support to get this done. (I'm a huge believer in group work, as my artist-support group has brought me through a lot of doubt and into a great chosen family of weirdos who love to create.) I have been a cancer survivor for 8 years now, and have been teaching for ten years. This spring I looked at myself and realized a few scary things: 1. I am way to young to be this exhausted all the time. I want to have twice this level of energy when I'm 90, and I can. 2. I used to take better care of myself, having been scared by a brush with death at 23 I did everything I could to be healthy, and that scare and care have faded away with time. 3. I want to do so much more with my life, and I refuse to waste time and energy self medicating with sugar and carbs. SO here I am promising you to start my day one on May 1st. (Along with a promise to a friend who will kick my butt if she catches me putting sugar in my coffee.)
  12. Starting March1st

    Hey guys my husband and I are starting our first Whole 30 on March 1st and we are stoked/petrified. Black coffee is my fear and lack of pancakes is my husbands but I am positive we can make it through. So far I am in the process of clearing out my house (bye coffee creamers!!). They say that you should share your motivation for choosing to go Whole 30 so I thought I would share mine with everyone, not just my husband because as much as I love him I am counting on him punching out around day 3. Reasons for my Whole 30 1. My son, he is only 6 months now but I don't want him to have the same unhealthy start that I did as a child. 2. We want to have another child in 1.5 years so I need to get my body ready now so I can have a healthy pregnancy. 3. Banish my big ugly sugar dragon/ have a healthier relationship with food. 4. Be active again, I miss running every day. 5. Better sleep. That's most of the big reasons why I am starting this whole 30 journey. I am so excited for this and ready to share all of my ups and downs with you guys! I am ready for a change and trust me I will keep my progress 100 percent real. I will be back on day 0 with weight, measurements and (yikes) photos!
  13. Four days ago I started trying to eat Paleo, and after having some dark chocolate and honey decided to go all in with Whole 30. I am a sugar addict, so I think that forcing myself to refrain from things that feed my sweet tooth is going to be necessary if I want to reset my habits. I lived primarily on cheese, sugar, bread, and junk food for my entire life, and this is my first actual effort to apply restrictions and guidelines. I've suffered from chronic sinusitis for the last 3 years, and have gained 25 pounds in that time period as well. The groggy, lethargic feeling just kept getting worse, and I started getting hot flashes and blood sugar drops and rushes over the last few months. I am hoping this will help me figure out if parts of my diet have been causing these problems. (I have been tested for diabetes and thyroid problems with nothing detected. And my doctor suggests sinus surgery, but I don't want to rush into that.) So far, I've found my clean meals of the last few days tastier than the crap I had been eating, though I have noticed that I have to MAKE SURE to always have something prepared. If I get too hungry with nothing ready to go, I lapse into binging on apples with cashew butter, which fits requirements but is still a binge item. Even without going stricly whole 30 the last 4 days, I am experiencing some of the symptoms listed in the what to expect forum. My sinuses are draining, throat is a little itchy, and I'be had minor digestive issues. I am a bit tired and groggy, but then again, I was before, too. The first 2 days I felt great. Hoping things pick up again soon! Does anyone know of foods that are included in the Whole 30 that tend to cause postnasal drip in case of allergic reactions? Want to make sure I am covering ALL of my bases.
  14. This is my first Whole30, and I was super pumped to start. I set my start date the day after my bachelorette party/shower weekend with just under two months until our wedding. Perfect timing..no events until the actual wedding. Problem is that Monday (day one) I woke up to a terrible sore throat, cough, and sinus pressure. It's continued now for 4 days (today is actually the worst). I've taken elderberry syrup and have eaten lots of pineapple (I read that helps with a cough). Second problem is that I've had ZERO appetite. Kale and eggs are the last thing that sound good while I'm sick. I've been eating potatoes, lara bars, fruit, and TRYING to down some chicken sausage with spinach and some greens, but I know I'm not getting enough of a variety. So my question is... Am I doing myself more harm than good? I REALLY want to complete the process without starting over (especially since I'm in a time crunch), but I also don't want to harm my body by not giving it enough nutrient dense foods.
  15. Starting June 28th!

    Hi everyone! I'm 27, live in Wisconsin, and am ready to get started with the Whole30 on June 28th. What do you recommend as must-haves to have on hand during that first week? I have tried many diets before but am looking to make this a permanent, healthy relationship to food. I'm nervous about starting, and I'm afraid of failing, and I'm concerned that I won't make it through the first week because my body LOVES sugar (even as my head hates it!). I know it's not hard...but it is!
  16. Good Morning! I'm sure many like me are beginning their first or a follow-up Whole 30 today (good luck!). I have a unique situation that I could use some advice and support for. I work in Manhattan and have anywhere from a 60 - 90 minute commute home in the evenings. Factoring in my workouts (I'm fortunate that my Equinox is only a block from my office, so I exercise immediately after work), I'm not arriving back home for dinner until at least 8:30 PM. I know post-workout snacks are allowed and encouraged, but I just need lots of ideas of what to pack ahead and whats worked well for others in a similar situation. I'll be having egg dishes for breakfast and egg whites on salad for lunch, so I do not want to rely on another egg dish. I always food shop at Trader Joe's, so I picked up the Omega Trail Mix snack packs - but is that enough? I am, truthfully, a very healthy eater and diligent about exercising, but when I get in so late, i overeat on healthy food because i'm so hungry and therefore in desperate need of post-workout snack ideas to make sure I'm successful with Whole30. This is my first Whole 30. I'm anxious and excited at the same time. I have obsessed over my weight and my figure since I was middle school. I compare how I look to others constantly and it doesn't help that I have a real difficult time at losing weight. I've seen nutritionists, I run marathons, take indoor cycling and barre workouts - whatever I think is the 'right' thing. However, my weight never changes and I'm frustrated. I love to cook, which is why I chose Whole 30. I also realize I have to get a grip and begin a healthier mental relationship with food and my self image. Thank you so much for the help and ideas! Lauren
  17. this is my first whole 30. for most of 2011 and 2012 i followed a paleo diet (i used cheat days, usually one every week) but i was in school during that time and had loads of free time to exercise (both strength train and i played recreational and league racquetball). before starting a paleo style diet i was 280lbs (5'10 male) when i graduated in 2012 i was down to roughly 220lbs *yay me*. however since then, i obtained a full time desk job that requires extensive travel (out of town for entire week) for 80% of the year (but i love my job, right now at least). that being said, it was difficult to keep a regular exercise regimen, i cannot remember the last time i was in the gym. I still go on regular walks. travelling all the time meant eating out all the time, i did not make bad decisions 90% of the time, salads, lean cuts of meats, veggies, no desserts, and yes, i love bourbon and tequila. bourbon was my only non-paleo vice during my paleo days in 2011 and 2012. additionally, my job goes through several busy periods during the year which normally resulted in stress eating (started as healthy snacks like almonds and carrots and fruit but then turned into junk food quite rapidly, the only thing i held onto from my paleo days was remaining gluten free 90% of the time.) since starting this job in April 2012 i am back up in weight to around 250lbs and feel miserable, more so that i know how much hard work and time it took to get down to 220lbs, and because i do not have a regular exercise regimen that i love anymore. i am hoping my whole30 will help me regain touch with my paleo ways and help provide some extra motivation, now that my body is able to function more effectively and efficiently, to get back into a regular exercise program. i wanted to post my meal log to see if there were any tweaks that i should be making. in general i have 1 cup of coffee a day, normally with my first meal, on colder mornings, i will make another cup but i very rarely get through more than half of it. I also know I need to get more sleep consistently. since starting my whole 30, i cut out all other caffeine and make sure consumption is before i eat meal 2 (which is normally around noon or right after) Day 1: Sleep 8 to 9 hours Meal 1: ground beef w/onion, garlic, mushrooms, and seasonings (ghee); cup of steamed broccoli Meal 2: Sweet potato hash with 1 cup of homemade chili and 1/2 avacado Meal 3: 2.5 oz Tuna Salad with half fresh cucumber Day 2: Sleep - 5.5 to 6 hours. Sleep was sound and was awakend too early. Meal 1: ground beef w/onion, garlic, mushrooms, and seasonings (ghee); side of steamed broccoli Meal 2: tuna salad (OO mayo, Dijon, pickles; half cucumber; handful almonds; coffee Meal 3: ground beef w/onion, garlic, mushrooms, and seasonings (ghee); half avacado; 2 eggs; sweet potato hash Snack: spoon of raw almond butter; half handful of macadamia nuts; half handful of blackberries (got new snacks and had to try) Day 3: Sleep - 7 to 8 hours Meal 1: 4 1/2 slices organic praire turkey; 1/2 avacado; heaping handful of carrots Meal 2: tuna salad w/ 2 eggs, heaping handful of carrots, half handful almonds Meal 3: chicken salad on large plate of mixed greens Snack: handful of almonds (driving) Day 4: Sleep: 5.5 to 6.5 hours (not enough) Meal 1: palm sized portion of grass fed ribeye (grilled, seasons with salt, pepper, garlic, and EVOO) Meal 2: palm and half sized portion of raincoast albacore tuna (with homemade mayo (pure olive oil as base), compliant dijon, compliant pickles) on a large bed of arugula and spinach. close hand portion of peach Meal 3: palm sized portion of grass fed ribeye (grilled, seasons with salt, pepper, garlic, and EVOO) with a heaping portion of roasted broccoli (covered in anchovy, garlic, red pepper flake sauce - from NomNomPaleo book) Day 5: Sleep: weird dreams (not about food) 7 to 8 hours Meal 1: Sweet potato hash; 3/4 cup ground beef w/onion, garlic, mushrooms, and seasonings (ghee); two eggs, 1/2 avacado (got full after eating about 3/4 of this and put the plate down, probably over did my portion of beef since i added 2 eggs). Snack: got some new macadamia nuts in the mail, had about 6 just to try them out It's Day 5 now, so don't think I just had one meal! My meals have been spaced out about 4 to 5 hours apart. It is normally always a palm to palm and a half sized portion. I only felt really hungry before hour 4 on day three in between Meal 1 and 2; I woke up later than I wanted and only had time for some deli turkey which I seemed to burn through fairly quickly. I have only exercised on Day 1 of my Whole 30 when I went for a walk for about an hour. Any recommendation for tweaks? areas for improvement? am I eating too much Tuna, I did some research into Mercury content and Raincoast Albacore Tuna, I am not sure there is much to worry about here due to the method of fishing they use and selenium levels in albacore?
  18. First Whole30 - January 8

    Hello! I'm starting my first Whole30 today! Very excited to get going and see where I am 30 days from now. Ready to make some changes Thanks! Kristen
  19. Hi everyone. I have committed to doing this January 6th. I bought "It Starts with Food" and read 80% today. Needless to say I have had numerous epiphanies and am excited to get through the first week and see my energy increase and my afternoon and nightly snacking decrease. I have been obese all my life. I am addicted to sugar. It's the biggest Achilles's heel in my life. I have been working out consistently for 3 years but have hit a plateau for a year now and something needs to change. I have a support system--4 people in my life are doing this with me. We are swapping recipes, doing meal prep together and we CrossFit together. I plan on writing down all the things that were brought up in the book (snacking times, knee/joint issues, rosacea) and seeing what changes as the month wears on. I blog frequently about my journey here: http://xinesbattleofherbulge.com/ Looking forward to any support people might have, I am sure I will encounter issues along the way! --Christine
  20. Start Date 8-7-13

    I just completed my second day. At first I was trying to convince myself that I could not do this - but the tough love talk was awesome. It's only 30 days which is nothing compared to a lifetime of feeling poorly. I have an undiagnosed connective tissue disorder - 10 years of doctors and lots of pain but I am still an overachiever. And I intend to have mind over matter with the Whole 30. Lots of great resources for recipes and I do agree that being prepared is key to success. Onward!
  21. My Whole Start to Success

    I wanted to share my experience about doing my first Whole 30. I am writing this story on Day 31 while I enjoy 2 eggs fried in ghee over a bed of fresh spinach, a half of a compliant chicken sausage, and half a large tomato .. because of I want to! (my mind is blown!) My back story I am a 35 year old, full-time working mom with a toddler. I started the W30 at 164.2 pounds but I am only 5'0â€, so it is a lot of weight for me. The BMI scale shows that I am obese, which is a mortifying realization (I realize that the BMI scale may be inaccurate, but still!). I gained this weight through a really SAD lifestyle impacted by hypoglycemia and high stress. Two years ago I was tipping the scale at 182 pounds and then got pregnant. I ended up at 204 pounds at the end of the pregnancy. During my third trimester I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and at the end suffered from high blood pressure and started to go into kidney failure. Luckily I was able to monitor my blood sugars and controlled the gestational diabetes via diet only, my daughter was born healthy, and I was okay. However I remain at very high risk for type 2 diabetes, especially given my family history. The gestational diabetes was really tough physically and emotionally. I went to a nutritionist and an endocrinologist during my pregnancy. Some of the advice that these “professionals†gave me is very SAD. “Eat Lean Cuisine†“Try 100 calorie snack packs†I knew that the advice was ridiculous. After my pregnancy, I tried to eat better (ie: oatmeal, cottage cheese, lean meats, steamed veggies) but I was always really hungry and crabby – not a good combination. The longest I could seem to stick to a diet was 5-6 weeks at the most before I would lose my mind and binge on carbs. I was calorie deprived and clearly not getting enough healthy fats or starchy veggies. No wonder I was miserable! How I found Whole 30 I had been searching for a new way to start eating better and was interested in Paleo. I bought Well Fed to see if I could embrace the lifestyle. I checked out the author's webpage and found all sorts of interesting links, including the link to Whole9Life. I read the testimonials about the Whole 30 and was intrigued. I lurked on the forum for a week or so and decided to dive in. My Whole 30 It was a roller coaster but definitely worth it! The first couple of days were tough – I dealt with a lot of carb cravings. I read other people's food logs on the forum and realized I needed to increase my fat/protein. Once I embraced the idea of eating more and not really worrying about calories, I felt much better and my energy level increased. Some days, I was on top of the world and so empowered, then the next day I would struggle with intense cravings and was very emotional. These ups and downs continued throughout my W30. I realize that this is a huge lifestyle change and will take more than 30 days for my mind and body to heal. I also dealt with some obstacles during my W30. My husband and toddler share a diet of pizza, chicken nuggets, cereal, and crackers. This food remained in the house during my W30. I struggled sometimes, but I never caved. I also went out to eat three times and attended a bridal shower and a baby shower. It is really hard to find compliant food that you did not prepare, but I got through mostly unscathed. I have a feeling there were a few minor slip ups that I wasn't aware of, but I did the best I could in each situation. My W30 might not have been perfect, but I never intentially had something non-compliant. I never caved to the cake or desserts, never had the alcohol that was offered, etc. at these special events. The Good Overall my mood is much more even. My temper does not flare as easily. I feel genuinely happy more often than I used to. My confidence is much higher because I feel more in control of my eating and not ashamed of my inability to get off the carb binge roller coaster. I don't feel the need to snack that often (which is huge for me!) I feel satisfied at meal time and have been doing great with 3 meals a day. My blood sugars have been pretty consistent as I fine tune how many carbs to eat each meal. I feel so empowered by treating myself well and focusing on nutrient dense foods. I have a lot more energy and don't have that mid-afternoon crash. I tried new foods and found that I really like kale, and roasted veggies are awesome! I lost 7.5 pounds and inches everywhere. I lost 1.5 inches from my hips, 1 inch from each thigh, and I am down a pants size! The Bad My sleep has been disrupted. Pre W30, I slept well. During W30, I had some difficulty falling asleep/staying asleep. I am playing with ratios of carbs/fats/proteins, particularly at dinner, to see what helps. I also need to be better about eating within one hour of waking. I had leg muscle spasms at night. I added a little more salt to my meals and a couple of bananas a week. The sodium/potassium has helped, and I haven't had any more issues. I had really bothersome menstrual cramps for the entire second half of the W30 on a daily basis. This is very unusual for me. I seem to be going through a lot of hormonal changes while my body is healing. I am hopeful these symptoms will go away soon. What I learned W30 can be embraced as a lifestyle. I bought groceries and did my normal Sunday cook-up this past week, planning for the entire week. I forgot that I was coming up on Day 30 on Tuesday. This is just how I eat now. The realization is huge! My eating habits influence my family. My husband and toddler did not participate in the W30, but they often ate what I was eating because it looked good to them. I got the chills when I understood how influential I can be to others. “Treating†yourself should not involve food that is bad for you – there is no logical connection between feeding yourself something toxic and rewarding yourself. Plus, why do rewards have to be food based? I am still trying to wrap my brain around this one! I don't need to weigh myself multiple times a day. That type of behavior is unhealthy. I am not ready to pitch my scale yet, but my goal is to weigh myself only once a month. My next step I am going to wrap up a W32, then offroad a little for an extended weekend, and then right back on for a second W30. I had originally envisioned a carb feast at the end of my W30, but now that seems downright silly and stupid. However I will enjoy being able to go out to eat and not worrying if there was a little noncompliant oil on the grill when I order a steak. Maybe I'll have a bun with a burger. I also really missed drinking Coke and am curious to see how it tastes to me now. I am hopeful that it tastes gross so I can stop mourning it! During my next W30, I will try to incorporate more organic veggies and grassfed meat. I ordered some new fats (tallow, duck fat, coconut butter) which should be arriving soon. I am also purchasing organic spices as I deplete my supply. I really enjoy reading about other people's experiences on the forum and will continue to take little baby steps to create a healthier lifestyle! This is such a supportive space to share with each other - I am so grateful to have found Whole 30!