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  1. Hi and thank you for popping in to help!! I'm stumped. I have 4 rounds under my belt and leading a group now through the September Whole30 and have hit an interesting problem. One of my little birds is having NO side effects. Background - Male, 6"3', 330ish lbs, coming off a lifetime of standard american diet and fad/yoyo dieting. He is amazing, dedicated, willing to try new foods, and has truly given himself to the process. We are on Day 6 and while the rest of us TRUDGE through the day, he's noted that his energy is the same as ever, though his bathroom problems have started clearing up. I've reviewed his food journal and everything seems spot on, I noted to him to eat a little more healthy fats since they seem to be lacking and to drink more water, but other than that, he is 100% a model student. The good progressions seem to be coming, just not not the grogginess/fogginess/sleepiness/stabbiness... Why is it that he feels so good?? Not that I want him to feel bad, but you know what I mean. He is concerned he's not doing something right because he's not having the same tiredness and crankiness etc as the rest of us are reporting. This is the first male I've guided, is it different for the boys with the hormone fluctuations or is he just one of the lucky ones who feels human while detoxing the first week?? Any help or guidance that can be provided would be super helpful. I'd LOVE to be an official coach someday, so I'm trying to make each group a learning experience. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
  2. Sara Liz

    Whole30 - Day31

    So, I did a Whole30 and dragged the McHubs into it with me (for an almost Whole30, because of nightshift) and I had some interesting results. Bear with me, this is a little long. I previously had some food allergen testing done in August 2016 - and dairy (the love of my life) was marked as a pretty high irritant (cow’s milk, specifically - followed by 3 types of cheese and malt). 4 grains, gluten, peanuts, yogurt, and chicken were also listed as irritants. So when I decided to go Whole30, I was already armed with some background info. Guys, no cheese and no wine - no alcohol at ALL- was hard. Label reading was not too much of a challenge, and the cooking was - dare I say it - more fun than I expected, even with McHub’s and I’s busy schedule. Here is a list of what I noticed on my Whole30 before I got down to the brass tacks … taken from a long list. I noticed the following - Undereye circles marginally better - at least in my opinion. Wedding ring fitting better - more comfortable. Less bloating after eating. Better GI stuff. Better seasonal allergies. Less anxious. Feeling in control of food. Fewer carb cravings. Better food relationships/improved disordered habits with food. I listen to my body more. More nutrition in my meals. Better understanding of cravings vs. hunger. Fewer ADHD symptoms. Sounder sleep. No 2pm crash at work. Changed tastebuds - I can tell if diet soda is real or diet again! The tape measure gave some odd results - I added inches in some areas and lost inches in others, which may be why clothes were fitting differently. I lost .2% body fat, which is nothing, and the scale did NOT show the work I put in on food this month - I lost around a pound. Frankly, I was pissed off. I completely committed to eating healthy, avoiding allergens, and eating ‘clean’ for a month, following the rules to a T, and nothing happened on the scale or the tape measure that I can’t explain away with normal body deviations. Especially as this is the longest I’ve gone without binging/emotional eating in a while. I ate well, I didn’t fight with my body about portions, and I got balanced amounts of fresh veggies and protein. I won’t say this month was a waste - but I will say that I am terribly disappointed in my results. McHubs raised the point that while I don’t like my weight where it is, I typically don’t eat junk, and I cut out a lot of unnecessary carbs/grains/etc on a regular basis. Due to this, I have fewer things that I removed from my diet, which may be why I didn’t notice a drastic change in my body. I also haven’t been exercising, which would have likely had an effect. I still am kinda pissed off. #whole30 #beforeandafter #mixedfeelings #healthyeating #frustrated
  3. CarmenAlexandria

    Should I start over?

    So! I'm on my 11th day of Whole30 and things are going swimmingly. I have had almost zero withdrawal symptoms aside from a little bit of energy loss the last few days. Since day one I've had no cravings for pastries (bread is my buddy) and that's saying a lot considering I work in a bakery. I must say, I've felt great. I've become obsessed with grocery shopping and checking my labels diligently. I am also HUGE on meal planning. I'll make a huge batch of chilli, soups, salads and I just eat that for the rest of the week and I've worked hard in following the meal template. I am not too hungry during the rest of the day, and eating 3 meals is totally enough! It's been a breeze! However, I just realized that on my first day while I was still learning, I went out and bought a flat of chicken stock that has dextrose in it. I have used this in almost ALL of my stovetop recipes. This really broke my heart. Im feeling like I've just lost a whole 11 days. Should I be starting over? Is this the reason why I haven't had any symptoms of withdrawal? So sad!
  4. Hello, I'm looking for some help with my Whole30. I am a 27 year old female trying the program out for the first time after hearing excellent reviews from co-workers. I bought the book and was really excited and motivated to get my Whole30 started. I was aiming at losing some weight (I probably had ~5 pounds to lose), to improve sleep, to improve mood (specifically, to be less fatigues and unmotivated by 2pm in the work day), and to help with swelling in my lower legs (called panniculitis). I had pretty high hopes after hearing about the program and reading the first few chapters of the book. I'm currently on day 22 and I'd go as far to say that it's pretty much a disaster. I'll back up and provide some more detail. The first week was great! I felt excited, motivated, energized, and my pants were less tight! Around week 2 I started noticing some undesirable side effects. My acne (which isn't really acne... I usually get 2-3 pimples per month) was TERRIBLE. My skin was extremely oily and broken out all over. They ranged from small, hard pimples on my cheeks and forehead, to under the skin painful welts on my chin. I read on this forum that nuts could be doing this. So I decreased my nuts. I will mention that I am a pescitarian, so I don't eat poultry/beef/pork. I do eat fish, seafood, eggs, and dairy [when not on the Whole30]. So I cut out nuts and stuck with my other protein sources. I also started noticing my mood getting worse (sad, angry for no reason, unmotivated). So for this, I read on here to increase my fruit and starchy food...I ate more starches and fruit daily. My side effects from week 3 up to now is what motivated to seek help here. I am depressed, unmotivated, and a completely different person for the worse. I am SO agitated all the time (when people talk to me, I was to cry and/or scream), I'm tired beyond belief, the acne has not changed at all, I have a hard time staying asleep all night, and I haven't seen any improvements in my lower leg swelling. Oh and to top it off, I'm now experience bloating, constipation, and terrible gas (sorry, TMI) that I never experienced before my Whole30. Again, I've looked up most of these symptoms on here and I got info on the depression side; eat more starchy foods and fat...but I already am. As for the gastrointestinal issues, I'm at a loss; seems like the Whole30 foods are causing me issues that other people eliminate during their Whole30. With only 8 days left to go, I'm seriously considering blowing it off. For whatever reason, the Whole30 isn't working with my body.Here is a sample meal plan to help guide any advise that you may have. I really appreciate it. Breakfast - 2 eggs fried in EVOO, homemade hash browns with onions, and half an avocado with S&P (I'll throw in some fresh berries if I still feel hungry) Lunch - baked sweet potato, sautéed kale, and a fruit (usually an apple or banana) Dinner - grilled salmon, lemon garlic grilled shrimp, and roasted veggies with EVOO & balsamic Thank you in advance, I really appreciate any help
  5. Hi Ladies, I was hoping for some advice from anyone who has been through a similar situation to what I'm facing now. I have an 8 month old daughter and am having trouble recovering from pregnancy and her birth and thought Whole30 might help. I am on day 5 of my first Whole30, physically I feel really good and I can definitely feel that things are improving so I'm really determined to keep with the plan but mentally I'm falling apart. For the last two days I've been feeling very sad, crying a lot for no real reason and just feel like it's such an effort to get through the day. I didn't feel this way before beginning Whole30. I wondered whether anyone had any advice as to what I could do to help with this? I think it might be low blood sugar related but no matter what I eat I can't seem to shake it. I feel a little better after a meal but that doesn't last long. Thanks in advance for anyone who is able to help out.
  6. Hello! before this whole30, i was healthy, happy, ambitious, passionate, and if anything, people would tell me I had too much energy. Now, i'm moody, foggy, dispassionate, lethargic, not to mention my body has consistently grown in size these past few weeks. I haven't had enough energy to do the things I love - dance, yoga, ride my bike, be with friends, etc. Beyond physical activities, I lack the mental energy to do my job (writing), and I feel the need to nap, and put my head down midday bc I'm so fatigued. I figure hey, this is all new territory, okay, I'll go with the low energy flow. but even friends are pointing out I seem a little out of it. just today i tried to do qi gong - which is just simple energy work - and was so tired. the people in the class were twice my age! I forgot my phone, then my bike helmet, then i realized i left my wallet at home and couldn't buy the ingredients for the chocolate chilli i was hoping to make tomorrow. I think this is what it's like to be depressed. i have come to believe that either not eating sugar etc. has brought to the surface some underlying condition, or whole30 is just not right for me. the other thought is that maybe I have a blood sugar level problem, and i need to return to a more intuitive eating style consistent with how I was before - smaller meals throughout the day in order to maintain consistent energy levels. take the same three big meals i eat now, and just space them out throughout the day. is that possible? recommended? I've been sticking pretty consistently to the template, my questionable behavior pattern is that sometimes I wait too long to eat. I'm at Day 25, and I plan on finishing out the whole30 (should i even?) but feeling pretty blue about the whole thing. any guidance would be much appreciated. thank you. EDIT: one thing is also radically different -- I used to eat an apple and nuts almost every day. At least some kind of fruit around midday. I haven't been eating much fruit on W30 except some grapes here and there. but i do consistently eat starchy veggies like sweet potatoes, beets, and the like.
  7. I started my "diet" 2 years ago at a extremely unhealthy weight of 397 lbs. It was a constant fight and only managed to lose 25 pounds up to the time I started the Whole30. I suffered from hypertension, SAD (seasonal depression) high cholesterol, And average of 3 migraines a week since I was 10 years old, obesity, coronary heart disease, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, Hernias, and am in need of knee surgery. Within 1 week no more Allergy medications. I have not had a single migraine since I started the whole30. My doctor has cut my 4 blood pressure meds to 1, off my Lexapro, lost 20 pounds, NO Fibromyalgia flare ups, big improvement with my arthritis and I am swimming 55 laps three times a week. I have to lose another 115 pounds before I can have knee surgery but the swimming has improved my mobility. No longer using my power chair!! Just a cane. I could go on and on, but the whole30 has saved my life. I was thinking of suicide just a few days before I stumbled across the incredible program. Now I have clear thinking, no more "fog" and I get up at 7:30 every day with eager anticipation for the coming day. I was a chef at my own restaurant for years and attended cooking school when I was young, so I KNOW how to cook, just never cooked the right foods. Every day is a joy now, do I still ache and have problems, yes, but NOTHING like I have experience to the last 15 years. I am now on my second Whole30 with food "tests" once a week, but I have changed for good and so much more happy with my life. I know for sure that I am keeping out dairy, had a bad reintroduction to it just this week. Will try organic honey and maple syrup next week. I will never use any refined sugars or synthetic sweeteners for the rest of my life (I am 64). Just cant get the grin of my face!! Oh, I am 352 now and will continue to only weight myself only at my doctors appointment from here on out. All my measurement have gone down except my arms and calves which have increased due to the swimming 3 times a week. I have many friends following my evolution and two are starting their own Whole30's next week. I have not engaged in proselytizing anyone on the whole30 (and trust me, food is a religion!)lol. Just my life style change has been their inspiration. Thank you Whole 30, you have saved my life! Update! There have been some significant learning Eureka's just in the last week. I have discovered, partly due to my obesity and 60+ years of eating the wrong things, that I am experiencing the effects of the Whole30 at a later date then most self subjected Guinea Pigs on the Whole30. Most seem to experience (from what my doctor says and what I have read from testimonials) short term things like, sleepiness, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, etc. at around week 2. Me on the other hand did not experience these effects until I was done with the first 30 days. On retrospect I don't think it was the reintroduction of parmesan cheese for two days after I stopped the fist 30 that moved me into the bowels of distress for a week. Now that I have started another 30 (last Monday) I am back to a renewed energy and feel fantastic once again. So those of you that are severely overweight or 40 yrs. + (the new 60 I am told) may want to rethink reintroducing foods until you finish a second 30 or at least till you are sure you have triumphed the few malevolent side effects. As for my Doctor visits and lab tests. Wow, even better then my Family Practitioner and Cardiologist expected. Me on the other hand was well aware of the excellent improvements since the Whole30 gives you the power to see the future. lol Cholesterol, both good and bad made the appropriate improvements in there respective directions that I ordered balloons and a marching band to celebrate. :-) NEVER have to check my blood sugar again (maybe in a year so I can get more balloons!) EKG - excellent! Blood pressure at a sustained 125/68. My Cardiologist was blown away and said she has never seen such improvement in a patient so fast and so dramatic after having three stents put in my heart! I used to get regular cortisone shots in my left knee from years of damaging pain and am scheduled to have surgery sometime after August this year. I am not sure what is going to happen now as the pain is at 10% of what it has been for years. I think it is a combination of the power swim walking, the whole30 and premium organic full cannabis infused emu oil that I rub on my knee twice a day. I have tossed my metal knee brace and as I mentioned in my first posting I no longer use my electric wheel chair! Damn I'm happy! Power on Wholies. Update 5-27-15. Great news! Ended my second Whole30 today and I am down 16 pounds from last month! Lost another 3.5" on my waist also. Feeling so good! Still swimming 2 miles three times a week and have been working in the garden every day. So since I started the new life style on April 20th I have lost 36 pounds and a total of 61 pounds from my starting weight of 397 pounds in 2014. Today I am thinking of starting some food tests, nervous because I don't want to mess things up! Was thinking of reintroducing organic honey and maple syrup or brown rice. Oh the decisions I must make to keep this beautiful body! Power on Wholies!
  8. Dear Whole30 peeps, My stomach has never recovered. I did my first Whole30 in Feb/March of this year. Around Day 20, I felt a bit stomach flu-ish, as did my husband. About 90% of the time since then, I have had abdominal bloating, occasionally with the sensation of rocks in my stomach, and it usually happens after lunch and dinner. Other things to know: I don't have a gallbladder and I avoid animal fats. Fat from pastured meat does not seem to bother me. I have type 2 diabetes and take starch/sugar intake pretty seriously, although I eat plenty to sustain my energy level. My sugars have been perfect. I have a latex allergy and I think I may be sensitive to coconut. I have no known autoimmune problems. I have seen GI, family practitioner, women's health, and psych in this time. Instructions from GI: Take magnesium (my dose has increased to a medically induced state of diarrhea that I am expected to maintain into the future). Cook all foods. No dairy. No carbonated beverages. Consider low FODMAPs. Provided Rx probiotics upon request. Tips from here in the forum: Magnesium. Enzymes. Probiotics. Cooked foods. Low FODMAPs. Ginger. In between Whole30s, I cooked only W30 foods and we ate occasional SAD meals at restaurants and with family (who live 10 hours away, which made it worth it). I have had one or two SAD meals that did not cause bloating while some did. The enzymes and probiotics never seemed to help. I took an entire bottle of NOW Superfoods and most of a bottle of 365, which are not W30 compliant. I took most of the bottle of the doctor's probiotics. I also drink kombucha on occasion, but am wondering if it bothers me as it is raw and bubbly and I did have some this week. I like it. I stopped the enzymes and probiotics around the beginning of my current W30 and didn't notice a difference. I added back a few raw foods about two weeks ago and started to eat any W30 foods that looked good to me (we ate 22 veggies off of the shopping list in our second week). About 10 days ago, I noticed zero bloating. Tummy looked flat, everything seemed thinner, pants fit better. I have been back on cooked foods this week, which is hard with 90 to 100 degree temps, but I do want to feel better. Earlier this week, the distended tummy returned with a vengeance. While it used to last an hour or two, it now lasts close to my next meal. Last night, I was still in discomfort when I went to bed. Lying on my back is often the only answer. I have returned to 100% cooked foods this week and low FODMAPs for the last two days. Learning to live Whole30 has sort of consumed me and I am constantly trying to prepare extra food, source local meat, or clean the kitchen. I really want this to become more natural. But, I never had these problems before. Sadly, I seem to have them no matter what I am eating now and other parts of me feel great eating this way. I am on day 19 of this Whole30. Last night I didn't want to eat at all because I want the bloating to go away. I am at a loss. Foods: Eggs, sweet potato, red pepper, zucchini, kale, ground beef, grapefruit Chicken zoodle soup with carrots and homemade bone broth, cantaloupe Pastured pork shoulder roast, puree of rutabaga, carrot, parsnip, and sweet potato, green beans (ate about ½ of a meal) When fat is not listed, every little bit was cooked in coconut oil or some was added. I also supplement meals with olives, or by adding a handful of nuts about once a week. If anyone has any ideas or has overcome this, I would love to hear from you.