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  1. Hi! I think Whole30/ Melissa needs to outlaw larabars and anything that comes in a small wrapper. I never would have even known what they were or tried them if they weren’t mentioned in the book so much. After looking at this forum I realized a lot of people are having issues with "treating" themselves with a half Larabar. I’m on week two and was doing so well, but then saw Larabars at Trader Joe’s and got one and before you know it, I was back in the store buying five. The Whole30 book talks about the "spirit" of whole30, yet Lara Bars and Epic bars literally the only brand and thing allowed that can be eaten from a wrapper. My guess is Whole30 gets paid to promote these products. But if Whole30 outlawed chips, then why would they allow sweets in a wrapper labeled "cookie." The "Cashew Cookie" larabar messes with my head. I just ate cookies on Whole30. I think that anything sweet and processed should either be homemade or outlawed. Larabars are like candy and I just don't think it's right to put them in the book so many times. I never ever would have even looked in the "bar" section of my grocery store. I get they're for emergencies, but the WHOLE point of WHOLE30 is to do things whole heartily. Wrappers are cheating and i kinda feel like i failed and need to start over again because i ate so many lara bars in two days.
  2. I need ideas and suggestions. I did my whole30 and felt like I was really successful. I lost 10 pounds, bloat was down and felt pretty good. I didn't feel that much different than pre-Whole 30 and the really only "health" related item I was hoping to see improvement in didn't happen. But, I could see the plan was great. I enjoyed cooking and prepping and staying away from the processed foods. I liked that my son was seeing his mom and dad eating in a new way. And then....I started to add a little bit of this and a little bit of than back in. Sugar, fast food, grains here and there. I wanted some drastic awful thing to happen to my body so I would HAVE to stop cheating- but nothing. I didn't notice anything. Except, I've slowly put the weight back on. And, I've slowly "poofed" back out. It's taken about 6 months but I'm pretty sure I'm right back where I started. When I eat the wrong foods, the guilt is overwhelming. The mind games and raitonalizations and the things I say to myself are awful. It gets really, painfully DARK for me. And I think I do it just to try and make myself feel so badly that I don't cheat again. I'm trying to make the pain much greater than the pleasure. But it doesn't work. Instead, I hate myself, hate my relationship with food, tell myself "I'll fix it tomorrow", and blah blah blah. What do you all do to keep your mind with the program? How can I change the awful things I say to myself to things that will actually HELP me stay on track? Beating myself up isn't working. Any ideas are greatly appreciated. I'm wanting to start whole30 #2 but I'm afraid to start and fail (again). Trust me, the last 6 months I've PLANNED at least 4 - and accomplished none. I'm afraid another failure will just be too much to take. Where can I get the guts to do it again? Thanks to you all!
  3. My name is Angel. A long time ago in a body far-far away I was a highly competitive ice-skater (from the Tonya Harding era lol!) I went to college on a full scholarship as Vermont's Junior Miss, got a Master's Degree in ten months, I can seem to conquer anything except my eating/fitness habits! I am 5'3 and currently weight 206 lbs. I am 8 lbs shy of my highest weight ever. Twelve years ago I lost 80 lbs in 5 months going to one of those pill dispensing medi-weightloss clinics. Although everyone around me said I looked amazing I felt awful, got sick all the time, lost some hair, and eventually put the weight back on. All 4 of my grandparents died of cancer and both of my parents have battled it. I am a time bomb! My stomach is constantly upset and I am sick of food making me tired instead of giving me energy. I have a great deal of head knowledge. I see so many people in programs like this being insanely successful in every way, but I cannot seem to slay this dragon. Being an "over achiever," I am perplexed by my inability to get a grip here. I teeter between "healthologies;" like weather to go cold turkey or make small changes over time. In general I make it about 3 days max 3 weeks before I find a reason to cave. I think about food way more than the average person. Literally, 100+ times a day.... what to eat, when to eat, what fun/yummy food centered thing is coming up. Is there a "addiction" line or am I just undisciplined? Any advice is greatly appreciated!
  4. >And we don’t mean addictive in that way that people talk about delicious foods. We mean addictive, literally, in the same way as drugs. ... > In animal models, sugar produces at least three symptoms consistent with substance abuse and dependence: cravings, tolerance and withdrawal. Other druglike properties of sugar include (but are not limited to) cross-sensitization, cross-tolerance, cross-dependence, reward, opioid effects and other neurochemical changes in the brain.
  5. I have an unhealthy relationship with food. I use it to avoid a broad range of emotions (boredom, loneliness, stress, you get the idea) and for entertainment. I have done 4 whole 30s over the past 3 years, in between which I have swung between sticking fairly close to paleo and eating very terribly. I have learned a lot about myself these past 3 years and am better able to avoid emotional eating, have sought counselling to improve emotional health, etc. Recently I completed the 21 day sugar detox after several months of being sugar dependent. It went very well and for the first time I truly felt I had stopped eating emotionally. The difference in my execution of the 21dsd and whole30's I've done is I ate very limited fruit (some days none at all). Each time I reintroduce sugar I start very slowly - with things like 85% dark chocolate, not being so strict about small amounts of added sugars in a meal eaten out, that sort of thing). It gets worse over a matter of weeks and within a few months I'm back at square one. When I eat sugar of any kind I can feel my emotions and mood changing. I feel like a different person. With very small amounts the change is barely noticeable, with large amounts I barely recognize myself (quick to temper, easily annoyed, depressed, anxious, etc). I am beginning to wonder if I may need to completely avoid sugars forever in the same way that a recovered alcoholic cannot have a drink ever again. I come from a family where alcoholism is common. I am not an alcoholic and can take or leave alcohol, for which I am grateful every day. I've seen what alcohol has done to the people I love and I encounter addicted individuals in my work at homeless shelters daily so have seen the extreme effects there. I understand a great deal about addiction and so I don't use this word lightly and I don't mean to overstate my issue - people often use the word addiction when a much less serious word could be used. Avoiding sugar for the rest of my life would be a serious feat and obviously the ideal situation would be to be able to ingest it in small amounts at infrequent intervals - like I do with alcohol . What I'm wondering is whether for some people that is impossible? Am I being too dramatic in thinking that I may not be physically capable of ever treating sugar like an occasional indulgence that I can take or leave? Hopefully I have explained myself well. I have a very foggy head today after too much dark chocolate and other carbs yesterday and am having difficulty articulating my questions.
  6. Has anyone found that they became addicted/enamoured by binging on sweets due to the nature of completing a Whole30? Background: I ate a typical "healthy" diet to include a couple rounds of vegeterianism all the way until 02/18/2013 (I'm 25 now) after being put on antibiotics 5 times in 2012, hospitalized for a kidney infection, and getting sinus infections so bad a zpack couldn't knock it out- i thought maybe it would be a good idea to eliminate gluten from my diet. I had no clue why- just a hunch. I got sick of being sick and started googling natural remedies. I was so sick I was desperate and went to wegmans and bought enough produce to make fresh juice for 3 days, a neti pot, and some oil of oregano and mullein garlic (ear infections brought on due to sinus infection.) I felt like Superman on crack. Yeah sure I hadn't eaten anything for 3 days but I healed instantly. I decided to stay gluten free and have been ever since. Despite eating an un-paleo diet, nutrition has always been a passion of mine. I was just misdirected. I had heard about paleo but thought that they were all a bunch of crazy people that were going to die from heart disease. While I did eat meat infrequently, at least I knew it should be grass-fed and pastured. A friend told me a bout a nutritionist they saw who did all these crazy muscle tests and put them on cilantro drops and told them that their body didn't have enough enzymes to digest meat. I was shocked and after researching them I realized that this person might be able to help me. Around the same time I somehow ended up listening to the Healthy Life Summit and stumbled across the author of Practical Paleo giving a seminar on some topic. She started talking about Candida. I ended up listening to a talk by the author of Body Ecology and thought to myself that.....yeah..... I have Candida. I figured my life was over and I would never be cured. I finally made an apt. with the nutritionist. She confirmed my worst fears through muscle testing. I was gluten intolerent, suffering with candida, and had MOLD in my body. wtf.... She put me on various natural anti-fungals and told me to start drinking apple cider vinegar in water daily, and take baths with it as well. She put me on a 21 day elimination diet to starve the candida. It was basically 2 weeks of a paleo diet, EXCEPT the only fruit I was allowed to have was grapefruit and lemon/lime. After 2 weeks I could reintroduce unfermented goat dairy, quinoa, and buckwheat. I was kind of truamatized.... being a wannabe vegeterian I nearly keeled over when she said that I would need to eat meat with EVERY meal and that all I could basically eat was meat and vegetables.... What about my beloved filafels and lentils and hummus? In addition, she said I couldn't have any vinegars (except ACV), no mushrooms, no black tea, and nothing fermented until my gut healed. I stuck to the diet with extremely low energy as prescribed for 21 days. I wasn't able to have my checkin until after a vacation I went on in Asia. Despite being forced (and yes I mean literally forced) to eat rice and more than likely some hidden soy while on vacation... and a couple of incidents with SOJU and accidentaly (by accidentaly I mean having no clue there was wheat in it) rice wine fermented with wheat.... I somehow managed to come back about 35 days later and she performed muscle testing. Apparently I had solved all of my problems. I was elated! As soon as she said that I thought to myself that I would be good and stick to my diet. THAT'S WHERE IT ALL WENT DOWNHILL Before I completed my diet change, I never had an issue with sweet stuff. I would see people eating sweet things and thing to myself disgustedly that they just had no will power or self control. After my essentially 21 day sugar detox I binged on fruit and starbucks frappuccinos (Yes I know disgusting). I ate a paleo diet to include dairy (usually not pastured) and just went crazy with sugar and paleo ice cream. Long story short within about a month and a half I found myself with a sinus infection. I went nuts. I had an athletic competition the same week and couldn't afford to get sick. I flushed my system with veggie juice, didn't eat, take massive amounts of oil of oregano and my previous supplements. I somehow managed to survive barely fighting it off until my competition. It was a great day.... wearing a full uniform in 90 something degree heat fighting and judging all day. After it was done I went out to celebrate and had a couple of vodka somethings and ice cream. When I woke up the next day I was sicker then ever. Luckily I had an apt. with my nutritionist the next day already lined up.... it was planned to be a check in on my "success" but obviously that wasn't the case. Long story short, in my binging I ate a bunch of peanut butter. That combined with the sugar kicked my immunity down a notch. Then the heat from the event was just enough to kick the candida back full force. A few days later I started a whole30. The first 15 days were 100% compliant. I did have some 21 day sugar detox friendly SWYPO desserts after day 15. I was sticking to the no fruit except grapfruit rule at least until day 21. Super super long story tried to make not as long, my whole30 bit the dust after another athletic event. I learned my lesson and stuck to eating only paleo foods. So if I'm going to be bad it's homemade coco milk ice cream made with stevia and honey.....not crap from the store. But I've come to the conclusion that I have an unparelled addiction to desserts and sweets now. When I'm on Whole30 (I've completed it 2x now) I am obsessings with it and trying to figure out what I can eat that will replace it without "cheating" and when I'm off Whole30 I am binging out the ying yang becuase I know that I am going to be restricted once again shortly. I can't live in between. I'm either in a state of Whole30 food fantasizing or binging till I get sick again. The whole reason I'm writing this is to see if anyone developed this issue they never had before, and see if they have any advice that can help. I'm getting ready to start my third Whole30 on Monday 7/22/13 and am trying to make this go around different. I plan on changing the following: No compliant pork sausage or bacon (Just felt like I relied on this way too heavily on my program) NO SWYPO fake me out desserts AT ALL No seeds or nuts (Found myself eating too much of these) NO fruit except grapefruit/lemon/lime the first 21 days, after that only pear, watermelon, mango, or grapefruit (Nutritionist says if eating fruits, those are best due to alkalizing nature) No coconut flour, no almond flour (I keep turning these into compliant cheat creations) I'm hoping with these changes maybe I will eliminate this dessert fantasy. I feel like I am just obessed with food now and it sucks. I never had a sweets addiction until I was told I wasn't allowed to have it. Now I obsess over it. Side note: I work out anywhere from 7-12 hours a week depending on what level of my training for competition I'm at. I finally learned to take rest days and all that good stuff. I was forcing myself to be really really low carb once I did manage to break the carb addiction (it was great being able to eat 3x a day instead of 6-7!) after a lot of getting some sense talked into me I started to include sweet potato and other carbs more to support my activity. I wonder if any of my dessert addiction is related to that. If anyone experience this though and has recomendations, it would be great. I'm sick of being in an obsessive state of mind!
  7. ErinK

    Beating Addiction

    I am a week from finishing my first official Whole30 but my success story starts a little over a year and a half ago. I read Melissa's story and it really hit home for me and made me appreciate her, and her and Dallas' program even more. I struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for many years and when I lost a friend to an overdose I got a frightening reality check. The tragedy opened my eyes to the very REAL possibility that my addiction could and probably would kill me. When I still couldn't stop I knew that I needed help and couldn't do it on my own. I checked myself into rehab and immersed myself completely into my recovery. Everything else in my life took a backseat to my recovery (including healthy eating and exercise). This was important for me to do because I needed all my time, focus, and energies to go into getting clean. When 90 days rolled around I was feeling great but not great enough. I decided it was time to expand my healthy lifestyle changes to eating and fitness. I began eating paleo, encouraged by my brother, and started doing cardio. I dropped weight quickly and my confidence was growing. My urges to use were becoming few and far between as my activity levels increased. I began weight training about a year ago and made friends with people from the gym. I found a community there and got such amazing support and encouragement in my fitness efforts. At my 1 year sober mark I couldn't even remember what having an urge was like because all my focus was on fitness and my health. I felt better than ever, I looked better than ever, and I was truly happy. Diet was still a bit of a struggle, however, as my sweet tooth was a bit out of control. I ate strict paleo but still exhibited some of my old addictive behaviors with cravings for sweets. I also had issues with overconsuming so when I heard about the Whole30 it really peaked my interest. I decided to commit to it the day I got back from vacation (after a sugar free for all) and I am really loving the way I'm feeling and how my relationship with food is changing. I am eating for nourishment and not consumed by cravings anymore. I am also noticing changes in my body (but that's an added bonus). I feel healthier than I've ever felt, more energetic, and happier. I cannot say enough good things about this program. Thank you Melissa and Dallas for helping me, and thousands of others, make positive changes.