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  1. Day 1 September 30th

    I have been more or less Paleo in my eating for months, whole foods and cooking from scratch. I already make ghee, homemade mayo, bone broth etc. But need to do this to give up the alcohol. I really think I’m addicted, but tell myself it’s just a habit, pouring a glass of wine as I’m cooking dinner, then another and another. :/ So here goes! Hoping it’ll make me feel better physically...and better about myself.
  2. Unity kombucha

    Can I have unity kombucha beer. It is made like normal kombucha but fermented to 8% alcohol but the alcohol is the byproduct of fermentation and there is no added sugar.
  3. HI, IM ON MY SECOND DAY... HAVE I MESSED UP ALREADY? WELL IVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE PROGRAM BUT TODAY A FRIEND BOUGHT ME A BEER ,,... I OPENED IT AND PRETEND I WAS DRINKING IT, IT WAS A FRIEND I HAVENT SEEN IN A WHILE.. BUT SUDDENLY WHILE "ACTING" LIKE I WAS DRINKING IT ACCIDENTALLY HAD ONE ZIP.. I PLANNED TO THROW IT BACK IN THE BEER CAN BUT SHE WAS WATCHING SO I SWALLOWED IT :S I JUST DIDNT WANT TO HURT HER FEELING BY NOT DRINKING THE BEER.. EVERYTHING WAS FINE UNTIL THAT ZIP... WHICH WAS THE ONLY ONE CAUSE THEN I PUT THE BEER IN MY HANDBAG AND TOLD HER I WAS DONE WITH IT...BUT DAMN.. THAT ZIP... DOES THAT MEAN I HAVE TO START ALL OVER.. I MEAN.. I WAS DOING SO WELL.. AND ACTUALLY THE ZIP MADE MY STOMACH FEEL LIKE CRAP... :S SOMEBODY HELP!
  4. Started yesterday! (June 22nd)

    Hi W30 community Started the program yesterday. I wanted to do this mainly to drop loose some of the weight I gained since high school, find a way not to get any bigger while my leg is healing from surgery (2 month recovery time ) and not be constantly tired for my 9am summer classes. I already miss sugar. And desert. Its going to be hard breaking the ritual of dinner then desert. I also go to bed very late because of all the homework I have to do so I tend to get really hungry, even 2-3 hours after eating dinner. I usually would make myself a bowl of cocoa krispies but yesterday I had turkey chipotle mayo wraps instead. That seemed to work okay. Pride parade weekend is saturday and sunday so I'm anticipating having a really hard time because all my friends are going to get smashed so i'll be their sober babysitter all weekend. I feel like I won't have as much fun. How is anyone else going to handle pride with friends who want to drink?
  5. 30 Days Done and Won

    My W30 is now over, and I've gained insight to myself more than on my first W30 which turned into W64. Some of the insights are below. With my first W30, I was looking for weight loss above everything else. I was going through the motions of W30 to get to weight loss and I was terribly defeated when at the end of 64 days I had not lost any weight. Subsequently, I gained 14 pounds after that W30. I was mad and disgusted that I could give up so much and not lose any weight. My attitude changed to F* it. "I eliminated all that and didn't lose a pound," why bother trying. Well, that was a huge mistake, because obviously I need control over what I eat to not bloat up to Orka Whale size! This time, I did lose weight, not has much as I had gained since my last W64, but I'll take it! It took me longer than 30 days to gain, so I owe my body respect to lose it in an appropriate timeframe as well. I realize alcohol is no friend of mine. I started to realize this in the last W30, but this W30 has hit that concept home. I do not need alcohol in my body. Besides, I have a terrible yoga practice the following day! It's embarrassing to fall over in Yoga while doing a balance pose. LOL. But, truly, that helped me see the lasting effects alcohol has on my body and I don't like it. What went well- This W30 was much easier for me than my first W30. I think it's because I knew exactly what to expect and I had an arsenal of recipes and support. Having an accountability partner made this W30 more fun and we had one another to rely on. We shared recipes and texted each other encouragement. I also did not travel as much for work this time- that was a huge relief. I stopped drinking coffee- it's no good without cream and a sweetener anyway! I have enjoyed having Bengal tea in its place with just coconut cream. I realized nuts are a binge food and they are now eliminated from my diet UNLESS they are just part of a recipe. But I no longer buy nuts to have on hand or to eat as a snack when I travel. I gave up nuts on day 5 and I've survived! LOL so I think I'll just continue without them. I realized through reading vastly on effects of sweeteners, whether it's Stevia or a sugar form, our bodies are harmed by them. So, bye bye Stevia...I don't need your Insulin raising byproducts in my body any longer! I believe the last W64 I did helped cure me of my desire to weigh each day. I had no issues with not weighing like I did last time around. I am now 100% in control of my eating I like planning my meals, and W30 is really better for me when I plan a few days in advance what I will eat and start prepping the meals. I like to cook for the week on Sunday- it takes all the pressure off of cooking and cleaning nightly. I splurged on both Well Fed cookbooks for Kindle. I wish I had gotten the hardcover versions because there is no way to mark a page, like you can with a real book. I like to dog ear pages to come back to. My goal is to make every recipe in both books. I can't recommend these books more. If you do not already have this website in your favorites, you might want to bookmark meljoulwan.com she has amazing Paleo and W30 recipes. I tried hard to not snack between meals and I feel I did a very good job with this. Larabars are not our friends, even if they are considered compliant. I did not have any this time around. What could have gone better- I could have been more consistent with exercise, but I think I did ok in this area. I didn't read the Liquid Aminos label and so on Day 3 I had some and then needed to start over. Need to always read labels! What I'll do better in the future- When I feel myself getting out of control with food/eating, reach out Jodi (hopefully she will want to do another) plan and start a W30. I don't want to wait until I've already done damage i.e. gained weight to reset myself. I need to take control of the situation before it turns into a problem. I plan on starting Bright Lines Eating and incorporating W30 principles as much as possible. BLE eliminates sugar (all sweeteners) and flour.
  6. Hello from Indianapolis!

    Hi, all: My name is Jeanie and my boyfriend and I are starting the W3 today. The kick in the pants was the outcome of a doctor's visit, so this is a perfect time. We live in the Indianapolis area. Just bought a fixer-upper by the lake. We are both in our mid-40s and need to make some serious changes. A friend has had fantastic results from the program, so I wanted to give it a shot. Thanks
  7. I would like to be sure that natural/herbal/homeopathic remedies (with one form of sugar) and diluted with Brandy (yes... that alcohol...) are allowed while doing the Whole30. I read what the books tell about taking prescribed medication by doctors , but in this case it also has added alcohol and it is the persons choice to take it. Some say "yes", because at the end of the 30 days, there was not much alcohol ingestion, some say "leave it for 30 days, if you can stay without it"... So, what to do? I think that if taken by a persons choice, than it´s not allowed, but when prescribed as a "must" for a treatment, then yes. I also heard that "if you can have alcohol vinegar, than you can surely add a few drops to your medication". So, what would be allowed in the program in this case? Thank you in advance!
  8. Hi, I need some help......I am a serious chardonnay drinker (20+) years. I quit drinking 30 days prior to starting the W30, but I wanted to know if this program is harder for those that are addicted to alcohol. I am on day 25 and I'm really struggling with depression, lethargy crankiness and stomach upset. Is my body still trying to detox from the wine as well as foods with sugar? I don't want to quit since I'm so close, but this has been going on for several days now and want to know if it's normal. Thank you.
  9. Hi all. I am finishing my Whole30 next Friday and am feeling very stable right now, like i could do this forever. I want to incorporate it into my life after the reintroduction. I don't find myself missing much anymore. I was thinking of reintroducing alcohol next week on my first non-Whole30 day. I literally haven't thought about it since i started and prefer not drinking to drinking. My plan for next week is that I will eat "clean" the whole day and am planning on going out for a drink with my mom in the evening. I will probably limit myself to one or two glasses at most, just one if i start to feel crappy. Is this silly, to introduce it before all else? Also, what alcohol would you recommend that i have? I sometimes have strange reactions to wine/beer - i get a rash on my face and break out in mild hives. My skin gets really hot. It's happened with a variety of alcohol and i've never been sure what causes it. I have a hunch it might be sulphites. So i can use next week's first drink to test this by drinking something that has sulphites... Is that wise you think? It's not a reaction i get all the time, just occasionally. Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks!
  10. Cosmopolitan

    My first reintroduction was a cosmopolitan made with tequilla. I was miserable- bloated, had, severe headache, no sleep, irritable the next day. Be careful not to introduce alcohol at an important function.
  11. I'm one week into reintroduction (have tried non-gluten grains and dairy so far). Last night, after 3 days of feeling good and stable, I tried one 12 oz hard cider around 7:30 p.m. I went with the cider because I wasn't ready to try gluten-filled beer just yet. I felt absolutely fine drinking it and was tired by 9 pm my normal bedtime. However, once I tried to sleep I couldn't. The cider is the first really sugary thing I've had since finishing the Whole30 and I'm wondering if that influx of sugar right before bed super charged my body and kept me awake. I felt tired but could't sleep (and I've been sleeping great for the last week). Has anyone had a reaction like this to cider or sugar? I don't know if it's the sugar in the cider (much sweeter than a beer would be) or if it's the alcohol. Today I feel ok, just tired after only 4 hours of sleep.
  12. I have been pretty determined to wait until Day 40 to have alcohol in the evening. However, it's Day 30 and I am really considering having a martini tomorrow night. It's been a pretty crazy few weeks for me on all counts, and my soul, my SOUL wants a drink. Is the idea here that, at times, the sugar and booze will send us off the plan/reintro etc.? Reintro is still very important to me. I want to do this correctly and I know I can. I know I can wait 10 more days for some alcohol, but I needed somewhere to dump this whine-fest. And, get feedback. Thanks.
  13. Hi, my question is about the Reintroduction schedule. Does BEER fall under the "GRAINS" category or is that a separate day all on it's own??? Thanks, Kelli
  14. Succesful camping trip

    This weekend was my first camping trip as a Whole 30 participant. While looking forward to the outing, I was dreading how I was going to keep up the momentum with my plan. This was days 14-16 of my first W30. I planned well ahead, which turned out to be key to succeeding. I knew that the two local stores carry very few if any compliant items so I took everything with me. Breakfast each day was bacon, sausage, eggs with mushrooms, tomatoes and plantain slices. I soon learned that the stove in our trailer is not powerful enough, nor is the pan big enough to cook a meal like that properly. Tip: don't ever try to eat partially cooked plantain slices, even if they are coated in bacon fat. I saved the bacon grease for other tasty things in the future. Having paid that much for compliant bacon, I wasn't about to waste that greasy goodness. Lunch was a cop out - technically compliant but not high quality but I didn't go off program. I had an apple with cashew butter. Lesson learned here is that unsalted cashew butter without added sugar tastes like I would expect spackle to taste. I will be adding salt to the rest of the carton. I'm fine with it not having sugar but it lacked taste altogether. I added some shrimp for protein. For the dip, I used my homemade BBQ sauce. It wasn't quite 'right' but kept me away from the dip that came with the shrimp and had goodness knows what in it. Dinner the first night was supposed to be grilled chicken with veggies and potatoes with ghee. Our grill didn't work so I had to cook the chicken forever and a day in a skillet. My home made ghee probably wasn't made right. I think I left milk solids in it. This is the second time I've eaten it and it didn't sit well with me. Had I not tried W30 I would have had no clue that dairy wasn't my best friend. Saturday night dinner was the big challenge. A group potluck. I thought about hibernating in our trailer but that's not how this works, right? I offered to bring the veggie tray but instead of buying a tray at the market, I brought the veggies and went overboard with a huge selection. A friend cooked tri-tip to perfection on his portable smoker. With a couple of spoonsful of guacamole, I had one of the best W30 dinners I'd ever eaten. Unfortunately, I overdid it on the meat to compensate for not having any of the delicious looking desserts. The meat was beyond delicious and I was just plain greedy, which didn't sit so well afterward. OTOH, it was a different kind of full and bloated to my previous daily feeling. I went for a long hike. I didn't drink any alcohol, and guess what? it wasn't any big deal. Making lots of progress here. Jill
  15. I am thrilled with my Whole30 results and am excited about this new lifestyle with more energy, better mood and a healthier body. Here are my results: able to lower all medication dosages clear skin more outgoing happier/less irritable no sugar cravings everything tastes better/more flavorful kicked my Splenda "addiction" no arthritis pain never got sick (even though everyone else in my family did) lost 10 pounds (and never felt hungry after the first few days of sugar withdrawal) I like people - lol! Last night I started my reintro with a half glass of red wine. To my chagrin and disappointment, I woke up in the middle of the night with a splitting headache. I didn't have a single headache throughout the entire Whole30. Anyone else experience this? What did you do? I have a huge wine cellar - this is NOT good news...help me through this...Do I try again?
  16. *I'm sure this topic has been discussed elsewhere, but I could not find it through several different searches - please point me in the direction of an older post if there is one! Has anyone tried limiting their reintroduction to just alcohol? I am in the middle of my first Whole 60 and will be finishing on September 30. While I was worried about cravings at the beginning, I have been doing really well managing them and really do not miss any non-compliant foods. I feel so good, I don't think I really want to stop after Day 60, but I do really miss the occasional cocktail or glass of wine. Has anyone had any experience with making it to day 30 (or 45 or 60 or whatever you chose) and limiting their reintroduction to just alcohol? Eventually, I am going to have to reintroduce some other foods as I am spending three weeks in Mexico next February and really don't see how I can survive that trip without eating any corn, beans, or added sugar. Would it be reasonable for me to limit my reintroduction to alcohol for now, and then reintroduce some of those other foods in January? Is this timeline totally against the idea of Whole 30? I know I could just keep to a strict Whole 30 and not reintroduce the alcohol until January either, but I'd really like to be able to enjoy a hard cider at the local cider mill this October, some wine at Thanksgiving, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  17. Can I cook with alcohol after 30?

    Can I cook with alcohol aft the 30 days?
  18. Beginning 4/7 for an anti-allergy reset

    This will be my first time doing the Whole30 program, although I already keep a gluten and dairy free diet most of the time. I need to take it to the next level. Here are my reasons for doing the program: I get frequent, severe sinus infections when I eat dairy. My under-the-tongue glands swell when I eat various grain-based foods. I thought it was just wheat and my symptoms were very mild for a few years but they've become severe in the last month. Within a few hours of eating/drinking anything grain-based, my glands are throbbing. I need to listen to my body and stop giving it things it doesn't want. My mom is battling cancer and in her journey, has learned the true value of caring for your body through food choices. I, too, have learned a lot about the effects of less-than-great food choices through watching her and observing myself. Thus, the only reason I still make bad choices is out of sugar addiction or self-destructive tendencies. My hope is that after completing my first Whole30, I'll be able to see a big enough difference that I will be motivated by the benefits of living a whole life, rather than being motivated by the pain/exhaustion of making less-than-healthy daily choices. I'm 23, about to graduate college, and I manage an office that must remain open 24/7 for student safety. My schedule is all over the place, I never get near enough sleep, and I'm surrounded by booze and peers who are as far from a whole30 lifestyle as can be. It won't be easy, but I'm tired of feeling horrid half the time from sugar, grains, and booze. There may never be a perfect time to do this, so no excuses from here on out. Now is as good a time as any, and this way I'll by happier and healthier by graduation:D
  19. When I get to the introduction phase, do I introduce sugar before alcohol as alcohol contains sugar? I am unsure if there is a correct way round. Thanks
  20. I have a few seeming remedial issues/questions to throw out on this forum. Here goes: I'm on Whole30 (Day 11 wrapping up) and I'm just wondering what the basis is for not having alcohol--as in a glass of dry white wine, which according to my research, has 4 grams of carbs and less than 8 grams of sugar in a glass and 100 calories. I'm fine not having it for 30 days but when I go back to "normal" I'm thinking of what I may want to add back in and wine is definitely at the top of the list. So it got me questioning what is wrong with it in the first place? Is it bad for you if you have 1 glass a few times a week, generally speaking? I thought it had tons of sugar in it, but apparently most dry whites don't. And I have a local wine store that I shop at where they pretty much know the vintage, etc, so I can get some personalized service when I am done with Whole30. I guess it can depend on a lot of factors, which is why knowing the vineyard, vintage, etc (via the wine store owners) is key. My other question is bread. Without it I am hungry all the time. Which is a different issue (below), but my question is, why is bread the devil lately? I know so many people who are gluten free, but bread has been around for the ages. Do we just eat more than our ancestors did? Or do our bodies just not process it the right way anymore? I was thinking, once Whole30 is over, I would start making my own bread. Is that a better option? Is everyone anti-bread because it's so processed these days? My kids love their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and it's one of the staples for their lunch. So before I go giving up on bread in my house, I want to know the reasons why everyone is on the gluten-free bandwagon, even if you don't have gluten intolerance issues? No one in my family has gut or gluten issues. We have pretty iron stomachs. I'm happy to make my own if it's bad because of over processing. And pasta that is whole wheat and organic? Is that "bad" now? Because in Italy I'm guessing most kids still eat that every day (probably not even whole wheat) and it is another staple in our diet. I'm trying to sort out which foods my family should avoid. I know with weight loss bread is a big one to avoid, but if the rest of us (not including my husband) digest things fine, then is it wrong to eat it? If not, then how many servings are okay a day? Now onto my hunger: I'm doing this because, while I eat pretty well, I think I could eat healthier. But the main reason is to support my husband because he wants to loose some pounds (like 10-15). But I don't want to lose any. I'm already on the thin side. Today I had Chia Pudding, 2 eggs and sweet potato cakes for breakfast and was still hungry. I ate a big lunch, a huge chicken salad (Whole30 approved), charred zucchini, then a cashew-banana-vegan smoothie, then had a spoonful of cashew butter and while at the gym, I still bonked. Total sugar shakes, etc. Luckily I had a Lara bar with me but that barely did the trick. I felt like I was going to pass out. I'm feeling worse by the day on Whole30. Is it possible my body just doesn't have the reserves to do this? I have always had a very high metabolism so I'm wondering if i'm burning through everything too fast, and if so, how to fix it? I know I threw out a lot here so thanks in advance for anyone who wants to take on my questions!
  21. On day 11 here and feeling fantastic while planning reintroduction - I'm a planner... I have a couple of questions: First: what exactly is gluten free alcohol? Is gin gluten free? I have a gin tasting event on day 1 after the end of my Whole30, and I'd really like to participate. Second: Say I introduce dairy with no ill effects, and go back to W30 for 2 days before introducing legumes, can I have dairy on my legume introduction day? Thanks in advance for any help!
  22. OK, I must be the only alkie on the forum...... . I am so looking forward to having a cocktail or two on DAY 30. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to drink alcohol post Whole30? I'm a retired teacher and my friend and I drink LOTS of wine. And I love my Jack Daniels. What is the best (least damaging) alcohol suggested. ANYONE? I"m on day 28 now. I've loved the program (excuse me.....life style)). I want to be a Whole30 junkie, but I need to add alcohol... any advice??? And please don't tell me I'm on the wrong forum LOL... Happy Whole30ing to all!!!! Loved it. Gonna do it again. Thinking every other month....
  23. Alcohol in Kombucha?

    So I have a question... I read that vanilla extract is non compliant because of its alcohol content. But Kombucha contains alcohol, right? From the fermentations process? So why is Kombucha compliant but vanilla extract is not? Just curious!
  24. Kombucha

    Why is this ok if it has alcohol in it? Gts organic gingerade is what I bought
  25. Hi all - I am on day 10 today and loving the whole30. Already starting to see noticeable, non-scale victories!! While I have not completed my first whole30 yet, and don't have any major news of dropping pounds/inches, dropping medications, etc, I felt this was a major success and I wanted to share with you: Days 5-7, I spent at an out-of-town bachelorette party for my dear friend (who's wedding comes just after day 30)! The ENTIRE TIME I was able to stay whole30 compliant, even in an environment where intense drinking is the norm (all of my friends were pretty wasted most of the time). Also, I saved so much money by not buying drinks!! I have certainly gained an appreciation for soda water and lime. One bar we went to had a variety of fruits so I tried orange and pineapple in my soda water as well - variety is the spice of life, my friends! Another friend brought these adorable cookies shaped like bras and panties, and I was able to enjoy the visual, but not the taste. Didn't even think twice about munching on one, even when everyone else was constantly picking at them. As long as your friends are ones who you can stand to be around when they are wasted and you are not, I am here to tell you all, it is POSSIBLE!!! Share your small successes too!! Every baby step leads us to somewhere bigger !!!