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  1. Hello - starting my whole 30 tomorrow, would be great to hear from anyone else in the UK starting same time. Happy also to hear from non-UK but will be more difficult to share supermarket/brands tips!
  2. Hi I've been doing my research into whole 30 and I'm starting Wednesday 26th of this month for the first ever time. I'm in the UK and would love to hear what food people buy here that's whole30 compliant? X
  3. New member from the UK

    Hi all! Thought I'd formally introduce myself. I'm a 40 year old female from the Home Counties in the U.K. This is my first attempt at Whole30 and I'm hoping it'll help with various autoimmune issues I have, plus help me re-kick start my weight loss. I've followed various weight loss programmes in the past and I lost 100 lbs but it hasn't been sustainable and following a bad two years, I have regained 40 lbs! I have the worst cravings and I feel I am hormonal eating (if there is such a thing), so when I stumbled upon the Whole 30 programme, it sounded just what I need to get my body balanced again so that I can sort out not just my weight loss but see if it helps my other problems. Anyway, I'm starting on 1st November and whilst I've done most of my shopping preparation, I just have a bit more planning to do, so off I toddle. Cheerio! Jackie
  4. UK Whole 30-ers

    Hi, I am looking for some local support. Is anyone here from the UK? I am on day 16 of my first Whole30, just looking for support as feel the hardest bits are yet to come. Thanks Sarah xxx
  5. Hi, I'm doing my first Whole30 (I'm in the UK) and really confused about drinks. I have a Purdey's multivitamin drink which contains fruit juices from concentrate. Am I right in thinking this makes it non-compliant? Its the same with my coconut water but coconut water from concentrate. Does anyone have any recommendations for complaint cold drinks in the UK other than water with lemon and limes? Thanks
  6. So technically I finish tomorrow but I wanted to write this now before I'm tempted to get on the scales in case an irrelevant number changes my perspective. Apologies in advance - it's quite long! This was my preamble "This is my 2nd attempt - first one ended on day 2 with a monster low carb hangover and a boisterous toddler. I decided I needed more preparation so have been gearing up. My meals are almost all compliant - it's the bits in between that is the problem. My reasons for doing Whole 30 I think about food all the time, absolutely all the time and I'd really like to stop. I cannot say no to sugar - it has absolute control over me - and as a control freak I'd really like that to be the other way round. I want to be in the best health I can be - better digestion in particular I'd like to sleep better and have more energy - although to be fair to the Whole30 program this might have more to do with my 18 month old toddler than what I eat My goals for Whole 30 To conquer my sugar demons - to be able to say no to sugar and stay in control That's it - it has to be primary focus. In the longer term I'd like to lose some body fat but it's not crucial - I'm 5ft 5 and 126lbs - but I would rather use starchy carbs and fattier foods like nuts to feel good without sugar for now and worry about my hips next time around!†So how did it go? … what did I learn? The highlights Very proud I made it to the end (nearly but there's no way I'm giving in now). My family and friends are all very impressed - although of course it's not as hard as they all think … How can something that makes you feel great be hard?! I really loved the focus that the strict rules gave - no thinking about food all the time - I ate my meal and it was done. Before I played these constant mind games with myself (and with My Fitness pal) that were taking up way too much head space. The sugar demons weren't as strong as I had feared. After a few days that desire to eat something sweet after every meal had passed. I had very consistent energy. I particularly noticed in the 6-7.30pm window when I bathe and bed my son that usually I'm on my last legs but often felt almost sparkling. I love that W30 improved my relationship with my son as I have the energy to interact with him after work rather than just make it through. I slept better .. and so did my toddler! We have been struggling with his 5am wakes for a while now but, whilst he was not doing W30, I was much more aware of the protein/veg balance in his meals and generally cooking more protein based meals. We were surprised to discover that he slept much better after these meals - it seems that he was waking with hunger. I feel bad now that I never figured it out before but sometimes as a parent it's hard to see the wood for the trees. I look great! My skin is clear, eyes bright and my body is definitely more lean. At the gym on Day 20 a couple of the gym trainers were chatting and stopped me to say "haven't you lost a stack of weight? you look rippedâ€! I never took any start measurements but I had to go buy a new bra this week as it was hanging loose. I dropped from a 32C to a 30C - actually she said I was just under 29â€. And the best bit… I was never ever in the slightest bit hungry or headachy. I learned that I eat for emotional reasons a lot. I eat to cope with frustration and boredom and that it's better to either deal with that emotion or use distraction to wait for it to pass (just like toddler parenting!) I use food (and wine) as a reward. I struggled without my glass of wine on a Saturday night - it firmly signifies the “specialness†of the meal to me. The not so highlights I didn't however see any improvements digestively nor with my severe seasonal allergies. This maybe because I ate out quite a bit and could never be 100% sure of compliance. Which brings me to … eating out is a real struggle. I eat out about 4 times a week and I found getting things to eat that were tasty and compliant impossible. I've eaten a lot of dry meat and steamed veggies. I also felt like I did a lot more cooking and that was hard work. I think I got better at being organised and cooking in bulk but there is no denying that this way of eating requires more effort than shoving a pizza in the oven. What happens now? I can't decide though how close to W30 I want to be in my daily life. I know I want to be more relaxed in restaurants - but I think I'll be much more inclined to order something W30 in style - i.e. steak and eggs, not fruit and pancakes. It's more about whether I go back to my cappuccino or stick to my coconut milk. I do want to stay as compliant as possible - and I think the strict rules work for me - but it's just a case of embedding it as my day to day life. It feels like that might take some time, an awareness as I reintroduce, and probably a second W30.
  7. Coconut Oil-- UK

    I'm getting ready to start my Whole 30 on the 1st and would love some coconut oil recommendations. Anyone have a favourite?
  8. Somewhere on the Whole30 Forum I found a post with a few different UK-dwellers on it. Sadly, I can't find it again!!! Doing Whole30/Paleo is different in the UK as we don't have access to all the foods and companies that everyone in America does. I wanted to start some kind of forum for all of us who do live in the UK so we can share tips and tricks for doing the Whole30 here. Anyone else out there????
  9. Hi there Has anyone found a source in the UK for compliant bacon,smoked salmon or nut butter? Also I have been buying organic coconut milk from Waitrose but it has guar gum added - is this compliant? If not a source of that too please! Thank you
  10. January Whole30 in the UK

    I'm going full Whole30 after being introduced to it by someone from NY. I've given up refined sugar and caffeine before (separately), as successful experiments with conscious eating. I practise yoga and mindfulness meditation, and getting moving comes in the form of walking and cycling. I say this because there's so much hardcore fitness in the participant things I read and I respect gentleness as an alternative! I'd love to hear from any others in the UK doing the Whole30 in January - just for the slightly different culture, different produce, different cuisine ideas etc. I'm following a few blogs and I have to smile and wave past the 'cheat' posts - I'm not interested in 'nearly'. Looking forward to it. x
  11. I'm staying with my parents this weekend and my dad has made some soup which is whole30 except I'm unsure about the stock. It's Kallo Organic Stock Cube, the ingredients: Palm oil*, maize starch*, yeast extract, vegetable (20.5%): onions*, carrots*, leek*, celery*, sea salt, herbs* (lovage leaves*, celery leaves*, parsley*, oregano*, rosemary*, thyme*) garlic*, spices* (mace*, turmeric*) *certified organic I think I already know the answer due to the maize starch and yeast extract! Just a bit confusing since it says "gluten and lactose free" on the packaging.
  12. My whole 30 begins today

    Hello I'm committing to the whole 30 program. I'm excited to do this and reset my body. I've just finished the 14th transformation contest. I did well and could have done better. My nutrition could have been a lot better. I've signed up to focus on my nutrition for a month, now that I have made exercise a habit. Looking forward to a tough 30 days.
  13. Hello whole30-ers! By way of introduction, I'm new to the whole30, although have tried something fairly similar back in February after reading Robb Wolf's 'Paleo Solution'. Tried to keep up the good work, but started sort of slipping... sometimes in quite a (disgustingly) drastic way! Anyway, after a particularly drunken and cake-fuelled weekend wedding, I finally admitted to myself that the only way to get that party-wrecker (sugar) out of my life for good (not to mention the extra 10lbs that don't really need to be hanging around any more) was to take on the 'challenge' and sign up for the whole30 to get me back on track. Unfortunately there was no question of my husband keeping me company, so in a bid to hold myself accountable to this whole30 thing, I have signed up to the forum, and started writing about it in a blog (see link below). I'm pretty much doing everything I can think of to try to make this actually actually last, as I'm prone to doing things on a whim (...and not always seeing them through - not a great personality trait!). I have been so impressed with the level of support everyone here seems to give each other, so am just hoping that I can draw on this (and obviously offer some myself, if I actually have anything useful to offer... maybe tips on living 'paleo' in Bristol, UK?!) Any advice gratefully received. Actually, any comment at all gratefully received (I'm not fussy) just so I know that I have 'officially' put it out there that I've committed to this ridiculous thing... I mean, 30 days without cheese? Or booze? Tough times ahead, but clearly many people have managed it, so hats off to them - and fingers crossed I can join the club!
  14. Hello from the UK :)

    Hi Everyone, **Waves** I am Danielle from the UK I have been eating Paleo since the beginning of July2012, and found it has been doing absolute wonders for my eczema!! (Huge patch I had on my wrist cleared up within 4 weeks using no creams at all!!) Last week I went on holiday with 11 children, and decided to introduce all the foods I had given up last month to see how my body would react. After a few days of eating wheat, refined sugars, fizzy drinks and other crap, I am really bloated, my tummy is sore to touch, I have mouth ulcers, spotty skin and my eczema has flared up on my face, neck and hands (you can see pictures on my instagram feed–astashaddict) So hubby and I have decided to start whole30 in the morning to detox. I am really looking forward to shaking this horrid sluggish feeling that has consumed me over this week, and getting to know you all Dx